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03-14-2001, 12:18 PM
This might be a dumb question, but...
Would I be able to add another USB port to my computer if needed? I'm already using one for my scanner and I may use the other for something else so adding one would allow me to have at least one free port. I suspect the answer is yes.
Anyway, would this be expensive??
03-14-2001, 12:57 PM
you can get a USB 4 port hub for like under $30....
03-14-2001, 12:57 PM
I added 2 USB ports to my parents aging computer. I went to CompUSA and got PCI add-on card and installed it. Works fine. I think it was like 30-50 bucks but there was a special where it was free after MIR.
03-14-2001, 12:58 PM
but by getting a PCI card that would use an additional IRQ so it is better to get a HUB....
I think a hub is also more convenient because you can put it somewhere where you can easily reach it so you dont have to reach behind your computer to access it.
03-25-2001, 07:24 PM
What kind of mobo do you have? Alot of them have pins for a second set of two, usually at the "front" of the mobo.
03-25-2001, 10:21 PM
...at Tigerdirect.com. It fits into a drive bay and have four ports on it. I think it was aroud $30. I was thinking it would be nice to have my USB ports in front.
Oh-and Tommy's right. A hub is very convenient. I have six USB devices, and having my printer and scanner in a closet where they are safe from dust is rather nice.
A hub is the way to go. I got a sweet ATEN USB hub that can either mount internally or externally from Buy.com
No pic available unfortunately, but it's the size of a 3/5" floppy, comes with an external power supply OR can be fed by a floppy drive power connector if you mount it internally. One of my better purchases. Works flawlessly.
I wouldn't bother with an additional internal USB PCI card unless you went with USB 2.0 - I'm going to get one to see if my external USB hard drive will be faster.
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