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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by freeballer, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. freeballer

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    I've been thinking of getting an android tablet for some time. This one (a500) is definitely top #3. I was wondering if someone could give me a definite yes/no if you can add external (usb) devices like thumbdrives and gamepads?

    I have an external drive I keep my main media on. Problem is its a ntfs partition. Can it be rooted and a kernel module added for support OR is it supported out of the box? (at least read only)

    I also have an old logitech gamepad I'd like to use on emulators/games. Can it be used, or maybe a ps3 controller?

    I'd appreciate any help or suggestions. I've googled this and haven't found anything specific for this tablet itself.

    Thanks
    Geo
     

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    There are several posts on using NTFS drives. Yes, you will nedd to root. Iconiaroot takes about 3 minutes to root the tab and that includes the reboot. If tou search the forum for NTFS you can see there are a couple apps that allow rw mounting of your usb drive.

    I will defer to others on the gamepad. With 3.1 there is supposed to be support for game controllers, but I don't have any direct knowlege on what works.

    Good luck.
     
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    I was able to use small thumbdrives up to 32gb before I rooted my tab as long as they were FAT32 format. But for my harddrives i had to root so it could read the nfts format.

    I haven't tried any game controllers ill leave that to my husband when i see him in September but im guessing someone else here probably tried it out.
     
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    FAT32 works because Android supports FAT32 natively. If you have an Android phone with an SD card, the SD card is formatted FAT32. At first, I was surprised, figuring it would be the Linux format. But the reason is that they had to make it so Android could be used as a disk drive for as many OSes as possible, and FAT32 is the only thing that is common.
     
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    ive used both a usb gamepro gamepad an a generic mini usb mouse, they worked just fine
     
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    xbox360 usb pad and the logitech usb wireless keyboard/mouse combo work
     

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