I've been tweaking my system lately, trying to get better USB performance. As a benchmark, I've been trying to burn a large file ( Win98 cab file of 180mb) on a new HP USB cdrom burner model 8200. Until now I was never able to finish the burn without a crash. I finally was successful....Here's the setup:
V2, winchip2, 64mb ram, 210mhz SoftFSB.
VIA 4-in-1 driver 4.25a.
VIA USB filter driver.
MemTurbo2.0 (set to automatically recover 20mb when memory drops to 6mb)
CacheMaster (set to cd writer setting)
I think cachemaster did the trick...It's a free program available here: http://www.nonags.com/nonags/ I am now running three things off a Belkin 7-port USB hub. Phillips USB speakers, a Logitech cordless USB mouse, the HP USB cdrom. I can now play mp3s perfectly, no drop-outs, off the USB cdrom to the USB speakers (never could before). Still experimenting with this setup......haven't tried the USB wireless LAN yet.......More to come.