I am having an unusual problem with my computer's USB ports. I am using a USB wi-fi drive to get wi-fi to my pc, and some of the ports are really slow.
We are paying for 12Mb/s internet speed. I used DSLreports.com to check my speed. I also made sure there were no other users using the internet when the tests were done. As far as I know all of the USB ports are USB 2.0.
There are four back USB ports and two front ports. Each time I run these tests I unplug and then replug in the USB wi-fi drive.
*I checked for a BIOs update but this is the only version available.
My computer is a Gateway FX4710. It came with Windows Vista 64 bit, but I upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit a year or two ago.
Internet is Cable.
Router: Linksys Valet M10 V1.
Wi-Fi USB drive: Cisco AE1200
Please help! Is there any way to fix the malfunctioning USB drives? Should I buy a new motherboard? Should I buy new USB ports? Any suggestions?
Thank you very much!
Edit: This is what my Device Manager looks like. 1 only have 6 USB ports on my PC, I am not sure why I have 8 ICH9 Family USB Host Controllers or 8 USB Root Hubs, or even what they are. Do I need them?
i've noticed this effect too and i believe on some cheap mobos usb ports on the back are designed to be slower to work only with periferals(keyboard, mouse, etc.) and front ports are designed for data transers using usb sticks