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Version of on board USB ports

By alwein ·
Is there a way to determine the version (1.1 versus 2.0) of a machine on board usb ports?

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by Choppit In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

Look in device manager. If I remember rightly USB 2 ports are identified and USB 1 ports are just displayed as USB.

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by alwein In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

Well I took the outrageous step of just plugging the new hub in and it worked so I guess they were 2.0 (had to be). I don't see anything in Device Manager that yields a clue but then I don't have 1.1 to compare it to.

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by wcp In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

USB 2.0 is backward compatible. This means it will work on any USB 1.1 deivices.
There are two sure ways to find out whether yours are USB 2.0 or not.
1. Read the motherboard (M/B) manual. The manual should say if you have USB 2.0 or not. If you do not have the manual, go to the manufacturer's website and download it.
2. This is not the efficient way but sure way. Install Windows fresh on a different hard drive.
Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP recognize USB 1.1 controller and automatically install the drivers. For USB 2.0, You have to provide the drivers that may come with the M/B CD.

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by Choppit In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

I've just checked my MSI KT3 based PC and the device is identified as USB 2.0 Root Hub.

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by TheChas In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

Simple method #1.
If the motherboard is over 1 year old, the USB ports are 1.0 or 1.1

If the motherboard is less than 6 months old (design not purchase date) then the ports are likely USB 2.0

In between, it varies.

Method #2
Check the motherboard / system mfgs web site for specification details.
To identify the motherboard, check out www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com
Both have tools to help identify the motherboard.

A good website for all things USB is www.usb.org

Chas

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by itsupport In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

If the plastic centre of the socket is black, then it's a v1.1, if not it's v2

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by alwein In reply to Version of on board USB p ...

Very interesting. The socket is black but the 2.0 (only, says the manufacturer) extender and all the devices plugged into it work!

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