September 30, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Last week, I asked you for some feedback on the newsletter, and after reading through hundreds of e-mails, your overwhelming response about how much you enjoy the newsletters and how you like it just the way it is brought a tear to my eye. I want to thank all of you for sharing your honest opinions and for your continued support for one another in this community! And while we are on the subject of sharing, here are a few photos from the CNET Trade Up to the Future Tour in Braintree, Massachusetts. For those of you who made it out, thank you for stopping by; it was a pleasure meeting you! Now let's tackle Dennis's question about upgrading his machine to USB 2.0.
This week, we have two winning answers, one by Greg H., who did a great write-up on introducing the USB connection and on how to install the new USB 2.0 ports from start to finish. And for those of you who are a bit more familiar with your machines, we have Mike H.'s winning answer that cuts to the chase of installing the new USB 2.0 card. While I hope these two answers will help you out, Dennis, don't forget we do have the honorable mentions and other advice from our members, who definitely deserve a pat on the back for their time and effort. Thanks for your participation, everyone. Have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I have a question about upgrading to USB 2.0. I have a Dell
Dimension 8200. When using a USB device, my computer tells me
that things would go faster if I used my 2.0 connection
instead of the 1.1. Could you please tell me how to upgrade to
2.0? Is it something I could do by adding or changing
something (like a card perhaps)? I would rather buy whatever I
need somewhere else than go to Dell, but I don't know what I
should purchase. I have added memory and am not afraid to open
up the machine and add or change things, but I'm lost about
what to do. I would like to upgrade the front and back ports
on my machine. Can you help? Any information and details would
be great. Thanks.
Answer by Greg:
USB is one of the great advancements in PC peripheral connectivity over the last few years. For the longest time, if you wanted to add anything to your PC, it generally meant opening the case and doing some internal surgery. Today, you can hook up almost anything...
Greg H. of Hemet, California
Answer by Mike:
Hello, intrepid reader. I see you face the same dilemma I do, so we can work through this one together. The USB controller is integrated to your motherboard, so the only way to get USB 2.0 is to buy a USB 2.0 PCI Card. Before you go out and buy one, open up your computer ...
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