USB 1.0 confusion

Packard bell / S600
April 22, 2009 at 01:32:48
Specs: Win 98SE, Pentium MMX-233 MHz/32 MB EDO RAM
I have a computer that was bought in September 1997 that came with Windows 95. I later upgraded it to Win98se. The computer has two USB ports and I'm assuming they are USB 1.0 (as opposed to the pre-releases like USB 0.99).

I just wanted to confirm that upgrading from USB 1.0 to 1.1 involves a hardware upgrade, not a software upgrade, correct? I know upgrading from 1.1 to 2.0 is a hardware upgrade. But I saw a website that stated upgrading from 1.0 to 1.1 only involved upgrading from Win95 to Win98se. I didn't think that sounded right so I wanted to double-check.

I'm guessing that what they meant was that to upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0 you have to have Win98se instead of Win95 or 98 First Edition.

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April 22, 2009 at 01:50:56
Well it's not the OS matters. What matter is if your system can support any one of those two.

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April 22, 2009 at 08:56:05
Your question is not a common one. I had to think about the answer. I believe that the issue is not the OS itself but the hardware and support for that hardware in the form of drivers. The only way you can obtain USB 2.0 speeds on your old rig would be to install an add in USB 2.0 card and then you would still need drivers to support whatever hardware you wish to connect to that add in card. Even then, I am not really sure about USB 2.0 on 95 or 98FE. It is a moot point because you won't find drivers anyway.

What is it you want to use on your old rig?

Win98SE can support USB 2.0 devices IF there is a driver available for the hardware.

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April 22, 2009 at 11:50:26
First. Download and read this page carefully.
Click HERE.
USB may or may not have been enabled in 95 when shipped.
This will allow you to do it. It's also in your 95 CD in the other or upgrade folder.
The proceedure must be followed exactly.
Will it work. Maybe. depends on your bios, motherboard ect.
Cheap test.
Buy a 1 gig PNY pen flash drive (Attaché model). It's 2.0 but backward compatable to 1.1. Approx. $5.00.
PNY has the drivers for 98SE on their website. Download and install. Test your pen drive in both sockets. Sometimes only one works.
(Short method). Get the pen drive, install the drivers reboot and see what you get.

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