Hi kwang, my experience is that even with a pci card, getting usb to work on an old motherboard is a gamble. It is often best to admit defeat and rebuild the computer with a new motherboard. If anyone has had more success than me, I would be interested to hear how they did it.
I have in the past installed 3 pci usb cards into old A.T. systems running windows 98se. As long as the usb function was enabled in the bios, these cards were detected first time. The only other thing that was required was the 98se disk to get the usb drivers.
I have also used usb backplates, these can fit on the usb headers on some old A.T. motherboards. These cost about £2.50 each.
Hi the village idiot. I have fitted a pci usb card to an old pc, it was detected but although at first it appeared to work, when it was used to read a digital camera it froze during transfer. The computer had a VIA MVP3+ chipset. This is known to have problems with USB. I think a BIOS upgrade may have helped, but the only reference to this that I could find was in Chinese. In the end I found that it was easier to fit a new motherboard! Hence my comment that getting usb to work on an old motherboard is a gamble.
Hi Gongoozler, sorry don't know that chipset. It may be that the upgrades I did were on mmx cpu's? A 200 pentium, a 300 cyrix and a 333 amd all boards supported sdram so they may have been newish old. lol
I agree with you that, with board prices being so low, the cost of an add on card can go a long way in buying a modern up to date board.
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