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How can I upgrade my desktop so that it will detect certain hardware?


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Sarabande

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Just as a general question, what can I do to upgrade my computer so that it will detect hardware that it is currently unable to. I recently bought a Insignia NS-DVB4G mp3 player, and tried to connect it to my Dell Dimensions 2300 desktop using a USB cable, but the computer doesn't detect the MP3 player.

Also, I'm not totally sure that this is due to a lack of an upgrade. The same computer's upper CD-ROM drive doesn't detect CDs, so their may just be something wrong with this particular computer.
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fleamailman

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hi, welcome to geeks to go, have you tried the maker's site to see if you can download the needed drivers from there

http://www.insignia-...ayer-black.aspx

if not one can send them an email explaning the problem
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Hi Sarabande, have you tried using a different USB port? Sometimes the back ones seem to work better than the front ones on your case. I also suggest try installing the latest drivers first, as fleamailman has mentioned.

As for your CD-ROM drive, this is probably a different problem. I find that optical drives are usually one of the first components to die in a system. If your computer is a few years old, it's possible the laser no longer works properly. The good news about that is you can pick up a new DVD burner for less than $30.
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Those machines do not have a USB2.0 port, front or back. What you can do is get a PCI card that supports USB2.0, you can find them with anywhere from 2 to 5 ports, and other hardware will work better and faster with them. They're not very expensive either. Just use the built in ports for slower things like mice and keyboards.
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