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Old 01-27-04, 06:53 PM
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My Case's Front Ports Don't Work!

Hi All.

I have a slight problem. But before I get into it, I am running Windows XP Pro and have a Abit IC7-G 'Max II' motherboard.

I just recently built my computer. But for some reason I can't get the front USB/firewire ports to work. The other USB/firewire ports that are built into the mobo work fine as well as the "PCI extension" ports. I can't seem to figure out what the problem may be. Is it the cabling for the case? Or did I miss something?

Does anyone know to remedy this problem?

Thanks in advance for anyone's help!
Old 01-27-04, 07:45 PM
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you need to connect the wires from the case to the mobo in the same way you need to hook up the power & reset button and leds... varies from mobo and case
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I couldn't get my Firewire or USB front ports to work either.

What's weird is that I try using the manual's layout when connecting the individual pin cables of the front connectors to the USB or Firewire pins on the MB, but they differed from the normal USB or Firewire connectors that plugged into the same set of USB or Firewire pins on the MB. So I connected them in both ways and still couldn't get the front panel connectors to work in either manner of connection. So I just forgot about them for the time being and just used the backside connectors.
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I remember that I had a hard time getting them to work, too. It doesn't help when the motherboard's manual is poorly written.
Old 01-27-04, 11:02 PM
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Check out overclocker.com's "hooking up front Firewire and USB ports" guide.
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Originally posted by j123vt_99
you need to connect the wires from the case to the mobo in the same way you need to hook up the power & reset button and leds... varies from mobo and case
Yeah I hooked them up to the mobo...

Originally posted by Patman
...So I just forgot about them for the time being and just used the backside connectors.
Well I bought this particular case for a reason, so I could use the ports, so I'm not just going to let it sit there.

Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
Check out overclocker.com's "hooking up front Firewire and USB ports" guide.
Can you provide me with a link?


Also, is there anything I need to do to enable them? Such as in the BIOS or something like that? Should I change the jumpers around? What can I do?
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My problem was that it didn't seem like there were enough (-) pin connections from the front panel connectors to the pins on the motherboard.

I verified that both USB connectors on the MB and the Firewire connector worked by using the backside PCI slot USB/Firewire extension connectors, so I know the connectors on the MB are good, but not having enough pins on the front panel connectors is what makes me think it's easy to not connect them correctly.
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I would like to use them, what do you suggest I do?

The USB is just one connection, you plug it into the slot and should be good to go, but the firewire is a bit more complicated as it is all seperate connections.

I would at least like to get the from USB working. It is a Chieftec case. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to offer them. Thanks!
Old 01-28-04, 12:43 PM
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Here's the link to the guide mentioned by FuzzyBallz: How To: Hook Up Front Access USB/Firewire connectors

Here's another guide in case it's needed: How to Install Front USB

Hope it helps.
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I can't say for sure, since I don't have my docs in front of me, but it seems like I had to turn on the additional USB ports in the BIOS.
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I figured out the problem. I had the firewire and USB cables mixed up. They are not easily distinguished. Especially since there is an extra ground wire which shouldn't be there (according to the manual at least). Anyway, thanks to all who helped out! I appreciate it!

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