Your advices would be appreciated please.
Before buying the above card, I need to know if this is going to be possible, or not?
Also, once fitted are these ports recognised by the O/S as internal or external, powered or unpowered? As you know peripherals increasingly are demanding to be fitted to a primary USB port and won't work if put through a hub.
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-13-2003 10:17 PM
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-16-2003 05:04 PM
Thank you for your response.
Unfortunately, this doesn't move me much further forward in the decision making process as to whether I should go ahead and buy this PCI Card. (In Great Britain it isn't possible to "Try before you buy")
Therefore, could you let me know an email address of a relevant Dell Technical Support Section that could provide me with a definitive answer please?
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-15-2003 10:42 PM
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-15-2003 10:43 PM
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-16-2003 05:28 PM
Thank you for your reply.
I completely accept your point that Dell does not and cannot test for compatibility of its products with all 3rd party manufacturers.
I think I've been my own worst enenmy and provided too much detail.
To re-phrase my original query; In general terms only, is it possible to fit a USB multi-port PCI card to a C Dock 2? Does anyone know of any reason(s) why this wouldn't work in principle?
Message Edited by garyjenkinson on 10-16-2003 05:29 PM
I took the plunge and "fit" a 4 port card (Via Technologies) into my dated C/Dock II. My SMartCard reader works fine. My hard drive doesn't. While I can plug the HDD into the Dock USBs as well as the USB on my C400 - and it works fine albeit at low USB speed, when I plug the HDD into the 4 port card, the laptop locks up instantly and totally. Only way to get out of it is to eject the laptop and pop the battery.
Is there firmware on the C/Dock to update? Is there a USB diagnostic?
Windows seems to think all is fine with these ports too. WHen I plug the HDD into the working ports, Windows suggest that I use one of the high speed ports. I'm on XP and the manufacturer says that Microsoft provides the drivers for this version of OS.
ANy hints you can provide are appreciated.
I recently picked-up a Belkin 5 port USB 2.0 PCI card, and it works great in my C-Dock II with my C840. I also have a Belkin 3 port Firewire card in the docking station too. I can connect my external USB HD to the docking station and it will even power the drive from the USB port on the card. I now have my DVD +/- R/RW drive and an 80GB hard drive connected to the firewire card, and I have my portable 40GB HD that can plug into the USB 2.0 card. I am quite happy with my system's performance.
Now, my next test is to see if I can access the cards from a DOS boot floppy...
Me also, I installed a Belkin 5 port USB 2.0 PCI card and a Belkin 3 port FiWi card in my C-Dock II with my C840. I've connected two external powered hard disks to 2 FiWi ports of one PCI card, and an external powered DVD-RW to a USB 2 port of the other PCI card. In the expansion bay of the dock there is also a hard disk. Everything works fine.
When I reboot my laptop both the FiWi hard disks on my PCI card are gone ! When I shut down the laptop and the dock, after booting up the disks are back ...
I case after the reboot my disks are gone, when I disconnect and reconnect them they come back and everything is OK.
To me it seems that the PCI card is not scanned for hardware in case of a 'warm' reboot.
Enyone knows how to fix this problem ?
Configuration : C840 BIOS A13, C-Dock II, WinXP