Questions about Dell 8100

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I have a couple questions about a Dell Dimension 8100. I know nothing about Dell because I build my own systems.

My friend bought a Dell 8100 a couple years ago. It came with Windows 98 so he replaced 98 with XP Pro. We both assume that the USB ports are USB 1, not USB 2.0, so he wants to install a USB 2.0 card and hub, along with some USB 2.0 peripherals. The specifications on the USB 2.0 card at Walmart, says to install it into a PCI 2.1 slot. I know what a PCI slot is, of course, but what is a PCI 2.1 slot? Does a Dell 8100 have PCI 2.1 slots or just plain PCI slots? Do I have to do any more than install a USB 2.0 card to make this 8100 USB 2.0 capable? Thanks in advance for all replies. Bill
 
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I was looking around in my comps BIOS and found that there is an [enable/disable] switch, so what i would do is look in the BIOS and look for the PCI 2.1 enable disable switch and switch it to to enable (just a guess)
 
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The PCI 2.1 specifications came out mid 1996.

That should say it all, it's highly unlikely that you would have a motherboard using earlier specifications still in use today.
 

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Thanks Schmuck and kiwiguy, that's all I need to know. I appreciate your help. Bill
 
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