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Laptop Upgrade to USB 3.0

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#1 dhar


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:51 PM

I'm trying to get educated on the viability of upgrading a laptop's USB port from 2.0 to 3.0.

I've got a reasonably good laptop running windows 10, on a i3 chipset.

I do not have a express card slot, so the usb 3.0 express cards won't work for me.


I see 3.0 usb upgrade software downloads and new ports, but have no idea if/how this would actually result in a 3.0 4.8 Gbps experience.


Has anyone upgraded a laptop to 3.0?


Much appreciated!

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#2 Gorbulan


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 03:35 PM

I don't think you can. USB is hardware and can not be changed or upgraded from one version to another. Your only option on a laptop is to use the express card slot or get a hub. The latter isn't really an upgrade, just another device.

#3 mjd420nova


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 05:28 PM

The data buffers and such on the LT with USB 2.0 is unfortunately stuck with 2.0 speeds.  No external device can be used as the hardware in the LT is not up to speed.  There may be some other card (firewire) you can use an adapter with.  No promise it will work that way, 3.0 is heads above the 2.0 protocols and needs BIOS support.

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