Can I install front USB?

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  1. David_Jr

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    My three year old HP Pavilion came with a front serial port for reasons unknown. It has two USB ports on the back. I was wondering if it is possible to replace the front serial port with USBs, which are just about standard on newer PCs. Any thoughts on this?
     
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    David:

    My guess is it'll be easier to replace your PC with a new one than it will be to replace the serial port on said PC with USB ports. Sorry, dude. :p)
     
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    Im not totally sure about yours, but many motherboards have places where you can plug in USB ports to the hard drive. There are places taht sell USB ports that go onto the Drive bays of your case, and hook up to those connection points on the mobo. I'd do some research if your mother board has these. (i THINK they're called headers for some reason, i am probably totally wrong about this though.
     
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    Nick, you're more right than not. A lot of motherboard have USB connectors on them that are available but not utilized for whatever reasons. The 5.25" bay adapters are definitely viable options for this situation, assuming that he has an open slot available.

    I agree with Brian to an extent, but buying a new PC in order to gain USB ports is like buying a new car because your existing car needs to get its A/C recharged. However, it will be nearly impossible to put USB ports in the location of the serial port if you don't have USB ports available and without performing surgery to the case.

    Since this is more of a cosmetic issue rather than functional, you'd be better off buying a 4-port USB PCI card or a USB hub in order to gain more ports.
     
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    PCI card is not a good solution for me as I need to use the new ports for a memory stick. I was rather looking for convenience. I do have a 5.25 bay available I think. Question: If I do go the USB hub route, is there any way to upgrade to USB 2.0? Would a new PCI card routed to a new USB hub be 2.0 or does it have to do with the speed of my computer? Forgive my ignorance on this.
     
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    They make plates that go and take a single front panel slot.

    You can find them at Radio Shack.

    If you think you may need more, go to a geekier place and you'll find panels with usb,sound card, AND firewire on the same panel!

    As long as your MOBO has the headers.

    Brent
     
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    Why not go with a hub mounted where it works for you?
    You could simply velcro it to the top of your case, or just sit it pretty much anywhere.
    As for USB 2.0...I've been off the tech curve for some time now, but I'd think your MB would have to support it. I don't think it's an "add-on to upgrade" sort of thing.

    And in regard to "What does PCI have to do with memory?"
    Well, I recall you can add USB ports that piggyback on a PCI card. Sounds to me like the original poster has a USB drive (memory) he wants convenient access to.
     
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    You can toss in an aftermarket USB 2.0 PCI card.
     
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    You guys are great!! Lots of helpful suggestions.

     
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