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For the longest time I tried finding USB 2.0 controllers to speed up my USB 1.1 connection. I recently did a fresh install of Win XP Pro with SP2 already on the installation CD. It was my knowledge that SP2 came with controllers necessary for USB 2.0 transfer. However now when I plug in my USB harddrive, I get that familiar message at the bottom of the screen saying it's plugged into a non-hi speed port. When I click to get a list of available hi speed ports, the computer tells me there are no such ports installed on the computer.

This can't be right because I know when I bought the computer it came with USB 2.0 ports already installed but for some reason they will not function at hi-speed. Also, in the task manager, there's not reference to "enhanced host controller" which I am told is what discerns a standard 1.1 from a 2.0 controller. If anyone can offer some insight into the situation I'm all ears. It's kind of irritating that it takes 10 minutes to transfer a movie over to my external harddrive.
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SP2 does add USB 2.0 controller drivers, but they're of no use unless the USB ports are actually USB 2.0 in the first place.
Its possible that the ports, depending on the age of the computer, may be faulty (or the USB controller itself on the mainboard) no longer run at USB 2.0 speed, but its more likely that the option in the BIOS is set to USB 1.1. So suggest to check that first, it may well be just that simple.
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