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Front usb freeze computer

Ok so you were right and I did lose an IDE channel, so I bought an IDE to SATA conveter and just plugged the HD into one of the SATA slots. I have all the drivers installed and went through the device manager and updated everything. The problem is, I get the computer up and running and want to start putting files from my backup back on to this pc. I have a mouse and keyboard plugged into the back and nothing else. When I plug an external hd in to get my files off, the computer freezes, mouse and keyboard stop functioning and I have to restart the computer...any suggestions? thanks

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  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    xp pro sp2

  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    I dont understand what you are explaining. Can you elaborate please? Thanks

  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    ok I understand now, but what is the purpose of doing this? The freezing occurs when any of the ports are used regardless of using front or back panel. The only peices of hardware plugged in that work are the mouse and keyboard.

  • skypirate Mar 28, 2008

    ok I tried everything you suggested, and its still instantly freezing on me...what to do...what to do?

  • skypirate Apr 01, 2008

    ok, so im sure i tried all the drivers available, and am still getting the freezing problem with the front two usb ports. fortunately i have 6 usb ports in the back and have enough for everything, and have an extension running upfront for quick access. if you happen to think of any thing else just let me know. thanks for your help so far!

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    Which Operating system did you install?
    and which service pack?
    Right click on my computer icon, left click on properties, this will bring up the system specs and on the page thats displayed it will show what OS and SP is installed.

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    Which Operating system did you install?
    and which service pack?
    Right click on my computer icon, left click on properties, this will bring up the system specs and on the page thats displayed it will show what OS and SP is installed.

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Update sp2 to sp3 link
Download everest home from this link, run the program, click on motherboard then chipset, ID the northbridge and check for updates (google it) This should update all usb controllers and hubs to eliminate the "freeze".

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams Mar 27, 2008

    Just another thought...The front usb controller is near the same chips that control the IDE bus, so if you have a usb A male to A female extension cable (I get mine from a Dollar Store or Big Lots) plug it into the back usb hub and connect it to your external drive.

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  1. Ensure that the cables are properly connected to the system board from the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD drive.
  2. If there is an error message on your screen identifying a problem with a device (such as the floppy drive or hard drive), check the device to make sure it is functioning properly.
  3. The operating system is attempting to boot from a device (such as the floppy drive or hard drive); check system setup to make sure that the boot sequence is correct for the devices installed on your computer.
  4. If the problem persists, see "Contacting Dell" in your Owner's Manual for instructions on obtaining technical assistance.
These convertors are pretty straight forward. It's probably better to get an internal PCI SATA card and hook to that. There are a couple of advantages to a SATA card--

  1. They can support the rated speed of the drive. If you have a SATA 3.0 drive (6Mb/sec) and you have a card that supports it, it should run nearly that fast.
  2. They usually support hardware RAID for more drives.
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Gateway Support > GT5636e Desktop PC > Main Support page,

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/s/PC/R/1014825R/1014825Rnv.shtml

Click on Components in the list.

Scroll down.
Under the black - Motherboards - subheading click on the blue -
4006245R - Intel (Stoughton) G965 motherboard with LPT port

In the list click on the blue - Product Views

B - Processor Core Power Connector
That is to the LEFT of the processor socket.

This is a general example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Note the LOCK clip on the power cable's connector, and the matching TAB, on the motherboard connector.
When the power cable is deemed to be plugged in Tightly, and Correctly; the Lock clip will be hooked over the Tab.

The 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, and matching motherboard connector; has this feature also.

D - CPU Fan Connector
Go straight up, from the processor socket to the edge of the motherboard, then to the Right.

Notice how the motherboard connector is Keyed, and the matching plug connector that goes to it.
Same thing for all those white 3-pin connectors, on the motherboard.

[CPU = Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.
Does NOT mean Personal Computer ]

G - Floppy Disk Drive Connector
Black 34-pin connector for a Floppy Drive.
It is next to the White 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.
Right side of motherboard, towards the Top.

If I were a betting man, I would bet you aren't using it. No Floppy Disk Drive.
But I'll tell you what.........it's nice to have.
A Floppy Disk Drive doesn't take squat to run.

Need to flash the BIOS after the BIOS has been corrupted, you can use a Floppy Disk/s with the BIOS upgrade info on it.
Jus sayin'.

