I have many U2410 (about 150 at the moment) on the site where I am working.
About half of them on Linux CentOS and the other half on Win7.
Recently I had 3 monitors with the same USB HUB issue (2 on linux, 1 on windows)
If they closes their monitors they lose connection from the HUB to the computer, so perifirials pluged in do not work anymore (unless they reboot the computer).
Every single one of thoses setup (150 / 150) is plugged the same way (Keyboard and mouse in the USB at the back) and every single HUB is connected to the computer using the cable provided by DELL in the U2410 box.
Is the HUB not "technically" suposed to be used that way on a U2410 and i'm lucky that only 2-3 / 150 doesnt work, or are they broken and should be reaplaced ?
Thank you in advance for your help and support
All USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard) should never be plugged into monitor USB ports. They should always be plugged directly into the computers onboard USB ports. Now, if the monitor is powered off, the monitor USB hub is automatically turned OFF. That is normal and by design.
Then my second question is, is it normal then that the USB HUB doesnt not power-up by itself once the monitor is re-powered ? Is that only linked to the fact that I have stuff pluged in it at that moment ? Is there a chance it will do the same thing with, let's say, a small USB personal FAN ?
When the monitor is turned on, the USB hub is powered on but not re-initalized by the computer. I cannot speak to a stand-alone USB fan.
When the monitor is turned off, the USB ports remain ON.
* The U2410 manual states, "The monitor's USB interface works only when the monitor is on or in power save mode.
Why do you feel this way?
* Many times, a computer on booting up will fail to see the monitor USB hub, thus the user does not have access to the keyboard and mouse to enter the computers pre-windows Bios. Dell has always recommended that the keyboard and mouse should always be plugged directly into the computer USB ports.
what is it that should actually go in them?
* I use mine for USB keys and drives. But I disconnect them before turning the monitor off.