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5 Port PCI High Speed USB 2.0 Adapter Card

Add 5 USB 2.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI slot

Product ID: PCI420USB

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  • Provides four external USB 2.0 ports and one shared internal port
  • Fully compliant with USB 2.0 specifications, with support for transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
  • Backwards compatible with USB 1.0/1.1 devices

This PCI-based High Speed USB 2.0 Adapter Card adds five USB 2.0 'A' Female ports (1 internal, 4 external) to your PCI-capable PC.

Supported by popular operating systems including Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, the PCI USB 2.0 card is a versatile solution that lets you add USB 2.0 connections without having to upgrade the system motherboard.

A convenient and time-saving solution, the PCI USB card is WHQL certified to simplify driver installation in Windows XP operating environments, and supports USB device hot-swapping - allowing you to connect/disconnect USB peripherals without having to power down the computer.

Designed and constructed to provide long-lasting USB capability, the adapter card is backed by StarTech.com's Lifetime Warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Expand a PCI-based system's USB capabilities with four additional external USB ports
  • Add additional USB bandwidth to a system that already uses many USB devices/hubs
  • Connect additional external hard drives, CD/DVD drives, MP3 players, printers, scanners, webcams, game controllers, digital cameras, etc. to a computer system

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Connect up to 4 additional USB 1.0/1.1/2.0 peripherals to the computer simultaneously
  • Adds both external and internal USB ports to connect regular external devices or internal or front bay mounted USB peripherals
  • Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030794190

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.10
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit)
Internal Ports 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
External Ports 4 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
Humidity 10~90% RH
Hardware Ports 5
Interface USB 2.0
Bus Type PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)
Card Type Standard Profile
Industry Standards OHCI
EHCI
PCI 2.2
Chipset ID VIA/VLI - VT6212
Packaging Information Package Length 21.2 cm [8.3 in]
Package Width 4.2 cm [1.7 in]
Package Height 145 mm [5.7 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.1 kg [0.2 lb]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
Physical Characteristics Product Length 12 cm [4.7 in]
Product Height 9.5 cm [3.7 in]
Weight of Product 30 g [1.1 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.10
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Unused PCI slot
Note The internal USB 2.0 is shared with the top-most external USB 2.0 port, therefore only one of those ports may be used at a time.
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - PCI USB card
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • USB cables

  • USB devices

  • USB controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the USB cable, device, and controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different USB cable, device, and controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the USB device and controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

How To

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

Yes. This PCI card uses a universal connector keyed for both 3.3V and 5V that can be used with PCI and PCI-X. This type of connector is identified as having 2 separate notches, instead of just one.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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