Macally USB 2.0 PCI adapter Opti 82c861 and FIC VA503+

Discussion in 'FIC' started by Wblane, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Wblane

    Wblane Guest

    This combo doesn't seem to be working although 98SE reports the device as fully
    operational using 4-23-99 Microsoft drivers. When I plug my USB Logitech mouse
    into either of the USB ports nothing happens at boot. The mouse doesn't light
    up when I power-up and 98SE doesn't detect a mouse as installed. So are Opti
    82c861 chipset based USB 2.0 PCI cards non-functional in VA503+'s? It sure
    looks that way. I had thought someone here said to stay away from VIA based USB
    2.0 PCI cards so I figured w/the Opti I was good to go.
    -Bill (remove "botizer" to reply via email)
    Wblane, Jan 8, 2005
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  2. Wblane

    Brad Clarke Guest

    Microsoft did not release USB 2.0 drivers for Windows 98.

    Those are probably USB 1.x drivers you are seeing.
    You need to load the drivers provided with the card.

    Brad Clarke, Jan 8, 2005
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  3. Wblane

    Brad Clarke Guest

    As a follow-up.

    I went to the vendor's web site, and they say that the Opti 82c861 USB
    2.0 PCI cards are supposed to work with the drivers already in Win98. I
    find that statement very hard to believe.

    Maybe they have found a way to hotwire the existing USB drivers, but I
    find that difficult to believe.
    Brad Clarke, Jan 8, 2005
  4. or have lots of USB info.

    I've never been able to get a USB 2.0 card to work in USB 2.0 mode with
    just the drivers built into Windows 98/98SE, and whenever the Device
    Manager didn't show separate listings for USB 2.0, then the card was
    working only in USB 1.1 mode. Usually, removing the driver software and
    the card and repeating the installation process eventually got things
    working, and sometimes I've also had to delete the registry entries for
    the driver or boot to Safe Mode and delete all entries for USB devices.
    But despite doing all that, an ALi-based USB card still wouldn't work
    in USB 2.0 mode with my VA-503+. :(

    The leading choice for PCI USB cards among experts seems to be the NEC
    USB 2.0 chipset. Belkin and Adaptec use it, but it's also available on
    some $12 cards listed at, although dealers are known
    to ship a different chipset. If you can't get a card with an NEC chip
    on it, the VIA VT6212 chip is probably the next best choice. OTOH my
    VA-503+ wouldn't boot at all (black screen) with a Soyo VIA VT6202
    card, although it worked with the predecessor mobo, the PA-2007.
    larry moe 'n curly, Jan 8, 2005
  5. Wblane

    Brad Clarke Guest

    I wasn;t able to find a Belkin card here in my area, so had to search
    for other alternatives.

    The Vantec go2.0 USB 2.0 PCI Card uses the NEC chipset.

    I bought a 5-port version today for $21.00 Canadian.

    St Lab also makes a 5-port USB 2.0 PCI card that uses the NEC chipset.

    Brad Clarke, Jan 9, 2005
  6. Wblane

    Wblane Guest

    I may have discovered the problem. I have an AGP vid-card installed (GeForce
    and I mistakenly put the USB 2.0 PCI card in the PCI slot directly adjacent to
    the AGP vid-card. The FIC manual cautions against this because of an IRQ
    conflict between that PCI slot and AGP.
    -Bill (remove "botizer" to reply via email)
    Wblane, Jan 10, 2005
  7. Wblane

    Brad Clarke Guest

    The AGP slot and PCI slot 1 share an IRQ.

    Seems to be a dumb design in my opinion, but it probably was a good one
    at the time these boards came out.

    Brad Clarke, Jan 10, 2005
  8. Wblane

    Wblane Guest

    The only PCI slot that conflicts w/the AGP on a VA503+ is the one directly next
    to it right? None of the other PCI slots should have any conflicts w/AGP right?

    Now I have no idea what's going on. the USB adapter appears to be dead. On
    power up my logitech mouse doesn't even light up so I'm thinking the USB card
    is dead, but windows keeps saying it's fine (w/the Microsoft drivers that is).

    I guess I'll have to try this USB 2.0 PCI card in another system to see if it's
    any good.
    -Bill (remove "botizer" to reply via email)
    Wblane, Jan 10, 2005
  9. Wblane

    Wblane Guest

    Brad, the 98SE drivers being loaded are for the correct chipset on the USB 2.0
    card (an Opti 82c861 chip). Even funnier is that 98SE won't LET ME load the
    drivers that I downloaded from the manufacturer's website. 98SE says "source
    specified doesn't contain information about your device."

    It seems like the USB 2.0 card is dead because on boot up my optical mice do
    not light up and I think they are supposed to (at least they did on all my
    other USB systems).

    -Bill (remove "botizer" to reply via email)
    Wblane, Jan 27, 2005
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