How to Install a USB 2.0

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

The default design of a Universal Serial Bus allows peripherals to be connected by using a standardized interface socket. The creation of the USB intends to replace various serial and parallel ports. A USB can connect peripherals like keyboards, mouse devices, PDAs, joysticks, scanners, printers, digital cameras, game pads, flash disks, media players and external drives. The USB 2.0 is the most recent type of Universal Serial Bus available today. This USB version can provide data transfer capabilities at a rate of 480 Mbps.

Materials Needed:
- USB 2.0 PCI Card
- compatible screwdriver (if applicable)
- CD or DVD ROM drive
- floppy disk drive
- USB 2.0 Driver Software
Step 1
Power off the computer and unplug power cords. It is not sufficient to just turn off the PC and leave the plug in the socket because as long as it is connected to an electrical outlet, an electrical charge still goes through. Disconnect other connections as well to prevent a power surge.
Step 2
An available PCI slot shows the chassis of the computer and exposes the computer’s motherboard. Look for an available PCI slot and remove the cover. Different computer models may have a screw that is holding the PCI slot cover. You may need to unscrew this and remove the plate.
Step 3
Gently insert the USB 2.0 PCI card then line it up with the available slot. Push the USB 2.0 PCI card firmly into the slot. Ensure that that the PCI card is evenly seated in the slot. Keep the slot cover and do not throw it away just in case you would need to remove another PCI card, or if you are not happy with its performance. The slot cover needs to cover the empty slot, just in case.
Step 4
Replace the computer chassis and connect all cables and finally the power cables. You may plug the computer and turn it on and allow it to completely reboot. In the event the computer shows a BIOS error, fails to restart normally, and does not load its Operating System, you can turn it off again, disconnect all cables, and remove the USB 2.0 PCI card. Repeat the steps for installation until the system loads normally.
Step 5
After the computer restarts and loads the Operating System, it will ask for the driver of the USB 2.0 card. Insert the CD, DVD, or floppy disk containing the driver and follow the instructions to install the program. You may need to manually install the driver if the Operating System does not ask for a driver. You may also consult the manufacturer or refer to the manual for instructions to properly install it.