In other words, just my first hub(the one that is directly connected to the computer) is plugged in to the wall outlet.
Since I took the aforementioned action I have experienced no system problems while running the two "daisy-chained" 4-port USB hubs.
I presume that if I add additional hubs to the same machine then they will all have to be run w/out their own ac power as well. Am I correct? [Just use ac power on the one USB hub that is connected to the computer...? Not the subsequent ones that are connected to a hub...?]
Additionally, the powered 4-port USB 2.0 hub cost me much more money than a regular non-powered hub. Since I am running the second hub w/out its own power anyway can I put a regular non-powered hub in its place, even if that hub is not 2.0, with no decrease in performance?
That raises another question that I don't know the answer to. Can USB hubs that are manufactured with no independent ac adapter ever be 2.0 or are they all not 2.0, by definition, since they don't have their own power supply capability?