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Windows 7: USB port on front panlel of the case

25 Mar 2015   #1
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 
USB port on front panlel of the case

Hello all,

This (ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. H81-PLUS) is my mobo. I have three USB ports on front panel of my case. Two of them are USB 2 and the other is USB3. I have also some 2 & 3 ones on the back of the case. The problem is that the USB3 of front panel doesn't work. I opened the case and saw that there is one cable from that USB3 of front port but it is not connected to elsewhere! I sought the mobo panel to find some port/jack to attach that end side of the cable into that but apparently mobo doesn't have such a jack. I've attached the image of the end side of that cable here.
Is there any way/converter to install that cable to the mobo so that I have USB3 on front panel of the case please?




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25 Mar 2015   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Your board does not have a USB 3.0 midboard header so you won't be able to connect the front USB 3.0 ports directly to the board. There is no way to convert the cable to connect to the board either as far as I'm aware as there's no USB 3.0 connectivity on there.
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25 Mar 2015   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

The earlier versions of the front panel with USB3 ports had a standard USB3 male connector. You were expected to route the cable out through the back and plug it into one of back ports. The problem was that most of the cases didn't provide a means to do that so you had to cut/drill a hole for the plug. That was a backyard fix and it seems case manufactures have always lagged behind motherboard manufactures in one way or another. It's gotten better but builders need to pay more attention to matching a case to the motherboard features.

With that, there's not much you can do except maybe install an accessory front panel that uses the standard USB3 male connector and route it to the back.
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25 Mar 2015   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Alternatively if you want more USB 3.0 ports and don't mind them being on the back you could add a USB 3.0 PCI-e card.
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25 Mar 2015   #5
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thank you guys very much.
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25 Mar 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

My MSI board came with an adapter that would go from that blue usb 3.0 plug to the usb pins on the motherboard, it may not give you 3.0 ports, but at least they will work.

Looks like this.
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25 Mar 2015   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You can get an adapter that will plug into your USB 3.0 cable coming from the front panel and terminate in two cables with USB 3.0 type A connectors on the back, You would then run those cables out the back of the computer and plug them into the USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O panel.

Edit. I found this one on e-bay. You would probably have to add a couple of USB 3.0 extension cables to get enough length.
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25 Mar 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

But then you`re taking plugs off the back, just to add to the front. And if you use the back 3.0 ports for a printer, etc. that`s not an option.

You have 6 intrenal usb 2.0 connectors on that board, I would just connect to 1 of those.

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