06-29-2011 09:01 PM
I was told I could add AKE 54mm Express (Ebay Express Card) to get USB 3.0 on T500. However, when I install card , drivers keep installing and uninstalling itself from device manager, then system locks up and/or BSOD.
I know it may a shot in the dark, I just want to explore every option.......Any suggestion?
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06-29-2011 11:41 PM
Which OS? Does the card come with drivers?
06-30-2011 03:54 AM
07-01-2011 12:12 AM
I have the 34mm AKE USB 3.0 1 port express card + power cable that plugs into USB port. Some of the AKE USB 3.0 34mm drives use a Fresco Logic Chipset and some have a NEC / Renesas Chipset. This might be the same for the 54mm cards as well.
I suggest uninstalling all drivers, then restarting, the inserting the card to the computer. Then go to the Device Manager, find it, open it, and go to the "Details" tab. Find "Hardware Ids" from the dropdown menu. You can use the device id to find out who made the chipset here: http://www.pcidatabase.com/ .
The Lenovo USB 3 driver works fine with my NEC / Renesas Chipset. http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74435 .
When I thought I had the Fresco Logic chipset, the driver here http://www.station-drivers.com/page/fresco_logic.htm was highly recommended.
I get about 185 MB/sec max over my AKE card when connected to an SSD. The same SSD maxes out at about 250 MB/sec when connected internally. If you want max speeds to an external drive, eSATA (even at SATA II speeds) is probably a better bet.
07-06-2011 02:44 PM - edited 07-06-2011 02:50 PM
Hmmm........Very interesting......I checked hardware ID (VEN_1033&DEV_0194) and it say Intel(R) 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port - 2E29....
Think I might have gotten wrong card from seller......GRRRR!!!
07-07-2011 06:09 AM
Vendor 1033 with Dev ID 0194 is Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller. Try the Lenovo driver: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74435 . If you have the card plugged into the laptop with no driver installed and run Lenovo Update the update utility may automatically install the driver for you. I believe Lenovo used the Renesas (NEC) USB 3.0 chip on the W510 as well as another model.
04-25-2012 06:20 PM