Rear USB Ports stopped working...

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by Xanthe, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Xanthe

    Xanthe Costco Executive Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    United States
    This is really starting to steam me. Just recently today, my rear USB ports to my custom desktop PC stopped working...I don't know why this happened. I checked the wiring - no problems. I tried to install drivers - nothing. I'm getting pretty pissed right now

    My specs:
    i5 6400
    MOBO: h110m-a
    GTX 1060
    8GB ddr4 ram
  2. TotalInsanity4

    TotalInsanity4 GBAtemp Supreme Overlord

    Dec 1, 2014
    United States
    Under a rock
    Did the electricity in your area just recently go out?
  3. Xanthe

    Xanthe Costco Executive Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    United States
    I got it working.

    I swear to God, if ANYTHING is wrong with your computer, NOTHING will start it. After I found my ports stopped working I turned off my computer several times. The last time I turned it off, it would not turn back on. Now I was furious! You'd be wondering what the hell is wrong after you've gone into your computer and re-wired everything for the 3rd time in a row...

    So, recently my FRONT panel USB 3.0 stopped working. My computer just then decided to detect that. I found out that by unplugging the front panel USB 3.0 MOBO connection, my computer would start.

    TotalInsanity4 likes this.
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I have had USB controllers fail before.

    Equally I have had front panel ports short out and that did prevent the system from booting, and if the front panel ports use the same controller/hub as the back one (entirely possible and even probable) then prior to that the controller might have entered a shutdown mode to prevent further damage which would have caused what you saw with the rear ones.

    That said one of the basic diagnostic methods for computers is minimal booting -- one stick of RAM, no cables beyond CPU cooler and any graphics one needed, then add hard drive, then add all the RAM... this would have revealed that.
    Skyshadow101 and Xanthe like this.
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