08-24-2016 01:21 PM - edited 08-24-2016 01:21 PM
I have ThinkPad T520, and I wanted a USB 3.0 port. I found out that there is a dock station 4338-35 which has one. I was naive enough to believe that the docking station has its own USB 3.0 controller, so I've bought it.
So yep, now I have lots of USB 2.0 ports, and no USB 3.0 port, because my laptop doesn't have USB 3.0 controller. Awful sad. How naive.
Let me be a bit more naive and ask: is it possible to upgrade T520 somehow, and get USB 3.0 controller on it? Or, is USB controller built into the chipset so it's not possible?
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08-24-2016 11:24 PM
I have never used one and have never bought anything from the seller, but this is cheap and I expect it would work:
08-25-2016 12:15 AM - edited 08-25-2016 12:15 AM
Thanks, I'll give it a try! I was thinking about upgrading some laptop internals, but your solution is obviously much easier and cheaper.
08-27-2016 04:34 AM
I was thinking of adding the same thing if possible. I don't recall now if the T520 has that slot but having bought USB 3.0 keys & external drive for my Z70-80. I was wondering if I could use them in high speed mode. I still prefer having eSATA but one wasn't put onto the Z70.
08-27-2016 03:36 PM
If you prefer eSATA, there are also ExpressCard eSATA ports, but you need a separate cable for power
08-29-2016 06:29 AM
The T520 has eSATA or at least my build does. I would have liked it on my new notebook, the Z70-80 I did backups on two computers yesterday with the same software. The eSATA was faster transferring than the USB 3.0 connected drive. It was also a 3GB connection in that older system.
Back the Expresscard I have looked at serveral using the NEC chipset and wondered if they are Windows 10 compatible (drivers wise). No is the answer which kills that unless there is a chipset natively support this solution (Expresscard) in Windows 10. See quote from eBayer.
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08-29-2016 06:39 AM - edited 08-29-2016 06:41 AM
tripplec, thanks for sharing.
Well, the fact that this piece of hardware does not work in Windows 10 sounds quite discouraging, although not particularly bad for me because I use Linux. Let's see if it works there! I'll write about that once I receive one and try it.
08-29-2016 06:49 AM
09-20-2016 07:04 AM
Finally, received this one today http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-Dual-2-Port-Adapter-Express-Card-Expresscard-to-34mm-64mm-Slot-Lapto...
In Linux Mint 17.3, works flawlessly! I tested my USB 3.0 usb stick with it, and it shows read speed slightly more than 100 MB/sec.
Fits in the expresscard slot perfectly, looks like 2 built-in USB ports.
richk, thanks again, great suggestion!