Can I upgrade a USB1 port to a USB2port?

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Heinrich

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Help is needed,
I have an older but perfectly working Pentium 4 Laptop with 4 x USB1 ports and 2x PCMCIA ports. I now purchased a Wireless 802.11G Network Adapter and also a 4 in one Canon printer/copier/fax and scanner.
I am now told the ports do not support the scanner function from the new Canon printer nor the new Wireless network adapter. Is there anyway where I can upgrade the ports to USB2.0 via software or would a netgear PCMCIA Wifi Card work on my older Laptop?
Your help is much appriciated.
Heinrich
 
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There is no way to upgrade a 1.0 to a 2.0 via software because it is a hardware factor. When you look for a wifi card, check to see that it is compatible with usb 1.0. most hardware that works on 2.0 is usually compatible 1.0 but slower
 
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BUT, you can ADD USB2 ports - Belkin does make a PCMCIA card with USB2 jacks, but the thing is, if you have the PCMCIA slots available, why not just get a PCMCIA wireless NIC card? Not only are they a bit faster than a USB wireless adaptor, they are a whole sight tougher and less prone to being snapped off like those USB beasties.

BTW - Canons also tend to want to use Bluetooth when working wirelessly. How are you hooking this thing up?

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Heinrich

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thanks arknorth, someone did offer me a netgear PCMCIA Wifi card. I just have to find out the specs of it. It may just solves my problem. As to my Canon printer, it is a MX300 type and I use a Belkin USB cable. It is only the scanner that does not work via the USB1 port. Will come back once I have more details. thanks again.
 
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