Solved hp 8300 USB3.0 connecting

February 12, 2014 at 12:40:19
Specs: Xp, AMD32
I have a desktop HP Compaq elite 8300 CMT
there should be 4xUSB2.0 in the front they are there
on the rear are 5 x USB. some of them should be USB3.
but as they look the same all of them I would be
happy to know which of them

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February 12, 2014 at 14:47:18
USB ports are no different for USB 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0.

Consult your manual to find out which ports are USB 3.0.

There are only a few devices that can take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds. External hard drives, cameras, for example.

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February 12, 2014 at 14:57:21
Sometimes, USB 3.0 will be blue rather than the standard black or white. I have even seen them in green (very rarely).

Check out this article for an example.

Control Panel > System and Security > System > Device Manager

This should list everything such as USB ports, and should tell you what type. Although it won't tell you which ones are 3.0, it will tell you how many (if any).

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February 12, 2014 at 15:49:06
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My guess is that the 4 front and back are all USB 3.0. The 2 USB 2.0 are probably running the card reader and the camera.

If you connect a high speed device Windows should notify you if the device is capable of higher speeds, which would indicate connection to a USB 2.0 port.

See the link below. There are pictures with labels.

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February 14, 2014 at 08:37:59
Thank so very much for the link, the instruction was not with
as i bought the comp, so now I know where the USB:3 should be.
but with a USB3.0 memorystick direct into female stick on the rear
of the computer I got the message "If you put this to
a faster input it will work faster.
I have 2 x external HD 3.0 they seems to work OK

By the way: can I use the same cable for

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February 14, 2014 at 12:49:26
Can you use what cable for what?

The messages you see are not always correct. Try that same USB flash drive in ALL the ports and see if you get the same message.

Remember to use the safely remove icon in the tray by the clock or you can corrupt the drive.

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February 14, 2014 at 14:09:21
sry the last was missing

My question was: can I use the same cable for USB3 as I am using to USB 2.0

If not it might be the reason why the note sayes that I should use a
high speed connection.

I just tried to put the memorystick direct in the computer it looks
to work OK so I will have a cable to my worktable,that is reason
for asking, but thanks anywell

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February 14, 2014 at 20:50:28
The cable should be compatible if it meets the USB standards.

Are you using a hub of some sort?

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