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Error: This USB Device Can Perform Faster if Connected to Hi Speed USB 2.0 Port

Have you seen this error message before from your Windows machine when a USB device is connected: “This USB Device can Perform Faster if Connected to Hi Speed USB 2.0 Port?” Well, I’ve seen it recently and went through a fairly long process to figure out how to correct it. Surprisingly it’s not difficult. usb perform faster error messageFirst, let me say I’ve found little information on WHY this error occurs and how to avoid getting this error message when a USB device is connected to your computer. From the research I’ve done, this USB error message of “device can perform faster when connected to hi-speed USB” stems from a corrupt setting for a device on your computer in relation to how it communicates with the hi-speed USB host controller. So here is the quick and easy fix: Reinstall the drivers for your Enhanced USB controller. Sounds complicated, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s a simple right click and a reboot. That’s it. Here’s how you do it: Step 1: Unplug any USB devices from your computer with the exception of your keyboard and mouse [if they are connected]. Step 2: Navigate to your Device Manager page by doing: Start > Control Panel > System > go to Hardware tab > Device Manager From this window scroll down until you see the + sign for “Universal Serial Bus controllers.” Click the PLUS sign and another list will expand out. Simply identify the item which references a “USB Enhanced” controller and right click. From the options provided from your right click select “uninstall.”

install enhanced usb controller

You will get a warning sign, but don’t worry. Click OK. Your computer will go through the process of uninstalling the USB Enhanced USB controller. Your computer will then immediately go through the installation process as well. After the re-installation you computer might seem all-is-well; however, your error message will not go away until you reboot your machine. Do that now. If you have any questions or comments hit the forum post for follow up. Continue Reading

USB Tutorial: Turn VHS Tape Into Glowing USB Hub

VHS USB hub

Instructables posted a great little USB hack for turning an old VHS tape into a glowing USB hub.  I like this mod because it takes an old, out of date medium, puts some retro lighting in there which creates a modern day device I can use everyday. Instructables also brings up a good point with hubs getting smaller these days, it’s more likely you’ll lose it behind your desk.  Having a honk’in big VHS tape solves that problem. So what is this USB tutorial all about?  Well, in short, you will destroy an old VHS tape, cut out some through-holes for USB ports and power.  Secure some LEDs for effect and reassemble everything to impress your buddies.  Since this outline isn’t enough to start or finish the project, jump over to Instructables for the full low down. Continue Reading

USB Tutorial: Cool Looking Sawed Off USB Key

With over 5,300 Diggs, I figure this would be a good article to report about on how to make a sawed-off USB key.  Nothing about this project is too technical, but the idea is clever enough it’s gained a lot of attention.

sawed off usb

The sawed off UFD is a mod of using a slim Kingmax USB drive, USB cable and some glue + knife for a very cool looking storage device. The intro line to this tutorial from the main page is:
“Holy crap– somebody just went and TORE MY FREAKING USB CABLE IN HALF while it was still attached to my laptop!!! No– wait– sorry. That’s just my USB drive. My bad. Never mind.”
Which I think is pretty funny. So besides getting a slim Kingmax USB drive (here is a 4GB for $15), you will need the following:  USB cable, X-acto knife, glue, pliers, small screwdriver and some mad cutting skills. First thing you will want to do is cut open the female end of the USB cable so you can insert the memory for storage.  It’s fairly straight forward in the process.  Some additional pictures are available Continue Reading

USB Tutorial: Assign USB Drives To Folders – Get Organized

Here is a nice quick and easy USB tutorial. Swapping storage can become a headache in Windows as you never know or can remember which drive letter Windows assigns your drive.  At Lifehacker, they posted a nice tip on assign USB drives to folders.  This method not only keeps things organized, but adds one additional benefit most wouldn’t think of.

usb drive in folder

First, the tip. Create a main USB folder where we will mount all the USB drives once connected.  Then assign all your USB devices to sub-folders within that main folder.  After creating the folder structure, do the following for assignment.
  • Click > Start > Run then enter diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. This opens the Disk Management configuration that should display all drives and devices currently connected to your computer.
  • Pick an USB device from the list and right-click that entry. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.
  • This should open a new window that is displaying the current drive letter of the device and three buttons at the bottom which are named Add, Change and Remove.
  • Click on the Add button, select Mount into the following empty NTFS folder and click on browse. Now navigate to the subfolder that you want to assign the usb drive to and confirm the assignment. The USB drive will from now on be accessible from that folder as well if it is connected to the computer.
Now, the additional benefit: Continue Reading

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