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    Not enough internal USB 2.0 ports on motherboard

    Hi.

    I have a Maximus 7 Formula.

    I'm trying to run a few items that need internal USB 2.0 ports.

    I have a Corsair H100i GTX water cooler which requires a 2.0 port for its software.

    I have a Corsair RM1000i PSU which also requires a 2.0 port for its software.

    And then finally, I have a ROG Front Base panel display which requires the "ROG EXT" slot on the mobo, which seems to be a combination of an internal USB 2.0 slot and something else. When I am not using the Front Base, I can use that extra internal USB slot, so I would have two total. However, if I do use the Front Base, I would only have one available internal USB slot for other components.

    This being my first build, I didn't forsee that problem.

    I assume that I am correcting in thinking there is no extra internal USB slot hiding somewhere?

    If that's the case, I've seen this solution online:

    http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-IU01-Inte...iglink20237-20

    So, that would appear to provide me with the extra slots I'd need. I could plug in the Front Base to its dedicated "ROG EXT" slot (which takes up one USB 2.0 slot) then use the other USB slot to plug in that NZXT adapter and have two more USB internal slots available for bother the H100i GTX and the RM1000i PSU.

    Would that work? Would using a USB port extension like that be a problem for the power supply and the cooler, or would it be OK?

    Thanks for any advice.
    Last edited by Quixote; 07-26-2015 at 01:14 AM.

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    I run a ton of USB 2.0 items in my Flight Simulator computer using the M7F.

    My solution was to use a NZXT 1U01 that provides 6 additional USB 2.0 Headers and 2 additional USB Ports.

    It's relatively inepensive, but shop around. The last one I bought was from NEWEGG for $19.99

    RodeoGeorge

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    Hey, wow. Thanks, wa3pnt. Very helpful. I'll look for it.

    Take care.

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    I purchased the NZXT 1U01 and it's on its way to me, so that solves the USB problem.

    I am going to get back to you about the H100i GTX showing up on the BIOS. I haven't had a moment to look into it properly, but I will in a day or so.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Or just use your usb 3, as there the same but will just run at usb 2 speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytrader View Post
    Or just use your usb 3, as there the same but will just run at usb 2 speeds.
    I believe the OP was referring to internal USB Headers, of which there is only the one USB 3.0 Header for the front panel.

    RodeoGeorge

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa3pnt View Post
    I believe the OP was referring to internal USB Headers, of which there is only the one USB 3.0 Header for the front panel.

    RodeoGeorge
    Yes, that. I'm using the internal 3.0 port to connect to the 3.0 external front panel ports.

    I built the system with a NZXT 1U01 hub for the internal ports, of which there were not enough on the M7F for the various components I had which require internal 2.0 ports. It worked like a charm. It seems like a necessary piece of hardware for this type of board, especially if you have the ROG Front Base Panel (requires the ROG_EXT port which doubles as an internal USB 2.0 port) along with any intelligent coolers and PSUs that also require 2.0 ports. Luckily, the NZXT 1U01 is dirt cheap. It comes with a lot of ports, internal and external type. It runs a single power line to the PSU, and has a velcro strip, so you just stick it up next to your mobo on the internal case wall.
    Last edited by Quixote; 08-10-2015 at 06:58 AM.

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    Ah, my bad guys.

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    Another note about the USB usage with WIndows 8 (I don't know about 10).

    On my Flight Simulator I had a problem with various items (Yoke, Throttle, Radios, etc.) would stop responding. This was even though in the power management portion of the Control Panel I had selected to not do Power Management.

    I found that I had to use Device Manager to disable Power Management on the USB items. Go into the Device Manager. Then select each of the Human Interface Devices, right click, and look for a Power Management tab. If it's present make sure that the "Allow the computer to turn off this device" block is NOT checked. Then go to the Universal Serial Bus Controllers portion of Device Manager and do the same thing with each of the items listed there.

    Now none of my USB items stop responding while using the computer.

    RodeoGeorge

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