USB 2.0? How can I tell for certain?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
September 13, 2009 at 15:58:59
Specs: Windows XP, 1 gb
I just performed a clean install on a Dell Precision Workstation 340. Upon attempting to move some files around, I noticed that it only had USB 1.1 (or 1.0) drivers and when I went to the device manager, it backed that up. Upon searching the web, it apprears that the motherboard with this system supports USB 2.0. Any thoughts as to how I prove or disprove this? I have tried to download the enhanced controller drive from intel but it didn't do anything. If the MB had a USB 2.0 controller on it, it would be great to take advantage of this. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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September 13, 2009 at 17:33:20
When you did the install, did you also do at least service pack 1? SP3 would be better. If your mobo supports usb 2.0 get the latest BIOS updates. If it doesn't, you can use a usb 2.0 pci add on card.

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September 14, 2009 at 00:34:27
Check the link.

You should have USB 2.0 with XP and SP3. Did you install from a Dell CD. If no check with DELL for posible solutions. DELL Drivers are reported to be notoriously picky abou how they're installed.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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September 14, 2009 at 07:48:33
The system currently has sp3 installed on it. No, I did not install from a dell CD so that could be the issue. I looked for USB and chipset drivers from the dell site but didn't find anything that was helpful. I flashed the BIOS but it didn't help. Any other thoughts? I guessing that if it doesn't show up in the device manager, then I must not have USB 2.0....BTW, thanks for your help!

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September 15, 2009 at 05:19:32
In Device Manager under USB see if you can find the word "Enhanced" as that is USB 2.


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September 15, 2009 at 05:31:05
According to Dell there are no WinXP chipset drivers available. I would take that as an indication they are relying on Windows drivers. As stated, have your system fully updated.

As also stated in Device Manager USB 2.0 controllers are listed there as Enhanced. Below is a link to all the available drivers for that model. Might be good to download all and burn to disk.

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