I think I need a USB 2.0 Connection...

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  1. Scott Wong

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    You guys, I desperately want to purchase a portable mp3 player. I've ony seen them support either an IEEE394 Firewire connection or a USB 2.0 connection. I'm afraid my computer is so old, it won't support the connection I need in order to get one of these things! *grrr*

    I've got a DELL P3, 550MHz. 512MB RAM (upgraded from 256MB) I bought it in 1999.

    How in the world do I know if I've got a USB 2.0 connection. I know I don't have a FireWire connection. I would guess I probably don't have the USB 2.0 connection either. Is this a card/connection I can buy? Or am I out of the loop since my PC is so old?

    Sorry if the questions sound ignorant. I don't wanna spend a couple hundred on the mp3 player and find out it won't work.

    Scott.
     
  2. Eric Alderson

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    Hey Scott, all the USB 2.0 devices that I have seen were compatible with USB 1.0 or 1.1. I know your system does not have USB 2.0 since its a few years old but you should have standard USB ports. I have one of those Sony NetMD minidisc players and on the packaging it said USB 2.0 and 1.0 compatible. I have the USB 1.0 ports and it transfers fine. USB 2.0 will give us faster upload speeds to our devices, but are not completely necessary for them to work.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...2%2E0+pci+card

    As long as you have a free PCI slot (and you're not running Win 95) you can install one of these. It'll take about 10 minutes and cost between $10 and $20.

    Best Buy and other stores should have these in stock as well.
     
  4. MikeM

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    Just curious, why do you think your computer can't handle a firewire card? Again, if you have an empty PCI slot for the USB 2.0 card, you should also be able to install a standard firewire card as an option as well.

    If you do that, you can then consider the iPod. Just a thought.
     
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    FYI, I used a Firewire PCI card on my old P3-500 with no problems whatsoever. DV camera & FW hard drive both worked flawlessly.
     
  7. Scott Wong

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    You guys, I don't necessarily need a FireWire connection or more importantly, an iPod. I'm actually most interested in the Creative Labs Zen 20GB player. But anyway, I do have "regular" USB ports (1.1?) on my PC. Since it's older, again, I'm assuming they aren't 2.0 connections.

    Now I'm wondering, does it even matter? I know the Creative Labs player supports a 2.0 connection. Can I still use the USB connection I have with my PC right now? I realize the data transfer won't be quite as fast but I'm not as concerned about that as I am just knowing this will work. So... would it?

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  8. Scott Wong

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    Nevermind, I just realized Eric answered my question in the first reply. I guess I'll have to check if the Creative Labs is backward compatible? Or is this a given that it will work with my connection?

    Scott.
     

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