I saw this message on my home grown system every time I turned on my
USB printer. I did not really care since I don't print much, but it
was annoying. I thought I might need a BIOS update or something. I
did some research and found maybe "bad" ideas, but then found a
solution that worked for me so I copied my notes here and in the
basics section so maybe it well help someone else. Sorry about the
formatting of my paste.
Be sure to read the whole thing since you may not see things the way I
did on my system.
Turning in a USB 2.0 device you might see a message that says this
device can perform faster if
it was connected to a high speed USB 2.0 device.
Maybe: The USB device can perform faster if you connect it to a High
Speed USB 2.0 port.
For a list of available ports, click here.
USB 1.X = 12.0 megabit per second (mbs) Full Speed
USB 2.X = 480 megabit per second, or 40 times faster than 1.1.
Right click My Computer, Properties, Hardware, Device Manager. Under
the USB Controller section
see if there is a red X.
Look in the Other device section (things with yellow question marks
and red X)
observe: Ethernet controller (with red X) who cares, I am wireless
PCI Modem (with red X) who cares, I don't use it
USB controller (with red X) here is the problem
Or maybe this: Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller (with red X)
This means the system has the ports, but the correct driver is not
installed. XP did not
come high speed drivers, but they do come in the service packs
(SP1), so it must now be
More FWIW information from Microsoft:
Right click the USB Controller in the Other devices section with the
red X in the question mark,
right click Properties and if it is disabled, click Driver and Update
driver, and let it search
for a new driver and hopefully find it and install it. Things will
refresh a few times.
The question marked red X on USB Controller will go away. You may be
able to just enable it,
but I did not try this.
Now look in the Universal Serial Bus Controller section for something
that says USB Enhanced Host
Controller - Enhanced is the key word which means high speed. If it
is not there, it is just a
USB 2.0, but not high speed.
After the update, there should now be at least one USB Enhanced Host
Controller. Does this mean that
now ALL the USB 2.0 connections are high speed? The driver version
for the USB device should now all
be 5.1.2600 or later. If not, upgrade them individually to the
You may (should) reboot after this to get your other USB device
working again. My wireless connection got confused but I fixed it
Under USB Printing Support it shows my correct printer which is the
thing that was complaining every
time I turned it on. No more complaints, always was 2.0 but now I am
It is possible to configure a check box in the properties on the
device to never warn you about USB errors. Probably not a good idea.