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USB PCI 2.0

  • 20-07-2011 2:23am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 436 ✭✭ cardol


    Hi guys

    I need to buy a USB PCI 2.0 for my PC, but don't know if there are any specific ones I should get or are they all generally the same?

    I've attached a Speccy file of my hardware, hope it helps. I've seen a few PCI cards online but have no clue whether they will be compatable with my motherboard or not! :D I'm able to fit one, just clueless about hardware in general...:confused:

    Cheers
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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,710 ✭✭✭ Monotype


    Just open up your case and look to see if you have a free PCI slot.
    Make sure it's not any other slot like an AGP slot (although I'm guessing that that is already occupied).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AGP_slot.jpg
    Picture shows an AGP and two PCI.

    Your computer needs some updating. :o We're on USB 3 now but I don't think that regular PCI slots are fast enough to accommodate a card.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 436 ✭✭ cardol


    LOL Monotype, my computer is ancient! :o

    Can I not remove the USB2 and replace with a USB3? I'm also wondering if my PC will accept 3.0? Although, being 2003, probably not.....

    File attached of the motherboard specs. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,710 ✭✭✭ Monotype


    You'd need a PCI-Express slot for a USB 3 card, which was not really around for that era of computers.

    PCI-Express = new faster slot
    PCI = older, slower. You should have a few of these.


    You can't replace the ports which are there, but you can add more.

    PCI is too slow for USB 3. There are a few cards, but you won't get the full benefit.
    They're quite expensive - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Startech-com-Port-SuperSpeed-Card-Adapter/dp/B004QNHNUM/

    The PCI USB 2 ones are very cheap though. Here's a Belkin one.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-USB-Hi-Speed-5-Port-Card/dp/B000K7UN82

    But pretty much any one will do the job.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=pci+usb&x=0&y=0

    Just remember, it's PCI that you're looking for - not express!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 436 ✭✭ cardol


    I saw the Belkin one myself on Amazon but wasn't sure if it would be compatable. In fact, your second link was the search I got when I looked for PCI 2.0. It's great to know I can upgrade without spending too much at the moment. At the moment I keep getting the message to use higher speed ports when I connect anything, and I don't have any....frustrating...lol

    Thanks Monotype, you've been a great help! :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,710 ✭✭✭ Monotype


    If your computer is that old, you probably don't have ports on the font. It might be worth your while buying an extension too.
    e.g.,
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Pro-Extension-Cable-1-8m/dp/B0000DG4WP/


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 436 ✭✭ cardol


    I actually use a really naff hub......it flashes lights and can also hold a mobile phone! As all the ports are on the back of the tower, it's difficult to get to them, and this makes life a bit easier... biggrin.gif


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,710 ✭✭✭ Monotype


    :D Very extravagant!


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