Navigating the Choppy Waters of macOS Sonoma 14.4 USB Hub Issues

Navigating the Choppy Waters of macOS Sonoma 14.4 USB Hub Issues

Hello, dear macOS users and enthusiasts! Have you recently updated to macOS Sonoma 14.4 and found yourself in a bit of a bind with your USB hubs, especially those on your monitors? You're certainly not paddling this boat alone. Let's break down what's happening and explore some potential lifesavers tossed out by the community.

The Heart of the Matter

The macOS Sonoma 14.4 update seems to have introduced a peculiar issue affecting users with monitors that have USB ports. Reports have flooded in from individuals whose setups were working seamlessly before the update but are now facing connectivity issues with devices like keyboards and mice plugged into their monitor's USB ports.

Shared Troubles

In a sea of voices, a few stand out. @Nobodys10, for example, shares their ordeal with a MacBook Pro 16 M2 Pro and a Gigabyte M34WQ monitor, where post-update, the MacBook no longer recognizes the keyboard and mouse. Similarly, @balcanactx and @dead-4-dead have encountered issues with their Dell monitors' USB ports not functioning after the update, pointing firmly at Sonoma 14.4 as the troublemaker.

A Glimmer of Hope

Despite these turbulent waters, some users have charted a course towards temporary solutions. A noteworthy mention by @karamelo69 involves a tweak in the macOS settings that could re-establish the lost connection.

Sailing Towards Solutions

Adjusting Privacy & Security Settings

A potential fix that has worked for some involves navigating to System Settings > Privacy & Security. Here's a step-by-step guide to what you might consider trying:

  • Step 1: Go to System Settings > Privacy & Security > Allow accessories to connect.
  • Step 2: Change the setting to "Always Allow" or toggle it to "Ask Every Time" if it's set differently.
  • Step 3: If the issue persists, disconnect your external USB hub, reboot your MacBook, and then reconnect the hub.

This maneuver has proven to be a lifeline for several users, enabling them to reconnect with their beloved peripherals.

The macOS Sonoma 14.4 update has certainly stirred the waters, but the community's resilience shines brightly, offering workarounds and support.

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