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I got an old case with 4 USB 2.0 ports, but i got a new usb 3.0 card with a 19pin usb 3 header. Is there any way to mod the cabling and start usb 3 cabling from those case ports and connect the to the 19pin cable of the usb 3 card?

I mean a usb port is just cable connecting to a header, the jack is just metal and plastic, it doesnt hold any chip or any digital information in order to create restrictions right?
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USB3.0 has different plugs as well as cables. You'd need to purchase the plug. Also, the USB 3.0 has higher power throughput so the cable spec is probably different than re-arranged USB 2.0. You might be able to contact the case company and ask for a USB 3.0 front panel, but I doubt you'll have an easy time finding all the needed components.
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You'd be better served just getting an external USB 3.0 bracket that fits into a 3.5 or 5.25" exterior drive bay. An example would be this...
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Problem is it only has one 5.25 window and i have already used it guys, so i cant get the additional usb front cover. frown.gif I'm just trying to find a way to have these ports without modding my case. Its an HP N40L and its very compact, and wont allow much room for flexibility...
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Do you have a spare PCI-E slot?

Could use one of these if so.
    
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2 ports are very few. I have found this one instead, that gives 2 ports with low profile bracket, and then has the 19pin header. Since i cant have space for a front panel, i only wondered if i could disconnect the case's usb 2 ports, and somehow create a mod to connect them to the header of the card...
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2 ports are very few. I have found this one instead, that gives 2 ports with low profile bracket, and then has the 19pin header. Since i cant have space for a front panel, i only wondered if i could disconnect the case's usb 2 ports, and somehow create a mod to connect them to the header of the card...

You can get 4 port ones, they just cost a little more.
    
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2 ports are very few. I have found this one instead, that gives 2 ports with low profile bracket, and then has the 19pin header. Since i cant have space for a front panel, i only wondered if i could disconnect the case's usb 2 ports, and somehow create a mod to connect them to the header of the card...

If you're going to mod, perhaps you could buy one of the smaller PCI USB ports and alter it to fit in the frontside case spot. You would have to rearrange the position of the USB slots, but apart from that I don't think there is a lot to do.
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It has to be low profile cause they're the only ones that are supported. The best i have found are 3 external 1 internal, but these are out of stock on the places that have them. I'm from Europe, i don't have the luxury of US amazon and Newegg. Also another thing that worries me is that 3+1 cards have VLI chip. I'd prefer NEC/Renesas, but these appear only/mostly on 2-port cards.
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