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USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#1 Post by myxomop » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:44 pm

I am the proud owner of an x230 (specs in sig) with version 2.73 BIOS. For the entire time I've owned my machine, it has never achieved file transfer speeds in keeping with reasonable USB 3.0 expectations when a USB 3.0 compatible device is connected to the blue USB 3.0 port. I think I did a driver update some time ago to try and fix it to no avail. I've attached a screenshot of my USB section of Device Manager, and can post back with any driver name/date/revision upon request.

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Many thanks in advance,

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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:53 am

You are obviously missing the USB3.0 driver: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/ie/en/prod ... s/ds034760
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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#3 Post by dr_st » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:12 am

Edit: RBS was faster. :D

Windows 7 does not have built-in USB 3.0 drivers. You need this one: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downlo ... t-thinkpad

However I would expect the USB 3.0 controller to appear in the device manager with a yellow bang for missing driver. What's under "Other Devices"?
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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#4 Post by myxomop » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:03 pm

Here are the two "Other Devices" entries:

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I downloaded the linked driver, and in the process of installing, was prompted with a dialog box asking if I wanted to write over the existing default installation directory, which already exists. I think this is the driver update I mentioned, which did not get me anywhere near USB 3.0 speeds:

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Should I overwrite the contents of the folder? Should I remove and install the new driver rather than replace old with new?

Thanks for your continued help.

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#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:56 pm

Install to that folder anyway.
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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#6 Post by dr_st » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:30 am

1180:E823 is the Realtek Card Reader.

8086:1E31 is the USB 3.0 controller. Looks like you just need to extract the driver (to the same folder, as RBS suggested) and run Setup.exe.
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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#7 Post by myxomop » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:01 am

installed, restarted. it's gotten worse:

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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#8 Post by dr_st » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:05 am

Does the USB 3.0 controller appear in Device Manager now?
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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#9 Post by myxomop » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:11 am

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Re: USB 3.0 X230 Win7 Problems

#10 Post by dr_st » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:36 am

Looks fine to me.

To test that USB 3.0 works, connect a USB 3.0-capable drive, then use CrystalDiskMark to test the various read/write speeds.

Manually copying random files is a problematic experiment to deduce from.
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