USB 2 PCI card installation on IBM NetVista with MS Vista
I am trying to install a USB 2.0 PCI card on an IBM NetVista 6833 Desktop PC with MS Vista as the OS. After installation and reboot the PC does not seem to recognize the card. In the hardware list it says 'unidentified hardware'. Any ideas why?
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Re: USB 2 PCI card installation on IBM NetVista with MS...
USB 2.0 cards require 2 IRQs.
1 IRQ supports USB 1.1
and the other the Enhanced (USB 2.0) controller.
Installing the USB 2.0 card in a slot that does NOT share an IRQ or shares an IRQ with onboard USB produces the best result. Consult your motherboard manual or online guide to determine which PCI slot is best for you.
You should also try disabling the on board USB support from BIOS setup.
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You probably need an OEM version of XP...not that IBM version. If you buy an OEM version, you can use it many computers. A real XP disc will partition, format, and delete partitions on any functioning Hard drive. Don't buy a recovery disc, please. That just sounds WRONG.
A cheaper solution might be a new Hard Drive...but I don't trust your IBM version of XP.
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
There is a bunch of "model" numbers for the IBM netvista PC. You didn't menton yours in your question but after looking at a dozen or so I'll bet you have at least one PCI slot free for a wireless PCI card.
You will need to install the XP drivers for you model IBM, you can download them from the IBM website find the link to support and driver download. You could use the driver restore disk that came with your IBM "IF" it came with "XP" installed. BPCS
I had a similar problem with my PC which had older version 1 USB. I purchased a USB 2 PCI card with USB Hub, installed and problem solved. It really not a very expensive proposition. The card comes with the necessary software and drivers. It works great.