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IOGEAR 5-Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PCI Card GIC251U

4.0 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews
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  • Interface Type - Hi-Speed USB 2.0 + 1.1 Backward compatible
  • Dimensions WxDxH - 5.25" x 0.91" x 4.75"
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Product Description

IOGEAR brings you new five-port USB 2.0 PCI Card (GIC251U). USB 2.0 moves data at a blazing rate of 480 Mbps (Megabits per second), and is fully backward compatible with the first generation of USB devices. With the increase in speed, USB 2.0 offers enhanced functionality, allowing more devices to share the increased bandwidth. The new USB 2.0 PCI card will allow you to take full advantage of the USB 2.0 technology on your current USB 1.1 systems.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.5 x 6.5 x 3 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0000BZ2WA
Item model number GIC251U
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4.0 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #378 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Network Cards
#445 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > I/O Port Cards > USB Port Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com August 5, 2003

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I have windows XP and ordered this PCI card. I opened up my PC box, took out the old creative sound blaster from its PCI slot and slid in the Iogear USB 2.0 PCI card. I booted up my computer and voila! XP automatically detected the card and I have my mouse connected to one of the 4 exposed external USB ports. Its working and no problems encountered at all.

Note that there are 4 slots exposed externally, and 1 is an internal USB slot.
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The card installed easily into my G4 tower, and USB devices work fine. However, the card does not support deep sleep on the Mac with OSX 10.4.2, which is not reflected in the listing or advertising. The G4 requires a hard restart every time it goes into deep sleep (fans and drives powered down) with the card installed.
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I bought a Compaq Presario 5410US from Amazon in 2002, as well as a Cannon digital camera and printer, probably purchases similar to those made by many Amazon customers. I suppose, therefore, that many of you have also been frustrated by the slow downloading of digital pictures speed of the old USB 1.0 port, but have been leeary of tampering with your hardware. So, was I, but this product was easy to install and has worked great, truly greatly decreasing the time it takes to download pictures (at least 10 times faster, probably much more).

BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS! The fine print says, the system works with Windows XP if you have "Service Pack 1" installed. It took me a long time to figure out what that was and how to install it, but it is really simple. Do a "Google Search" on the internet to find the free site for downloading "Windows XP Service Pack 1." A warning says the download and installation might take 45 minutes with a regular slow modem and phone line connection. I have the slowest of internet connections and modems, but it only took 10 minutes to download and install the service pack 1 free upgrade. Then, you need to reboot (i.e. turn off and turn on again) your computer with this upgrade.

I couldn't find my computer manual when I needed it, but by clicking on the "Start" button on my computer and an "about your computer" link, I was able to access a diagram of the insides of my computer, showing where the extra PCI slots are. This is probably obvious to most people, they are the only empty, pretty long slots. The instructions say to just slip the USB 2.
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Once you get it connected, this is a great little card that will speed you through digital camera and MP3 player uploads. Mine didn't come with instructions so, I assumed correctly that you're supposed to install the software first, restart, and then shutdown. From there you can take apart the computer and install the card. My card however still did not work and I was about ready to Google away for an answer when I decided to e-mail the company instead. Someone from their tech response team quickly replied, "Try placing the card in different PCI slots on the motherboard in case there is an I/O conflict with one of your other devices." Not that I know or care what an I/O is in the first place, but I did as they recommended and voila it works like a charm.
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This will not work with Windows 7. I called IOGear and they confirmed that there are no DRIVERS for Windows 7. What a waste of time.
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Do not install the software if you are running os 10.2 or greater.

It will cause your computer to not boot up. This is a problem that Iogear is aware of, but only after sending out the manuels.

Without installing any software the card works. Just started using it today, all peripherals work fine.
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I have a Dell Dimension running winXP SP2 and this card isn't recognized. In fact, I get an error as soon as the PC powers up, before windows launches. I have no idea what's wrong; I've reseated the card so I doubt it's a connectition problem. Perhaps I have a defective unit.

[Update: IOGear customer service responded by email the same day and suggested I swap this card with another to clear up the problem, and the fix worked. I'm impressed with that level of customer service and the card seems to work fine now. I would rate this a 4 now that it's working.]
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Needed more than two USB ports for my home office destop PC. This card was a perfect fit. Didn't even need to use the included drivers because Windows 2000 and XP already support it. The price was right, too. Highly recommended.
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