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Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Nipedley » 2017-1-25 @ 08:48

Hi guys

I have a VIA VT6212L USB controller in my Pentium 3 (running WIndows 98se) which works brilliantly. I'm putting together a Windows 95 machine and wondering if anyone has experience finding a PCI card that has drivers for Windows 95?

It has a LAN card, so I can transfer files easily enough, but it'd be handy and I have a spare PCI slot so why not? The trouble is finding one. I'm sure they must exist?
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Joey_sw » 2017-1-25 @ 09:16

USB PCI card did exists,
i remember using them for old Pentium MMX computers that did not have built-in USB ports.
They're somewhat like this: https://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-VIA-Ada ... B004B0H5WG
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby lazibayer » 2017-1-25 @ 14:44

I think the OP' was asking if there is a USB 2.0 PCI card that has driver for Windows 95. To my best knowledge the answer is no. The support for USB starts from OSR2 and the support for USB 2.0 starts from 98SE.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Oldskoolmaniac » 2017-1-25 @ 15:09

Any usb 2.0 card you pick up will work on windows 95 it will only work in usb 1.1 mode. Check it out here: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/172402-xusbsupp-extended-usb-supplement-for-windows-95-osr2/
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby candle_86 » 2017-1-25 @ 17:05

The better question is try to find USB mouse drivers for generic mice
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Malvineous » 2017-1-25 @ 23:19

Not to mention that the lack of class drivers means it's not just mice you can't plug in and start using, but keyboards and USB flash drives all require specific drivers to be manually installed before they will work.

Last time I tried this I couldn't find a generic class driver for USB storage that could be force-installed for any old flash drive, so it made the USB ports kind of useless.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Oldskoolmaniac » 2017-1-26 @ 02:05

All you need to do is install that usb driver, it works with every flash drive I plug into it, 8GB, 16, 32, 64 and it works with my 1TB hard drive. Its just plug and play except for mouse and keyboards.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby luckybob » 2017-1-26 @ 02:47

rule of thumb:

Dont use USB in 95. dont use usb2.0 in 98.

it *can* be done, but its not worth the hassles.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Malvineous » 2017-1-26 @ 11:17

@Oldskoolmaniac: Really? Can you supply a copy of that driver? I was never able to find one that could talk the generic storage class protocol.

@luckybob: I think you're on the wrong forum with that attitude, hassle is what gives you the sense of achievement :-P
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Nipedley » 2017-1-26 @ 11:57

Thanks for the replies guys. I actually have USB 2.0 working great in Win98, and it was no trouble at all. I have a VIA VT6212L PCI controller, with my ASUS P3B-F and it works fantastic.

I've got LAN filesharing enabled on my Win95 box so I've decided to use my 1 spare PCI slot for a Voodoo 2 instead, sounds like USB wouldn't really be worth it and all I really wanted was easy filesharing
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby 386SX » 2017-1-26 @ 12:24

I always preferred the Win ME native usb that all the tricks and tweak to make it run on older os.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby dondiego » 2017-1-26 @ 12:56

I've got a driver called w95usbflash11.zip which works on win95c if i remember right.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby oeuvre » 2017-1-26 @ 13:53

dondiego wrote:I've got a driver called w95usbflash11.zip which works on win95c if i remember right.


This works well but make sure you install usbsupp.exe first
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby dondiego » 2017-1-26 @ 13:56

Are you sure? According to the docs usbsupp and usbupd2 were for win95b.
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby Oldskoolmaniac » 2017-1-26 @ 22:26

Malvineous wrote:@Oldskoolmaniac: Really? Can you supply a copy of that driver? I was never able to find one that could talk the generic storage class protocol.

@luckybob: I think you're on the wrong forum with that attitude, hassle is what gives you the sense of achievement :-P


The download is in that link that I posted above, just install that and after it prompts you to restart, restart and just about everything is plug n' play
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby kixs » 2018-7-21 @ 18:48

Installed xusbsupp to Windows 95B today. Works with 1GB USB flash drive after reboot and some generic Opti USB 1.1 PCI card. Very nice :)

It seems the above link doesn't work any more. I used this one:

http://lonecrusader.x10host.com/xusbsupp.html
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Re: Windows 95 USB PCI Card?

Postby feipoa » 2018-7-21 @ 21:26

I have had success with USB in Win 95c and NT4, however, it was more just to see if it works. I ultimately had no use for it. It is far more convenient to transfer data via ethernet and to use PS/2 mice. What do you guys need USB for on these systems?
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