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Whether you can upgrade to USB 3.0 depends on the model of your computer.
Also, I have to ask why you wanted to upgrade
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.
Because I was hoping to speed access to my external hard drive.
What external drive are you thinking about using it with?
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
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
Also if it is a regular mechanical hard drive, you are limited by how fast the drive itself can pump data
I already have the 2 Tb Seagate.
Is it USB 3.0?
The drive is, but my system isn't.
I am looking into the motherboard now
Ok, it looks like your board uses regular PCI slots so you shouldn't have a problem installing a USB 3.0 adapter card
Here is one I am looking at.
So I should just buy a card and plug it in?. What about the old card, just replace it?
What old card?
Let me check something else for a moment
Ok I was looking at the PCI slot again
That Startech should work
It is one of the few I found for PCI
others are PCI Express
You still have to keep in mind that your not going to get anywhere near the speeds suggested for USB 3.0
You should certainly get faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0 but it won't be a dramatic difference.
That is because the actual internal hard drive is holding you back still
As I said
As I said, I don't even have USB2.
You don't have USB 2.0?
I was just looking at your specs and I thought it said your motherboard had USB 2.0 ports
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
If your right, and I already have USB2, which I didn't realize, maybe this all moot?
I wouldn't say moot
You can still get a little bit faster rate
You should certainly have USB 2.0 ports
Here is a link to the manual I found
You can tell me if this is your board
USB 1.1 is really old anyway
Your computer is old, but not THAT old
Should be it. I guess I am where I should be. Thank you.
I honestly think you don't need the USB 3.0
but the card itself isn't very expensive if you wanted to try anway
worst that happens is you take it out and return it
I just didn't want you to think that you will get the speed they advertise
It is a little misleading
That is a theoretical speed
Given the perfect conditions
without any bottlenecks
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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..
That is because you are using 32 bit
You need a 64bit OS to read more memory
That will cime with Win 7?
If you buy a retail version it will come with both
32bit and 64bit
What service pack are you using right now?
I'm using XP.
Ok wait so how much total RAM does Windows see now?
It sees 2gigs.
Does BIOS see 4 Gig?
I don't remember how to upgrade my buis and just shut doen th eonouter,, ///////this is n=my daughter's laptop,
You would want to just see what it shows when the system starts.
It usually shows you the total RAM it finds
On the screen it will also show you which button to hit to Enter the BIOS
OK I'm restarting
Sorry I was looking away. L have to wait. System properties says 2 gb.
System properties would
the BIOS is what counts
If the BIOS does not see 4 gig then there is something wrong with the 2 you installed
or they are not in all the way
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
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!
We can deal with this in another question if you are interested
We are suppose to really use a new post for a different topic anyway
You can request me and post a new question when you are ready if you want
I have scoliosis, so I must move. Sorry.
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