cables

Why Can't I Boot Up My PC?

ASUS VIII Motherboard

Episode 1795

Henry from Las Vegas, NV

Henry built a new PC, and he's having problems with his AMD Formula 8 motherboard when he tries booting up. It looks to be an issue with his Display Port. Leo says the first thing to look at is the display port cable. If it's gone bad, that could cause problems. Leo also says that this is the problem with building your own PC. You are your own tech support, and every part manufacturer is going to pass the buck when you call them.

Why Can't I Suddenly Get WiFi?

WiFi!

Episode 1789

Seraphine from Los Angeles, CA

Seraphine is suddenly suffering from no WiFi. She was "borrowing a cup" from a neighbor, but now she can't get it. Leo says it's possible that the modem has died and you need another. Or you have a bad cable. It's also possible that the WiFI router is bad. If it's a router/modem combo, even more so.  The lights on your modem mean something, and if you look at the manual, it'll tell you if there's something wrong. Routers can also wear out. It may be time to replace it. 

How Long Can a USB Cable Get?

Sabrent USB Hub

Episode 1784

Joe from West Hollywood, CA

Joe has a USB touch monitor. How can he plug it into a power adapter to go over 15" away from his computer? Leo says that the biggest challenge may be the length of your cable. Monoprice sells one that's 32' long and has a dongle on it that amplifies the signal. You'll also need a USB hub that can get you the power, but you may lose too much signal to get the data. 

The Giz Wiz and the Nifty Spiffy Dohickey

Dick

Episode 1776

This week's gadget us the inCharge 6 - or as Amazon calls it: The Six-in-One Swiss Army Knife of Cables, Portable Keyring Compatible with Apple iPhone/USB/USB-C/Micro USB Cable for All of Your Devices. This cable is short, about 2”. The whole device ready to charge is about 5”. But it's versatile. You get USB to USB-C, USB to combo Lightning/Micro USB, USB-C to USB-C & USB-C to dual Lightning/Micro USB. The device is very lightweight and easy to use once you master the 'hidden' connectors.

Why Isn't My 4k Roku Streaming in 4k?

Roku Ultra

Episode 1759

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose got a new 4K TV and a Roku Ultra. But the Roku Ultra is getting an error for resolution. Leo says Jose needs an HDMI 2.1 cable to support the 4K stream.  You don't need a monster cable or anything like that. Just one that's HDMI 2.1 compatible. Leo recommends MonoPrice.com. It's around $12.

But shouldn't the cable that came with the Roku be compatible? Leo says it should be. Try resetting the Ultra and see if it has the latest firmware. If the problem persists, then it's likely a bad Roku unit, and you should take it back and exchange it for another one. 

Why Won't My iPhone Charge in the Car?

 USB-C to Lightning cable.

Episode 1640

Ann from Long Beach, California

Ann complains that her iPhone won't charge in her car anymore. She gets a message saying "accessory not supported." Rich suspects that the port in her mobile device could be a bit dirty and blowing it out could help improve the connection. But it could also be time to get a new cable. They do stop working after a while and that message usually indicates a degrading connection. For the fastest, go with a USB-C to Lightning cable.

What's the best way to store all my cables while traveling?

Cocoon Gridit

Episode 1547

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian wants to know what's a good choice for cable management, while traveling. Leo says that there are plenty of choices out there, but Leo tends to buy cables from Nomad, because they have cable straps attached.

There's a great system called the Cocoon Grid It, which has a bunch of rubber straps in a gridded array that he could use to keep his cables secure and tangle free. There's also the ThinkTank Cable Management Bag and Case Pouch.

Why does my Android device take so long to charge?

Episode 1525

Thomas from Vancouver, WA

Thomas has an Android mobile phone and it charges really slowly. Rich says that with Android phones, the charging devices are hit and miss and using a fast charge device may not be the best option. Or, it could be a cheap cable that's slowing it down. Try changing out the cable first. The he should investigate the battery. If it has a removable battery, he could try replacing it and see if it speeds up charging. If so, he'll know it's a faulty battery.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1509

HDMI Angle Adapters are an inexpensive solution to routing your HDMI cables. Your HDTV or HD computer monitor is super thin but the HDMI cables might add thickness if the ports face the wall or even in the wrong direction. These angled HDMI adapters help you avoid having to bend your HDMI cables excessively which may damage the cable, short out the cable or even worse, damage the ports on your expensive equipment. The company says they support resolutions up to 4K.