Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: USB 1.1 vs USB 2?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    6

    USB 1.1 vs USB 2?

    I've searched and searched, but I can't find a way to search for both of those and I can't seem to find the information I'm looking for.

    I've got a really good option to pick up a Gateway 450SX4 for CHEAP. However, it looks like it might have some issues as far as being good for a CarPC

    Spec Sheet

    I'll highlight my two concerns with it for you though.

    1. It's a P4...after reading the FAQ that seems like a poor choice for a CarPC, and I agree. But I'm not sure if its a complete deal breaker.

    2. It's USB 1.1 This is the huge concern for me. I'm not sure if USB 1.1 will be able to support GPS at a reasonable speed, or any of the other toys that I end up with for this project.

    What I'm basically looking for is will USB 1.1 work for a carputer or is this an ultimate deal breaker?

    Thanks for any advice...

    ~Kai

  2. #2
    FLAC
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    1,237
    Blog Entries
    1
    I had an old system that only had USB 1.1 running for a year before I upgraded. USB 2.0 is not necessary at all, unless there are some devices which you would rather run at higher speeds. For example, if you are going to be transferring large files from USB drives or USB wifi dongles, then maybe having USB 2.0 will be beneficial. Your GPS will be fine on 1.1.

  3. #3
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    359
    GPS receivers uses sweet f all bandwidth, so USB 1.1 will be fine.

    P4s are also fine, provided they're in a relatively efficient setup - my P4 carpc runs of a 130watt PSU.

  4. #4
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    36
    You should be good with those. Try using one of the power consumption calculators on the site.

  5. #5
    Super Moderator. If my typing sucks it's probably because I'm driving.... turbocad6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    6,234
    just add a pcmcia 4 port usb 2.0 card, there cheap & expand any laptop install nicely

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    6
    thanks guys, hopefully i'll be picking it up this afternoon

  7. #7
    Maximum Bitrate FusionFanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    791
    Quote Originally Posted by pokki View Post
    P4s are fine, provided they're in a relatively efficient setup - my P4 carpc runs of a 130watt PSU
    no system with a Pentium4 will ever be efficient. they are very inefficient processors, always have been, always will be.

    power draw alone does not indicate efficiency, it's what it does with that power that determines how efficient it is. a good amount of power consumed by a P4 is lost as heat. that is the main reason why they are not the best choice for carPC's. (they were never the best choice for any PC really. unfortunately, Intel's marketing team was very successful in convincing the masses that the P4 was the best you could get, even though it never was )

    a P4 that doesn't consume a lot of power is a P4 that doesn't offer a lot of performance either. however, for most people's carPC needs, a slower P4 is still plenty fast enough. If you find a good deal on an old P4 computer, then go for it. but it shouldn't be your first choice if there are other options to choose from

  8. #8
    Super Moderator. If my typing sucks it's probably because I'm driving.... turbocad6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    6,234
    p4's suck.... p4m's aren't much better, I'd rather have a p3 than a p4 in a car...


    if your looking for a really good usb add on for a laptop, check this card out, it does simultanious high & low speed at the same time, most usb hubs or add in cards will slow down all ports to the slowest connection device on that buss, but this one lets you take advantage of high speed devices even if your also using low speed devices...

Similar Threads

  1. USB recognition issues
    By Brycestro in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-25-2007, 10:35 PM
  2. USB Adapter for XM Direct
    By timekiller in forum Linux
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-15-2007, 11:21 PM
  3. Via Epia Mii10000 USB
    By buurin in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-22-2006, 02:52 PM
  4. My USB/Wifi troubles.
    By JPuma in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-23-2005, 11:44 AM
  5. Will this layout with a remote USB hub work?
    By NoPistonPC in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 08-21-2005, 03:24 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •