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Windows 7: (USB) How do I activate USB 2.0 Support on Asus Formula IV

26 Dec 2015   #1
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
(USB) How do I activate USB 2.0 Support on Asus Formula IV

Hello,

I have a headset that seems to malfunction due to not beeing connected to a USB 2.0 slot. I have checked my Device Manager and these are my USB Slots apparently:


I googled "Standard OpenHCD USB-Host Controller" and it seems that it is displayed so by Windows itself to guarentee backwards compatability to USB 1.1 and "tranforms" itself into an Advanced USB 2.0 port once a USB 2.0 device is plugged in. For me, however it does not do that.

My motherboard (Asus Formula IV) provides drivers for the USB 3.0 Ports only. I assume the USB 2.0 Drivers are part of the Motherboard Chipset. The manufacturers website, however, only provides me with a link to "AMD Chipset Driver V3.0.762.0 for Windows XP 32/64bit & Vista 32/64bit & Windows7 32/64bit.(WHQL)" from 2010. I installed that, am not sure however if it's outdated.

AidaReport: Paste2.org - Viewing Paste GNDhcFJA
DxDiag: Paste2.org - Viewing Paste ACBv2JDf

How should I procede?
Thanks in advance for any help


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26 Dec 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi koga99, welcome to the Forum.

You seem to be blaming the computer for your headset malfunction, whereas the problem is more likely to be with the headset.

What is the make of the headset & does the headset have it's own software?.
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26 Dec 2015   #3
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Hi koga99, welcome to the Forum.

You seem to be blaming the computer for your headset malfunction, whereas the problem is more likely to be with the headset.

What is the make of the headset & does the headset have it's own software?.
Hello Ranger4, thanks for the quick reply.

The Headset is a Logitech G430. I opened a thread on their support forums: Re: G430 - Sound disappears when playing a game. - Logitech Forums
I had some theories as to what might be causing it. On other support threads 99% of the replies by Logitech employees are "check if you are truly connected to a USB 2.0 Port" so I checked it out and found that all my USB Ports seem to be USB 1.1. I'm not sure what might be causing that problem.

My leading theory as to what might be causing the Headset problem currently is that the Logitech USB Dongle/External Soundcard deactivates itself briefly whenever I tab out of a game. However, since other people do not have that issue I assume that the problem might be something more local. A faulty USB port is my current hope of fixing that.

//EDIT:
It might be importent to state that I'm currently running on a very, very fresh Win7 installation. I formatted my disk yesterday and installed Windows 7. I have only installed these drivers:
- AMD Chipset
- Lan Drivers
- USB Port Drivers
- Nvidia GTX 970 + Nvidia Expirience
- G430 + LGS
- My peripheral drivers like mouse, keyboard etc.
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26 Dec 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your motherboard has many usb ports to choose from according to Asus.

https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic...pecifications/

Quote:
  • USB NEC® USB 3.0 controller
    - 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O)
    AMD SB850 chipset
    - 12 x USB 2.0 ports (5 ports at mid-board, 7 ports at back I/O, 1 port at back I/O is also for ROG connect)
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26 Dec 2015   #5
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Layback Bear,

Yes indeed, however, no matter what port I connect my USB Cables in, they're shown as USB 1.1

//EDIT:
Wait. I must've been reading the Device Manager wrong. I localized it to english and I'm going through it again.



I'm not the best with hardware. I thought every entry stands for a single USB port. Can I assume that every port is, indeed, USB 2.0 since there is a Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller entry?
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26 Dec 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Try leaving you head phone plugged into a usb 2.0 port and then reboot. See if Windows 7 pickup your head phones.
You also my have to choose your head phone as your preferred Play Device.

(USB) How do I activate USB 2.0 Support on Asus Formula IV-display-speakers.png


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26 Dec 2015   #7
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Don't know if I can help but will have a look and can provide some info. But I can't see your google docs without asking for permission. You should grant access to everyone so we can see

Your computer has USB 3.0, 2.x and 1.1 controllers
  • Your 3.0 controller has 3.0 in its name
  • By definition, USB 2.x controller names: either have 2.x and/ OR the word enhanced in the controller name. (I did a google translate and see your "erweiterter" controllers - are "enhanced" i.e. your 2.0 controllers)
  • Your OpenHCD controllers must be 1.x
fyi, also note that every host controller has a "root hub". Controllers and their root hub are both on the m/b.

The relationship between USB port on your computer and the controller it connects to is often a dynamic decision that Windows makes upon connection. (Depends on the m/b and how computer ports are built).

Use Device Manager to view device by connection to see device relationships (and what controller a device connects to)
>Click View->Device by Connection
>Click the + to expand ACPI computer and system. Then expand controllers.
In my case you can see my webcam is connected to a 2.0 controller. My wireless keyboard/mouse receiver is connected to a USB 1.x controller.

The first question is: does you headset connect to the enhanced controller or other type controller? And what is the playback device set to when you tab out of a game?


