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January 29, 2008 11:14 AM   Subscribe

How do I stop the annoying "This device can operate faster" query when I plug a USB 2 thumb drive into a USB 1.1 port (which is all my computer has)?
posted by KRS to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure if you can block that tooltip in particular, but there are ways to turn off all tooltips if you think that would be helpful.

The other alternative is to purchase a USB 2.0 PCI or PCMCIA card and use that instead.
posted by samsara at 11:21 AM on January 29, 2008

"In Device Manager, click on the USB host controller, click the Advanced tab and then check the box on the bottom of the window that says "Don't tell me about USB errors." I think you need to do this for each USB controller listed under USB in Device Manager so that the error message will not appear no matter which controller the device gets plugged into." (via
posted by limon at 11:30 AM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

Try this - disable the error message by getting to the device manager:

Settings > Control Panel > System > Hardware tab > Device Manager

Expand the USB Controllers item, then right click on the contoller in question. Go to

Properties > Advanced tab > click in the "Don't Tell me about USB Errors"
posted by jasper411 at 11:31 AM on January 29, 2008

It's possible to do this by opening up System Properties ("Win-Break", or right-click My Computer and select Properties), going to the Hardware tab, selecting Device Manager, right-clicking on each USB host controller, selecting "Properties", clicking the Advanced tab and checking the "Don't tell me about USB errors" box. You will also not receive some other alerts, but it will disable that particular one.
posted by j.edwards at 11:33 AM on January 29, 2008

Just wanted to second limon's post, I think he's got it the answer you're looking for.
posted by samsara at 11:55 AM on January 29, 2008

Or j.edwards' :)
posted by samsara at 11:55 AM on January 29, 2008

Be aware that disabling the device error message (and believe me, I totally understand and agree that "Your computer is old!" is NOT a helpful message) will also stop the machine from telling you when USB devices fail, are not responding, or are unmounted without properly ejecting them. Keep it in mind.
posted by caution live frogs at 3:37 PM on January 29, 2008

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