USB 1 & 2 on the same PC

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mubbers, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    OK so my PC year old PC came with onboard USB1 ports.

    I've now upgraded to USB 2 with an addtional card.

    At the mo' I have not got the hardware that needs USB 2 speeds but I am wondering if stuff like the mouse and DSL modem etc... will benefit from being put onto the USB2 ports.

    In that respect how can I find out what gear actually benefits from USB2 and what stuff can be left on USB1???

    Mubbers
     
  2. adek

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    Your mouse will prob be usb 1.1 and the same with the modem. Unless it has a hi-speed USB mark on it then it will make no diffrence in speed.
     
  3. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    HMMMmmm I nearly went down your road - but got firewire instead. You'll find USB 2.0 is the best terminology to look out for, because it's a bit of a mine field with even people who know what they're talking about misusing the term "high speed USB". And manufacturers could mislead - insofar as some devices may (I think) work on the USB 2.0 but at the old, slow, speeds.

    As to what sorts of devices could use it - they'll largely be the high bandwidth end - so think Digital Cameras, video cams, and MP3 players (like the iPod which came out closely followed by USB2 drivers). Hope this information helps
     
  4. I also went down the same road as you. I've had very good experience with my USB hard drive. It does normal things. The only problem is that if I overload the USB card, the system crashes (maybe not enough power).
     
  5. Mubbers

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    Cheers!

    There was a performance improvement, my USB drive is now nearer to me and is thus easier to reach.

    Seriously though, thanks for the info :)

    Mubbers

    P.S> Note to self: must buy more USB 2 gear!!
     
  6. Mubbers

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    Have you tried a USB hub, they are powered and this might sort out your problem..?

    Mubbers
     
  7. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    There is no benefit at all using USB2 if you only have the first generation of USB devices.
    However, you should be able to use more USB devices at the SAME time on USB2 since it has a higher bandwidth (whereas you were limited on USB1).
     
  8. Taurus

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    hm, good point. but does anyone know if it's true?

    say, having 10 usb1.1 drives on a usb2.0 port compared to a usb1.1 port. would there be a difference or would the usb2 port be in usb1.1 mode?
     
  9. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    so... sidestep the question and put in a firewire card too (removing USB 1 if short on cards, maybe?) then you have covered all your options - and I think firewire has somewhat superior power management (sometimes a USB bug-bear)
     
  10. Taurus

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    true, firewire is better for storage-type devices such as external harddrives and camcorders, but usb2 is quite a bit more universal. not to mention he already bought the card.

    lastly, his usb1 ports are onboard.
    :)
     
  11. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    USB 2.0 for Sony Flash Disk and Coffee Cup Warmer - didn't think it could be so versatile huh?