as some supplied drivers are pants and will not give you the higher speed
'enhanced' capability, which btw is the term to look for in Device Manager
to confirm you have usb2. After a but of research I found that drivers for
NEC chipsets generally work but ALi or Via ones may not. I can suggest a
supplier of NEC based cards if you need it.
May just depend on your motherboard John, some of the oldest (4-5 Years or more) pc's were only configured for USB1.1. Worth ensuring your particular model wasn't lurking on a shelf in the store prior to purchase?
One easy(ish) way is to check the motherboards' name and serial no and do an internet search on it to check specs.
That's irrelevant - a USB expansion card fits in a PCI slot and has its
own controller. As long as the card is USB2 and the correct drivers are
used it will run at the higher USB2 speed when connected to a device
that supports it.
You have been reading too many adverts. Most devices will run far slower than
the maximum(!) speed specified by the USB 1 or 2 protocols and it's possible
to have a USB 2 device running on USB 2 hardware at less than the USB 1
maximum. It depends on the device, the software, and much more. Whatever you
do you mustn't read the USB 1 speed spec, the USB 2 speed spec and expect a
speed increase of USB2/USB1.
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USB doesn't handle sustained high transfer rates well, you want Firewire
or SCSI for that - they have the advantage that they don't load the host
CPU anything like as much as USB.
The USB2 standard incorporates the USB1 standard, so any USB1 device is
technically also a USB2 device. Why they decided to call the two speeds
high speed and full speed, with high speed being faster than full speed,
we will probably never know.
Obviously the host can't receive data faster than the client can send
it, or vice versa, and we agree the nominal speeds aren't achievable
data transfer rates. But USB2 high speed potentially delivers in the
order of 20 to 40 times the speed of (USB1.1) full speed if the client
can make full use of the bandwidth.
You will have 6 USB 1.1 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports making 10 ports in all.
| Sorry to be totally OT but you guys seem to have a wide knowledge range on
| most things. I have a 3 year old PC that has 6 USB 1.1 ports. If I
| a PCI card which has 4 USB 2.0 ports on it, will they be 2.0 or will my PC
| only 'run them' as if they were 1.1, if that makes sense?
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