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My new CD-RW is asking for a high-speed USB port

by acoustic-chick / September 10, 2005 11:03 AM PDT

I have just recently purchased an external CD-RW drive for my laptop (Toshiba Satellite Pro; Pentium 3 with Windows XP Pro for operating system) and the message is telling me that I need a high speed USB port. I did not know there was such a thing. Checked out the USB Man site as recommended in another discussion and I could not make any sense from it. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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USB 2.0
by Stan Chambers / September 10, 2005 11:13 AM PDT

Your PIII motherboard most likely supports the older usb 1.1. In order to upgrade to usb 2.0, you will need to install a usb 2.0 pci card. I did this on an old PIII that I own.
It's not at all complicated. Just plug it into a pci slot. Next, install the drivers from the cd that comes with the card. You can find the cards around $20.
You'll see a substantial increase in speed, plus you get extra usb ports.

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For a laptop
by cnutter_the_2nd / September 10, 2005 11:26 AM PDT

The process is more or less the same, only you plug in a PCMCIA card instead of a PCI card from the above post.

The drive SHOULD be able to operate at a lower speed using USB 1.1, but the 11Mbps limit of the USB 1.1 spec will probably saddle you to 1-2X DVD burning speeds.

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A big thank you to the two gentlemen who replied
by acoustic-chick / September 10, 2005 2:37 PM PDT

Thanks so much for your input. My ex-husband has just recommended the same thing and found the best price for me locally for the suggested PCMCIA card adapter.

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High speed USB
by kym7233 / September 13, 2005 2:35 PM PDT

that just means I believe that you need a 2.0 USB port you might only have 1.0 USB port, you can buy them in the store I believe as an external device.. but I'm not positive

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