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hardware: usb port addition


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neamer2

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How can I add a usb another usb port to mycomputer, I have two, both of which I am using, one 4 my external hard Drive(internal hd crashed) and one for my cable modem. I need to add another , is it possible andOS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name RED977
System Manufacturer ECS
System Model P4S5A/DX+
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~1792 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T, 4/2/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory F:\WINDOWS
System Directory F:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name RED977\Owner
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 190.48 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.22 GB
Page File F:\pagefile.sys
(hopefully not expensive? ) :tazz:
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wannabe1

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Hi neamer2...

USB ports can be added to your desktop machine using a PCI USB card or to a laptop using PCMCIA cards. Have a look HERE.

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neamer2

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but will my mother board handle it?
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As long as you have an available PCI or PCMCIA slot, yes...the motherboard will handle it.
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They also make "hubs" where you plug it into one of the slots you already have and then you can plug a number of usb cables into the hub. 4 port hubs are available in the $20 range. I have seen then with and without an additional power supply. The one I use is not powered.
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