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Upgrading to USB 2.0

I am considering upgrading to high speed usb ports on my laptop. I have no hardware installation experience so I would be paying to get the upgrade done on my thinkpad...unless it isnt very difficult to do it myself. If you reccomend getting it installed...how much can i expect to pay? Thanks

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USB 2.0 vs. laptop

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You can't upgrade a laptop to USB2. Even if you were able to do board level repairs the firmware is not able to support USB2 nor are there any controllers available to do this. If you really need USB2 you'll need a new laptop.

Sorry
Jack

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USB2.0 vs laptop

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I disagree, I have an older Compaq laptop and bought a
PCMIA card that had a driver CD and installed it and
am running an external USB2.0 CD burner. It was around
$25.00.

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OK....

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thought crds was going to pay a techy to install new ports IN the laptop. Anyone can buy pcmcia card and push it in a slot.

and life goes on...

Jack

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Right

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I was going to try to have new ports installed...i need my slot for my external nic card

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Only possible solution I can think of

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An ideal solution, although a little bit expense, given that you have to replact your network interface:

1. Put a USB 2.0 card in you computer's slot (remove the NIC).

2. Buy a mini-USB 2.0 hub (for laptops, I like the kind that just stick out of the USB port less then two inches). If you buy the right kind you should have room left over to add another USB device in the future.

3. Put your current NIC card in storage and by a USB NIC to connect to the hub.

Now you're working and even have room for expansion.

Cris

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I paid 25 bucks for a dual USB 2.0 PC-Card

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I followed the install notes and my old p3-600 which has PC-Card slots (as opposed to the older PCMCIA slots) and it's now USB 2.0 ready.

Bob

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(NT) (NT) see my other response

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