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Windows 7: Might be a little early to ask...

22 Jan 2010   #1
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Might be a little early to ask...

On my Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 will i be able to replace the USB 2.0 card (2 ports) with USB 3.0 when they become commercially avalible?


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22 Jan 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Probably not. You need the motherboard to support USB3.
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22 Jan 2010   #3
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Wouldnt a BIOS update allow that once the update is released?
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22 Jan 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I doubt it. besides, the USB3 ports are going to be different. Maybe they will come with a PCI version. But whether that will work with existing mobo's is questionable.
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22 Jan 2010   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I doubt it. besides, the USB3 ports are going to be different. Maybe they will come with a PCI version. But whether that will work with existing mobo's is questionable.
The Toshiba Satellite is a notebook. Does that affect your answer?

(I believe it has no PCMCIA slots, or PC Card slots if you prefer.)
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23 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I know it is a notebook which does not make things easier. But even a PCMCIA solution is very doubtful because today the maximum data rate is about 130MB/sec, if I am not mistaken. You would need an interface like eSata that goes directly on the data bus because we are talking of up to 3GB/sec data transfer rates. So bottom line - there is little hope for your Toshiba.
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