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  1. the rocket

    the rocket I'll eat your face!

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    Does anyone know if the flash drive goes in the back usb port or does it go into the front where my digital camera goes. I have a Dell Dimension 4300.
     
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    doesn't matter
     
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    try either?
     
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    stick it where it fits.
     
  5. the rocket

    the rocket I'll eat your face!

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    Thanks guys. wasn't sure if it mattered or not!
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    It MIGHT matter, actually. If you have an older system, the front ports might not support USB2.0 because of the higher-quality wiring (i.e. more expensive wiring) that is needed for that newer standard. If this is the case, your flash drive will still work, but it will work much more slowly.
     
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    it has *nothing* to do with wiring. USB1.1 and USB2 cables are the SAME.

    If a machine doesn't have USB2 ports in the front, it's because they cheaped out on the controller. And it will still work, albiet slower, and you'll know because Windows pops up a message.
     
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    the rocket I'll eat your face!

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    u r right. the flash drive my wife bought for college was a high speed drive. My usb ports are all for slower drives. The computer said it would work but at a slower speed than intended!
     
  9. JaJae

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    Then jolly was right.

    Search newegg for PCI USB add-on cards if you want to get some speed improvement for about $10.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010010073+1187112431&Subcategory=73&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=

    Look for a good PCI => USB 2.0

    Installing a PCI card is simple. Remove the sidewall of your case. Usually remove one metal bracket on the bottom of your case through a simple screw. Then stick the card where it fits and replace the screw.

    Restart your computer and run the driver CD if needed.
     
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    I have personally used a computer case with front USB ports that wouldn't run at USB2.0 speed even though they were connected to USB2.0 headers. (yes, it was a cheap-ass case. I replaced it soon thereafter.) So no, the front-panel cabling isn't always the same. Nowadays, though, I can't imagine this level of cheapness would be acceptable.
     
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    :coolugh: Sucks. I was right, though, and that may have saved you a bit of frustration trying to figure out the problem.

    USB2.0 add-on cards are cheap nowadays, and I haven't ever seen one that needed drivers that Windows didn't already have. Most likely, you'll just need to install, boot up, and reboot.
     

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