Re: high-speed usb doesn't work

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On Tue, 4 Dec 2007, Alan Stern wrote:

> > The output of "lspci -v|grep HCI" is the following:
> >
> > 00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
> > 00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
> > 00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
> >
> > I found a post somewhere about support for this being provided as a patch
> > against 2.6.22.  I guess the solution here is to get a USB card and make
> > sure the chip isn't by nVidia.
> Could be.  Or maybe you could improve matters by changing some of the
> BIOS's USB settings.  You might even find that a BIOS update fixes the
> problem.

Neither upgrading the BIOS nor fiddling with USB settings had any effect.
I'm currently running 2.6.22 and built a 2.6.23 to check.  That didn't
work.  On a lark, I tried older kernels.  Those didn't work.

Here's a rather annoying quirk about USB that I have become painfully
aware of lately.  USB cards that include internally-accesable ports almost
always provide them as female type A jacks.  Motherboards on the other
hand always provide internal USB ports as pairs in 5x2 headers.  The only
kind of internally-mounted device I've found that wants to plug into a
type A jack is one specific make and model of hub that fits into a 3.5"
bay.  Everything else like extra ports and card readers all want to plug
into 5x2 headers.  This has led me to acquire a powered minihub and graft
onto it headers and a hard drive power jack.

David Griffith

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