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I purchased a USB Hub with instructions that said that the Driver could be found on my Windows 98 Start up Disk.
Guess what , Windows refuses to recognize my Hub and says it doesn't have a suitable Driver.The Hub itself is unbranded, but the instruction booklet refers to it as a 'VENUS' 4 Port USB Hub. Any help in using a 'generic' Driver etc would be appreciated.
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by:sorgie
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Does your computer have USB ports and Is this an expansion hub to increase the number of USB ports??

If so make sure your BIOS has USB enabled.
There are Generic Controllers on the Win98CD you may have to search the CAB file and find them then point your install to them.

If Windows is telling you it can't see your USB because it can't find drivers you may have to install the drivers then plug your hub in and let windows see it.
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by:Otta
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Have you tried running

..   \TOOLS\RESKIT\DIAGNOSE\USBVIEW.EXE

from the WIN98 CD-ROM?
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by:SysExpert
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Could you supply a little more info on your computer. CPU/motherboard/Age ?
Also does it already haer USB on it ?
Which BIOS ?
Have you installed/flashed a new BIOS for it ?
Win 98 requires fairly new hardware, if you have not updated yours, it may not be plugnplay compatible.
I hope this helps.
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by:redbaron222
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My computer is an IBM with AMD-K6-2 450Mhz.
It currently has 2 USB slots which I am using for a Video Camera and a scanner.
The Hub is to expand the number of USB slots from 2 to 5.
I don't actually have a Win98 CD, only the start up disk that came with the IBM, I think it has a cut down version of WIN98SE somewhere on it.
BIOS version is IBMA7AmdK6 475 V3.2.
Thanks for any further input.
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by:Otta
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Does your "Venus" look like the picture on the web-page at:

..  http://www.doubleh.com.tw/dh-2000c.htm

If so, access:

http://www.doubleh.com.tw/download.htm 

and download the appropriate file.

For example,

Archive:  dh-2000dl.zip
 Length    EAs   ACLs    Date    Time    Name
 ------    ---   ----    ----    ----    ----
 660007      0      0  01-03-00  09:52   SETUP.EXE
    787      0      0  01-04-99  11:44   USBBC95.INF
  11404      0      0  01-04-99  13:48   USBBC95.SYS
    805      0      0  01-03-00  08:39   Readme V14.txt
   1267      0      0  08-09-99  18:28   USBBC20.INF
  14228      0      0  08-09-99  14:31   USBBC20.SYS
    781      0      0  10-27-99  10:44   USBBC.inf
     62      0      0  01-03-00  09:33   USBBC.ini
 ------  -----  -----                    -------
 689341      0      0                    8 files

has a 'SETUP' and a 'README' file.
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by:Otta
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Yuk!  E-E "collapsed" the table.
Is this more legible.....
---
Archive:^^dh-2000dl.zip
^Length^^^^EAs^^^ACLs^^^^Date^^^^Time^^^^Name
^------^^^^---^^^----^^^^----^^^^----^^^^----
^660007^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^01-03-00^^09:52^^^SETUP.EXE
^^^^787^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^01-04-99^^11:44^^^USBBC95.INF
^^11404^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^01-04-99^^13:48^^^USBBC95.SYS
^^^^805^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^01-03-00^^08:39^^^Readme^V14.txt
^^^1267^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^08-09-99^^18:28^^^USBBC20.INF
^^14228^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^08-09-99^^14:31^^^USBBC20.SYS
^^^^781^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^10-27-99^^10:44^^^USBBC.inf
^^^^^62^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^01-03-00^^09:33^^^USBBC.ini
^------^^-----^^-----^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^-------
^689341^^^^^^0^^^^^^0^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^8^files

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Normaly, I think that the IBM has the w98 installation files on it. In this case, if it is a standard hub, win98 should find it automatically.
If not, do a search for new hardware from the control panel add new hardware applet.
You can see if your machine contains the Win98 installation files by doing a search for *.cab files using the Start - find button. It should show a Lot of CAB files in one directory ( over 100 MB worth ).

You should remember what diretory this is for future reference, and if possible, have someone copy it to a CD so that in an emergency, you can at least re-install from scratch.
Your boot diskette will only get you to a DOS prompt and is not even close to being a full installation.
I hope this helps !+
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by:redbaron222
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My Hub didn't look like the one at the 'Doubleh.com' site as it is external in a plastic case (connects direct to existing USB slot), but thanks for the input anyway. After accepting/rejecting all the Drivers that Windows offered me I finally found one that appears to be working. Thanks to all for the input.
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by:Otta
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> My hub didn't look like ...

Does it look like the one pictured at:

http://www.doubleh.com.tw/venus.htm

:-)
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by:redbaron222
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WOW , thanks OTTA , that is exactly the one I have. Unfortunately I can't find a Driver Download for it at that site  so I'll keep trying to use the generic Windows one. Also thanks again for your help with my 'modem''Com'problem.
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