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I bought an ID card reader but my pc, with Windows 8, has usb3 ports while the reader is usb2.

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May 28, 2014 1:31:30 AM

I bought an ID card reader but my pc, with Windows 8, has usb3 ports while the reader is usb2. Consequently the device does not work.
Does anyone has a solution for my problem ?
Thanks in advance
May 28, 2014 1:34:41 AM

You can use a USB 2 device in a USB 3 slot
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May 28, 2014 1:36:16 AM

You just need to install the drivers for the card reader
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a b * Windows 8
May 28, 2014 1:38:06 AM

Hi mapa
USB3.0 is backwards compatible with USB2.0 so no problems there
Did the reader come with a drivers disc ? , you may have to install drivers for the reader to work ?
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July 21, 2014 8:37:20 PM

Take an old USB 2.0 hub and plugged it into the USB 3.0 port.
Now plug the device into the USB 2.0 hub port and hopefully your problem will be solved.
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July 21, 2014 8:44:27 PM

They are the same port physically, so you can use any USB2 in a USB3 slot. The biggest difference is in the bandwidth available for use with usb3, its much larger, therefore faster. As long as the necessary drivers/software is loaded, you'll be good to go.
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