External USB2 hard drive slow

  ned2 18:41 30 Oct 04

my PC runs on Win Me, I installed a USB2 PCI card some time ago but was never sure if it was working at full speed. Yesterday I have attached a USB2 external hard drive (20GB) and tested speed using Roadkil's speed test prog - drive reads at only 0.8MB/sec (my main drive checks 30MB/sec). In device manager I have a yellow exclamation mark against NEC PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller, but removing, updating driver has no effect and yellow mark remains - any help appreciated.

  Grantrh 19:29 30 Oct 04

Try installing the latest drivers for the USB 2 card and if that fails try pulling the card out and then putting it back in maybe in another PCI slot.
Good luck.

  jack 19:36 30 Oct 04

It seems I think that there are essentially two types of USB,PCI card.
The first is a 'complete' item with its own 'processor'
The second is simply if you like a 'socket converter'
The first draws power from the computer but 'does its own 'thing'
The second not only draws power but also shares the main processor - therefor making the whole system run slower.
That is what I have been led to believe.

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