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Does Windows 98se support USB 2.0

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by itsmillertym, Feb 8, 2003.

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  1. itsmillertym

    itsmillertym Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2003
    I am new to this, so don't be to hard on me. I am having a guy build me a computer. He told me he was having problems with getting a driver to load for the USB 2.0 I don't have the puter now so I can't get the error code. The only thing he can gather is win 98se don't support USB 2.0 I'll have the puter tomorrow. I have a pentium 4, 256 megs of ddr ram, 40 gig hard drive, G force 4 video card. Any help would be great.

    Thank You,
  2. IMM


    Feb 1, 2002
    Out of the box SE supports 2.0 but FE does not. It's not always a worry unless the device in question is a speedster requiring the faster rates 2.0 allows (or perhaps lots of juice). Devices like that would be adsl modems or burners typically.
    All USB2.0 devices are suppossed to be backwards compatible and run on a 1.1 interface (albeit at the slower speeds).
    What's the mobo? What's the device he's trying to install?
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Just to add this:
    I think it would help it you post whether it is the motherboard itself that has USB 2.0 devices or ports, or if he is adding USB 2.0 device, such as a 2.0 port or port card....if the motherboard has built in USB 2.0 (very new ones do) it should have the drivers on the CD....he would know that. If it's a PCI card- they come with a CD that has drivers on it, but there are conflicts a lot of times with the Enhanced 2.0 USB or Root Hub. Best I can offer is to check for updated drivers from the device's support site, or the motherboard chipset site. Here is one place I find very helpful:
    The BIOS settings for USb are critical- it has to be enabled there, and IRQs can be a problem. There are many specific issues, as you will see at the site below. Check the sidelinks to Patches/Drivers and Problem Solver.
    Remember, there are two USBs to deal with, unless you only have the newer 2.0- until just recently, systems came with USB 1.x as built in. These ports should work- without problems, and the devices and software should be uninstalled from Safe Mode and reinstalled to fix problems. There are quite a few step by steps in the process, but it does work. Patches and updates are specific, too, and for systems that do have problems.

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