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how do i determine faster, better USB ports for HP printer..

by rapt2tight1 / December 1, 2009 11:38 AM PST

dell laptop, vista OS, using HP C5280 all in one printer. i continually get message like "this device can perform faster / better when connected to some other USB port" on the laptop. so how do i tell which would be better. laptop's user manual doesn't readily identify the ports

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For a printer, it doesn't matter.
by Coryphaeus / December 1, 2009 9:02 PM PST

There are two flavors of USB, 1 and 2. Two being faster. If you were trying to send a lot of data to an external drive, USB-2 would be preferable. Since data sent to a printer is a gazillion times faster (either 1 or 2) than the printer can print, USB-1 is plenty fine.

Look in Device Manager. Look at the Universal Serial Bus Controllers. If Enhanced Host Controller is listed, you have USB-2

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Some issues
by Willy / December 1, 2009 10:43 PM PST

You need to ID the USB ports you have. Visit the Dell support website and locate your system model#. Download or review your manual now to locate what USB ports are what and where. Older laptops may have a mix of USB 1&2, but newer laptops have only USB2.0. Also, be sure you are connected directly to the laptop port and not some ext. USB hub.

It could also be a s/w glitch or even a h/w one. You need USB 2.0 ready driver s/w, reload it provided it is available separately or under the drivers section of the Dell install can be called upon. Dell, may have a solo USB 2.0 driver install, visit support website. Next, some USB chipsets weren't that good or became less than desirable, but these can't be fixed, per se. Since, you have a laptop, you can't fix it either. All this advice can be repeated at the Dell website under some FAQ, maybe. I'm sure Dell had to address this issue, go check if so a direct link to a fix is possible.

tada -----Willy Happy

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