I added a Belkin USB 2.0, 5-Port PCI card to my HP761n computer. Naturally the 4 ports on the PCI card all work at the 2.0 std. But the two front USB ports still indicate the older speed of 1.1.
I assume I need to unplug these two front ports from the mboard and plug them into the 5th internal USB plug on the Belkin's PCI card. The problem is the two plugs are not compatible. The plug on the Belkins card is a standard USB plug, and the plug on the front port wires (two)are what I believe to be a 'double row of 5' header pins. I believe they refer to this as a 'Intel Standard USB header Layout'??
1) Is there a simple conversion device that would allow this two plugs to be connected??
2) Or do I need to consider getting a new terminal plug (std USB) added to the wires of the front USB ports?
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To test the functionality of the usb ports in front of the computer
1. Insert another flash drive or another usb device like a usb mouse on front the computer
2. If it detect the usb device that means 2 things flash drive might be bad and the front usb port is working
3. If it does not, It means that the flash drive might be bad or the usb port is not connected to the front panel of the computer
4. Try also inserting the flash drive at the back of the computer see if the usb drive is detected in all ports
5. Check the BIOS for any usb port associativity
The 2 usb-ports on the front and the 3 back of your Dell is high speed ones, at least the manual says so, they are all USB 2.0. If you cant get them work properly with the 2.0 usb speed, you can buy an high speed pci add-in- card and install it on your pc.
I searched and found a 1/2 height PCI card with 2 USB ports, plus a internal connector for two more ports. My little NetVista will not hold a full-height PCI card. Get out your tin snips. Works like a charm ! FYI: I disabled the BIOS USB support for the old ports, and plugged the old MB cable into the new PCI card. I now have two 2.0 ports on the front, and two 2.0 ports on the back. However, I lost the ability to boot from USB
sounds not, some of the older systems only have 1.1, Usb 2 is not all that old (about 2-3 years).
you can upgrade to USB2 bu adding a USB2 PCI card to your system, this would give you some ports on the back and it may be possible to link the ports on the front to the new PCI card to upgrade those as well (depending on how they are connected to the mobo)
you can get USB2 cards with a Pin header which would allow for a pin block connection.