Paint Your USB Ports

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

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

Step 2: Step 2: Paint

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

Step 3: Results: Nice

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

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.

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    neo71665

    4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    drewscreen

    5 years ago

    You could also use tiny strips of reflective tape.

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    The Arbiter

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    rimar2000

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    fwjs28theRIAA

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    alexd619

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    lemonie

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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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