I have tried to fit a USB2, 4 Port card to my Dell Dimension XPS T500 computer but the computer will not restart after it has been installed. My operating system is Windows 98SE and the computer has 2 USB1 ports already fitted as standard. The card, purchased from Maplins, states that it supports Windows 98,98SE, 2000, ME and XP. I have tried alternative PCI slots but with the same result. Taking out the card was the only way to get the computer to restart. Any advice on why this is happening will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
Presuming the card came with a CDROM which should provide the 98 drivers I'd look on that first and see if it says anything, I haven't actually fitted a USB 2 card on a Win 98 computer myself but I'm wondering if you perhaps have to install the software first. This is a total shot in the dark on my part but have a look at the CD or if there is a manufacturers name on the card there may be help on their website.
Has the PCI Card got a VIA chip controller on it. If it has you may need a patch from VIA to make it work properly with an Intel chip set if that's what your motherboard has on it. I had the same problem trying to get a similar card running with 98se but since I have gone across to XP it installed no problem and is working fine. Hope this helps. If I can find the Patch number from VIA I will post back.