Adding USB port

  PJ8 15:38 08 Aug 03

Is it possible to add a USB port to an old computer? Our home PC (32Mb Ram,P166MHz, windows 98) has no USB port required for Broadband access. We currently only use this computer for internet access.

  Jester2K II 15:57 08 Aug 03

1) Are you running Windows 98 or 98 Second Edition. If 98SE then yes, if 98 possibly.

2) You have a spare PCI slot for the card?

Download this progam click here 556kb to check you USB capabilities.

  Jester2K II 15:59 08 Aug 03

Run say yes to the prompt and then hit the Detials button.

As long as the Software box says "no upgarde required" you are ok.

  PJ8 16:16 08 Aug 03

Ran above check.
Results were- software ie windows 98 O.K
system hardware does not have USB support.
USB driver connection is not operating effectively.
Does this mean I can add a USB port or not?

  Jester2K II 16:18 08 Aug 03

Yes you can. You have the Software (Windows) support but you need to add some ports. Then you'll have the hardware support. The USB Driver can't operate as there is no hardware.

Once the card is installed and the drivers installed then all three will say OK

  SEASHANTY 16:23 08 Aug 03

32MB Ram seems a bit low. You may have to increase this for BB use.

  PJ8 16:23 08 Aug 03

Thanks Jester2k II. I think I have a spare PCI port, but I'm not 100% sure what I'm looking for. Is it obvious?

  Jester2K II 16:28 08 Aug 03

White slot, probably 3 or 4 in your PC. There will sound cards etc in other ones. They are the slots that line up behind the removable panels in the back of the PC for new cards etc...

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