Has anyone's rebate shown up on the status-now.com website?
Rep unto others as you would have them Rep unto you.
Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world,
but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set,
Uprooting the evil in the fields that we know,
So that those who live after may have clean earth to till.
- J.R.R Tolkien.
I bought the 16GB unit from Newegg and left this info in my review, but I wanted to share it here because I was so lost when I encountered the problem. And it serves as a good FYI/warning.
As soon as I got this device, I plugged it into my Mac Mini and -- behold -- my computer froze up. Or so I thought. I Googled and Googled but couldn't find any mention of there being a problem with the ADATA devices and Mac OS 10.8.3. I checked for ADATA firmware updates, there were none. I finally emailed ADATA customer service but three days later I still hadn't received a response. I emailed again and now it's three days later and I still haven't heard anything back.
I decided last night to try the flash drive again. Sure enough, the computer "froze". But this time I'd accidentally left a window open AND I accidentally pressed a key and saw that my keyboard still worked. A-HA! It's just my mouse that isn't working! I plugged in another mouse and it worked, but got very jumpy the further I moved it away from my computer and its receiver. So I plugged my original mouse back in (Logitech M570), moved it to the middle of my desk so it was closer to the computer and receiver, and there it was -- working again!
I did some more Googling and found a thread that explained how the power of the USB 3.0 interfered with the signal on many devices. From the thread:
"Most wireless networks and mice, including the Unifying Receiver, communicate at a frequency of 2.4GHz. When powered, a USB 3.0 HDD or flash drive will generate significant broadband interference around the 2.4GHz band, as part of it's normal operation. This severely reduces the range of any mouse receiver or wireless network adapter in close proximity to the USB 3.0 device, resulting in spotty performance and intermittent disconnects. Bluetooth is also affected to an extent. This is why moving the receiver away helps. Intel put an impressive lab together and got it all figured out, releasing a whitepaper in April 2012 that explains everything. If you really want to understand this, it's a must read; I'll link it at the bottom.
Bottom line: the only REAL solution is more shielding for both the USB ports and the USB 3.0 devices; meaning manufacturers can retrofit their products and hopefully squash this rather large bug for the next hardware cycle. If you read the Intel report you will see that both motherboard makers and usb device makers will have to add shielding. Just one or the other isn't always effective. We owners of existing, unshielded devices are pretty much up a creek, sans paddle."
So there you have it. I'm going to keep the flash drive because it's kind of awesome and just use my mouse in the middle of my desk when I load it, but be aware. Thread where I got this info: http://bit.ly/YgMTHC, in case you want to see more.
Ah, thanks for the info...I saw this happen to me on my MBA. I thought it was weird because it was working normally on Win7 laptop. I googled for a solution but with no luck. After I saw your post, I tried a quick and dirty DIY solution - Reynolds wrap around the drive body No interference whatsoever!
No need. Called the rebate processor and they cleared it up. Now I just have to wait another 2.5 months to get my $10...
That's great. The only reason I recommended calling Newegg was because in my case, they processed my purchase a day late, making me ineligible for the rebate.
So they just gave me a GC for that amount.
Ofcourse I submitted the rebate in anyway...and got that as well.
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