Telling USB cables apart...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Harry Krause, May 13, 2007.

  1. Harry Krause

    Harry Krause Guest

    My new VISTA machine has many more USB-2 ports than my previous
    computer. I seem to have quite a collection of USB cables. Is there any
    physical way to tell USB-1 from USB-2 cables? Dang things all look the
    same to me.
    Harry Krause, May 13, 2007
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  2. Harry Krause

    GTS Guest

    There's not way to tell by looking. Cables sold as rated for USB-2 may have
    better shielding and better quality conductors, but many cables that may not
    have been marketed as USB-2 will work fine at the higher speed (especially
    in the shorter lengths). There's no harm in trying them.
    GTS, May 13, 2007
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  3. Harry Krause

    Noozer Guest

    There are NO differences. Any USB cable that will not meed USB 2 standards
    is defective.
    Noozer, May 13, 2007
  4. Harry Krause

    Conor Guest

    THat's because they are. Some are labelled USB 2 to con the clueless.
    Conor, May 13, 2007
  5. The USB cables are interchageable. It's the ports that are different. And
    they look the same as well. But, as it's a new machine, they should all be
    USB 2.0. If not, when you plug it in, Vista will tell you it can perform
    faster if it's plugged into a different port. :)
    Dustin Harper, May 13, 2007
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