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Old 01-15-2012, 10:44 AM   #1  
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Default High Speed USB Hubs vs High speed USB PCI cards

I bought a 4 port hub from walmart , just plug and play and just wondering if indeed I am enjoying true 2.0 high port of do I need the card? I am 80-100 ft from my wireless router in the house and bought a wireless usb adapter. I just bought the hub yesterday and hooked up today and so far it appears to be helping my pc to be much faster.

showing 54 Mbps and my Actiontec wireless high speed dsl router is putting out around 6 mbps from the telephone company.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:11 AM   #2  
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If your motherboard has 2.0 ports, and the hub is 2.0, then you are getting 2.0.
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If your motherboard has 2.0 ports, and the hub is 2.0, then you are getting 2.0.
i know when i first installed the netgear wireless adapte, a prompt came up and said there were no high speed usb ports on my pc and to get the most out of the adapter, I needed to connect a high speed usb port.

so im guessing I might need to take the usb hub back and get a pci card
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Bought this pc originally in 2001. Emachines , had it worked on in 2007, rebuilt and put more memery on. Came back with a Dell casing.

NOw I have learned more about computers and my friend who did the work I have no contact info for him now, or shall i say he is a guy who used to be in my reserve unit and I just lost contact with him. In around 2009, had a virus and took to a computer shop where a guy put a 1.49 GB harddrive on and cleaned up my pc.

Just went to check some information and it reads:

Intel (R) Pentium (R) 4 CPU
1.90 GHz
1.80 GHz, 768 MB of RAM

1.49 GB on C Drive

So judging from this, is this still an emachines, dell or what?
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put a 1.49 GB harddrive on and cleaned up my pc.

1.49 GB on C Drive

Ahh, say what??? I assume this is incorrect..


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So judging from this, is this still an emachines, dell or what?
Changing the case to a Dell case does not make it a Dell PC... Was the Motherboard replaced? Since you had a new hard drive installed, I assume he just loaded a basic copy of XP or whatever or did he try and use your E-machines restore CD??

But as stated, the USB version depends on what version your MB USB supports. If that is 2.0, your hub is 2.0 and you plug in a 2.0 USB device, you wil get the 2.0 speeds. If it is still the original MB from 2001, it may still be only 1.1 since 2.0 was just coming out around then. USB 3.0 has been out for about a year or so and the new USB standard.

What is the MB model?

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Ahh, say what??? I assume this is incorrect..




Changing the case to a Dell case does not make it a Dell PC... Was the Motherboard replaced? Since you had a new hard drive installed, I assume he just loaded a basic copy of XP or whatever or did he try and use your E-machines restore CD??

But as stated, the USB version depends on what version your MB USB supports. If that is 2.0, your hub is 2.0 and you plug in a 2.0 USB device, you wil get the 2.0 speeds. If it is still the original MB from 2001, it may still be only 1.1 since 2.0 was just coming out around then. USB 3.0 has been out for about a year or so and the new USB standard.

What is the MB model?
nah, it is a 149 GB on the C, just checked.

not sure what the motherboard model is and not sure if the guy replaced the motherboard or what, cant get in touch with him. I will ask the guy who worked on it in 2009 and see what he says as far as what he saw, but i know he put the 149 GB of hard drive on it and doubt he used the emachines restore disc but will have to ask him all of that.
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If you originally bought the system in 2001 and the mobo was replaced later it should have 2.0. What version of Windows are you using. If you haven't changed the original OS then that could be the problem. SP1 for XP contained the USB 2.0 drivers. I have seen situations where the front USB ports were only 1.1 while the rear ports are 2.0, so if you connected to the front, that could be the problem also.

If you open the case and get a flashlight you should be able to read the manufacturer and model right off the board. They are usually displayed prominently.
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If you originally bought the system in 2001 and the mobo was replaced later it should have 2.0. What version of Windows are you using. If you haven't changed the original OS then that could be the problem. SP1 for XP contained the USB 2.0 drivers. I have seen situations where the front USB ports were only 1.1 while the rear ports are 2.0, so if you connected to the front, that could be the problem also.

If you open the case and get a flashlight you should be able to read the manufacturer and model right off the board. They are usually displayed prominently.
windows xp, i actually tried during my diagnosis of the adpater install problems actually try the rear usb port as well. When the prompt that comes up saying this device can perform faster hooked up to a high speed usb port, i click on it and it shows each port and says there are none on the pc at all. I will unplug and try again just to reconfirm though.

He put a new hard drive 149 GB back in 09 but would that contain usb ports?
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No, adding a hard drive won't do anything to your existing USB hardware.
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Let's try some basics, step by step. Go to your start button, then go to My Computer and right click on it and select properties. Then read what it says about your operating system and pc and bring that info back to us.
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