Win98 .... USB 2

  JimButler 22:56 19 May 06

This is a Yes or No question.
Is Win98 USB2 compliant ?
eg Could a USB2 PCI card be installed on +
recognised by a Win98 System ?

Ta very much indeed for any authorative replies...

  woodchip 23:05 19 May 06


Not without supplied and veryfied Win98se Drivers supplied with the Card, also the chipset as to be the right one.

Not a SIS, a Via should support it

  pj123 10:22 20 May 06

woodchip, I beg to differ. I have a PCChips 810LMR mobo running Win 98SE.

I installed an Opti PCI USB2 card. There are no drivers with the card. Win 98SE picks it up and installs it as:

"OPTi 82C861 PCI to USB Open Host Controller"

The driver software to use it comes with whatever unit you wish to use. I have an external USB2 hard drive and a USB2 flash drive. Both came with drivers which installed easily and they are both working fine.

  phil46 10:41 20 May 06

W98 was not USB aware W98SE was which version is he running? you can install a USB2 card on W98SE
but you will only get USB1 speed.

  Belatucadrus 10:54 20 May 06

click here According to the USB man W98 support for USB2 is largely dependant on the card manufacturer having suitable drivers.

  woodchip 12:45 20 May 06

I think if you check you will find it working at USB 1.1 speed

  richard929 12:49 20 May 06

would it work if he upgraded to xp

  woodchip 12:54 20 May 06

More than likely, and yes it would with a PCI card in

  pj123 13:21 20 May 06

woodchip, quite possibly. But neither of these units would work in my existing USB 1.1 ports, which was why I got a USB 2 PCI card.

I thought all USB 2 devices were backwards compatible??

I will check the speed I get on the PCI card using a USB 2 device and then check the speed on one of the original 1.1 ports using an old USB 1.1 mp3 player, if I can work out how to do it.

  JimButler 13:44 20 May 06

I`ve been inundated with replies here but I`m still not sure my question has been answered.
This is not my PC but I believe it is quite old ( about 8 years ). Chipset I think is Intel summat. The card is A Belkin USB2 PCI. The min OS according to leaflet is WIN98SE.
The system is WIN98. It is not recognising card after driver install and card placement.
This is why I posed my question.
Is WIN98 generally NOT USB2 `aware` ?

  ed-0 13:47 20 May 06

If the computer is using windows 98 and the minimum spec from belkin is windows 98se, then it won't work.

As been posted above. If the system was 98se, you would use the drivers supplied from the peripheral manufacturers disk to run it at usb 2.0 standard.

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