1. yodies's Avatar
    Does everyone's microUSB port look square like this?

    http://sdrv.ms/18TeLMX

    Seems weird to me, and like it might fail sooner because it's not an exact fit for a microUSB male.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-10-2013 09:03 PM
  2. PB_H's Avatar
    It's a Micro-A USB not a Micro-B USB
    You need a Micro-A male
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    xandros9 likes this.
    12-10-2013 09:26 PM
  3. Asrialys's Avatar
    12-10-2013 09:27 PM
  4. yodies's Avatar
    Thanks for the info. Such a weird choice on Dell's part. I have the original DVP (the WP7 phone), and it has Micro-B, not Micro-A. Wonder what the reasoning was.
    12-10-2013 09:33 PM
  5. PB_H's Avatar
    It's not dangerous, it's a propriety thing -you just need to LOOK
    Now you know to look
    12-10-2013 09:40 PM
  6. xandros9's Avatar
    why does the A even exist?
    12-10-2013 09:45 PM
  7. yodies's Avatar
    It's not dangerous, it's a propriety thing -you just need to LOOK
    Now you know to look
    Yes, it'd just be nice if I didn't have to do that, like with Micro-B. It's almost like they had a surplus of Micro-A's from an incorrect factory order, and decided to use them all up.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-10-2013 09:53 PM
  8. PB_H's Avatar
    What's so good about B why not just a standard MINI ?
    12-10-2013 10:08 PM
  9. mase123987's Avatar
    Cords only fit in one way for me, so I don't see what the big deal is.
    12-10-2013 11:56 PM
  10. derek533's Avatar
    Been using a B with no issues here. The flat part goes on the bottom just FYI
    12-11-2013 12:20 PM
  11. etad putta's Avatar
    So i can use a B cable form my 920 without issues? I assume it will work for data transfer also vs the charge only cable it came with?
    12-12-2013 06:53 AM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    So i can use a B cable form my 920 without issues? I assume it will work for data transfer also vs the charge only cable it came with?
    yep, just make sure its going in the right way :)
    etad putta likes this.
    12-12-2013 04:47 PM
  13. Nik Rolls's Avatar
    why does the A even exist?
    What you actually have is a Micro-AB socket, which can take both Micro-A and Micro-B plugs. Micro-A is used for USB-on-the-go and according to the USB spec, you have to support the feature if you have an A-compatible socket.

    Are you sure your tablet doesn't have this feature? It allows you to connect some USB devices such as mice, keyboards and mass storage units using a USB On-the-Go adapter (which has Micro-B on one end and either Micro-A or fullsize USB socket on the other).
    12-12-2013 05:03 PM
  14. jgraves1107's Avatar
    Anything special have to be done for it to read a USB flash drive? Or is it just one cable is shorted on pin 4 and one is not?
    12-14-2013 09:59 AM
  15. Nik Rolls's Avatar
    I'm not quite sure to that extent. I just know one end is usually squared (Micro-A).
    12-14-2013 02:43 PM
  16. Hoku001's Avatar
    Cords only fit in one way for me, so I don't see what the big deal is.
    It's a big deal when the port breaks and you can't plug in a cord. As I mentioned on another thread, I had two Dells crap out on me within about a month because the USB port failed. Couldn't plug in the cord at all. The 2nd one I had was broken within 6 charge cycles. To be fair, I got both of my Dells from the same MS store, so I'm thinking that this store had a bad lot or something. Seriously, even a gorilla shouldn't be able to break a USB port that fast.
    01-31-2014 04:27 AM
  17. nasellok's Avatar
    Mine broke (2) days ago - Ive had no issues with the myriad of different chargers ive been using, unfortunately, now its broken, and the battery is officially dead. I bought it back in November from Walmart (terrible decision now), and cannot return to store. I have to deal with Dell Customer Service, wait for them to send me a box, and then send it to them, God only knows how long its going to take for them to send it back to me. This really sucks, now I have to use my Ipad 2 again, its like going back to MSDOS after using Windows 8 for the past year on PC, Surface RT, and DVP8. Either way, Ill be taking extra special care to make sure I plug the damn thing in the correct way from now on.

    I was unable to wipe my device before the battery died. Should I be concerned with any of my private data when sending back to Dell?
    02-03-2014 08:45 AM
  18. foxbat121's Avatar
    Device encryption is on out of box. So, there is some protection there.
    02-03-2014 10:05 AM

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