Peripherals

Any device that connects to the computer, such as a printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard or mouse.

Why does my keyboard type numbers and letters on its own?

Episode 984

Trish from Chino Hills, CA
Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard

Trish's keyboard seems to randomly type letters and numbers when she's not touching it. Leo suspects the keyboard could have shorted out or the USB port it's plugged into is shorting out. She should try a different keyboard. If that doesn't fix it, then that would point to a different problem. Leo also suspects that the computer may still be paired to the wireless keyboard and her daughter is playing with it, causing the issue!

Can I use a TV as a computer monitor?

Matt from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Episode 962

Matt wants to know what Leo thinks of Haier TVs. Leo says that they're a third tier TV company, budget stuff he'd see at the grocery store. It's low end, but often they use the same panels as the big guys and the quality is lost in the software and menus that they use.

Would it be good for a computer monitor? Leo doesn't usually recommend using TVs for computer monitors. The resolution isn't that good for computer use since he would sit closer to it.

How can I print in color with Google Cloud Print?

Episode 960

Stan from Rialto, CA
Samsung Galaxy SIII

Stan has an HP all-in-one printer that he wants to print to from his Samsung Galaxy SIII via Google Cloud Print. When he prints images, it comes out in black and white, not color. Leo says to make sure the printer isn't defaulting to black and white. He can check in printer settings for that.

Web8880 in the chatroom says that it's a known bug. Color may be an advanced option in Chrome's settings.

How can I bypass corrupted Mac printer drivers to print?

Episode 959

Patricia from Los Angeles, CA
Epson Workforce printer

Patricia's boss has put in a code requirement so they can track what is being printed. It's corrupted the drivers, though, and the ones they've provided don't work on the Mac. Leo suggests trying Google Cloud Print. This will allows her to print via the internet to any printer.

The Chatroom has found a fix from Worchester Polytechnic Institute that will allow Patricia to print from her Mac.

Why did my USB 3.0 hard drive stop showing up on my Macbook Pro?

Episode 945

Jason from Orange, CA
USB 3.0 hard drive

Leo says the drive may have failed, or the USB enclosure itself failed. It could also be as easy as the connectors wiggling lose and may just need to be reseated. If all the connectors are in place, disks do just die, and it may need to be replaced.

He'd also like to download Leo's theme song. Leo says that he'll put a high quality copy on the TWiT Wiki for anyone to download. The chatroom says you can also find it on YouTube.