The only way to be sure is to look at the motherboard manual. don't think it makes any difference which port you use unless the motherboard shares a port. I don't know of any instances of this happening with ports 1 & 2, but a motherboard I recently fitted had port 4 shared with a socket for an internal card reader.
Thankyou guys, I am talking about USB types but I have a Dell computer which only supplied a solution guide book so there is no motherboard manual. If I look inside at the motherboard will I be able to tell.I think that I am only plugging in USB1 devices but I am not certain, do some devices such as printers for example offer either USB 1 or USB 2 plug ins.
Hi rawprawn. Look in Device Manager under Universal Serial Bus controllers (of whatever your version of Windows calls them). If you have USB 2 then it should be there. There are a few USB 2 devices on the market now, but I think most are still USB 1. I haven't seen any USB 2 printers, but some scanners are a USB 2. As far as I know, if any of the motherboard USB ports are USB 2, then they all are.
Hi & thankyou, I looked in the device manager. It just shows 2 usb's both listed as 82801BA/BAM & universal host controllers.I am now convinced that I only have USB type 1 on my computer. It isn't that important to me, but if I can learn more about the things I don't understand about my computer I feel that I am gradually increasing my knowledge & ability. I find computers like giant crosswords, only the difference is you can never solve them.