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Motherboard IDE to USB Device Adapter, Parallel to USB Device, or Serial to USB Device, Adapter Needed for Old Computer. Answered

Hello, I have a Compaq Presario 220C. I know it is very old, but it has great sound, runs windows 95 great, and most importantly it has high sentimental value. The only thing holding me up from making use of it, is that It does not have an ethernet or USB port. It has the following ports available on the motherboard: ISA 8-Bit (Which has low clearance room to fit a card in and not clearance to the right or left either) Parallel Port Game Port IDE Floppy IDE Serial Port I am desperate and very determined to somehow be able to connect a USB Drive or an ethernet port on this computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, HandyAndy


I think you'll be hard pressed to find a USB card in an 8-bit ISA form factor. Windows 95 OSR 2.1 supports USB, and people like Belkan produce (or produced) USB cards, (I have a belkan 4-port card in my old dual 500 w2k system, but without a 16-bit slot I think you're out of luck. Best bet is to find an old 8-bit 3COM Ethernet card, but your performance will be pretty marginal by today's standards. Check EBAY.

You can buy USB cards to fit in PCI slots. I bet you could find one somewhere. These were originally designed for exactly your situation when USB 1.0 came out. Ditto networking, "PCI network card" is what you need.


I know there are PCI Cards that will add USB ports, but my problem is i only have an ISA-8-Bit Slot on the motherboard, and it doesn't have much room for an ethernet or usb adapter card. Thanks though.

I don't think drivers were ever available for Win95 to run USB ports. And I _think_ that also predates Ethernet. The best you could do would probably be to hook this machine to another via a null-modem cable, and run one of the terminal-and-file-transfer programs across that link to manually move data mack and forth. Or code up your own version thereof. I disposed of a Win95 machine when it become clear that it really wasn't going to be useful. On the other hand, I kept my old PC-XT vintage machine -- not because it will ever be worth using again, but just as a personal museum piece.