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Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Last updated: 4/11//2000

Q.  My computer motherboard has a USB capability, which is implemented with the VIA MVP3 chipset  [e.g., EpoX Super7 Motherboards].  How do I set-it-up for USB?

A.  If you have a Baby AT motherboard, you will need a USB Cable and Bracket Assembly to interface the USB header connector on the motherboard to the outside of the case.  Download and install the USB Filter Driver from VIA: http://www.viatech.com/drivers/index.htm. Enable USB in the CMOS setup.  Assign an IRQ to USB in the CMOS Setup. You may need to Enable OS is PNP Aware in the CMOS Setup to share IRQs.  Start>Settings>Control Panel>System>Device Manager and verify USB is installed with no exclamation marks next to the drivers.

Q.  Are there any utilities to test my computer's USB capability?

A.  The Windows 98 Resource Kit has a simple USB test utility.  Install the kit by inserting the Windows 98 CD in your CD-ROM drive, wait for the menu to pop-up, click on Browse this CD, double-click tools, double-click reskit, and double-click setup.exe.  Fire-up the kit (Start, Programs, Windows 98 Resource Kit, Tools Management Console).  In the console, click the + to the left of the Windows 98 Resource Kit Tools Sampler.  Click Tools A to Z, double-click U to Z, and double-click the USB Viewer.   You can also download Intel's USB Ready utility.

Q.  What versions of Windows support USB?

A.  You need Windows 95 versions OSR2, 2.1, or 2.5 or Windows 98 for USB.  The OSR versions require the USB supplement.  You can obtain the supplement and answers to additional USB questions at Everything USB.

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