USB use when desktop is off

July 3, 2009 at 09:13:06
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2 gb
is it ok to have a  usb device run when desktop is off?

My modem has been running hot. So I took a laptop fan cooler and plugged it in to my USB in my desktop computer. Is that OK to leave running 24/7? Will it hurt the USB port or the motherboard or the computer? Any other concerns?

Using xp pro fully updated.


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July 3, 2009 at 09:36:06
Why is the modem running hot? Do you have a CAT 5 connection on the modem? That would be better to use.

To actually answer your question, I don't know if it would hurt anything. Is the modem wireless or wired?

If you shut down your computer when not in use, why would you keep the modem powered?

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July 3, 2009 at 13:21:25
Thanks for the response, OtheHill.

I have a Linksys WRT400N router. I use a wired port for the desktop upstairs and the wireless for the two computers downstairs. Tech support said the modem does run hot but if it gets too hot, it will work erratically so I could return it. I don't want to mess with that so I put the cooler under it. I turn off the upstairs desktop when I use the laptop downstairs and want to keep the USB cooler running. I have a CAT5e cable on the modem.

I hope that clarifies. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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July 3, 2009 at 13:40:03
I haven't run into hot modems. Guess you are doing what you can.

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