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IBM Thinkpad T41  USB only using 1.0 need to use 2.0

dtwkaf1 asked
My IBM Thinkpad T41 is giving me a pop message when I plug my USB device in stating that it needs to be connected to a High Speed USB port.  The high speed USB port is present in the device manager but is not one of the Root Hubs, How to I fix this?
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Business Consultant (Owner)
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Take a look at this Lenovo article for USB Issues:

Also this ThinkWiki article about this issue that points to a likely hardware problem:

You probably need to review these articles and do some troubleshooting to see if you can fix the problem or if it is hardware.

... Thinkpads_User

try to upgrade the firmware
Top Expert 2013
Here a list of things to try :
-in device manager>view tab, click "show hidden devices" and delete all usb entries and hidden devices,  reboot and test
-from Device manager scan for new hardware
-then you can download the latest drivers for the chipset, and reinstall it to update the USB root hubs
-start>run>diskmgmt.msc      check if the usb devices show up in disk management, then run :   start>run>services.msc
In the listing look for removable storage service.
If it is set to Auto, and not started, then start it : click the Start link in the top left...
-In c:\windows\inf, look for usbstor.inf    -  If it is not there, you can copy it from another PC..When you find it, right click it and select Install
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Much of this is covered in the Lenovo link, and between it and the Thinkwiki link, there is a good chance here that the USB has a hardware problem. I found the USB 2 in my own T41 to be very reliable.
... Thinkpads_User