Have a Compaq machine with 2 built-in 1.1 USB ports (on motherboard). I can boot to DOS with a Win 98 DOS boot disk. This allows me to access all Fat 32 files on my hard drives (running Windows 2000 Pro Fat 32 format)
I have the common ASPI driver that allows me to access my USB ports (external hard drive) while in DOS mode.
Can most PCI 2.0 cards USB ports be accessed while in DOS mode?
Should I disable my USB support in my CMOS? (This is so that it disables 1.1 USB ports but hopefully will allow access to ar 2.0 USB PCI card and associated drivers.)
I have been told that in some instances you MUST not disable the USB support of the computer even if you add a USB 2.0 PCI internal card.
But then I was told if you boot to DOS, then the system will recognize the first USB ports (1.1) on motherboard and not the PCI card USB 2.0 ports.
Why am I asking this? I have a removable/external 2.0 USB hard drive connected to a 1.1 USB port currently. I want to have it run at 2.0 speed. I must be able to access this under DOS for disaster recovery in the event I cannot boot to Windows. This is critical. In this manner I can use Symantec Ghost to restore my data to my internal hard drives if I cannot get into Windows.
I currently can do this with my 1.1 USB ports under DOS and my Win 98 boot disk. Not sure this will hold true with a PCI card.
Called Belkin and Dlink and spoke to people at Best Buy. None had a definitive answer.
Thanks so much