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How to have more USB 2.0's on your Motherboard?

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June 19, 2014 7:31:58 PM

I'm using an Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z... It's a great motherboard but it only has 2 USB 2.0 hubs on it, and yet my case the NZXT Phantom 820 Ultra+ has THREE (3) USB 2.0 hookups. This comes to a huge problem as I've been working on this and I'm still lost...

So when I first put everything together I took one of the random 3 since the manual didn't specify which either of them did, I put the first random one in, and none of the case USB 2.0 ports worked at all to my knowledge.. none that were on to top and essentially that's all that there is unless it controlled a LED or fan controller I don't know.

Today after putting in my new RAM I decided to try another USB cord and plugged it into my one available motherboard hub - this allowed me to use 2 of the 4 USB 2.0 ports on the top of the case which finally lets me use my 2 USB 3.0 and 2/4 of the 2.0 ports. I didn't notice any other difference yet, I haven't noticed any nights that are missing, and the fans still seem to be working.

My only assumption is that the 3rd USB cord that comes with the case would allow me to use the other 2 USB 2.0 ports.

I can only use on of my MOBO's hubs because the other hub is used by my NZXT X60 Kraken CPU water cooler and I have it set up to change lights when my CPU is getting really hot.

So my overall question is: What guidance could you give me on this situation? It appears 2/3 cords only offer 2/4 USB ports each, and the 1/3rd doesn't appear to do anything at all.. Is there a way to have an extender that I can plugged into the MOBO's USB 2.0 hub which would allow me to plug in multiple cords? (Like a power strip)?

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June 19, 2014 7:55:14 PM

That's pretty neat actually but wouldn't that still not exactly solve the problem? It'd give me more ports, double the USB 3.0 ports - but it'd still render the 2.0 USB ports eye candy right?
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a c 185 V Motherboard
June 19, 2014 7:56:59 PM

Yep - you were after more usb ports. This gives it to you.

Else you need to run the Kracken off something else. Read the Kracken manual.
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June 19, 2014 8:00:13 PM

Ahh lol I was mainly just wondering if there was a USB 2.0 MOBO adapter that added more USB 2.0 plugs, it's not exactly about just having 'more' ports, but rather having the ports that are actually functional and not eye candy on my case. For instance like if I had to bring my computer to a meet, or a friends house or they came to my house - it'd be sorta embarrassing to have 6 USB ports on my case but only 2-4 of them worked.
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a c 185 V Motherboard
June 19, 2014 8:06:44 PM

The see if you can hook the Kraken up differently. You've got 2 usb 2.0 headers on that mobo. So you should have one spare.
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June 19, 2014 8:11:17 PM

I'm not sure if it's possible... the Kraken sends information to my MOBO such as temperature, radiator fan speeds and controllers, waterblock LED light. It essentially runs my Kraken software also, without it I can't control my CPU cooler - but it's something to look into I suppose. If I can free up that USB 2.0 hub, then I should theoretically be able to use my 2 USB 3.0 and all 4 2.0 ports.

As for what the first one I had hooked up that didn't do anything for my ports, I have no idea what that did and I've contacted NZXT on the matter but they never emailed me back.
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a c 185 V Motherboard
June 19, 2014 8:20:05 PM

Both USB 2.0 ports should work. Use them both. Connect the Kraken to one and the case usb2.0 ports to the other.

Check in Device Manager that they are working.
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a c 185 V Motherboard
June 19, 2014 8:28:54 PM

Mine was similar but had front bay usb
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