How to test for a USB 2.0 port

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How to test for a USB 2.0 port
USB 2.0 opened the possibility for a wider range of devices than its predecessors. (usb 3 image by Bosko Martinovic from

USB 2.0 allows faster data transfer rates than versions 1.0 and 1.1. Most modern USB devices require a USB 2.0 connection and the vast majority of modern computers are equipped with at least one USB 2.0 port. Users with older computers are advised to test for a USB 2.0 port before buying devices that may not work properly on USB 1.0 and USB 1.1 ports.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your computer screen. Open the "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-Click on the "System" icon.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Hardware" tab, then "Device Manager" in Windows XP. Windows Vista or Windows 7 users click on the "Device Manager" link from the left side navigation options of the system options window.

  4. 4

    Click the "+" symbol next to the heading "Universal System Bus controllers" to expand the USB folder of the hardware profiles tree.

  5. 5

    Scroll through the list of Universal System Bus controllers. Controllers listed with the word "Enhanced" are USB 2.0 capable. If the list does not contain any controllers with the word enhanced in the title, then the system does not currently have any USB 2.0 ports installed.

Tips and warnings

  • The types of USB 2.0 host controllers are: Intel Enhanced, SiS Enhance, VIA Enhanced, ALi Enhanced, Standard Enhanced and NEC Enhanced.

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