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    USB primer request

    I know next to nothing about USB, and was wondering if anyone could enlighten me on a few points.

    I understand that USB is a data transfer protocol to allow high-speed interaction from 1 device to another.

    The reason I ask is that I found a device that has a USB port, and want to talk to it. The manufacturer says it's not a good idea, but that just eggs me on. The device will accept a memory stick with MP3s, and play them. I want to be able to hook in w/a laptop and control it.

    Would I need some dort of driver to communicate with it, and if so, is it possible to write a driver via reverse-engineering (since the mfgr most likely will not write one)?

    Here's a thread to more info on the device, a Dension ice>Link Gateway 500.
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    You cannot connect this device directly to a PC as they both use USB Host controllers. In USB one side should be host and another slave to work.
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    Ah. Thank you jbors. Do you think there is a way to make the laptop an "active slave" As in, be a slave, but simply listen for and interpret commands given by the host?
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