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I have a logilink PCIe USB3.0 interface in my computer. Unfortunately there are no drivers available at the website of logilink. Is there any possibility to use this interface on ubuntu?

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The VIA VL800 controller used has poor support for Linux

It appears you are using Logilink's 4-port USB 3.0 card:

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This uses the VIA VL800 USB 3.0 controller. While this controller fully supports the USB 3.0 standard in theory and should work well with the default xhci USB 3.0 driver in Linux, it does not. In fact, there is a well-documented history of the VL800 not working, [working at low speeds](, crashing your kernel, etc.

This is not Ubuntu/Linux's fault, but the manufacturer's (VIA) for making a poorly-supported non-compliant product.

Solution: try a newer kernel, or use a different Logilink USB 3.0 card with the NEC chipset

You have two options:

  1. You can try a newer (beta) Ubuntu kernel, hoping the that workarounds for the VL800 have been added, thus improving support.

    • But this may cause problems with your other hardware, notably Nvidia/AMD graphics and wireless -- see warnings/general information here
    • If you want to do this, look at this answer for hints, or Google/search AskUbuntu.com on how to install the newer kernels.
  2. Simply get another card with better Linux support

    • Logilink also makes a 2-port PCI-Express USB 3.0 card which uses the NEC USB 3.0 chipset that has excellent support in Linux/Ubuntu (it was the first USB 3.0 chipset to come out and the company played an important role in drafting the USB 3.0 standard).

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    • I would certainly consider replacing your card with this one instead of messing about with mainline/beta kernels.
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First of all thank you very much for your expansive answer. Unfortunately i am using the 2-port-version of this card which works fine on XP but will not even be recognized on the fresh new ubuntu. –  matt Jul 14 '12 at 8:51
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You can use NEC chipset, the 3rd generation D720201, and this PCIe to USB 3.0 card with 20pin connector.

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