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#1 tos226

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 07:15 PM

An old computer, has no USB2.
So USB1 is running, it is slow, of course.
Is this a hardware or a software property? I guess if hardware, it can't be changed. but if software, can a old Pentium3 laptop running XP be updated to run at USB2 speed?
Reason for my question is only one: I want to speed up backups to a USB2 harddrive which is USB1 and 2 compatible and the computer always says 'you can run faster on USB2' - not an exact quote, but that's the idea.
The laptop is a Compaq Evo.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 09:26 PM

The USB revision is determined by the USB hardware. If the laptop has a PCMCIA slot you may be able to find a PCMCIA to USB2 adaptor, something like:

http://www.beecom.com.au/home.php?cat=376
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 11:20 PM

Interesting.
Thanks for confirming that it is a hardware property.
I might look into it, since there is a PCMCIA slot, but it looks pricey :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 11:31 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....410%20-%20%2425
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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:17 PM

Thank you very much!!




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