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2014-02-05 11:39 PM
MyMedia08 You are absolutely correct. Sure explains how I might have bent it, if not already bent.

I could let NewEgg/ASUS know, but I'm not up to the hassle of an RMA. Too bad these sockets don't just snap in for easy replacement.
2014-02-05 09:45 PM
ExDilbert That bent pin looks really odd to me. I've bent pins before but never like that. The bent pin looks longer than the others. They are usually all the same length. My guess is that it got bent during the motherboard assembly or could have been defective from the start. It is the USB power pin for that port so many USB devices will not work. A USB device that has it's own power supply, like a powered hub, might work on that port.
2014-02-05 06:19 PM
MyMedia08 I do, and its an interesting thought. Not thrilled about placing a hot pencil soldering iron near my new board though , and the pin was a clean break- hardly any metal showing - so don't even know if that would work. For now I will leave good enough alone, Paper clip trick is cool though!
2014-02-05 06:10 PM
audacity I bet I could fix it with a soldering iron, long nose pliers, and a metal paperclip. You can probably see where I'm going with this.
2014-02-05 03:02 PM
MyMedia08 Well, its too bad , so close, but the USB3 ship has sailed.. the pin broke as I tired to straighten it.

I hooked it up any way to see if maybe it still worked (thinking it could have been shorting another pin), but nope, its a required pin.

So USB2 front panel it is. Not the end of the world,. I could not have been more careful on this build, so I am really surprised the pin got bent in the first pace, but so be it. Still have USB3 in the rear.
2014-02-05 02:57 PM
four Use two small flat screwdrivers: one (vertically down) protecting the other pins,
the other - to press the bent pin in the middle from the side to straighten...
2014-02-05 02:41 PM
gdkitty I have used a pair of tweezers as well to bend it. Usually thin enough.
2014-02-05 02:09 PM
Wayne Buy some skinny ones - Crappy tire has them.
2014-02-05 02:04 PM
MyMedia08 Hmm, I don think I can straighten it without some special tools.

The long nose pliers I have a too thick.

2014-02-05 11:10 AM
MyMedia08 Hmm, interesting results

Problem
-Left front USB3 port not working ( for USB3 or USB2 sticks)
-Right front USB3 port working fine (USB3 or USB2 sticks)
-Could be socket, cable or case port

Troubleshooting
-reseating cable - no diff
-unplugged cable ; and added USB3->2 adaptor and plufged it into a USB2 socket
-it works (with USB2 or 3 sticks)
-so cable works and case port works.
-this leaves only the motherboard socket, or some device manager/BIOS setting -

If its the socket, fugetaboutit : I aint tearing it all apart for this!

If its a BIOS setting - seems odd that there is even anything like that just for the left USB port!! And device Manger setting look good.

Hmmm, any next steps suggested?

UPDATE - I see the possible problem - bent pin on USB3 socket .. I'll see what I can do...
2014-02-04 06:22 PM
MyMedia08 Re USB3, thanks for the tip guys. The board only has the one USB3 header, so I cant try another USB3 header . But if you meant USB2 header, yes, good idea. Just needs a USB3 to USB2 connector and plug it in to USB2 socket. This will leave be with two working USB2 ports in the front (assuming case ports are good) and I still have USB3 in the back. This is also the easiest to do.

Again still might not work if the case port is bad, but its the least effort.

Better still, I just checked the box and it comes with the adaptor(!) , so I will try that out tonight and we what can be ruled in or out!

I suppose I can sk Silverstone for a new USB3 cable , or buy one, assuming the panel connectors are not soldered in and I can get that cable out without too much effort. But even then no guarantee it would work, as it can still can be the mobo or the case connector.

Re fan, thanks for that info. good to know. Will keep an eye on it.
2014-02-04 05:40 PM
ExDilbert CPU temp is very good. Up to 60c is Ok and some CPUs/GPUs can get hotter without damage. If case and CPU temps are both under 50c at full load, that's good. Under 40c is excellent. The case fans could probably be slowed down to reduce noise and dust buildup. That's done by setting fan speed control to on in the BIOS.

USB issue is probably the cable or connector that came with the case. As redzone said, try another motherboard header to troubleshoot. If there isn't one, try another cable.
2014-02-04 05:23 PM
redzone try another header to see if its the motherboard or the case.

its most likely the case if 1 works and the other doesnt
2014-02-04 03:44 PM
MyMedia08
Dead USB3 port on front panel

Hmmm USB 3 issue

The front panel of the ML03 has 2 USB3 ports. One works fine, One is dead. Does not work for USB3 or USB2 sticks.

I re-seated the cable into the socket...but no difference.

Device Manger does not show any errors

Other all rear ports work.

Any troubleshooting tips?


2014-02-03 10:35 PM
MyMedia08
CPU temperature

When was finalizing the build, I ran the ASUS performance utilities, it showed a CPU temperature of about 26 C with the case off, with no other apps running. It was also 24 C when first awoken from sleep mode.

I just placed in the rack with all my other HT gear in the den, case on, in a non-ideal tight spot. Lots of room on top for CPU cooler to draw in air but little side clearance on the side with the 4 intake fans - may need to improvise something there). Temperature is now settling in at 32 C with nothing running. After sleeping overnight, it reports 26C when woken up and the ASUS to running. Does that sound about right?

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