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Upgrading eMac's USB 1.1 to 2.0


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Anyone have any ideas on if this is possible, and if so, is it relatively easy and cheap?
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Anyone have any ideas on if this is possible, and if so, is it relatively easy and cheap?
The USB chipset/controller is built into the main board. There is no practical way to upgrade. Apple has revised the eMac several times but has not upgraded to USB 2. They seem to be saying consumers should use Firewire if USB 1.1 is not fast enough.
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The USB chipset/controller is built into the main board. There is no practical way to upgrade. Apple has revised the eMac several times but has not upgraded to USB 2. They seem to be saying consumers should use Firewire if USB 1.1 is not fast enough.
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I am not positive about the past revision but the current revision is USB 2

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So I'm stuck with an non-upgradable port?

Great.
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So I'm stuck with an non-upgradable port?

Great.
Unfortunately, that appears to be the case. However, eMacs and iMacs are not really designed with end user upgradability in mind (with the exception of RAM). If you are looking for a Mac that you would be able to upgrade rather easily, I would suggest a G4 or G5 tower.

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I am not positive about the past revision but the current revision is USB 2
You're right; the 1.25ghz models have USB 2, the older models all have USB 1x.
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Yeah, there's no way to change the USB1's to 2's, but there are 2 firewires
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Is there no way to upgrade the mainboard to one with a USB 2 chipset/controller? Even sending it off to Apple/Apple licensed techinicians?
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I really doubt it, but with 2 firewire ports the eMacs are pretty versatile
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I really doubt it, but with 2 firewire ports the eMacs are pretty versatile
I understand the firewire ports are available, but my iriver mp3 player is usb 1.1/2.0 only. I'm not willing to get rid of the iriver just to use firewire on the, quite frankly, inferior iPod.
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Two FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports (on computer), two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard) This is what the new eMacs come with.
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I understand the firewire ports are available, but my iriver mp3 player is usb 1.1/2.0 only. I'm not willing to get rid of the iriver just to use firewire on the, quite frankly, inferior iPod.
Well since you stated that your mp3 player works with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0, I quite frankly don't see where it is an issue. You would not have to give up your current mp3 player. Besides, even if you really, really wanted to, you could buy a USB to FW adapter and use the FW port. I just don't see where there is a problem.

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Besides, even if you really, really wanted to, you could buy a USB to FW adapter and use the FW port.
Where have you seen these?
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Yeah, i've just done a google search for USB to FW cable and can't find one.
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Where have you seen these?
Here is an external one

Here is another external hub

And one more that even matches an iMac

Any of these will allow you to connect FireWire or USB 2.0 devices to your system.

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