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USB compatability

Can i use a USB modem if my machine doesn't have a USB port? Is it possible to buy an adapter that will solve the problem or are there fundamental differences?
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rayt333Commented:
The answer is yes and no
this depends on your system, your OS, ect
First you need Win98 (Win95 does not do well with USB devices), and a free slot for an adapter card, also you may need the latest BIOS in order to enable support for the USB ports, (I not real sure with the add in card about the BIOS support)
Then you should be able to use a USB device
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andy10Author Commented:
Thanks, I'm currently running windows 95 so its probably not a good idea. I just happened to see an external usb modem that was fairly cheap and as i'm looking for one I thought that might do the trick.
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rayt333Commented:
Well if you wanted to upgrade to Win98 then you would be OK.
Here is an article that explains some of USB benefits:
http://www.microsoft.com/NTWorkstation/news/NewsArchive/Apr98/USB.asp
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rayt333Commented:
I'm reposting as the answer
The answer is yes and no
This depends on your system, your OS, ect
First you need Win98 (Win95 does not do well with USB devices), and a free slot for an adapter card, also you may need the latest BIOS in order to enable support for the USB ports
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andy10Author Commented:
thanks, i think i might go for upgrading to windows 98.
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