Adding USB Ports

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Shawn, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn Auditioning

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    I have a home built PC that I put together this spring and have no problems with it except for the fact that I only have two USB ports. I know it's standard but it would be nice if they could put four or six built in. Anyway, I'd like to add a couple more but would like some advice on the best way to go about it.

    I have a PCI to USB slot card that I've never used. I bought it for an old PC and never used it. Tried it in this one and can't seem to get it going either. My motherboard is an Abit VH-6 II and has pin connectors for two more USB ports. I picked up a connector with two wires that fed into two USB ports to be put on the back in a free card slot. But again I couldn't get it to work. If I plugged my USB webcam into the built in port it works fine, if I move it to the others it doesn't work

    I've noticed some USB external ports come with a power adapter and some don't. Also some are high speed and low speed USB and there are other differences as well. I am currently using my two ports for my printer and webcam. I plan on adding a scanner, a game controller or two and maybe a cradle for a PDA and a digital cam card reader. Anyway, I'm hoping someone can understand my post and offer some guidance. Thanks.
     
  2. Kris McLaughlin

    Kris McLaughlin Stunt Coordinator

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    Shawn,

    An easy solution may be to simply pick up a USB hub from Future Shop or wherever. You just plug it into one of the built-in USB ports, and it gives you 4-8 more ports instantly.You can even daisy-chain them, that is, plug a hub into a hub.

    Maybe this will help, I know these are easy to use and fairly inexpensive.

    Cheers,
     

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