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Ross McFarland Feb 20, 2006, 05:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2006, 02:23pm EST

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Hey, it's been a long time since I last posted here but my PC has been running incredibly smoothly, my Hard Drive died a few months back and since I replaced it with a Western Digital 200Gb I've had no problems.

However I'm finding that my ASRock K7VT4A+ Motherboard has insufficient USB ports. I've a lot of things I need to use on a regular basis and chopping and changing is proving tedious, so I was just wondering - Can I add a PCI Card with 4 USB slots to the machine and still have it function properly.

When I first got my motherboard I had my doubts, as it states in the user manual:

USB 2.0: 6 USB 2.0 Port:
includes 4 default USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel, plus one header to support 2 addition USB 2.0 ports (see CAUTION 3)

Caution 3 then goes on to state;
Power Management for USB 2.0 works fine under Microsoft Windows XP SP1/2000 SP4. It may not work properly under Microsoft Windows 98/ME. Please refer to Microsoft official document at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/bus/USB/USB2support.mspx

So - When I first read this about a year ago I thought "I've got 4 USB slots and that's it - it can only support a max of 6. [My old PCI card had 4 USB slots on it.] So I boxed up the PCI card and never used it; until now where I have began wondering, can I simply plug it in and boot up and have 8 USB ports without any hassle?

I'd really appreciate any help clearing this up because when I initially read the documentation I was lead to believe that my PCI/USB card was resigned to gather dust on a shelf.

Many thanks, Ross.

Summary : Can the K7VT4A+ support a PCI Card with 4 extra USB ports despite the manual "kind of" saying otherwise?


AMD Sempron 2200+ @ ~1.5Ghz
ASRock K7VT4A+
128Mb PNY GeForce 6600
SAMSUNG 256MB [PC-2100]
200Gb HDD Western Digital 7200
Stock Heatsink + Fan @ ~4000RPM
350W PSU
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Ross McFarland Feb 21, 2006, 07:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
Bump

AMD Sempron 2200+ @ ~1.5Ghz
ASRock K7VT4A+
128Mb PNY GeForce 6600
SAMSUNG 256MB [PC-2100]
200Gb HDD Western Digital 7200
Stock Heatsink + Fan @ ~4000RPM
350W PSU
Mat Nairb Feb 21, 2006, 04:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
It should be OK. The manual is stating that the BIOS will only recognize 6 USB ports on the mobo. You are not adding ports to the mobo.

Ross McFarland Feb 21, 2006, 04:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
Thanks very much for clearing that up.

Drivers should try to update themselves via Windows automatically, right?
I doubt I still have the CD.

AMD Sempron 2200+ @ ~1.5Ghz
ASRock K7VT4A+
128Mb PNY GeForce 6600
SAMSUNG 256MB [PC-2100]
200Gb HDD Western Digital 7200
Stock Heatsink + Fan @ ~4000RPM
350W PSU
Mat Nairb Feb 22, 2006, 12:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
No I don't think Windows update will install the drivers for you. That is why it's called Windows update, it updates existing drivers. You should look on the card to see if you can find out what make and model it is and try downloading the drivers. Then install the card.

james clark Feb 22, 2006, 09:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
Yes you should have no trouble updating anything with your MB. I am still surprised how well and fast these little "cheap" MB's run!

Core2 Duo E6600 @ 3.2ghz
2GB DDR2 Ram (Dual Channel)
PNY 9600GT PCI-E 512mb DDR3
36GB Raptor 10,000rpm (C Drive)
160GB SATA
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Ross McFarland Feb 23, 2006, 02:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 23, 2006, 02:27pm EST

 
>> Re: K7VT4A / USB
Hit a little snag, installed it no problem but I noticed today I was getting a flash of BSOD before Windows would boot up, removed my webcam and the problem was gone. But I was getting a lot of choppy gameplay as I played DoD Source, removed the card and I can't say it's really made any difference but can I just ask;

Does wireless Internet cause trouble with online gaming?

I'm using a Belkin Wireless Adapter connecting to a generic crap router and no matter what happens when I play DoD:S I keep running round corners and it's like I see the ragdolls floating above the ground before they are all calculated and dropped to the floor. I spawn in and it is fairly choppy, there's a firefight it's choppy, I try to rush forward and I end up running into walls because apparently I never jumped that there sandbag according to the computer [even though I just saw it happen on screen.]

I know it's probably not related to my PCI Card but to my Processor or Internet connection.

I'm 2MBps supplied by BT and I only live about a 2 minute walk from the exchange office, no-one else is using the wireless connection while I game [not even being stolen by neighbours] and my processor and other specs are stated below - I'd appreciate any help on this it's really bugging me.

[PS - I've defragged, ran AVG AntiVirus and even tried Spybot S&D without much difference]

[[PPS - My GFX settings in DOD:S are the lowest possible, because I wanted to try out the game at the best levels of gameplay as opposed to mid-range graphics ... sadly it refuses to happen and I still suffer from choppiness - The server I use is in the UK, as am I and I ping around 60 which isn't too unbearable - Are there any cl_cmdrate or cl_updaterate functions I could use in the console to help myself out?]]

AMD Sempron 2200+ @ ~1.5Ghz
ASRock K7VT4A+
128Mb PNY GeForce 6600
SAMSUNG 256MB [PC-2100]
200Gb HDD Western Digital 7200
Stock Heatsink + Fan @ ~4000RPM
350W PSU

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