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cardbus/usb 2.0/external hard drive

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Okay....here goes.
I bought a wireless router for my laptop a few weeks ago and have taken advantage of it. i leave my computer on all night just downloading stuff. well, my hard drive got full very quickly, and i went out and bought a seagate 80gb external hard drive. i knew my computer's usb ports were only 1.1 compatible but i picked up a usb 2.0 hub also. the package said that the only requirements were that one must have win xp and AN AVAILABLE USB PORT. not AN AVAILABLE USB 2.0 PORT. i haven't hooked up the hd yet, i'm not even going to bother, because the hd package says it requires a usb 2.0 port(obviously)
anyway, i just googled a whole bunch of terms and i'm a little confused, so i'm going to ask some questions and i hope someone here has some answers for me. some of these questions might seem simple, but i'm not totally computer illiterate, so try your best.
1) what is a cardbus, and how does it relate to my situation?
2) what is a usb host controller?
3) this is a laptop, with a "usb 1.1 host controller" in order to use my usb 2.0 hub and ex hard drive, will i need to get a usb 2.0 host controller?
4) where can i find a 2.0 host controller, and how can i install one into my laptop?
if i think of any more questions, i'll repost, but in the meantime, please help me out here. anyone who answers all the questions and helps me successfully use my ex hd will receive one full season of the television show of their choice. ehhh probably not, but wishful thinking anyway.
thanks in advance.
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First of all, What kind of laptop are we talking about here? Make/Model? Does it have the option to add add-on PCMCIA cards? If it does, then all you need to do is purchase a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card... something like this ones you see here... http://www.newegg.co...SubCategory=421

This will give you the ability to use USB2 devices... like that hard drive you just bought. Of course, it depends if your laptop has the add on slots... which most do.

Edited by makai, 22 December 2005 - 01:58 AM.

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