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post Feb 27 2005, 03:34 AM
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I am now seeking for an USB host cable for my SL-C3000. I would like to direct connect USB devices to zaurus. What should I take note before buying the cable? How could I confirm that the cable is the right USB host cable? Because I saw a number of USB cables from the shop. It looks similar and the socket is fixed.

Please advice and thanks.
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Bertram Wooster
post Feb 27 2005, 04:34 AM
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hi kchong,

what you need is a mini-usb-a (male) to usb-a (female) cable in order to plug standard usb devices like keyboard etc. in your c3000. maybe you should look at this thread:

i personally am very happy with my hama, though depending on where you live you might be better (cheaper) off with a different one.
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post Feb 27 2005, 04:41 AM
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OK it's generally just a question of getting the right size, type and gender of connections.

There are two sizes of USB connector - standard and Mini.

There are two genders of course.

There are two basic types of connector A and B...

A type is what devices normally present and if you have a PC or laptop then you will normally have a A type Female as the host port (device presents Male). (rectangular connectors)

B if you have a USB hub then type B is almost certainly how you connect a cable to the Hub from your host, this is a sort of square connector (in section), Normally you would use an A-to-B cable to connect from your host to your Hub then all the devices would connect into the A ports presented by the Hub.

In Mini format strictly the ports should still be called A and B, sometimes you find A being described as 5 pin and B as 4 pin though.

So for a Zaurus host cable suitable for the 3000 you would need...

Mini USB A (5 pin) Male to Standard USB A Female

This would present a socket comparable with the host port on your desktop/laptop.

You probably want to specify a short cable as most devices will supply their own cable anyway and you really don't want to end up with something that is too long. - If you were going ot a Hub then you could use the standard A to B cable off your short adapter cable.

- Andy
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