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USB 2.0 on Mac
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Dec 13, 2001, 12:30 PM
Hi. I have a question regarding USB 2.0 on a Mac. We have recently purchased a USB 2.0 24x Sony CD burner, and I know that using standard USB will limit my speed to 4-6x. We have also purchased a Keyspan USB 2.0 PCI card, but aparently they do not supply drivers and indicate that the card will only run at USB 1.1 speed until Apple supports USB 2.0

What gives? Why was I led to believe that this product offered a solution that it clearly does not?

Any insight?


ps- They don't offer drivers for OSX either.
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Dec 14, 2001, 04:14 PM
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by, "Why was I led to believe that this product offered a solution that it clearly does not?"

If your computer doesn't support USB 2.0 then I don't see how you could possibly expect those devices to work at their full potential.

It's going to be awhile before USB 2.0 is standard, much the same way as it took awhile for USB and FireWire to become common -- but that's one of the risks you have to accept when you're an early adopter.

I don't mean to sound rude, but did you research this before you bought? If the salesrep that sold you the equipment told you it would work at 2.0 speeds with current Macs, you should take it back and demand a refund unless you're willing to accept the fact that it's going to be slower than advertised.

Perhaps MWSF will bring some sort of announcement regarding Apple support USB 2.0, but who knows?

[ 12-14-2001: Message edited by: FXWizard ]
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Dec 14, 2001, 09:29 PM
Neither Keyspan or any other company selling a pci USB 2.0 card clearly states that their USB 2.0 adapter cards do not offer the USB 2.0 feature.

If you look at Adaptec, Keyspan, or Orange Micros ads for their USB 2.0 cards, they are all written in a way to lead you to believe they enable you to add USB 2.0 ports to your Mac, but they don't mention that there are no drivers for the product to make it work at 2.0 speeds. They will all default to USB 1.1 and limit you to that speed.

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