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Removing usb ports and cover

My USB ports in front are bad (loose) and I want to replace them. How do remove the cover in front to get to them? It looks like I could almost pull the cover off, but don't want to break anything. thanks.

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Re: removing usb ports and cover

What typle of case is it, who makes it?  Need a little more info please

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The front USB connectors are usually either molded into the front case or held in via a clip or screws. Unfortunately, when they go out due to the tab within the USB port breaking, they are not easily replaced as each manufacturer creates their own proprietary connector...not the USB part but the hardware to hold the USB in place. So you will find the hardest part of this project finding the right connector or "jerry-rigging" the new one to fit.

Another alternative is to remove everything from the old case...the mainboard, all the drives and whatever else can be moved, and put it into a new case. If your current power supply is good and of a standard size, can get a used case for around $10.00 and put all the other things from the old one in it. Fortunately, this series of Acer seems to be pretty much generic so everything should fit....just make sure the "new" case has good front USB ports.

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My son tried to put a usb lead into my pc the wrong way and he bent all copper pins inside is it easy and cheap to repair or could i connect the tower to my laptop???? theres a hard one for you teckno

No, it isn't hard.

Wrapping your mind around Quantum Mechanics, and String Line theory, is a little tough; though. lol!

Will make sense in a moment.

The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
Those are Front Panel USB ports.

On the motherboard are USB headers.
Small rectangular shaped pieces of plastic, that have contact pins sticking up.

EACH USB header will support TWO USB ports in the Front Panel.

Therefore; there will be two cables coming from two USB ports, in the Front Panel; and connect to ONE USB header on the motherboard.

IF, you feel the contact pins in the USB ports in the Front Panel, may be Touching each other; I strongly advise disconnecting the cables TO them.

Disconnect from motherboard.

Because if they touch each other, it will short the USB header out; on the motherboard.
This = No.

Then just use the USB ports on the back of the computer.


This is to save money, Mark; and save your computer.

Going further; If there are enough funds available, then I suggest replacing the Front Panel I/O/USB/Audio Control Panel Board,

Service Manual (1611KB)

A) Removing the Computer Cover

B) Removing and Installing Parts

Connect desktop to laptop to do what?
For USB port availability? IMHO that is like shooting yourself in the foot.

Also, how do you propose to accomplish this?

The USB ports in the Front Panel, are for ease of accessibility.
(As the young tyke has found, lol!)

Connecting a laptop greatly detracts from this.
Jus sayin'.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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I've never seen 2 front USB ports that were bad. I've seen 1 that was defective because the USB device that was plugged into it was broken off. However in that case it caused the power supply to short out and prevent the computer from powering on. Here is a link to your model:
If the USB ports on the back of your computer work then the front ones should too unless there is a connector dislodged to motherboard. All USB ports use the same circuit.

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Dell support website
Look up your model by service tag, it is the alphanumeric code on the barcode label on the back of your DELL and also sometimes found on either the front or top of your DELL (sometimes it is hidden beneath the USB port cover that you flip up.
Try that and see if it fixes it. Also make sure that the connector did not come loose when you opened the case.

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It does sound like your ports on the front might be bad. They usually connect to a seperate port on the motherboard than the rear ones, and I have seen devices short out the front ports, such as a USB music player.

You can remove the ports on the device manager, and they should come back ok, without worry. However, I doubt that is going to help the front ones. I think you have a hardware problem.

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