Old computer w/USB 1.1
I have an ancient Dell inspiron 7500 laptop. I need the information off of it however I can't figure out how to get it off. I have looked for drivers to get the USB port working so I can connect it to my newer laptop and just take the data off that way. I can't seem to find the driver that I need. The laptop can't burn CD's so I can't do it that way either. There also is not an ESDI drive to USB port adapter either. Its running Windows 98 and I can't get it to connect to the internet. This computer is really irritating by but I can't blast it with 00 Buck cause I need the data off of it! HELP!!! Any ideas or suggestions?
The following generic mass storage drivers work very well with my Win98SE setup.
Windows 98 USB Mass Storage Device Drivers:
Here is another driver set:
Universal Win98 Mass Storage Driver:
The first driver set includes USB 2.0 host controller drivers for various chipsets.
Be aware that your old hardware may not have a USB 2.0 controller, in which case you will be limited to transfer rates of about 1MB/s, whereas USB 2.0 will typically achieve 20MB/s. Look for an EHCI (enhanced) host controller in Device Manager, or use Microsoft's UVCView utility to detect your USB hardware:
If the USB 2.0 hardware isn't there, you can install a cheap PCI USB 2.0 card. However, I would avoid those with a VIA chipset. These have lots of issues, as discussed at the following URL.
VIA USB Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting: