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Can I upgrade my system to USB 2 or 3?

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Can I upgrade my system to USB 2 or 3?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Computer Hardware
Expert:  Chris R. replied 1 year ago.

Chris R. :

Hello my name isXXXXX and I would be happy to assist you today.

Chris R. :

Whether you can upgrade to USB 3.0 depends on the model of your computer.

Chris R. :

Also, I have to ask why you wanted to upgrade

Customer:

It said this was a freebe, so I took it. Maybe that won't work for you. Anyway, I have an older computer with qn ASUS A7V880 motherboard and would like to upgrade my USB to a 2 or 3.

Customer:

Because I was hoping to speed access to my external hard drive.

Chris R. :

What external drive are you thinking about using it with?

Chris R. :

The problem is, you won't magically get faster speeds by upgrading to USB 3.0. You are still limited in speed by the device itself

Chris R. :

If the drive is a USB 2.0 then regardless of whether use a USB 3.0 cable you are still only going to go at USB 2.0

Chris R. :

Also if it is a regular mechanical hard drive, you are limited by how fast the drive itself can pump data

Customer:

I already have the 2 Tb Seagate.

Chris R. :

Is it USB 3.0?

Customer:

The drive is, but my system isn't.

Chris R. :

ok

Chris R. :

I am looking into the motherboard now

Chris R. :

Ok, it looks like your board uses regular PCI slots so you shouldn't have a problem installing a USB 3.0 adapter card

Chris R. :

Here is one I am looking at.

Customer:

So I should just buy a card and plug it in?. What about the old card, just replace it?

Chris R. :

What old card?

Chris R. :

Let me check something else for a moment

Chris R. :

Ok I was looking at the PCI slot again

Chris R. :

That Startech should work

Chris R. :

It is one of the few I found for PCI

Chris R. :

others are PCI Express

Chris R. :

You still have to keep in mind that your not going to get anywhere near the speeds suggested for USB 3.0

Chris R. :

You should certainly get faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0 but it won't be a dramatic difference.

Chris R. :

That is because the actual internal hard drive is holding you back still

Customer:

As I said

Customer:

As I said, I don't even have USB2.

Chris R. :

You don't have USB 2.0?

Chris R. :

I was just looking at your specs and I thought it said your motherboard had USB 2.0 ports

Chris R. :

I think you might be confusing what I am saying. I know you have a Seagate drive that has USB 3.0 support. I am saying even using USB 3.0 you still won't get anywhere near the maximum specs for USB 3.0

Customer:

If your

Customer:

If your right, and I already have USB2, which I didn't realize, maybe this all moot?

Chris R. :

I wouldn't say moot

Chris R. :

You can still get a little bit faster rate

Chris R. :

You should certainly have USB 2.0 ports

Chris R. :

Here is a link to the manual I found

Chris R. :

You can tell me if this is your board

Chris R. :

USB 1.1 is really old anyway

Chris R. :

Your computer is old, but not THAT old

Customer:

Should be it. I guess I am where I should be. Thank you.

Chris R. :

I honestly think you don't need the USB 3.0

Chris R. :

but the card itself isn't very expensive if you wanted to try anway

Chris R. :

worst that happens is you take it out and return it

Customer:

OK

Chris R. :

I just didn't want you to think that you will get the speed they advertise

Chris R. :

It is a little misleading

Chris R. :

That is a theoretical speed

Chris R. :

Given the perfect conditions

Chris R. :

without any bottlenecks

Chris R. :

Before you go, please rate my service below so that I am compensated for helping you today. Even if you are getting free question that is still necessary to make sure I receive credit.

Customer:

I am just trying not to buy a new cimputer. Too many bills. I upgraded my DIMM to 4 gigs and I need Windows 7 tp read it since it is only reading two now with XP..

Chris R. :

That is because you are using 32 bit

Chris R. :

You need a 64bit OS to read more memory

Customer:

That will cime with Win 7?

Chris R. :

If you buy a retail version it will come with both

Chris R. :

32bit and 64bit

Chris R. :

What service pack are you using right now?

Customer:

I'm using XP.

Chris R. :

Ok wait so how much total RAM does Windows see now?

Customer:

It sees 2gigs.

Chris R. :

Does BIOS see 4 Gig?

Customer:

I don't remember how to upgrade my buis and just shut doen th eonouter,, ///////this is n=my daughter's laptop,

Chris R. :

You would want to just see what it shows when the system starts.

Chris R. :

It usually shows you the total RAM it finds

Chris R. :

On the screen it will also show you which button to hit to Enter the BIOS

Customer:

OK I'm restarting

Chris R. :

ok

Customer:

Sorry I was looking away. L have to wait. System properties says 2 gb.

Chris R. :

System properties would

Chris R. :

the BIOS is what counts

Chris R. :

If the BIOS does not see 4 gig then there is something wrong with the 2 you installed

Chris R. :

or they are not in all the way

Chris R. :

When starting there should be a black post screen that shows you the amount. If you hit Pause Screen it should freeze the screen and give you a chance to look. It will also give you a chance to see what key to hit to enter the BIOS

Customer:

No show, but del would take mw=e to the bios, bu my back is in pain, so I have o go, Chris, It's also time to eat. Thank you for your assistance,.You'll get the highest score!

Chris R. :

We can deal with this in another question if you are interested

Chris R. :

We are suppose to really use a new post for a different topic anyway

Chris R. :

You can request me and post a new question when you are ready if you want

Customer:

I have scoliosis, so I must move. Sorry.

Chris R. :

No problem. Take care. Be sure to rate before you go.

Chris R. :

Have a great night

Customer:

You too!

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