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While there are success stories of using older USB 1.x cables, it's not worth losing external drive data for the sake of saving some old cable. This is entirely your choice here. Is your data worth it?
PS. I find USB 2.0 cables under a few dollars on newegg.com and geeks.com so I've gifted all my old USB 1.x cables and don't have any left.
That got me thinking...
Now I read somewhere that I can plug in a USB 2.0 device into a USB port, but could there possibly be a performance (or speed) slump that goes with it?
Also, I have a lot of cables; I only suspect they are USB cables as opposed to USB 2.0 because I have had them for approximately 4 years. I don't really know how old they are. How can I distinguish between a USB cable from a USB 2.0?
If it's not marked USB 2.0, it's likely to be the original. I paid 2 bucks for the replacement cables so it's very hard for me to spend any time on this. The risk of corrupting some USB hard disk is not worth saving 2 bucks. Maybe someone will disagree.
As to performance, yes. For instance you can't record a DVD on USB 1.1. A one hour copy on USB 2.0 balloons to about 40 hours on USB 1.1. Is it worth it to connect to the old style port? In my view no.
Some USB 2.0 devices can be used in USB 1.1, but not all. The only way to know is to check the packaging of the device, ask someone who's done it with that specific device, try it yourself, or call the manufacturer. I suggest you buy a USB 2.0 card from Newegg.com and some USB 2.0 cables and be done with it. The parts are dirt cheap.
It'll work, but...
If you don't use a USB 2.0 cable, it'll be SLOW. Agonizingly slow. There are even a few devices that won't work with anything other than USB 2.0 cable. However, most of them COME with a USB 2.0 cable, so it shouldn't be an issue if you have USB 2.0 ports on your system. And since USB 2.0 is a hardware based upgrade, I wouldn't just assume you have it.
I can't remember the source
I think it was "Maximum PC" that did some lab test on cables from the cheapest old 1.1 to some USB 2.0 cables marketed by Monster Cable and found no major differences with how there performed. If my memory is correct they use an external storge device with their test.
I forgot to add
The test were for a USB 2.0 device and controller. Things will be slow with a 2.0 device on a 1.1 controller.
Compatibility between USB 2.o and USB
To my knowledge, there is no difference between a USB 1 CABLE and a USB 2.0 cable except marketing hype. I have used both with no difference. However, if you computer port is USB 1.0 and not 2.0 your device will either not run at all or if you are lucky will run but at the slower USB 1.0 speed. The cable will make no difference as they are wired exactly the same. For example if you plug in a jump drive directly to the port (no cable) it will usually run but a message will come up telling you you are not getting the full speed of the device because you did not plug it in to a USB 2.0 compliant port. So the real issue is the Port version you already have, not the cable.
USB Cables? Why
I have dozens of USB cables, and never knew there was a difference between USB 1.1 cables and USB 2.0 cables. There are, however, external hubs that are version specific. If I plug a USB 1.1 hub into a USB 2.0 port, the device conneced at the other end will seek the least common denominator (1.1) and work at that speed--or not a all.
Identifying USB vs USB 2.0 ports in PC
My computer is just old enough (or should I say new enough?) to make me think it should have USB 2.0 ports, but how can I be sure. When I bring up the spec's on my computer I can't see where it says... Is there a way to tell? I sometimes have trouble getting things to work. When connecting my HP printer, I have to use the parallel port (BTW - the HP printer has both ways of connecting it), but my Compaq notebook runs the HP Printer from the USB 2.0 port just fine.
Finding USB version
Go to Device Manager (Right click My Computer, click Properties, click Hardware) Click Device Manager. Go to the USB devices and expand it. If there is anything that say Enhanced Host Controller, you have USB 2.0.
Identifying USB2 port
I have a Dell desktop running XP Home Edition. According to my Device Manager I have 5 USB ports, but only one is USB2. How do I determine which one is the USB2?
I would also like the answer to how can I determine which port is the USB port.. Also what does "via Rev 5 or later USB Universal host controller" mean?
Identifying USB 2.0 ports
I have a SONY VAIO and the marketing material says it has two USB 2.0 ports. There are six USB ports total. I also want to know how to identify the 2.0 ports.
Would it kill these manufactures to put a label on the dang ports?
In the beginning there was USB.
And no USB 2.0. Hence, no need to label it.
Time passes and now you want them labeled...
"in the beginning there was no USB 2.0"
And your point is? When my computer was built, there was USB 2.0. It has it, 2 ports of it.
USB 2.o related to XP only?
I have a PIV 1800 Mz and a Intel desktop board D845BG. OS is Win2000 SP4
I found no "enhanced device" with the device manager. Do you know whether Win2K supports USB 2.0 or it is a feature of WinXP only?
Real fine on W2K sp4
That message suggest that you don't have the hardware for USB 2.0, not that your OS don't support it.
I have an AMD Thunderbird 1400 runing windows 2000 sp4 and USB 2.0 is running very well.
I have an USB 2.0/firewhire card installed since my motherboard only have USB 1.x hardware. That card costed me about CDN$12.00. 4+1 internal USB 2.0 ports and 2+1 internal firewhire ports. Pluged it in, plug a device in, instant full USB 2.0 speed. Nothing to configure.
Won2000 and USB2.0
I don't know if WIn 2000 supports USB2.0. Try Microsoft.com.
Windows 2000 had USB 2.0 in SP3 (from memory)
You don't have to, but you should.
I find this issue to be very frustating
I have over a dozen of both of these in a drawer-mixed up and the idiot that developed the 2.0 cable did not have the sense to design into the connector a method to visibly determine between the two very different cables. Stand up Mr. 2.0 designer you get the Head up your A-hole of the year award! A Designer always documents all design changes and IDs the new design so it is easy to determine which product you have at hand.
For me it's been easy.
All USB 2.0 cables proudly show "USB 2.0" or "high speed". All the others are marked with nothing that tells you it's 2.0.
This has been hard on those that wish they had a 2.0 cable handy. At least the cables were so cheap that I gifted all the old 1.x cables and have nothing but 2.0 now.
Where is the marking? On the cable orf on the plugs?
On mine, the cable.
The rule I used is simple. No 2.0 or "High Speed" and it's 1.x which I tossed.