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How to troubleshoot USB devices

Banish those USB blues

How to install a USB 2.0 PCI Card

1. If your PC only supports USB 1.1, upgrading to USB 2.0 is simply a matter of fitting a PCI card. You don’t need anything expensive – spend more than £10 and you’ve been robbed. If possible, get a card with four ports (some cards come with one or more internal ports too).

Step 1

Step 1

2. Switch off the PC, then disconnect it from the mains. Leave the power cord in place to keep the system earthed. Next, access the motherboard. This will usually mean removing the lefthand panel. While working, occasionally touch the case’s bare metal to discharge your body’s static.

Step 2

Step 2

3. Remove a blanking plate that aligns with a spare PCI slot. It’ll be secured by a clip, screw or soldered joint (which will need breaking). Insert the card. Be cautious but firm. Finally, screw or lock it in place. If the blanking plate was soldered and you don’t have a suitable screw, take it to a local PC shop.

Step 3

Step 3

4. Now fire up the PC again. Provided you’re running a version of Windows that officially supports USB 2.0, you won’t need to install a driver. To confirm the card has ‘taken’, open Device Manager and look for a USB controller described as ‘Enhanced’. If everything’s okay, reassemble the case.

Step 4

Step 4

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