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USB 2.o card for win98SE circa 2000 computer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Thirties, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. I have a Gateway computer from the year 2000 which is running Windows 98SE. It came with 3 USB1 ports, as was typical those times. I'm using two of them.

    Now I want to get a new scanner that only has USB2.0 or USB1.1 connections.

    I can buy a USB2.0 I/O card for $23 or $25 (2 or 4 port).

    My question is will my Win98SE so-called plug and play recognize the 2.0 USB card? If it does, will my existing USB1 ports still function as well? Do the cards come with driver software for the older machines like mine? What is the difference between USB1.0 and 1.1?

    Have any of you done this?

  2. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Bk2MiscResource Lifetime Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Missing Sharon
    My first thought is that since the card is likely to be far newer than any release of Win98, you will probably need to install drivers that come w/the device, irrespective of which mfg the device is made by.

    I did a little looking.... you might take a look at these:
    (pertains to USB and DOS but has some great info)
    But, from that I would glean that a USB 2.0 device and its OEM drivers 'should' be installable under Win98x, but then again, see the next portion:
    Here's one that looks like it's kind of on target, albeit concerning a CDRW that uses USB 2.0:
    Hope something above helps some.

  3. Folks, I'm overwhelmed by your generous replies! You've given me a lot of reading to do. I'll get on it first thing in the morning.

    Thanks again . . .
  4. Is the speed difference on a USB 2.0 noticable compared to USB 1.1?
    Explain, please, what would happen if, let's say, a printer was hooked up to USB 2.0 compared to it being on 1.1?
    One other question, would the USB 2.0 react pretty much like memory where your system is configured for 100mhz but you installed 133mhz memory, you'll only get 100mhz out of it?
    Inquiring minds want to know.
  5. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    The speed increase is vast. USB 2.0 comes in even higher, at 480MB/s, than FireWire 1394's 400MB/s speeds!

    But with XP, the USB will only run at 1.1 until you update XP to SP1a, and THEN it will run at 2.0.

    Weird. I don't know if the Win98 drivers will be dependable, or if there will be issues with Windows trying to default to 1.1's 12MB/s speed levels.

    Try it and see, is all I can say!

    Good luck,