Found 29th Apr 2011
Any advise truly appreciated.

I bought one of the 80Gb core hdd off here which supports USB 2.0. I have a cinema surround system - Samsung 2.1ch with samsung lct tv.

Now when I connect the hdd through the main usb (it has 2 usb) to the surround system, it is recognised but I can't see anything on the tv.

Is there a specific connection I need to have between the surround system and the tv? I already have hdmi connection between the two.

Many Thanks!

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Your surroun sound system has 2 USB ports?
I'm not clued up on them, but it sounds odd.

Think your going to have to supply model number for us to work this one out. But being Samsung one of them is probably a service port and the other one logicly been a sound system will probably only support audio.

Does the TV not have a USB port?

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thesaint

Your surroun sound system has 2 USB ports?I'm not clued up on them, but … Your surroun sound system has 2 USB ports?I'm not clued up on them, but it sounds odd.



Thesaint, it's the usb cable for the hdd that has 2 usb ends. I read this is to support Win 7. So I connect one (the main usb end) to the surround system (this has only one usb port). So, not sure if the hdd works on connecting both usb ends as I do when I connect it to my laptop.
Thanks

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Think your going to have to supply model number for us to work this one … Think your going to have to supply model number for us to work this one out. But being Samsung one of them is probably a service port and the other one logicly been a sound system will probably only support audio. Does the TV not have a USB port?



Hi, no the TV doesn't have a usb port

TV is samsung LE40R74BDX

Home theater system is samsung HT-Q100

Thanks

rag1973

Thesaint, it's the usb cable for the hdd that has 2 usb ends. I read … Thesaint, it's the usb cable for the hdd that has 2 usb ends. I read this is to support Win 7. So I connect one (the main usb end) to the surround system (this has only one usb port). So, not sure if the hdd works on connecting both usb ends as I do when I connect it to my laptop.Thanks



The 2 usb ports are not because of windows 7! One will be data and the other one will be for power.

dh058977

The 2 usb ports are not because of windows 7! One will be data and the … The 2 usb ports are not because of windows 7! One will be data and the other one will be for power.



More likely for older laptops which didn't supply enough power through one USB port.


thesaint

More likely for older laptops which didn't supply enough power through … More likely for older laptops which didn't supply enough power through one USB port.



Thats what I mean! Like this cable - amazon.co.uk/Sta…58U
Edited by: "dh058977" 29th Apr 2011

rag1973

Thesaint, it's the usb cable for the hdd that has 2 usb ends. I read … Thesaint, it's the usb cable for the hdd that has 2 usb ends. I read this is to support Win 7. So I connect one (the main usb end) to the surround system (this has only one usb port). So, not sure if the hdd works on connecting both usb ends as I do when I connect it to my laptop.Thanks



Ok makes more sense now. The second usb is used to add additional power as USB2 only supplies 500mA and this drive must need more power to run. So you will need to use a mains to usb adaptor ( a usb smartphone power adaptor may well work)

But first I would check to see if the USB input on your system supports more than audio.

I go with thesaint. The 2 USB leads are if they don't provide enough power for the drive on 1.

Looking at your system when you have it powered up it only supports divX (3.11-5.1) format .avi's

Original Poster

dh058977

Thats what I mean! Like this cable - … Thats what I mean! Like this cable - [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FStarTech-com-Cable-External-Hard-Drive%2Fdp%2FB003HHK58U]http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-Cable-External-Hard-Drive/dp/B003HHK58U[/url]



Yes, that's the cable

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Ok makes more sense now. The second usb is used to add additional power … Ok makes more sense now. The second usb is used to add additional power as USB2 only supplies 500mA and this drive must need more power to run. So you will need to use a mains to usb adaptor ( a usb smartphone power adaptor may well work) But first I would check to see if the USB input on your system supports more than audio.



Thanks but how do I do this? Sorry to be a pain but not that good on these stuff and the reason I'm asking for your help

Original Poster

dh058977

The 2 usb ports are not because of windows 7! One will be data and the … The 2 usb ports are not because of windows 7! One will be data and the other one will be for power.



So, do you mean one will go into the system and the other to mains through an adapter? Is this what GAVINLEWISHUKD is referring to?

rag1973

So, do you mean one will go into the system and the other to mains … So, do you mean one will go into the system and the other to mains through an adapter? Is this what GAVINLEWISHUKD is referring to?



Yes something like this.

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GAVINLEWISHUKD

Yes something like … Yes something like [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FSumnique-Adapter-Charger-players-Digital%2Fdp%2FB000W49K0U%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fs%3Dcomputers%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1304104379%26sr%3D1-2]this[/url].



I will get that. So, once I connect both usb ends, would the tv automatically display what's on the hdd? Thanks

rag1973

I will get that. So, once I connect both usb ends, would the tv … I will get that. So, once I connect both usb ends, would the tv automatically display what's on the hdd? Thanks



It will only play divX standard (3.11-5.1) .avi's (would guess on the root of the disk only)

Slghtly off topic but I have an LE40C580 and it's as good a media player as I've seen- hands down beats ps3/xbox - even plays broken flvs!!

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

It will only play divX standard (3.11-5.1) .avi's (would guess on the … It will only play divX standard (3.11-5.1) .avi's (would guess on the root of the disk only)



Hi There,

I got the usb power adapter and tried it but nothing comes up on the TV. I connected 1 usb end to the power adatper and the other to the usb port of the theatre system. The message on the system was either No USB or USB (I did swapped the cable around as not sure which is for power or data) with no picture on the TV. TV also says No USB. Not sure what else. I might check whether the movies are stored at the root of the HDD or not.

Thanks

How big are the files you want to play? The drive may need to be formatted to fat32.

Original Poster

jtx

How big are the files you want to play? The drive may need to be … How big are the files you want to play? The drive may need to be formatted to fat32.



Hi jtx

Max is 1.5 Gb

Thanks

Original Poster

rag1973

Hi jtxMax is 1.5 GbThanks



Forgot to add that it plays on my laptop but would like to connect it directly to the home theatre system via usb

You could try formatting the drive to fat32 using HP format tool and then copying the files over again.
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