USB 2.0/Firewire and Dimension 4300 Question

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Speug, May 14, 2005.

  1. Speug

    Speug Guest

    I have a 3 year old Dimension 4300 with the original factory fitted USB 1.1
    card fitted.

    This card provides 2 rear panel sockets and 2 front panel sockets..

    To bring my PC up-to-date I am thinking of fitting a combined USB 2.0 &
    Firewire card which in addition to front & rear Firewire sockets will offer
    2 rear panel and 2 front panel USB 2.0 sockets.

    Does anyone know if I can leave the original USB 1.1 card in place without
    problems when I fit the new card and will I then be able to operate with 4 x
    USB 1.1 sockets and 4 x USB 2.0 sockets ?

    Many thanks for any info,

    Speug, 14 May 05
    Speug, May 14, 2005
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  2. Speug

    wederik Guest

    I had a similar situation : Dimension 8400 with USB 1.1.
    I added an USB 2.1card and a separate firewirecard and they both work
    wederik, May 14, 2005
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  3. Speug

    Tom Scales Guest

    Are you sure you mean Dimension 8400? The 8400 comes with USB2 for all the
    USB ports. You didn't need to add a card.

    Tom Scales, May 14, 2005
  4. You certain you have a USB card? AFAIK USB support for Dells is
    integrated on the motherboard, i.e., no separate card.
    Sparky Spartacus, May 15, 2005
  5. Speug

    wederik Guest

    No, sorry ! (the wish was father to the thought ...) : it is a
    Dimension 8100 !
    wederik, May 15, 2005
  6. Speug

    Speug Guest


    Hi Folks,

    Sparky was correct - there is no separate USB 1.1 card and the USB 1.1 ports
    are part of the mother board.

    I went ahead and got a USB 2.0/Firewire combo card and installed it in the 1
    vacant slot - and now have 4 x USB ports on rear panel and 4 x USB ports
    on the front panel working.

    I still need to check out the Firewire ports by getting a cable for my Sony
    mini-DV camcorder.

    Many thanks for all the feedback.

    Speug, 18 May 05
    Speug, May 18, 2005
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