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Clarify misunderstanding about USB hosts and IRQs

I have a long-suffering usb sound card (Creative X-Fi HD). Its manual said the following: Ensure that the headset/soundcard uses a USB Host that is on an individual IRQ slot. This means that no ...
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PS/2 vs USB keyboards: performance and energy consumption

As far as I know, PS/2 keyboards are interrupt driven, while USB are polled. Typically a PS/2 keyboard was assigned IRQ_1 on Windows. I'm no hardware expert, but at a first glance seems like the PS/2 ...
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Computer architecture: Are USB keyboards less responsive due to narrow IRQ range?

Here is a statement I just thought of. Can anyone tell me whether, and why, it is true? Statement: Because USB keyboards rely on a USB generic driver and architecture that has only access to lower ...