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Hi, I would really like a usb 2.0 port. I have a firewire connection and usb 1.1. Is there some kind of external upgrade I could make as I have a laptop and do not want to fit a new pci card if I can avoid it. I want usb 2.0 for my photography..................................Thanks
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Topic- USB 2.0 / Firewire
Date- 6th Oct-2005

USB is defined by motherboard Chipset – either it supports USB 2.0 or it doesn’t – The only option is using a PCMCIA USB 2.0 Card – One item to be aware of – if you have 2 Card slots – Observe where USB Port is located with reference to existing PCMCIA card connection – Usually – not much room – try to find a card that have USB Port offset from the existing card’s input connector –

Firewire is same – Motherboard dependent – either you have or you don’t – again there are USB & Firewire PCMCIA cards-

Being that you have IEEE 1394 – why not use it – Probably is better suited for photography – than USB –
but of course you will need to acquire devices that have IEEE 1394 Interface –

Either invest in new Laptop or New Devices –

This is the problem with PC’s they become outdated fast – Laptops especially since they are harder to update – but are better transportable – Decisions are a beast –

How you use a PC – determines what you need –

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Topic- Download Everest
Date: 6th Oct-2005

Hi again -Here is a good tool – to analyze your PC with -

1st download the Free Home Edition of [EVEREST] so we can analyze your PC – USB Capabilities -

Download & Run [EVEREST] & do the following steps to obtain 3 [REPORTS] – from these – will be able to answer USB update/upgrade suggestions better -


1 – Expand [COMPUTER] Folder
2 – Click on [SUMMARY] Folder
3 – On Main Menu – Click on [REPORT] >On pop down menu – Highlight [Quick Report-Summary] >Click on [HTML]
4 – Save to File as [Sophie-CPU-1] & attach to POST

Report –2:

1 – Expand [MOTHERBOARD] Folder
2 – Click on [MOTHERBOARD] Folder
3 – Click [REPORT] >[Quick Report-Motherboard] > [HTML]
4 – Save to File as [Sophie-Mobo-1] & attach to POST

Report –3 :

1 – Expand [DEVICES] Folder
2 – Click on [DEVICES] Folder
3 – Click [REPORT]>[Quick Report-Devices]> [HTML]
4 – Save as File [Sophie-Devices-1] & attach to Post

[EVEREST] will assist you in evaluating your CHIPSET – USB Capacity of motherboard -

Additional info needed –
1- How old is PC
2- This is an UPGRADE from WIN 98
3- Make & Model of PC
4- OS & SP installed
5- How many USB Ports - & List all USB Devices -

Attach the 3 Reports to your reply Post – I do not know how well [EVEREST] works with Laptops – may be limited CPU & Motherboard info (?)

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