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USB Failing; MOBO failing as well?

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June 8, 2014 9:15:44 PM

I have been having random issue with my front usb ports not working, or working at partial power. From some quick research I have discovered that this could be a sign of my motherboard failing. Yet the thing is, is that the rear usb ports continue to work....

Does this sound like a simple fix, or a complete motherboard failure? And if so, please recommend a good motherboard replacement.

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a b V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 9:19:30 PM

Front USB ports are dependent several things: the motherboard, the chipset/onboard chip driving the USB port on the motherboard, the cable from the motherboard to the circuitboard on the case, and the circuit board on the case.

More than likely, the cheap 10 cent USB circuit board on the front of your computer case is dying. Your mobo is fine if the USB ports in the back are all still working.
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June 8, 2014 9:22:19 PM

I have a stock dell xps 8300 case. Is it possible to replace these front ports?
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a c 370 V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 9:23:20 PM

If it's got a spare 5.25 bay, you can put in something like I linked to.
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a c 370 V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 9:28:48 PM

You've got - look at it!
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June 8, 2014 9:33:42 PM

The front portion with the bay door correct? That's great! But what of the top two usb hubs that are built into the case?
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a c 370 V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 9:39:43 PM

Just connect the leads from them to the new bay device. Leave them there. Put a bit of cardboard in them.
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June 8, 2014 9:43:11 PM

The leads?
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a c 370 V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 9:48:48 PM

The case usb ports will have leads going to the motherboard. Unplug them from the motherboard and plug the bay device connector into theat spot on the motherboard. There should be instructions with the bay device.
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June 8, 2014 9:56:18 PM

Well there's the two up top, and then the two currently in the 5.25 bay. Are they not separate?
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a c 370 V Motherboard
June 8, 2014 10:10:39 PM

OK - looks like 2 x usb2.0 at the very top of the case. They should come from one usb2.0 header on the motherboard. That's where you would connect the usb ports in the new bay device to.
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