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    USB 2.0 - does it require new hardware? (XPH)

    XP SP1 will bestow USB 2.0 drivers on us all. Does this mean I'll suddenly have a USB 2 port?
    Or, would I need new hardware too for that?
    (I've read some of the old posts that seem to be relevant, but they didn't quite connect for me)
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    Re: USB 2.0 - does it require new hardware? (XPH)

    The short answer is yes you need new hardware. Some PC manufacturers have recently begun to include USB 2.0. Otherwise, you need a 2.0 card. Adaptec and others are selling. All XP SP-1 will do is have the 2.0 drivers included. Also, your older USB devices will not magically start perfomring at 2.0 speeds. However, they will not affect the speed of any 2.0 device either.
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    Re: USB 2.0 - does it require new hardware? (XPH)

    You will be able to continue using your current USB1 devices. The drivers, provided, will support USB 1 and 2.
    You will not have a USB 2 port until you replace the USB interface, which may be a separate card or built in to the mother board. Any USB 2 device will work with a USB 1 interface, you just will NOT get the top speeds and the other enhancements.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: USB 2.0 - does it require new hardware? (XPH)

    Dave, are you sure that it is not the other way? USB 1 devices will work with a USB 2 port but at USB 1 speeds. I did not think that USB 2 devices will work with USB 1 ports.
    Joe

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