Usb 2 Card for G4 Xserve

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by max¥¥, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, i am looking to get a usb 2 card for my G4 Xserve (Orig DP model, pci-x slots, running osx server 10.5.8 ) since two of my external hard drives are usb and usb 1.1 speeds suck. I tried two via based cards, both of which are a no go (card is seen by osx, but no attached devices work) and a card with a new NEC chipset (which prevented the server from powering on). I was advised that i need a card with a NEC chipset, so i guess a older one will work (but i have seen a post else ware that suggests this may not be the case)

    So does anyone know of a card which will work in my xserve?

    thanks
     
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Anything with an NEC chipset will work seamlessly. Just confirm the biggest chip on the top side has NEC printed on it.
     
  3. max¥¥ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    are you sure? one of the cards i tried is a NEC chipset, server wouldn't even power on (My '01 quicksilver would power on with the card, not sure if osx would se it though)
     
  4. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    I have 3 different cards all with NEC chipsets and they all work. If you want to be 100% sure then just search for "USB 2 PCI mac" on ebay and buy one pre-tested for Mac.

    There are 2 basic designs... a 5 port and a 6 port with one of them being internal on both. The 6 port for some reason tend to have more mass success on Macs and I have 2 slightly different 6 port cards in each of my Sawtooth.
     
  5. max¥¥ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, may try a six port one then (the one that didn't work was a 5 port one)
     

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