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26 Dec 2015   #8
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
Don't know if I can help but will have a look and can provide some info. But I can't see your google docs without asking for permission. You should grant access to everyone so we can see

Your computer has USB 3.0, 2.x and 1.1 controllers
  • Your 3.0 controller has 3.0 in its name
  • By definition, USB 2.x controller names: either have 2.x and/ OR the word enhanced in the controller name. (I did a google translate and see your "erweiterter" controllers - are "enhanced" i.e. your 2.0 controllers)
  • Your OpenHCD controllers must be 1.x
fyi, also note that every host controller has a "root hub". Controllers and their root hub are both on the m/b.

The relationship between USB port on your computer and the controller it connects to is often a dynamic decision that Windows makes upon connection. (Depends on the m/b and how computer ports are built).

Use Device Manager to view device by connection to see device relationships (and what controller a device connects to)
>Click View->Device by Connection
>Click the + to expand ACPI computer and system. Then expand controllers.
In my case you can see my webcam is connected to a 2.0 controller. My wireless keyboard/mouse receiver is connected to a USB 1.x controller.

The first question is: does you headset connect to the enhanced controller or other type controller? And what is the playback device set to when you tab out of a game?
Sorry, didn't know that. Was looking gfor a way to share text without limited space, pastebin was beeing too picky about that AIDA report. But I found paste2; that one lets me upload... Here goes:

AidaReport: Paste2.org - Viewing Paste GNDhcFJA
DxDiag: Paste2.org - Viewing Paste ACBv2JDf

Obviously the AIDA report has a lot of irrelevant info but who knows, maybe there's something important in there that DxDiag doesn't pick up.

Next, about the Devices by connection view, that is absolutely gorgeous I was wondering if the device manager would be able to show me the hirarchy like that ever since I started using it. Thanks already for that insight. Here is what it looks like for me at the moment:

It seems like it is indeed not connected to an "enhanced" controller. But then again, no matter which one I connect it to it always lands in a "standard OpenHCD" controller. Not an enhanced one. Right now my ExtHDD is connected to one of the enhanced controllers:

But that is actually my USB 3.0 port (it's blue, so it's USB 3.0, right?)
//Edit: I just connected my G430 to what is definately a USB 3.0 Port but it landed in the other, not enhanced, slot.

(The yellow exclamation mark is there because windows is still trying to install the driver for it)

My standard Playback device remains my G430 all the time. BUT, before I wiped my HDD and reinstalled windows I had the Nvidia HD Audio drivers installed and some times it used my Monitors speakers (connected via HDMI cable to my nvidia) as my standard playback. Again, that would only happen whenever I tabbed out of a game and my G430 lost all sound. I assume my Nvidia or the PC would think that I disconnected my headset and it used the only other available output device.

//EDIT: Even though currently there are two things connected to my USB 3.0 ports, they show empty... (I checked the MB manual to see which ports are USB 3.0)


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Try leaving you head phone plugged into a usb 2.0 port and then reboot. See if Windows 7 pickup your head phones.
You also my have to choose your head phone as your preferred Play Device.
Attachment 378653
My heaphones are getting picked up by my computer no problem. The problem always was that it's sound gets cut off completely whenever I tabbed out of a game.


P.S.: It might be important to state that the sound only gets cut off whenever I tab out of a game that has it's "Background Audio" disabled. You know, that option that let's you hear the games sounds in the background.
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26 Dec 2015   #9
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Double check. It looks like your BIOS is many revs out of date. Try a BIOS update

/* EDIT */
The report back both on your headset as well as if anything now connected to USB 3.0 controller
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26 Dec 2015   #10
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
Double check. It looks like your BIOS is many revs out of date. Try a BIOS update

/* EDIT */
The report back both on your headset as well as if anything now connected to USB 3.0 controller
I updated my BIOS yesterday. The last update was from 2012 though. So yeah, my BIOS is/was up to date when I created those screenshots. Is there another way to fix it?

//EDIT:
I used AIDA64s inbuilt driver checker and it gives me these results:
http://biosagentplus.com/result/f25f...bd50b0fec1f016
( link to jpg in case you can't access the page: http://i.imgur.com/szGuX9Y.png )

So yeah it seems that at least AIDA thinks there are updaes especially regarding the USB ports. But Asus doesn't provide me with the drivers. Last BIOS update they provide me with is from 2012 and the other drivers are all from 2010.

The AIDA update scanner needs me to pay a subscription to see the links so I'm kind of helpless here.

I found AMIs bios update page here: American Megatrends Inc. - BIOS ? UEFI Firmware
But I am not certain if my Motherboard is still supported by their updates. I heard that a wrong update might can the motherboard altogether and I'm not sure if the Formula IV has a backup bios installed to repair damages.

I checked everywhere. ROG themselfs don't provide downloads for the Crosshair IV Formula, asus only provides the 2012 version I already have and my Motherboard doesn't support AMIs update since it's OEM.
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