USB PCI Card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Unverrich, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Unverrich macrumors regular

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  2. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Potentially. The last post in this thread has a statement about a user using a Dynex card.

    To be more specific, you need an Open Firmware card. Many windows machines use BIOS for their communication; Apple now uses EFI, but for Motorola/IBM architechtures, Apple (and others) used Open Firmware.

    Personally, I would head for the Sonnet, but that's just me.
     
  3. Unverrich thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    ANY USB card with a NEC chipset works in the PowerMac G4s and G5s (had one in both myself). This has nothing to do with Open Firmware...

    This holds true even today: Bought a cheap PCIe USB card with a NEC chipset for my Mac Pro – worked out of the box under Leopard as well as Snow Leopard.
     
  5. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Ah, I figured something like that. So, in that case, does this Dynex have that particular NEC chipset?
     
  6. Earl Urly macrumors regular

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    ugh

    That card just from the best buy pic has the VIA chipset, budget level USB controller

    Mac driver for VIA available here:

    http://www.viaarena.com/Driver/VIAMACUSB_160_G4_p1.pkg.zip

    Only has support for up to Tiger, only supports PPC G4, Leopard and higher support unknown

    Here is a cheap USB card for $10 that has a NEC chipset and will work with Mac:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124008

    Look in the customer reviews, was installed on a PowerMac G5 with Leopard and it worked
     
  7. rkflitcraft macrumors newbie

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    USB Cards

    I have a PowerMac G4 Quicksilver w/a Sonnet 1.8GHz CPU, and use Belkin 2.0 Five-port PCI USB cards that I've purchased thru Staples. I have had no problems at all, use my HP printer, Dymo LabelWriter, mouse, keyboard, Apple 23 HD Monitor, LaCie Mobile Drive, and Palm T/X hooked up to these cards. I've used Belkin products over the years and recommend them.
     
  8. petedude macrumors newbie

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    Pci Usb

    I picked up an ATEN 2-Port USB 2 card for about $10 used on eBay. It is working like a champ in my Gigabit G4. NEC-chipset based, no drivers needed. I tried a MacSense card 5-port card prior, and it did not work.
     

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