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.
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.
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.