I have a hard disk in a USB2.0 caddy plugged into my old Pii machine which I use as a server (running Ubuntu Dapper Drake with the 2.6.15-27-386 kernel).
The motherboard is pretty old (it's a 440BX-based Lucky Star 6ABX2V), so it only has USB1.1 onboard. As you can imagine, this makes for very, very slow transfers of large files to and from the external disk.
Today I've been trying to get a USB2.0 PCI card (which has a VIA chipset) working in this machine, to speed things up. The card isn't exactly new either; I think I've had it lying around for a couple of years.
I've not had much success. It's frustrating, because the card seems to be recognised, but nothing happens when I plug something into it.
The output from lspci
includes this (with the card plugged into PCI slot 1):
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
0000:00:08.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 50)
0000:00:08.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 50)
0000:00:08.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 51)
(I've included the details of the mobo's own USB1.1 controller too)
And I can see the USB2.0 card in KDE's KInfoCenter, and usbview etc...
However, as I say nothing happens when I plug USB devices (I've tried more than one) into it, although the card does seem to be supplying power.
I suppose this is not strictly a linux problem, as I've just tried booting into Windoze 2000, and I have pretty much the same problem; the card seems to be recognised okay, but nothing happens when you plug something into it.
So, my questions are these:
1) is there anything else I can try to get this card working in this machine?
2) is there any point in me buying a different card (for example with an NEC or ALi chipset, or even a newer VIA chipset) in an attempt to get USB2.0 support on this machine?
I'd really appreciate any advice or opinions; the external drive connected to this machine is a really useful setup, but the USB1.1 speed is major handicap.