What Type Of USB Support Does Linux Have?

By daniel161
Jan 3, 2008
  1. OK, you might have read this.., but I have a Linux question that goes with it, so I thought I should post over here.

    So, the original question was, Is it possible to charge the iPod on a 98se?

    Obviously no, but I know the computer is capable of it because Ubuntu and DSL can power the iPod to charge. So I want to know is, what kind of software/drivers do those two distros use that let them send the power out?

    Is it a special kind of thing that is for Linux only? Can it be converted to Windows, (Kinda like WINE in reverse).

    Any insite would be appreciated!

    --Daniel L
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Uhm.. The power is always supplied to all USB devices and you have to turn off the power manually per device or port. It is not a "feature", but an inherent property of USB. Most USB devices wouldn't even work if they didn't get power from the port.

    I would guess it's a "feature" of your iPod (needs the computer to tell it to charge itself?) or some serious bug in Windows drivers and/or your ancient hardware. Do the USB ports work with your Windows at all? Have you used a mouse or a flash drive or something?

    Maybe get a PCI USB 2.0 controller card? You would get more speed and new drivers. Make sure that Windows 98 is supported by the device!
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,150   +597

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