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How do I check a USB port speed whether it is 1.0, 1.1 or 2.0?

I know already that my motherboard supports the 2.0 USB ports because it has the ENHANCED wording in Control Panel's Device Manager.

However, does it mean that each physical USB port attached to the computer, or server will have the 2.0 speed?
Can I have one port running at 1.0 and one at 2.0?
How do I chec which runs at what speed?
What is required to make sure that ports run at the highest possible speed?

Thank you.
Wes Zalewski
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If your motherboard supports USB 2.0 that means that the USB ports are USB 2.0, which is backwards compatiable with USB 1.0 devices.  Each port will provide USB 2.0 access and the device being connecting will dictate the power level and interface for communication.

Yes 1.0 and 2.0 will run side by side, no ill affects, each will choose it's own power needs and communication interface.
It is possible that you  canhave a mix of USB1.0 and USB 2.0
The easiest way to check is to plug a USB 2.0 device that transfers data, like an external hard drive, into each of the ports. If it gives you an alert that a Hi speed device is plugged into a low speed USB port, then it is likely a USB1.0 port.
FYI-->If you are running XP without the service packs, a USB2.0  port can act lke a USB 1.0 as there is a Microsoft USB 2.0 driver that is needed in order for USB 2.0 to be implemented.
Usually if your motherboard has USB 2.0 ports then all the ports are USB 2.0. Exceptions arise if you've installed additional PCI USB cards, these can be USB 1.0, 1.1 or 2.0, assuming you haven't installed additional cards, and you've got 2.0 ports on your motherboard then all the ports support 2.0. You can't change the ports to 1.0 or 1.1. You can buy a USB sensitive cable to test if the port is USB 2.0 or 1.0, but I can't find a working link to one anymore. What still works is if you plug a known USB 2.9 device into a USB 1 port, windows will warn you that the port is only a 1 (or 1.1) port.
WesZalewskiAuthor Commented:
Thank you Both.

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