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Very angry about compaq usb 2.0 pci card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nymb09, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. nymb09

    nymb09 Thread Starter

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    im using a dell 4100 thats about 4 years old, the internet connection is a wireless usb modem and everytime i plug in the modem a warning pops up that i have a low speed usb so i decided that i would upgrade it. I spent 35 dollars on a 2 port compaq usb 2.0 pci card, when i went to install it it did seem to be slightly larger than it should be so it was a very very tight fit, after wrestling with it for about 10 minutes i finaly got it in. At first it seemed fine but about five minutes after installing it my computer froze. I wouldnt have linked this to the card if it wasnt for the fact that my computer has never frozen in the 4 years ive owned it and now it freezes almost once a day depending on how long its left on...any idea on how to fix this, what exactly is causing it, or if i should just rip it out of the computer and go back to slower downloads...oh and im running windows xp professional if thats any help at all
     
  2. prunejuice

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    Do you have Service Pack 1 or 2 installed?
     
  3. nymb09

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    sp2 but this problem was occuring while i had sp1 still installed
     
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    I didn't know Compaq sold such cards - unfornately you gotten taken, a typical 2 port USB 2.0 card costs well under $20 online.

    For example: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-201-206&depa=0 is a whooping $7.50.

    You may just have a bad card or maybe its because it doesn't fit properly. You could try the card in another PCI slot and see if there's a change in fit and operation. Or you could just return it for another make/model card.

    The Service Pack Question is because XP requires at least SP1 to be installed for USB 2.0 to work properly.

    On a side note it could also be the a conflict between the card and modem - USB modems are dreaded for their issues and performance.
     
  5. nymb09

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    my mistake, it was actually $25 dollars but thats still not cheap for somethin thats cause my comptuer to freeze heres the link http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0171478

    i bought it from the microcenter, i thought i was better off buying a name brand like compaq rather than getting a 10 dollar no name card...too bad i threw out the package, doubt theyll take it back now :mad:
     
  6. JohnWill

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    That is too bad, because I have yet to spend $20 on any of the 4-port USB 2.0 cards I've installed, and none of them had any problems. Compaq just buys that card and rebrands it, marking it up in the process...
     
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