installing a USB port

  coinneach 21:48 26 Feb 05
Locked

I've been asked by a friend to install broadband on her computer. I know from past experience that it's a doddle when the PC has a USB port, but her's hasn't. There's only a parallel port.
Is it possible to install a USB port in an old PC and if so, how?

coinneach

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 21:51 26 Feb 05

She/ you will have to install a USB PCI card.

You can go down to PC world or a local computer shop.

Note: you have to have Windows 98 or later.

Feel free to ask for more help.

Ben

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 21:53 26 Feb 05

Sorry.

"You can go down to PC world or a local computer shop"

should be:

You can find one of these at your local computer shop or pc world.

Its very easy to install.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:03 26 Feb 05

1. switch off remove cover

2. ground yourself on the frame

3. insert card UBS2 PCI card (cheaper at Computer shop 5 port Q-tec £10, PC world 2 port Belkin £18)

4. secure with screw.

5. refit cover

6. reboot

7. XP will find and install new hardware / windows 9x run driver disk that comes with card.

Total time 3.5 minutes (did one this morning)

  VoG II 22:05 26 Feb 05

Even I have done this (successfully)!

  Totally-braindead 22:21 26 Feb 05

As the others have said its really very simple, Fruit Bats description is right on the nose it really is that easy.

  blowworm 22:25 26 Feb 05

coinneach,

You can get a hub for a pittance on that auction site!

James

  stalion 22:26 26 Feb 05

evening,must be easy then lol

  coinneach 22:59 26 Feb 05

many thanks, everyone, for all your help. I hope I find it as easy as you say it is! I have an uncanny knack in finding snags in everyhing I do on computers! If history repeats itself, I'll be back to worry you again.

coinneach

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 23:37 26 Feb 05

Don't worry i am 14 years old and i built a computer (when i was 12) and i didn't know how to assemble it,but it worked after guessing my way through!

Im not saying guess how to put it in.

but well if i can do it,you surely can!!!!

Goodluck

were all on the edge of our seats.

  coinneach 12:02 27 Feb 05

thanks Big Ben...

very reassuring. I'm 81 years old, so I should have learned a trick or two by now!! I strongly suspect that my friend will opt for a new PC, since hers is 7 years old (I sold it to her 3 years ago)and gives us both a fair amount of trouble. I might take it over, strip it down and install Linux for experimental purposes. I'm very impressed with Firefox and Thunderbird, which I've used for some months.

coinneach

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Best phone camera 2016/2017: Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7 vs Google Pixel vs HTC 10 Evo vs OnePlus 3T vs…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 is Green

Super Mario Run preview | Hands-on first impressions of Super Mario Run: Mario's iPhone & iPad…