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Old 11-23-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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Is it possible to upgrade USB 1.1 to 2.0 without using a PCI Card?
If so, any suggestions.

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Old 11-23-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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I don't think so. The headers on the motherboard can only support what they were manufactured with. If the headers are 1.0/1.1, hooking up a 2.0 port will short them out. A PCI card is the only option. Now, there might be some cards out there with USB 2.0 headers built onto the card in which you could in turn hook some 2.0 ports to.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: USB 2.0 upgrade

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Is it possible to upgrade USB 1.1 to 2.0 without using a PCI Card?
As above - no. Only exception I can think of is if there's an external firewire solution that'd do the job, but if the PC hasn't got USB 2 it's unlikely it'll have firewire.

What exactly are you trying to do? If you can give us the exact application we might be able to suggest alternatives...!
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: USB 2.0 upgrade

Thanks for your replies. What I was wondering was whether USB 2.0 was possible by way of SoftWare, such as a 2.0 USB Hub that could be plugged into the 1.1 port and upgrade to 2.0 by way of software install.

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Old 11-24-2009, 01:15 AM   #5
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Thanks for your replies. What I was wondering was whether USB 2.0 was possible by way of SoftWare, such as a 2.0 USB Hub that could be plugged into the 1.1 port and upgrade to 2.0 by way of software install.

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Not that I'm aware of...I mean, at the end of the day, you're plugging into a 1.1 port...it's going to be limited no matter what you plug into it. (Square peg in a round hole sort of thing, ya know?).

Really, though, PCI USB cards are dirt cheap. And the ones I buy to upgrade older systems I buy with headers (as mentioned above) so that you can pull the previous ones from the M/B and plug them in (so that if you have USB ports in the front of your case, they will now be 2.0 as well).
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:26 AM   #6
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Thanks guy's, I'll go with a USB 2.0 PCI Card. I appreciate your replies.

BTW, how can I mark this Thread as completed?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-001-_-Product

That is the card I have used in the past. As you can see, there's an onboard header. There are other cards out there though.

You can't really mark it as "solved", but a mod can come by and close it. Though, there's really no need.
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