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Solved: Can I install USB 2.0 or 3.0

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  1. exceller

    exceller Thread Starter

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    Running XP Pro with SP3, Desktop.

    Is there any problem in installing a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 pci card into my motherboard.

    Its a Foxconn 600A01 Series with a AMD 2.17GHz CPU and 1.5G ram.

    It has 2 onboard USB ports, but system tells to upgrade to USB 2.0 for faster speed when such as downloading images from my camera etc. I have already a firewire(1394) pci card fitted and a spare pci slot.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    If you have an open PCI slot on the motherboard, then yes install a USB 2.0 "High Speed" card.

    No need to go 3.0, it is a new standard and few devices are available for it, probably very expensive also.

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  3. cwwozniak

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    There is also the matter that the PCI bus on your motherboard supports data rates up to 127.2 Megabytes-per-second. The USB 3.0 standard supports data rates up to 4.8 Gigabits (~ 600 Megabytes) per second.

    Even if you could find a USB 3.0 PCI card, it would not be able transfer continuous data at the full bandwidth of even one USB 3.0 port.
     
  4. exceller

    exceller Thread Starter

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    Thanks Guys,

    Updated the driver for the onboard USB and it seem all OK. The system does not suggest upgrading to USB 2.0 now.

    Point taken with USB 3.0, thanks.

    On a different subject, as Firewire is faster, which I use for downloading from my Camcorder, could I use this for transferring data between 2 pc's rather than via network cable.

    thanks
     
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