ExpressCards on Santa Rosa MacBook Pro

Preamble

My 15″ Santa Rosa (2.4 GHz) MacBook Pro is seriously limited with its two USB 2.0 ports. So I thought about:

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Burnt out USB charger

Preamble

It’s one of those horrifically dangerous 2.5×2.5×2.5 cm mini-cube singe port 1 A USB chargers. There were scorch marks on the base of the case. The circuit was very simple, a simplified SMPS on two small PCBs… which held into the cube casing with white silicone/glue – scratch that away and it is easy to extract the pair of PCBs

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High power USB charging station

Preamble

Whilst looking into the XTAR battery chargers, I came across the XTAR EU4, which offers QC3.0, 2 x USB 2.4A and USB C (PD) ports… although the QC and PD capability is a bit limited (i.e. QC has no 20V capability, and PD current is limited to 20V 2.25A (45W)), but not by much…

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CH340 on OS X

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I wrote a long winded post that did not really answer the question, Can’t connect Cura to my Anet A8 on OSX 10.11.6, but rather catalogued my search for a solution to my own problem.

With respect to this post Should I clean up my answer?, I decided to delete my answer and keep the information here, in this article.

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