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Installing an adapter for a USB Equipped motherboard: Many motherboards that support USB were installed in many PC's without the cables and adapters to give you a rear USB port. This is especially true on the "clone" or "no-name" or perhaps best called "custom system" market. You will need your motherboards manual! Repeat, YOU WILL NEED YOUR MOTHERBOARDS MANUAL! Many manufacturers have their manuals on their website for easy downloading, if you cannot find yours. Generally the USB "connector" on the motherboard is two rows of five or one long row of ten "headers", or long thin spikes that stick up from the board. Sometimes its a dual row 16 pin header (typical for Abit) . Sometimes it's a header with a combination of USB, PS/2 and IR ports all on one bracketed subassembly. Sometimes you will need to know which end of each row is pin #1, or even better, the signals on each pin of the header in order to properly connect the cables. In the case of the subassembly board, it just plugs in, and you don't have to worry about it.

Adding a card: Shut down and turn off the computer! Insert the PCI card into your PCI slot, or PCCard or Cardbus card into the laptop/powerbooks PC Card or cardbus slot. If you don't know how to do this, you may want to look in your computer manual, buy an "Upgrade your PC" book or ask a geeky technician type how to do this. We'll try to add some pictures to this page at some point to help you along. After following any instructions that came with your card (if, in fact, it has any instructions) you'll turn on the computer. You'll get the usual "new hardware found" kind of messages, and will have to most likely insert your OS's installation CD. That should be it. After that, when you plug in a new USB device you should be prompted for the devices driver, or to insert the OS disk. Some kooky devices will need you to install the drivers before connecting the devices.

That should be it! After that, when you plug in a new USB device you should be prompted for the devices driver, or to insert the OS disk. Some kooky devices will need you to install the drivers before connecting the devices.

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