Broken/Non-Working USB ports -- Wi-Fi USB Hub? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Monitors, Printers and Peripherals
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2014, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1
Default Broken/Non-Working USB ports -- Wi-Fi USB Hub?

I have a Toshiba Laptop that has had broken USB ports since I purchased it (refurb, no returns, screw it).

I actually dropped the bad boy a few days ago and wound up making the little hard drive chirp like a birdie; needless to say, a quick trip to Staples rectified that.

**Now, here's the issue/question (if you're still reading):**

Due to no USB ports working and, realistically I give up. Is it possible, and what's the best method for connecting a keyboard and mouse if I were to connect to a TV via HDMI.

Is there a **Wi-Fi USB** hub that my laptop can pair with via WiFi and use USB ports from that device? If so, is this viable? I've seen a few on the web, but not sure how they work - has anyone had experience and/or working knowledge? Is there any other work around for using USB devices on a PC with broken USB ports?

Or, I know HP has made a WiFi mouse with mediocre ratings; is there a WiFi keyboard?

Thanks folks!

knockoutlounge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2014, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
Private Joker
carnageX's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 23,130
Default Re: Broken/Non-Working USB ports -- Wi-Fi USB Hub?

If you have an Android phone or tablet you can use something like Unified Remote to emulate a mouse/kb using the touchscreen.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 28
Default Re: Broken/Non-Working USB ports -- Wi-Fi USB Hub?

I think it would probably be cheaper to replace the mainboard. Its going to take half a day carefully taking it apart, getting the mainboard out, switching over the CPU (and memory, but thats easy) to the new main board, and putting the whole thing together again, but you may find the mainboard can be purchased for around $100, which may be worth it..... AND your USB ports might work again.
maarten is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wi-fi switches from working to non working? fattty Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 2 07-08-2010 11:04 PM
Listening ports = Open ports? Anubis88 Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 3 07-07-2009 06:04 PM
Forwarding ports, but ports are not show as open? samsizzle Internet Software and Browsers 4 02-19-2009 11:06 PM
Hi-Speed USB device plugged into non-hi-speed usb port hub crazlunatic Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 9 04-09-2006 08:34 AM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.