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For those in DIY electronics...
Exactly how good is USB for providing power to a device? I specifically mean devices that are not attached to a computer and use the USB cable strictly for power.
I've long felt that we need a standardized low-voltage DC power source coming right out of our walls, much in the manner that we currently have 120V (or 220V) AC coming out of our walls -- to eliminate the need of all those "brick" power adapters cluttering our power strips. The last time I discussed this publicly (about 10+ years ago), I was scoffed, with the reason being every device uses a different voltage. (I rejected that, as AC devices were able to adapt to use 110V, so DC devices could adapt to use the standardized voltage).
The real problem was that every device used it's own plug size (and selling the proprietary adapter was a profit center). However, now there's some movement to power things with USB cables.
So, the question for the electrically minded here: If all you had available to power your device was an USB cable, would that be viable?
Clocks would be fine, Very small lamps (some LED Only?) and anything bigger than a novelty with a motor or tries to change a temperature will eat more amps than what USB ports deliver or cables are designed to carry.
I encourage you to continue your research though; please review motor home or camper power use - in many cases it's 24V DC and may answer many of your questions for how and what.
Or better yet, invent motors or heating elements that are actually practical and only require < 1 amp and 10V to run- that would make you a fortune!
I'm not really sure how to describe this, so bear with me...
I'm having this problem on my development PC.
HP ENVY Desktop - 795-0030 CTO
Intel Core i7-9700
Win 10 Pro
My PC is fairly new, probably a year 1/2 old.
Every few minutes I get what I can only describe as a "pause" that lasts for only a second or two. Everything stops - Mouse, Keyboard, music I'm listening to - everything. If I'm in the middle of typing, the key I last hit repeats across the page until the 'outtage' stops.
I have run the HP diagnostic tools on it and with no issues found. I don't see any problems in Hardware & Device manager, and no OS problems either that I can see. It almost seems like a USB problem, but I don't see anyting to confirm that.
So, I'm open to suggestion on this one.
If it's not broken, fix it until it is.
Everything makes sense in someone's mind.
Ya can't fix stupid.
If the pause doesn't happen during diagnostics (looping continuously), then it may be a driver or problem in Windows, or some other hardware problem. Windows can pause if the kernel is busy doing or waiting for something, completely unable to service any other interrupts until the current interrupt/operation is complete.
An I/O problem with a USB device may also be gumming things up.
Make sure all drivers are updated and see what happens. If the problem still persists, start unplugging things, one at a time, until the problem goes away.
I am trying to access the GPIO of an embedded computer. The device was installed with Windows 10 Pro 20H2 x64 (not my decision). I installed the vendor specific drivers, and the GPIO device is shown with "Intel(R) Serial IO GPIO Host Controller - INT34BB" in the device manager.
I searched the internet and could find a “GpioTestTool” (https://github.com/ms-iot/samples/tree/develop/GpioTestTool) which I could compile on my development machine. After installing “Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019” (“VC_redist.x64.exe”) on the embedded machine, I could start the program.
It shows following error message:
“Error: GPIO is not available on this system”
This error message is also shown when I start the program as an administrator.
That is, the program fails to detect the GPIO.
Can you suggest any tools for trouble shooting?
Oh sanctissimi Wilhelmus, Theodorus, et Fredericus!
My GLINK USB 2.0 extension cable isn't detecting External Hard Drive, though Pen drive is being detected. Plugging the EHD directly to the USB port of the CPU works fine. Only the extension cable isn't detecting it. How do I make the EHD work with the extension cable now? Or shall I try something else altogether? I'm running on Windows-7 32 bit. May I get some help, please?
I am thinking of FPGA for an algorithm of mine, but lack of any experience with FPGAs.
The activity is number crunching, no fancy IO or A/D conversion.
I send a very large number, it crunch, and I get answer as a single number. One can think of it as integer factorization.
Crunching is made of large additions, subtractions, shift operations (*2 and /2), increments/decrements and logical operation and bits testing.
May be an embedded ARM processor to handle communication and data conversion.
Algorithm can be adapted for treading.
It is for hobby, so no real budget.
What hardware/software would you recommend ?
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Albert Einstein
Im currently making an app on windows forms trying to program a micro over UART. I can achieve it, although it is taking a long time to carry out the program. I have used stopwatches to determine it is my read function taking up the majority of the time. When i try to read the micros response from each command I have to wait for all of it, which is why im using a while loop in the code below, if the returned message size is not what i expect. What im wondering is, if there is any way to speed up this process. The response from the micro should be pretty fast, its running at a baudrate of 115200, meaning the whole 512 kb file should in theory take just over 30 seconds to complete, at the moment it is more than double that, at 80 seconds.