Introduction: Paint Your USB Ports

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I can't see which direction I need to plug in my USB devices and ports. So I will be painting them.

Step 1: Step 1: Tape Off Your Ports

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Get some tape and tape them off. Painters tape is great, but any will work.

Step 2: Step 2: Paint

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Paint the little plastic piece inside of the USB ports. I used a Testors paint pen.

Step 3: Results: Nice

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Genius!!!! Now I can see in dim lighting which direction I need to plug in my devices.
Why were those USB ports black anyway?

Notes: You could use silver, white, or gold paint with better results.

Step 4: Other Tweaks

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You might have noticed that my NIC connection and 56k connection have connectors in them.
I was watching my girlfriend try to plug the power connector into the NIC! So I decided that something must be done. The wonderful engineers at HP decided putting the NIC right next to the power connector was a great idea.

I used new connectors and plugged them in. For the NIC I used a new connector but cut it in half so it doesn't stick out.


neo71665 (author)2014-01-14

USB-the only rectangle plug it take 3 tries before you find the correct way to plug it in.

drewscreen (author)2013-06-13

You could also use tiny strips of reflective tape.

The Arbiter (author)2012-10-04

This is a fabulous idea. One slight tweak, you could paint the ports with glow in the dark paint to make them show up a little better. Either way, I am going to do this to my laptop.

rimar2000 (author)2009-05-03

Good idea. I often think the USB developers disregard the phisical configuration. Really, USB ports are very cumbersome to use.

gmjhowe (author)rimar20002009-05-03

Beats making sure pins dont get bent, then screwing it in!

dogbot10 (author)gmjhowe2009-06-11

Thats what she said!

gmjhowe (author)dogbot102009-06-12

Go away now.

Camisado (author)gmjhowe2009-06-12

Ooh, burn.....

theRIAA (author)2009-05-03

hehe. girlfriends are funny.

fwjs28 (author)theRIAA2009-05-03

i must say i do agree...oh the hilarity of plugging a square ethernet into a round sound jack (?!?!?!)

alexd619 (author)2009-05-03

I would not suggest using silver, gold, or any metallic paint, because if you screw up and paint the contacts you could mess up your hardware

skywagger (author)2009-05-03

Hp compaq 6820s ?

bensmith8302 (author)skywagger2009-05-03

HP Compaq 6720s

lemonie (author)2009-05-03

It's a good idea, (although most of the time I have trouble the ports are around the back....) Have you marked the USB plugs, or is it obvious which way up they are?


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