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Help with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Card?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ArmoredSaint, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. ArmoredSaint

    ArmoredSaint

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    I'm looking to install a Hi-speed USB Card 2.0 to take advantage of my iPOD that uses that speed on my Sony VAIO PC running Windows XP, is it just a plug and play controller card? And will my other built-in USB's still work? I assume it is backwards compatible and the cards seem pretty cheap.

    Thanks!
     
  2. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Older, slower machines usually need drivers installed, but a P4 class rig with XP SP! or later installed ought to work just fine as is.

    And if you can, buy one with 4 ports so you can stop using the 1.1 USB for anything.

    There is a 40X speed advantage in USB 2.0's favor, you know!
     


  3. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    I would get a Firewire/USB/Combo Card. iPod plays/works better with Firewire for some reason. Most of the iPod MSWindows problems I see at http://www.iPodLounge.com are USB related.

    Are you sure your VAIO does not already have a Firewire port? Most Sony's do. Sony calls it i-Link.
     
  4. ArmoredSaint

    ArmoredSaint

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    You are the man! I do have a firewire and your right, it's called the i.LINK S400, but why the hell would they do that to confuse me :D, but is the firewire self-powered like USB ports? Also, I'm running out of USB ports too and a 4 or 5 port is a great idea.

    Thanks!
     
  5. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    Sony was one of the first PC Mfg's to implement FireWire. Plus it just sounded better to the marketing slugs.

    The FireWire ports are powered. I have my iPod dock plugged into one of my machines to sync iTunes and charge iPod.

    I also bought Apples stereo connection kit to connect iPod up to my Home Entertainment Center. It comes with an additional dock, power supply and a Monster Cable. I have all my CD's in iPod (3000 songs). It also charges iPod at the same time. I just hit shuffle and away it goes for days of music.
     
  6. ArmoredSaint

    ArmoredSaint

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    I just did what you mentioned and switched from USB to firewire too, a big difference in speed updating the iPOD.

    Also brought a new USB 2.0 card from newegg.com for $20 with 5 ports! BTW, how can you tell if your stuff (ex. camera, scanner and etc.) does 2.0 or not? Do I need new USB 2.0 cables or will the regular USB cables work just fine?

    Sorry for all the questions, thanks again!
     
  7. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    Your other equipment will work. USB 2.0 ports are backwards compatible with USB 1.0.

    I have not had to change out any cables, to-date. Maybe I have just been lucky.