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USB Questions - Hubs? Power?

Discussion in 'Sony Internet TV' started by sprank1, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. sprank1

    sprank1 New Member

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    Hello,

    I have a couple of questions about the USB ports on the Sony 40" Google TV.

    First - has anyone tried to use a USB hub to increase the number of USB ports?

    Second - anyone tried using a USB powered external hard drive? I am wondering if the USB ports on the TV put out the same power as typical computer USB ports.

    Still having fund exploring and discovering new things about this TV.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. skoretsky

    skoretsky New Member

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    Haven't tried a USB hub, but I do use a portable (non-powered) USB hard drive with my Revue and it works fine.
     
  3. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    I used a powered splitter on my install after my GTV set-top box that worked really well. As you can see it was not really that expensive so I would expect a "hub" would also be worth a try. Report back if you give one a try! Good Luck

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...me-theater-audio-issues-resolve.html#post1927
     
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    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Might want to check out what I did and yes you may NOT need a powered splitter as I installed, but works really well!

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...me-theater-audio-issues-resolve.html#post1927
     
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    The top two ports supply sufficient power to charge my ipod and my cell phone. I've not used the bottom two ports (46" Sony).

    I don't have a standalone self powered hard drive to try or I'd give it a shot. Maybe someone else with a SONY TV will chime in.
     
  6. tp76

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    Just left Best Buy where they have the 32" on sale for $599 and the 40" for $799 - my USB question (which BB was unsure of) is can I connect an external disk drive and watch movies which I am normally limited to watching on the computer because of the format ?
     
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    yes, you can use a usb powered drive to watch movies straight from the google tv. i have a 2tb seagate goflex that is usb powered and works great, just be sure its fat32 formatted and have your media in the right formats.
     
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    So hard drives work, thats good news - what about disk drives specifically...we have stacks of disks thet my wife's father makes in Germany of her favorite shows and mails to us - they dont play in the dvd player and the PS3 gives a "video in the PAL broadcast standard is not supported" error, the only way to view them is on a computer...so without plugging a laptop via HDMI or reformatting hundreds of disks can we just plug in the external disk drive and watch on the Sony GTV ?


    Edit: Nevermind, seems it's nothing a $50 region free DVD player won't solve :)
     
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