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Andyjaggy
05-18-2009, 07:22 PM
Well my dongle suddenly stopped working............. this will be the second replacement in 6 months............ I'm tempted to find a crack at this point.

Hopper
05-18-2009, 07:59 PM
If your looking for a crack, maybe that's why your dongle doesn't want to work anymore.. :D

Sorry.. Just had to. Too easy.

IMI
05-18-2009, 08:15 PM
Good God man, that's gotta be an all time low for you...
And if it isn't, I don't want to know what is. :D

danielkaiser
05-18-2009, 08:41 PM
I got this friend and he says that Viagra helps.

Andyjaggy
05-19-2009, 08:31 AM
haha. Not that dongle guys, that one is working just fine.

JeffrySG
05-19-2009, 08:38 AM
Andy, I wonder if there is a problem with the USB port you have the dongle plugged into? Maybe it's frying the USB key? Maybe next time use a different port just in case? Two dead dongles really does suck big time! Either way, I hope you get it fixed soon. :)

Andyjaggy
05-19-2009, 08:38 AM
I'll be downloading Modo in the meantime to get some modeling done while I wait for the new dongle........ hopefully I end up coming back. :D

JeffrySG
05-19-2009, 09:00 AM
I'll be downloading Modo in the meantime to get some modeling done while I wait for the new dongle........ hopefully I end up coming back. :D

We'll hunt you down if you don't! :D

(or have to join you) ;)

Tranimatronic
05-19-2009, 11:04 AM
im really surprised youre having dongle trouble.
On mine, In a bizarre vacuuming accident the silver-sticky-out part (technical term) got bent over almost 90 degrees. I snapped it back together with a set of pliers and its worked fine ever since.

This and my 20 month old sons' fascination with anything to do with my computer led me to believe they were indestructable......

Good luck with Modo... on my machine it took over .lwo and .lws filetypes and no matter what how many times I set it back it always re-sets them.

Andyjaggy
05-19-2009, 11:24 AM
well I emailed them about a replacement but have yet to hear back. I'm just glad I'm not in the middle of a huge project or anything at the moment.

Andyjaggy
05-20-2009, 01:06 PM
We'll hunt you down if you don't! :D

(or have to join you) ;)

Okay, but so far as of one night playing with it............. I'm really liking it. :)

IMI
05-20-2009, 02:46 PM
Okay, but so far as of one night playing with it............. I'm really liking it. :)

*looks up, reads thread title*
*looks down, reads last reply*

Nah.. never mind, I'm not gonna say it. :D

Andyjaggy
05-20-2009, 03:17 PM
Oh jeez, some people's minds. ;)

Nicolas Jordan
05-21-2009, 10:58 AM
Very strange that a dongle especially a USB dongle would stop working. I can see a parallel port dongle might have issues but USB dongles should be pretty tough. Maybe there is something screwy with the USB port?

oobievision
05-22-2009, 09:17 PM
lol I snaped mine off the USB port once had the plastic divider stuck in it for like a week

cresshead
05-23-2009, 06:59 AM
sounds weird to have 2 dongles die in 6 months...

i've had 1 dongle [usb] from lw7.0 which was around 2002
and got my second seat with the companion upgrade back in lw8 days

both dongles [all my dongles even other apps] are ALWAYS connected via a usb extension lead and not plugged in directly to a pc or mac

IMI
05-23-2009, 12:01 PM
I'd have to echo what the others have said about your USB port probably being the culprit. You say this is the second time? When they replaced the first one that went bad, did they have anything to say as to what went wrong with it?
And is this the same machine you're talking about here? If you have access to another PC I'd try it out on that one first to see if it is truly fried.
And if it is, you definitely have a USB port problem. Barring getting a new motherboard, you might want to get a USB port splitter/hub and plug it into a known good USB port and plug the dongle into that.
But in any event if they tell you it's simply fried, I would get a new motherboard if I were you. A loose connection wouldn't fry it, it would just stop working, but you should also get the Windows sound for a hardware disconnect if that happened.

cresshead
05-23-2009, 01:13 PM
having a usb always connected via a ext lead means there's not force exerted on the connection ever as you never connect/discnnect the actual dongle.

Mike_RB
05-23-2009, 01:13 PM
Respect the dongle!

Excellent film...

http://www.talkingnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/magnolia-176.jpg

IMI
05-23-2009, 01:24 PM
having a usb always connected via a ext lead means there's not force exerted on the connection ever as you never connect/discnnect the actual dongle.

Well I suppose if you're using pliers or a crescent wrench to take it out, excessive force might be a concern. ;)

cresshead
05-23-2009, 01:48 PM
well usb sockets are always 50/50 when your trying to plug em in 'blind' if they are round the back of a pc/laptop...so i have a usb ext lead to a splitterbox so don't have to fiddle round the back...then have ext leads for dongles plugged into that splitterbox

this way you don't force in on the pc and the dongles connections never get forced/in out as they only need to be connected to a socket 'once' physically.

if/when something breaks it'll be a a ext lead or the splitter box not the pc or dongle also having a dongle sitting on the side of a laptop is asking for trouble geting snapped off...ext lead is much smaller...just KEEP those leads away from being trapped pulled....hey nowt's perfect...!

Cageman
05-23-2009, 02:38 PM
Hopper and IMI got me thinking about "the other dongle" when reading this:


On mine, In a bizarre vacuuming accident the silver-sticky-out part (technical term) got bent over almost 90 degrees. I snapped it back together with a set of pliers and its worked fine ever since.

LOL

:D

IMI
05-23-2009, 05:41 PM
well usb sockets are always 50/50 when your trying to plug em in 'blind' if they are round the back of a pc/laptop...so i have a usb ext lead to a splitterbox so don't have to fiddle round the back...then have ext leads for dongles plugged into that splitterbox

this way you don't force in on the pc and the dongles connections never get forced/in out as they only need to be connected to a socket 'once' physically.

if/when something breaks it'll be a a ext lead or the splitter box not the pc or dongle also having a dongle sitting on the side of a laptop is asking for trouble geting snapped off...ext lead is much smaller...just KEEP those leads away from being trapped pulled....hey nowt's perfect...!

Yeah I know - I was just messing with you. :)

Andyjaggy
05-23-2009, 08:01 PM
lol I snaped mine off the USB port once had the plastic divider stuck in it for like a week

well after using modo for the past week I just placed my order and bought it. :)

Mike_RB
05-23-2009, 08:18 PM
well after using modo for the past week I just placed my order and bought it. :)

You won't be dissapointed as LW and modo work very well together.