I fix PCs for a living. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Windows XP Media Center SP2 in my shop. It takes about 4 minutes to copy a single 350 MB file from a new USB2.0 flash drive/ usb stick / thumbstick to the HD at a time when the PC has finished starting up and no startup process's are running, no windows open except for Explorer and the laptop has NO AntiVirus SW (which might be doing a scan or checking what is coming in from the usb stick). And has no virus's (I DO THIS FOR A LIVING, YOU JUST NEED TO TRUST ME ON THIS).
4 MINUTES TO COPY a single 350 MB file FROM A USB STICK IS RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD under the above circumstances.
So I go to Device Manager and expand the USB serial bus controller line and NOTICE that the phrase 'usb2" does NOT occur in any line, not even in one line. As a professional I know for CERTAIN that most PCs (since 2006 when this was sold) have ONE line with usb2 in that list.
AH HAA !! That might mean that the Inspiron 1501 has usb and not usb2 which would explan the long time as usb is 13 times slower than usb2. I go to the specs on the Dell web site and they say it has 4 usb2.0 connectors.
I then do a Google search on the problem and immediately find OTHER people WITH EXACTLY WHAT IS ABOVE, VERY SLOW USB TRANSFERS, DELL SAYS IT HAS USB2 BUT DEVICE MANAGER SAYS OTHERWISE.
QUESTION: IF THERE IS NO "USB2" seen when expanding the USB serial bus controller entry in Device Manager for Windows XP SP2, does that mean THAT THERE IS ONLY USB AND NOT USB2 ON THE PC ??
Note: This is a YES or NO question. Please do not answer unless you are AT LEAST 90% CERTAIN, no guessing, please.
WHY AM I POSTING? Because for $21 Newegg.com will send me a USB2.0 Express Card and BINGO !!! I now have USB2.0 and a solution. BUT I am wasting my money if I am "misreading" what is in Device Manager and like Dell says the laptop ALREADY HAS USB2. Note: The Inspiron 1501 has NO PCMCIA slot, it has an Express card slot.
(1) I checked the BIOS and there is not option reducing the usb performance of this PC.
(2) YES, I know this model has a SLOW CPU chip by current standards (again per Google search this is very clear) BUT the copy operation I am doing would mostly depend on transfer rates, not cpu speed OR at least that is what I believe.