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    Maxwell Murder
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    Upgrading eMac's USB 1.1 to 2.0
    Anyone have any ideas on if this is possible, and if so, is it relatively easy and cheap?

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    Badger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell Murder
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger
    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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    Maxwell Murder
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    So I'm stuck with an non-upgradable port?

    Great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell Murder
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    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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    Maxwell Murder
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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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    Upgrading eMac's USB 1.1 to 2.0
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    I really doubt it, but with 2 firewire ports the eMacs are pretty versatile

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    Maxwell Murder
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    Quote Originally Posted by witeshark
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell Murder
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y
    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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    Maxwell Murder
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Chamorro
    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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