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JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 05:47 PM
Ok my friends, I have a question, How do I know if my PC has a high-power 500 mA USB port? If this is possible to know, then how do I know wich one of the 8 USB ports in total (2 in the front and 6 on the back) are high-powered ones? Thanks in advance!

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 05:49 PM
All of them provide 500ma.

As long as the mobo / system has USB 2 ports on it.

And as long as SP2 is installed if u have XP, and SP4 if u have SP4.

Look in device manager for an enhanced host controller entry, under USB controllers. If this is there you've got USB 2.

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 05:51 PM
Ok, So there is no way to check which port has this hig-power?? I need one that really has this!

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 05:54 PM
Like I just said, they're all the same speed, and if theyre USB 2 ports, theyre faster than the old USB 1.1

And if SP2 or SP4 is installed, they'll run at USB 2 speed.

Thats if u use USB 2 devices.

If whatever you're plugging in is USB 1.1, it'll only run at USB 1.1 speed.

SurferJoe46
21-04-2007, 05:54 PM
Why not end any confusion and just run a dynamically-powered USB hub?

Takes all the guesswork out that way.

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 05:55 PM
Ok I do have SP2 running and in fact its not the speed I need what I need is the power. How do I know if I have this USB 2.0?

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 05:58 PM
Did u READ the 2nd post??

The bottom line.

Does the device you're going to plug in say its USB 2??

If it doesnt, it'll be USB 1.1

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 05:59 PM
Why not end any confusion and just run a dynamically-powered USB hub?

Takes all the guesswork out that way.

Um run what? Sorry I have no Idea of what you just said :S

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:00 PM
Did u READ the 2nd post??

The bottom line.

Does the device you're going to plug in say its USB 2??

If it doesnt, it'll be USB 1.1

Yes the device I want to connect is 2.0. I mean it needs the high-power to charge the battery faster!. Thas why I need it, to charge the battery faster!

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 06:04 PM
Um run what? Sorry I have no Idea of what you just said :S

Its a powered USB hub, you can plug USB 2 devices into.

However not all USB 2 devices like USB hubs. They will refuse to work properly, or not at all.

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 06:05 PM
Yes the device I want to connect is 2.0. I mean it needs the high-power to charge the battery faster!. Thas why I need it, to charge the battery faster!

Well, that doesnt mean it'll charge it in like 10 seconds. It'll still take time to charge the battery.

Plug it in and wait.

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:07 PM
Ok, if I have my device connected to a USB port on the PC and its supposed to be charging how do I know on the PC which port is beeing used. And also one of my ports says enhanced, does this mean something?

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:09 PM
Well, that doesnt mean it'll charge it in like 10 seconds. It'll still take time to charge the battery.

Plug it in and wait.

Um.... dud I do know it takes time, but hey on the manual it says that with this hight power USB it should take like 3 hours and it's been 6 hours and no full charging yet! Thats why I think the port Im using is not high power!

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 06:11 PM
Ok, if I have my device connected to a USB port on the PC and its supposed to be charging how do I know on the PC which port is beeing used. And also one of my ports says enhanced, does this mean something?

Enhanced means its USB 2., well whatever USB port its plugged into now is the one being used isnt it?

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 06:13 PM
Um.... dud I do know it takes time, but hey on the manual it says that with this hight power USB it should take like 3 hours and it's been 6 hours and no full charging yet! Thats why I think the port Im using is not high power!

Well it depends how flat it is. If its really flat, it'll take longer.

What kind of battery is it?

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:14 PM
Well. Of the 6 ports on the back of the tower right now 3 ares beeing used, one for the printer, which is not turned on, another one has the gamepad connected and the third is my device!

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:15 PM
Its a rechargeable battery of an MP3 player, and It was fully discharged when I started to charge it!

Speedy Gonzales
21-04-2007, 06:17 PM
Its a rechargeable battery of an MP3 player, and It was fully discharged when I started to charge it!

Well there u go then, it'll take longer if its completely dead.

JOYBEBA6679
21-04-2007, 06:18 PM
Um more than 6 hours?? I should had bought that Home DC charger!, Anyways thanks for the help!

beeswax34
21-04-2007, 09:11 PM
Its like electricity at home. They all ouptut at the same voltage and current if they all have the same wiring/connectors etc.

SurferJoe46
22-04-2007, 03:42 AM
USB 2.0 has nothing to do with the wattage you are trying to pull to charge a battery.

This being so, I suggest that dynamic USB..it ain't the 2.0 you're looking for..but you want to take as little as possible from the PSU in the tower to charge anything other than what the PSU is capable.

Like I said, cut to the chase and just use the hub...

Tony.br
22-04-2007, 06:40 AM
To add my spoke to the wheel and emphasise what Speedy said.

There is no such thing as a Hi Powered USB port that I am aware of and I am a Hardware Technician.

As speedy suggests, you can buy a USB HUB that will provide power to devices plugged into it.

BUT (and a BIG BUT) none of these will speed up battery charging. The USB standard is 5 volts no matter what, and it is the voltage (within reason) that determines the charging rate.

Nothing that is designed to plug in the USB port will try and draw more than the 500 m/a that the port is designed to provide.

The only exception are some 2.5" USB hard drives and they plug into 2 ports to get the extra power that they require.

I hope that helps