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USB 2 card for Dell PowerEdge 2600 w/WinServer2003?

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I have a Dell Poweredge2600 running WindowsServer2003. It has USB1 ports, so I need to buy a PCI USB2 Card. But it's a confusing mess!

I've been unable to locate any information on Dell's web site  I searched all of my favorite suppliers online looking for PCi cards; however, I do not want to purchase the wrong thing, and have my server lock-up every few days.  The PCI cards I've found say nothing about being compatible with Windows Server 2003. Microsoft's HCL ( at
http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/default.aspx ) seems to contradict vendor claims. For example, the popular "Belkin F5U220 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 5-Port PCI Card' on the HCL says "Designed for Windows 2000 Server". Some people say it doesn't work with 2003 Server, some people say it does. Grrr.
And the original "Designed for 2003" cards are all discontinued, it seems.

Is there anyone here who can tell me what I need to purchase?

Thanks-
-Soy

(special thanks to user Phoenix06 for some of this wording, he had the same issue)
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I'd recommend chatting with Dell.  You can start with their customer service, if they have a hard time, chat with technical support.  One of them should be able to find the proper card for you.  
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/gen/chat?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

You could enter your Tag number and see if the parts list for your 2600 lists a usb2 card:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/product_support/product_support_central?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=04&l=en&lnki=0&s=bsd
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Thanks michko.

Does anyone know specific cards?

Anyone?

Hello?

:)soy
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....Hello?
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What was the problem with Dell's chat that they couldn't determine a specific card?

In order to get a specific card/part number for you, I'd have to have the Tag number of the server.  Or you can go to the support link provided above, enter your tag number, and check accessories for a usb2 card (or if not listed, chat with a Dell parts rep).
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THanks...
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