Solved How do i know if my usb is 1.0 or 1.1

November 29, 2011 at 21:54:39
Specs: Windows 7
I have an old computer. Not sure if it was built before September 1998, but I think so. How do I find out if it has USB 1.0 or 1.1 ports.
Also, I plan on putting in a USB card with some additional ports to be able to upgrade to 2.0 standard. I figure that I won't achieve 3.0 as my mother's bus wouldn't be fast enough. So it wouldn't be much use putting in a 3.0 card. However, I want to get a USB hub. If I get a 3.0 hub, will it work if I plug it into the 2.0 card (at 2.0 speed, of course)?

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November 30, 2011 at 04:55:24
Hi Summ1,

why bother with detail for the old ports. If you really need to know, the pc manual should advise.

You do not state laptop, desktop, make, model.

For a desktop, here in the UK a usb2 card costs around £5 - 6. They come in various configurations. e.g. 4 external and 2 internal usb ports.

Would advise against a unpowered hub as all too often they do not work.

Why connect a usb3 hub to a usb2 port?
and with 4 or more external ports do you need one?

Please advise back what you decide.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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December 1, 2011 at 02:32:28
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1.0 and 1.1 were very much the same standard. 1.0 was around in about 1996 to mid 1997, as by that point many foibles had been found with it, so they were essentialy patched with the 1.1 standard, and in truth most machines only implemented USB when 1.1 came out in late 1997 early 1998.

Although there are machines with the 1.0 standard, if you run Win95 OSR 2.1 or 2.5 (Win95 B-C) the drivers that came with it if I remember correctly were configured to get past some of it's limitations, so it becomes transparent as to which hardware standard you are running.

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