How can I determine if I have USB1 or USB2?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by flomers, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. flomers

    flomers Guest

    I want to purchase a Photograph printer for my wife for Christmas but they
    all seem to require USB2 and I "think" her computer has USB1. So how can I
    go on her pewter and find out which protocall it has BEFORE I buy her the
    printer? A fast reply would surely be appreciated!! By the way, she is using
    MS 2000 Pro for her OS. I know that some of these printers will print
    pictures without a computer hooked up to them but she wants to download the
    pictures to the computer first and then edit them before sending them to the
    printer to print out the 4X6s that wants.
    Thank you in advance!
    flomers, Dec 12, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    In spewed forth:
    First of all, every USB 2.0 device I've ever used runs fine on my USB 1.x
    port in the laptop. What make/model of printer are you talking about?

    Secondly, if you don't have USB 2.0, you can probably add it. On a laptop,
    it's done with a PC-Card. I recommend Belkin's cardbus model, since I had
    trouble with others, but the Belkin has been flawless. On a PC, most have an
    open PCI slot. Buy a card to plug in to that.

    Now, to see if you have 2.0, open the system properties (control panel,
    system) find the Device manager (probably on the hardware tab) and open
    that. Scroll to the bottom of the list and find the USB ports. Click on the
    plus sign, and look for "enhanced" in the description of the host
    controller. If it says "enhanced" it's 2.0. If it doesn't, it's 1.1.
    Toolman Tim, Dec 12, 2005
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    mcneal1 Guest

    with her running 2000 as her OS, more than likely she does have usb 1.1
    As ther person above said though every device that has 2.0 is
    backwards compatible with 1.1, so she'll be able to use it regardless.
    mcneal1, Dec 12, 2005
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