Upgrading a PC to USB 2.0

  dregn 20:07 10 Dec 2004

A friend has a three year old PC with USB 1.0 sockets available and wishes to upgrade to USB 2.0, if possible. Is there a converter to enable use of USB 2.0 devices at high speed or is there another way of achieving this ?

Any advice much appreciated.

  Totally-braindead 20:09 10 Dec 2004

You just buy a USB 2 card, make sure he has a spare PCI slot inside the computer(thats the white one). They cost between £10 and £20.

  Totally-braindead 20:14 10 Dec 2004

Heres a link to one of the ones Watford has but theres many others click here

  Totally-braindead 20:15 10 Dec 2004

And heres one of the Novatech ones click here

  dregn 20:22 10 Dec 2004

Thank you all for the amazingly rapid ( and helpful replies ) you have pointed me in the right direction.
His PC has several PCI slots available so I will go ahead and order.
Again, many thanks.

  woodchip 20:34 10 Dec 2004

If Win98 or WinME it will not Work as USB2 without drivers supplied with the USB card..... It will only work as a USB1.1

  iscanut 20:48 10 Dec 2004

I have upgraded my 3 year old to USB2 with a cheap PCI card. I am no expert in these things, but it worked fine. Even better if you have XP as drivers not required although the card should come witha drivers disk for Win 98 & ME... Don't forget that if you use a hub to get more USB ports, get a high speed hub as well rather than one for USB1.

  Totally-braindead 20:51 10 Dec 2004

Regarding the hub for extra ports once the USB card is installed, in order to use it at USB 2 the hub must also be USB 2 compatible.

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