Adding USB2 PCI Card

  Eargasm 10:46 27 May 06

Can anyone tell me if my Motherboard will support a USB2 PCI card?.
The pc is over 4 years old now, Packard Bell IXTREME 9507.
Cosmos (GA8IDMNF) rev1.0 atx motherboard.
Chipset Intel i845
I have bought an external USB2 hard drive for back up, which works fine (but slow) as i only have USB1 on my pc.

  Hertz Van Rentyl 10:55 27 May 06

Which Version of Windows have you got installed.

  Eargasm 10:58 27 May 06

Sorry, XP Home

  Hertz Van Rentyl 11:08 27 May 06

I reckon it will be OK, as you can get a card for about £7 then it's not a great risk.
click here

  Hertz Van Rentyl 11:10 27 May 06

OOps £7 one is only USB1 but the others are not a lot more.

  pj123 11:26 27 May 06

I wonder if it is worth it?

I installed a USB2 PCI card in my PC. PCChips 810LMR which has four USB 1.1 ports. Although the Card installed OK and is recognised it still only runs at USB1.1 speed. So, I guess my MOBO won't support USB2, or possibly because I'm still running Win 98SE.

  Eargasm 11:28 27 May 06

Thanks Hertz Van Rentyl
PC world have a Belkin 2 port one for £15, so i will give that a try.

  Gongoozler 11:58 27 May 06

As I understand it, it's only the very old computers that predate the PCI 2.1 standard that can't handle USB2 data speeds. Also some USB2 cards using VIA chipsets have problems with some motherboards that also use VIA chipsets. Because of this I bought this USB2 card that has a NEC chipset click here, and found it an absolute doddle to fit and have had no problems at all using it.

  Stuartli 13:25 27 May 06

Also see:

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  Eargasm 10:47 28 May 06

I installed the card this morning and everything seems fine.
A full backup with acronis 9 took 20 minutes ( 40gb) where previously it took over 3 hours.

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