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Hello everyone!

First off, thanks a bunch for allowing me to be part of this community. A friend recommended the site and it looks amazing.

OK, so here's my dilemma. I have a Biostar A780L3L that has never had a working front-panel USB connector header port. I've tested it over the last couple months with no results. In fact, at one point I was sure it was my case, and because I wanted to upgrade, I went out and bought the Corsair 600T. Spent 11 hours last night assembling my and the old computer (had to get my Dark Knight cooler back) and tried the front port. *STILL* no go.

At this point, I'm resigned to the fact that the motherboard USB header will just not work. However, is there some other way to get the front panel USB to work? Could I plug in the front panel USB connector to another cable (not sure if exists) that plugs into SATA? *really* lost on what to do, seems like this is becoming more and more an RMA issue...but I don't want to ship. frown.gif
post #2 of 7
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I updated my motherboard BIOS to the latest (1/28/2011) and the issue still persists. Any clues as to what it could be?
post #3 of 7
The usb header on the motherboard is probably defective. Is there only one header on the board? You cannot connect it through sata or anything like that, but you can purchase pcie cards with usb headers.
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Might be a good time to upgrade your MB. Just about anything would be an upgrade for reasonable money.
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Originally Posted by All3n View Post

Might be a good time to upgrade your MB. Just about anything would be an upgrade for reasonable money.

Oh no ... Shhhh ... I just got yelled at on another thread for saying that as far as name brand motherboards go Biostars quality is on the lower end. tongue.gif

But back to the OP, that sucks dude. Is the board out of an OEM computer or did you buy it as a component? I had an upper end Foxconn board (as upper end as you can get with them) a few years back out of a Dell, and for the life of me, I could not get the thing to work with ANY aftermarket front USB ports. If I took the USB ports off the Dell case along with the cable and plugged it in, it worked fine, but it would lnt work with any other case.

I would say that if it's still under warranty, use it while you can.
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So, I just talked with a local computer store in my city. The guy recommended a USB A Male to IDC Male cable and then running my USB cables to the back. Sounded kind of complex, but whatever, I think I can handle it. Does that sound relatively reasonable?

The motherboard is a Biostar A780L3L (custom built obviously). Outside of that issue, I have *one* tiny, tiny, tiny other problem.

I can only use 1 4GB DDR3 stick because my 2nd one (Ripjaws) can't fit under the Dark Knight CPU cooler. *facepalm*


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Edited by challengeYousef - 6/29/13 at 10:23am
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So, despite there *not* being enough clearance under the Dark Knight from a basic view (I was looking from underneath), should I at least try to jam the 2nd stick under?
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