PCI Slots

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by L Oquence, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. L Oquence macrumors regular

    L Oquence

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    I'm a total noob to PCI slots, but basically I want to put extra usb ports in my power mac G5, it's a dual 2.3 in the description. How would I go about it, step by step and any brand recommendations?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    In the past I've used SIIG cards and they have been fine. I've got a 4 port USB 2.0 card that I did remove however in favor of a Sonnet FW400/USB 2.0 card I bought.

    With that second card I now have four USB ports and 4 Firewire 400 ports.

    You can't really go wrong with any Sonnet card you buy, provided it's a card your G5 will support.

    This auction is for a combo card, but if you do a search on eBay for Sonnet USB PCI you'll get lots of hits. The prices on Sonnets have come down too. And being that it's Sonnet you know you aren't getting a crap card.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sonnet-FWUSB2A-Tango-FireWire-400-USB-PCI-Adaptr-Card-/390988543824

    ^^^(MODS, not my auction!!!)
     
  3. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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  4. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I've found NEC chipsets to work well in OS 9 also, with the qualifier that they will work at USB 1.1 speeds. I have a couple of OWR Macs with NEC-based USB cards. I need to spend some time shopping for one(or preferably a combo USB/FW card) for my upcoming 8600 project.
     
  5. weckart macrumors 68040

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    NEC chipsets are the key. For best compatibility avoid combi cards with USB and FW, which often have VIA or ALi chips. VIA is unlikely to work as well and ALi definitely won't work at all.
     
  6. ziggy29, Apr 18, 2015
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    ziggy29 macrumors regular

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    Anyone have a pointer for a USB 2.0 PCI card that plays well with the sleep mode of a G4 *and* is usable in OS 9 (even if it falls back to USB 1.1)? The USB 2.0 card I currently have in my G4 DA requires me to disable sleep because with the card installed, the Mac won't wake up from sleep in Tiger *or* Leopard and the only "solution" is to reboot.

    Do the aforementioned Sonnet cards play nicely with sleep? Also looking at a Belkin F5U220, which I believe has the NEC chipset, for under $10 on eBay.
     
  7. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Belkin works with sleep. I have one but you need Tiger 10.4.2 / 3 or later for deep sleep to work. Any earlier and your Mac will not go to sleep at all.
     
  8. for this macrumors regular

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    I like my NEC based card, it's plug-and-play, no need to install anything. It is sleep-compatible with 10.4 and 10.5.

    It also works as USB 1 (or 1.1?, not sure) in OS9 but is not sleep-compatible there though.
     
  9. ziggy29 macrumors regular

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    Well, 10.4.3 and above to be specific, as I'm coming to understand it. That's the general consensus I've heard, and that it will work as 1.1 in OS 9 (without sleep), so I suspect I'll pull the trigger on the Belkin and swap out the one that's in there now.
     
  10. for this, Apr 18, 2015
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    for this macrumors regular

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    Having just tried it, it's not sleep-compatible with 10.4.0. So what weckart said is probably right.
     
  11. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I need to check the card in my one of my G3 desktops.

    It was in their when I "rescued" the computer(the previous owner had installed it to hook up a USB printer). I think it's a USB 2.0 card, although obviously only gives 1.1 speeds in OS 9. It causes zero sleep issues in OS 9, however.

    I don't recall what the combo card in my Quicksilver. That computer is no longer an OS 9 machine thanks to the GPU(core image and OS 9 tend to be mutually exclusive) but don't have sleep issues in 10.4.11 and 10.5.8. I know it's an NEC chipset for the USB, but don't recall who made it or any other details. I just know that it's 2xFW400 and 3x USB 2.0.

    My rackmount DA G4 has both a USB 2.0 card(5x USB 2.0 with internal headers for another 4 ports) plus a combo card(2x USB 2.0, 3xFW400, plus an internal FW400 port for 2x FW on the front panel). I've had little issue with sleep in both 10.4, 10.5, and OS 9.
     
  12. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    I have a 6 port USB 2 card for mine. Its got the LP4 floppy connector for power. However, its more like 5 port because if the internal USB port is used one of the external USB ports will not work at the same time.... when i boght my MDD it had a Belkin 3 port USB card with NEC, ther 6 port i got is also NEC (suggested to me by people here on MR saying that NEC allows sleep)

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    if you could provide a link to that USB 2 card with internal headers, please do, Id love to have one itll make adding a internal card reader much easier.
     
  13. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    It's a lot of trouble to get out, and I don't know when I'll have time to pull it and read p/ns.

    Aside from that, don't you still owe someone for shipping on a logic board? I hope you'd take care of that before hunting down what may be an obscure USB card.
     

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