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USB Cables

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Sandman, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. Mar 6, 2003 #1 of 17
    Sandman

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    Is there a difference between the cables for 2.0 and 1.1

    Bob
     
  2. Mar 6, 2003 #2 of 17
    Unthinkable

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    No.
     
  3. tontomono

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    No
     
  4. DishDude1

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    I'm sure the superstores selling them for $30 would want you to believe so :p
     
  5. Sandman

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    Thats what I thought, have been using 1.1 cables that work without a glitch yet compputer stores have 2.0 cables at a much higher price.

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  6. gcutler

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    But it's the Gold Plate Connectors (because the 1s or 0s needs the extra umph to make it off the cable) and snazzy Black color that warrants the $20 increase in price :D
     
  7. firephoto

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    <--- firewire guy

    with nice clear jacketed cables too. :)
     
  8. raj2001

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    Bah, I got both :D
     
  9. Chris Blount

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    I was wondering that myself. I just upgraded my computer and it has USB 2.0 capability. So what you guys are saying is that USB 1.1 cables and sockets are exactly the same as USB 2.0? So theoretically I should be able to plug in any USB 2.0 device into a 1.1 socket and it should work?
     
  10. Ric

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    Actually, I believe the 2.0 cables are much thicker and less likely to kink than the 1.1 cables.

    This way, more 0's can fit through and the 1's won't get caught if the cable bends!:lol:
     
  11. gcutler

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    The shape and fit are the same... But the device will say it if it backward compatible. Things like a drive or such will just work slower when put into a 1.1 slot. But some devices (like a Digital Video Capture Device) that are 2.0 may technically work in 1.1, they will perform sooo badly as to not make it worth while. So best to go by the specs that say 2.0 (but backward 1.1 compatible)
     
  12. gcutler

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    I've even seen 1.1 cables with all the bells an whistles. I have purchased generic type cables (like the ones that come bundled with the USB devices) so know they are just as good. But when you goto Comp-USA they only have the "Designer" cables with the gold plated tip and such... So when you goto the store it is impossible to not spend $30 for a cable, but a just as good cable can be gotten 1/2 price on the internet. :(
     
  13. Neil Derryberry

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    i'm a firewire guy as well. You can string up to 68 firewire ide hard disks together if you want to... forget about pc133! They make some nice firewire raid controllers as well.
     
  14. gcutler

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    WIth a firewire PCI cards starting in the $20 range, going firewire is real easy. I just bought an 80GB firewire external drive just so I can move Digital Video stuff from machine to machine (moving 25GB AVI files over the 100MBp network isn't so quick.)
     
  15. Neil Derryberry

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    I put my dvd burner on firewire.. now portable between laptop and home machine!
     
  16. gcutler

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    DVD BURNERS ON ALL MACHINES, AT ALL TIMES. None of this Portable nonsense :p

    Was it originally a Firewire or did you buy a firewire enclosure. I've seen them and assume that any IDE device would work with them. I was going to take a 8GB drive and buy a Firewire enclosure for it (before realizing it was not worth the effort and donated the 8GB drive to Bogy's church)
     
  17. firephoto

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    The external pioneer and sony burners are just the normal model stuck in an ide>firewire box. You can take out the dvd/cd drive and put a hard drive in if you want.
     

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