usb2 upgrade -

  chugby 20:51 26 Feb 2007

want to check compat to upgrade an old computer to usb2, spec = AMD Athlon Slot A Socket A CPU, VIA VT8363/5 KT133/KM133 chip, XP, 768mb ram. Any issues? thanks

  woodchip 20:57 26 Feb 2007

No there should not be. Also Try downloading the 4 in 1 Drivers click here

the Ports on your Motherboard may only support USB1.1 But you can do as I did, Fit a USB2 PCI card with Via chipset for USB2

  Ben 216 21:12 26 Feb 2007

I don't see any reason why a USB 2.0 PCI card won't work. It's worth checking that you have a spare power connector as some expansion cards will require more power than the PCI slot can supply.

Check click here there are a couple of cards sub £5, if you have a Maplins or RS near you they'll be able to sell you one at a decent price.

Or there's this click here add USB 2.0 & Firewire at the same time - I had one of these running fine in an old Slot 1 PIII 500MHz

  phono 21:48 26 Feb 2007

A lot of USB support sites recommend PCI cards with NEC chipsets as opposed to VIA, SIS or ALI, which have, in the past, been known to have issues, that situation may well have changed of course but it's still worth thinking about.

  woodchip 22:48 26 Feb 2007

Only suggesting Via as I just fitted one in a Win98se comp along with Firewire Sata etc

  Ashrich 22:48 26 Feb 2007

If you don't already have it , download and install service pack 2 for XP for better USB 2.0 support .


  Ben 216 23:32 26 Feb 2007

The second link I posted is a VIA chipset. Do you know what the problem was? Maybe its been fixed with an updated driver release?

  phono 01:25 27 Feb 2007

If your question was for me check this website click here I'm sorry but I don't have the exact link but if you check the website it does mention the NEC chipset recommendation I referred to.

However, as I also said, this may well have changed by now with the introduction of newer chipsets.

  jam500 07:53 27 Feb 2007

Hi, i have a VIA usb 2.0 pci card and i have had no prblems.

  Ben 216 09:58 27 Feb 2007

Looks like a useful site, bookmarked. I'll browse though later and see if I can find the problem... more out of interest than anything else.

  keef66 14:11 27 Feb 2007

If you have a mobo with a Via chipset, avoid getting a pci usb 2.0 card with a Via chip. This is the combination I have read causes problems. My bad experience was with 2 cheapo Ebuyer cards with Ali chipsets. The replacement Belkin card is fine, and I think is NEC chip based.

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