USB Ports For Old PC

  X-Box 20:43 13 Sep 2003

I'd like to give my old spare PC a new lease of life by fitting a couple of USB ports - it currently has none.

The PC is an old Protek Pentium 1 166mHz which is still going strong after 5 years daily use and was replaced last year by an Addons 2.4gHz as my main machine.

I guess I can add USB ports via a card or is there more to it than that?

If it is that simple - what sort of card am I looking for when I start searching ?


  R4 20:58 13 Sep 2003

Look for a PCI USB card it will probably have at least two USB ports,software should come with it.

You could try searching ebay for possibly a cheap card. try here :-click here

  pj123 21:01 13 Sep 2003

It also needs to be running windows 98 as windows 95 does not support USB. For PCI USB cards go to click here

  Jester2K II 21:01 13 Sep 2003

What version Windows?

  ton 21:05 13 Sep 2003

Don't forget the bios. Have a look to see if you have USB option in the bios. If not you will have to reflash them.

  X-Box 21:25 13 Sep 2003

I am currently running Win95 but have the CD for Win98 - just never got around to installing it as 95 behaved pretty well.

I realise that I will need to install '98 to get USB support.

Can I install '98 ontop of '95 to save re-insalling various drivers ?

  Jester2K II 21:42 13 Sep 2003

Only if its an Upgrade CD.

  Jester2K II 21:42 13 Sep 2003

Also is it Win98 or Win98SE (Second Edition)

  Belatucadrus 21:45 13 Sep 2003

W95 can be be made USB compatible, but it's bit of a bind and not completely satisfactory. For example when I loaded USB Zipdisk software on my W95 PC it promptly advised me that no other USB devices would be supported. click here for instructions if you want to give it a try.

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