Resolved Will this USB PCI card work in any Powermac?

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  1. poiihy, Dec 10, 2014
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    I have one of those cards in my PowerMac and it works great under both Tiger and Leopard with no reliability issues.
     
  4. archtopshop, Dec 11, 2014
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    This one should work.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bundle-USB-...rnal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item418c3d1627

    It has the same NEC chip on it as mine, which I purchased at Monoprice. I just checked Monoprice and it looks like they quit carrying it; they only have the VIA now.

    Also, looks like this one from Newegg is ok.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SYBA-SD-NEC...sk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item462bb1632a

    Search for "usb pci cards NEC" on eBay.

    EDIT: The one from Newegg shows the same box as several I purchased from Monoprice--SYBA brand.

    MODS: Not my auctions. Just trying to help out.
     
  5. poiihy, Dec 11, 2014
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    Oh so that one has a VIA chip and not an NEC chip? I thought it did have an NEC controller.... they look the same.

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    What about this?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Port-USB-...645?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item27b1927f65
     
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    The title says NEC and I see NEC printed on the chip.

    What is the difference between a VIA and NEC chip? What happens if you put a VIA USB PCI card in a Powermac?
     
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    The NEC chipset will be recognised by a Mac particularly under OS 8.5 and above where you will have a hard time finding drivers otherwise.
     
  9. weckart macrumors 68040

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    From my experience, going back yonks with various OSes, VIA cuts corners with its chipsets to hit a price point. Sometimes things work fine, sometimes with a bit of latency and sometimes they don't. For instance, the VIA Firewire chip 6306, often found with combi cards, will not work with Mac whereas the 6307 does.

    I prefer to give VIA a wide berth and fork out the little extra for NEC, TI or even Agere. Steer well clear of anything with ALi on it.
     

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