KOSTAS 14:20 17 Dec 03

I have a dell laptop and have 2x USB 1.1 ports .
is there any device i could plug in to upgrade the USB port from 1.1 to 2.0 version?

or will i be able to run with the USB 1.1 port , an external DVD/RW USB 2.0 ?


  Jester2K II 14:31 17 Dec 03

You can run a USB Device on 1.1 ports but only at 1.1 speeds.

You can also buy a USB PCI card to give you USB 2.0 ports.

What version of Windows are you running?

  Jester2K II 14:31 17 Dec 03

You can run a USB 2.0 Device on 1.1 ports but only at 1.1 speeds.

  Gemma 14:41 17 Dec 03

The laptop ports are USB 1.1 and there is no realistic way to upgrade. You can connect a USB 2 device if it offers USB 1.1 backwards compatibility. You will be limited to USB 1.1 speeds.

If you buy, make sure the supplier clearly understands that you need it to run with USB 1.1.

  Jester2K II 14:46 17 Dec 03

i run windows XP home .
what sort of card should i buy ?

Any USB 2.0 PCI card will do...

Example - click here=

  Jester2K II 14:47 17 Dec 03

"I have a dell laptop"

Sorry that card is no good for a laptop...

As far as i can see Gemma is corect in that you can't upgrade the laptop ports....


  Gemma 18:22 17 Dec 03

If you have a PCMCIA slot then there are USB cards available e.g. click here

  Gemma 09:40 18 Dec 03

By email

There are 2 slots on teh right side of the laptop.
there are 2 empty slots on the right side of the laptop.
i asuume they are PCMCIA slots ?


Two of them probably are. You should check with Dell to get a manual for your laptop. There are three types of PCMCIA slots (1,2,3) and you will need to match the USB card to the slot type. It would be best to get a card which is externally powered from a mains adaptor.

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