PCI card for extra USB ports

  wids001 13:20 04 Apr 2008


I have a Dell Dimension 2400 running XP SP2. It has 5 built-in USB ports, which now are filled.

I have a spare PCI card slot, and am thinking on on purchasing a 4-port USB PCI card.

Would this be "plug & Play", ie insert card, switch back on and I'm up and running, or can anyone advise me of any problems that I may incur.


  Pamy 13:22 04 Apr 2008

yes it will, but you can also purchase a 4port hub to make an exrta 3ports from one of your existing USB ports

  keef66 13:24 04 Apr 2008

It's just a plug and play operation since you have XP SP2.


  Pamy 13:26 04 Apr 2008

click here

Or even a non powerd one from a Pound shop (£1)

  lofty29 13:36 04 Apr 2008

I fitted a pci usb card on my old pc, but was warned that it should not be fitted next to (a) an agp or pci slot that was already in use as it could interfear with that card, and (b) make sure it is compatible with the motherboard.

  Stuartli 13:48 04 Apr 2008

Non-powered hubs are of limited value.


My PCI five-port USB hub (which adds to the four existing ports) is sandwiched between an AGP card and a PCI Freeview TV cards..:-)

By the way, you may need to add/increase the number of USB ports available in the Bios settings.

  Gongoozler 14:00 04 Apr 2008

I've been using this PCI card for over 2 years and found it easy to install and very reliable click here

  Pamy 14:06 04 Apr 2008

Stuartli, It depends what he wants to connect to it. Gust making him aware what is available

  Pamy 14:08 04 Apr 2008

Gust = Just

  wids001 17:39 04 Apr 2008

Thanks to everyone who replied. On my way to purchase the card now.

  lofty29 17:51 04 Apr 2008

just passing on information that came with the card, notice it said "could"

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