Update USB 1 to USB 2

  schmollies 15:07 21 Aug 2008

I have a fairly old laptop which works fine for my needs but only has USB 1 ports. I have been given a USB tv stick that needs USB 2 to work.

Is there a simple/inexpesive way to update to USB 2? (pcmcia card, adaptor etc.) The laptop operating system is xp home edition and has 1.5gb of ram.

Many thanks

  feb 15:08 21 Aug 2008

You might find that the stick works, but will work slower.

  schmollies 15:31 21 Aug 2008


Noted but how can I update to USB2?

  feb 16:54 21 Aug 2008

As it's a laptop I would suggest that a pcmcia adapter would be the way to go.

  jack 15:00 22 Aug 2008

probably not though.
The actual USB engine is part of the chip-set on the mother board in any computer.
To move to USB 2 the motherboard must be replaced
not a feasible thing for a lappie.
A pcmcia adapter like a PCI card for a desktop will
still be channeled through the motherboard.
But a USB item as feb suggest should still work but not as quick- not that you would notice any particular difference.

  ambra4 05:07 23 Aug 2008


You need to have XP Service Pack 1 installed to enable USB2.0

click here

  jack 08:11 23 Aug 2008

True but my comment re the motherboard still applies
It is not either/or it is both together
SP1 is the software requirement the motherboard chip set is the hardware.
SP1 [though of course now part of any XP O/S now as is SP2 - not an add on]is the software reqirement in XP.
But it wont make a USB1 motherboard a USB 2

  DieSse 19:23 23 Aug 2008

Sorry, but you're quite mistaken.

A PCMCIA card (now called a PCCard) is akin to a plug in PCI card in a desktop system. It has it's own USB2 chipset on it, which in no way relies on the motherboard.

A PCCard USB2 module WILL give you USB2 ports (as long as the software is up to date.

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