Test System Configuration For DuoConnect Install
|Motherboard||Asus P4T-E - Intel 850 Chipset|
|CPU||Pentium 4a 1.6 GHz - Northwood Core - Retail Box|
|Memory||2 - 256 MB PC800 Rambus - Samsung|
|Graphics Card||NVidia GeForce4 4600ti - 128 MB|
|Hard Drives||IBM - IC35L040AVER07 - 41 GB - ATA-100 - 7200 RPMWestern Digital - WD800JB - 80 GB - ATA-100 - 7200 RPM|
|Sound Card||Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card|
|Network Card||3Com 3C905C-TX-M NIC|
|CD Drives||Asus DVD-616 - 16X DVD / 48X CD-ROMAsus CRW-1610A - 16X/10X/40X CDRW Drive|
|Case and Power Supply||Antec SX-1000 Mid-Tower CaseEnermax EG365P-VE Power Supply|
|OS||Microsoft Windows XP Professional - All Patches & Updates Applied|
To install the DuoConnect, you must first locate a vacant PCI slot. It is helpful if the PCI slot is not on a shared IRQ, and we did not encounter any problems with the AUA-3121 when it wasn’t.
Once the card is installed, it is time to boot your computer and install the drivers. Windows does not currently offer direct support for USB 2.0, so you will have to install the drivers for the USB 2.0 part of the card ; this should not impact the process.
After the card is installed, you will be presented with the following dialog box prompting you to locate the NEC USB 2.0 driver for the DuoConnect :
Once the driver is located, Windows XP will prompt you with a dialog box informing you that it has completed the driver loading process.
The next step is to complete the customary reboot of your system. Once that is complete, we can go into the control panel to see if the USB 2.0 ports and the 1394 Firewire ports are showing up in the Device Manager, as indicated in the picture below.
Overall, the installation process was very straightforward and easy to handle. It was one of the least eventful hardware installs that we have ever seen. Of course, once the DuoConnect is installed and you connect a device to it, you might have to load drivers for the device that you are connecting to the DuoConnect.