USB

How Can I Connect My Mac to a MIDI Keyboard?

iPad air

Episode 1786

Alex from Northridge, CA

Alex wants to upgrade his Mac and attach it to a MIDI keyboard to make music. He wants to be able to tether it, not rely on a network or wifi connection. Leo says that macOS doesn't support touch, so he'd have to use a simulated mouse. But it's doable. Leo would recommend going with a Thunderbolt connection in order to do it. The chatroom says that there's a Mac Compatible touchscreen Monitor on sale at Amazon.

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. 

Why Can't My New Mouse Work With My Old Mac?

2007 iMac

Episode 1777

Andrew from Moorpark, CA

Robert is annoyed with modern web design. It's so hard to read. Leo says that web design is done by 20/30-year-olds these days, and black text on a white background has grown out of fashion. But you can press CMD-SHIFT and + or - to make the text larger. And it will remember. All browsers also allow you to apply a set format to a modern webpage. It's called Custom CSS. Check your browser settings. 

Is There a 3rd-party DAC for My Mac Mini?

 Bit Perfect

Episode 1753

Jeff from Cederville, OH

Jeff has an online radio network that he runs on a series of Mac Minis. But he found a bug in the audio that's causing a whine. Leo says that it's likely from the digital-analog converter (DAC) chip that has failed. He recommends getting a USB DAC, rather than just paying to repair it. The quality audio will be better.  But if he has Apple Care Plus, Apple will just replace the logic board. 

Why Won't My Car Play Music From My iPhone?

CarPlay

Episode 1725

Scott from Orange County, CA

Scott's USB lightning cable has stopped working in his car. Says there's no music available on the car screen. Leo says to try a new cable to eliminate the possibility that the cable is going bad. Also, there may have been an update to CarPlay that isn't supported by the car stereo head unit. Apple may have changed something in a recent iOS update. Another option is to turn the phone off completely and then turn it back on. That'll reset the network settings. Check the stereo's website under "support" to see if there's any technote on the issue.

How do I get Windows 10 to recognize my keyboard?

Windows 10

Episode 1720

Tom from Costa Mesa, CA

Tom got a notice from Microsoft to update Windows 10, but now it won't recognize his keyboard, so he can't log in. Leo says that Tom can eliminate the keyboard as the problem by trying it with another computer. But likely, the update deleted or corrupted the USB drivers. Log into safe mode and see if it works. If you can at least get into the BIOS setup, then you know it isn't the keyboard. 

Is There an HDMI Webcam Adapter for Streaming?

atem mini

Episode 1695

Bernie from Lakewood, Colorado

Bernie ordered a Blackmagic ATEM Mini to learn how to do video streaming and switching. But he hasn't gotten it yet. Leo says that it works great as an affordable streaming device. But he has a problem with connecting his webcams because it requires HDMI in. Leo says that he uses DSLRs because they offer clean live HDMI out. Is there an affordable USB to HDMI adapter?

How Do I Move My Pics From My Hard Drive to Another Drive?

Google photos

Episode 1685

Stacy from Commerce township, MI

Stacy's hard drive is filling up after scanning a ton of photos. Her computer only has two USB ports. Does she need a hub in order to connect a USB thumb drive with an external hard drive? Leo says no. She should be able to plug them both in, and then drag from one to the other. But remember, if she deletes those images off the thumb drive, she still only has one copy. She should have three. Use Google Photos to upload them. Flickr gives 1000 photos for free. Shutterfly is free. And if she is an Amazon Prime user, she gets free photo backup as well.