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Now how about USB ports on laptop?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by tpiini, May 11, 2005.

  1. tpiini

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    Since I got my hard drive question answered so quickly, I'll try one more for tonight...

    My Dell laptop has USB 1(1.1?) ports. Is there any way to make them USB 2.0 ports? I'm guessing here that if possible, it's a deep dive into the case and not just a software thing, right? I guess I could use a PC card, but I usually have a wireless card stuffed into that port.

    Thanks some more,

    Tom
     
  2. cgwahl

    cgwahl Sheriffs a near

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    Adding a USB Port

    If your computer doesn't have a USB port or you want to add the newer USB2 functionality, you can add USB or USB2 by buying an inexpensive adapter card that fits into a PCI slot in your computer.

    If you have a notebook computer, you can purchase a USB port that fits into the card slot. However, you should be aware that USB devices can use a lot of your computer's power. This is not a problem if you have a desktop computer or are using your notebook computer with an A/C power cord. However, if you plan to run your portable computer on its batteries, a USB device can be a power drain on the batteries.

    http://www.aarp.org/learntech/computers/howto/Articles/a2002-07-15-usb.html
     


  3. darin2

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    The USB ports are hardware, not software. You are correct, you cannot change the ones you have.
     
  4. podwich

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    Do you only have 1 PC card slot? Some laptops have 2-one on top of the other.