Windows 10: HP envy laptop - USB 3 slot incorrectly marked.

  1.    05 Jan 2016 #1

    HP envy laptop - USB 3 slot incorrectly marked.


    Hi there

    I thought the USB 3 slots were BLUE by convention. On my Envy Laptop there is one BLUE slot - it's also a charging USB slot. However a Toshiba external USB3 device plugged into that slot has a WHITE Led when active indicating USB 2 speed.

    I move the HDD to one of a pair of USB slots on the other side of the computer --not colour coded at all --and Hey presto the Toshiba HDD led goes BLUE indicating it's operating as a USB 3 device. Copying files also indicates it's operating at expected speed whereas connected into what I thought was the "Official" USB 3 slot only gave USB 2 data transfer speeds.

    Shows you need to TEST the devices - don't always rely on external labelling etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    05 Jan 2016 #2

    That is strange, as my HP Envy Desktop has the blue for USB 3 and shows black for USB 2 and they are correct. I was wondering IF maybe the sata connection wires are not plugged in correctly from the motherboard? But, glad you got it figured out, anyhow.
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       05 Jan 2016 #3

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    I thought the USB 3 slots were BLUE by convention. On my Envy Laptop there is one BLUE slot - it's also a charging USB slot. However a Toshiba external USB3 device plugged into that slot has a WHITE Led when active indicating USB 2 speed.

    I move the HDD to one of a pair of USB slots on the other side of the computer --not colour coded at all --and Hey presto the Toshiba HDD led goes BLUE indicating it's operating as a USB 3 device. Copying files also indicates it's operating at expected speed whereas connected into what I thought was the "Official" USB 3 slot only gave USB 2 data transfer speeds.

    Shows you need to TEST the devices - don't always rely on external labelling etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    All the Notebooks I've worked on that had USB 3.0 ports were blue and marked on the case as USBSS [for SuperSpeed]. They also had drivers for USB 3.0 in Device Manager, separate from USB 2.0 drivers. Note: in my experience the USB 2.0 ports are bootable but USB 3.0 usually aren't, don't have basic drivers in the BIOS so have to rely upon the Operating System to load them.
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  4.    05 Jan 2016 #4

    HP has excellent Maintenance and Service Guides, where one can find all sorts of information.


    I'd suggest you look for the one pertaining to your Notebook -look with the Part Number HP Notebook PCs - How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? | HP® Customer Support
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