Connect USB 2 printer to Windows 2000 laptop

  RWBCAM 19:06 12 Aug 2005

I've ordered a Canon Pixma 760 printer, then discovered it has a USB2 connector. Looking at the PC Advisor archive, I opened Device Manager on my Windows 2000 Compaq Evo Laptop but it doesn't mention high speed USB, so I guess I've got USB1.1.

I see that PC World sells PCI USB2 cards but someone has put that you need XP. Oh dear.

Will I be able to connect my Windows 2000 laptop somehow to this printer when it arrives please? Advice would be much appreciated.

  Jackcoms 20:48 12 Aug 2005

Yes USB 2 is backwards compatible.

That is, your printer will still work in a USB 1.1 port, but obviously only at the 'slower' 1.1 speeds rather than the higher USB 2 speed.

  RWBCAM 21:03 12 Aug 2005

Thank you v much Jackcoms... if I buy a laptop card with a USB2 port, will that work OK (at full speed)using Windows 2000?

  Jackcoms 21:11 12 Aug 2005

Yes, it will but, frankly, I wouldn't waste my money if I was you.

For the additional speed you MIGHT get it's not worth spending on the USB 2 card.

I'm using a Canon USB printer in an older, slower serial port and I'm perfectly happy with the print speeds I get.

  DieSse 01:28 13 Aug 2005

Printers don't put that much load on a USB port - I'm sure the printer will work fine on USB1.1

  DieSse 01:36 13 Aug 2005

click here

See what Canon say - they confirm the printer operates on USB1.1

  DieSse 01:42 13 Aug 2005

Ah - sorry - you can't go straight to their FAQs pages. They also warn not to use plug-in USB2 cards - don't know why specifically.

  User-178362 01:49 13 Aug 2005

Sorry I forgot to add this to my AddAware and Globle template threads

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