H - ATX Power Connector = 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.
This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

NOTE* Color of connector does NOT matter ]

Location covered above. Right upper side of motherboard

I - Rear Chassis Fan Connector

With the huge(?) image of the motherboard on Gateway Support, and the equally sized images available on the internet; you're on your own.

Easy to find though. Small white 3-pin connector, with Rear Fan printed next to it. I'm betting to the Left, of the aluminum finned Heatsink, for the Northbridge chip. (Below processor socket)

Next to an Electrolytic Capacitor, that has a gold, and black plastic sleeve.
Used for a computer case fan in the Rear. Draws air OUT of the computer case. (Out the back)

J - PCI Express x16 Connector.
THIS, is where the graphics card goes.
A PCI Express graphics card.

OR, you can use a PCI graphics card, in one of the white PCI slots.
I would NOT. The PCI technology is NO where near, the PCI Express technology,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pci_express


The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
L - Front Panel Audio Connector, is for the audio ports in the Front Panel.
FP_AUDIO

It is to the Left of the white PCI slots, and the header itself is Yellow in color.
Do not know the individual pinout of this Front Panel Audio header.

You have a plug connector that plugs onto it.
You can see the header is missing one pin. The missing pin is called the Key.
This shows you how to line up the plug connector to it.

If you need the individual pinout, trace the individual wires to the Front Panel audio ports.

N - HD Audio Link Connector
Plug connector goes on it also.
Location believed to be Bottom edge of motherboard, towards the Left.

O - Parallel ATA IDE Connector
Just the usual 40-pin IDE (PATA) connector.
(Actually, ONLY 39 pins )
Bottom edge of motherboard, black in color

ALL three harddrive options are SATA, so you won't be using it for your harddrive.
The optical drive you have is IDE (PATA), so this connector is where it plugs in.

Notice the cutout in the side of the connector. This is a Locating Notch.
Lines up with a Locating Lug, on the flat IDE ribbon cable, for the optical drive,



P - IEEE 1394 Connector
It's for the Firewire (1394a) ports in the Front Panel.
Plug connector goes to it.
Color is Blue, and it is in-between the white PCI slots

Q - USB 2.0 Connectors
Two of them side by side, but separated by a small Electrolytic Capacitor.
Black color for these USB headers.

They are for the Front Panel.
Location to the right of the black IEEE 1394 connector, bottom edge of motherboard.
They utilize the USB 2.0 technology.

ONLY one is marked. -> USB 2.
It has FP_USB_2, printed under it.
Front Panel USB 2.
The other one to the Left, is FP_USB_1.

EACH of those headers supports TWO USB ports.

A (Media) Card Reader has TWO cables, and uses ONE USB header.

One of those USB headers then, can be used for a Card Reader in the Front Panel.
The other USB header for Two USB ports in the Front Panel.

R - SATA Connectors
You see there are SIX.
Marking starts with SATA 0. (SATA0)

SATA 0 is for the SATA harddrive.
SATA 1 is for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

IF, you are using TWO optical drives, the MAIN optical drive connects to SATA1. The secondary optical drive connects to SATA2.

Make sure if you are adding a SATA optical drive, (That the computer did NOT come with), that you go into BIOS Setup; and ENABLE that SATA connector you wish to use.

HOWEVER,............the beauty of SATA is, that you can plug ANY device into ANY SATA connector; and BIOS will find the device.

Want to plug an optical drive into SATA0? No problem.
Want to plug the SATA harddrive into SATA 5?
No problem.

Just make SURE that SATA 5 is ENABLED, in BIOS Setup.

S - Front Panel Connector

Again, the front of your computer is the Front Panel.
Moving on.......
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the Main wires from the Front Panel connect to, is the Front Panel header.

Here you can see the individual pins, are marked by colors on the header itself.
Pin 2 is next to the Green pin, on the Bottom row to the Right.

Pin 1 is above it.
Looks confusing, because Pin 6 for the header above it, is marked right there also.

Pin 8 is marked on the bottom of the header.
Pin 9 is marked on the Top of the header, all the way to the left; except some 'crackhead' marked it upside down. (lol)

So,........pinout..........

Starting on the Top row, at the Right side; going towards the Left,
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Starting on the Bottom row, at the Right side; going towards the Left.
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO Pin 10.

1) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED.
(Light Emitting Diode, so I'm not going to refer to it as a light.
It is. LED states that)

Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) connection.
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2) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

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5) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

6) Again, there is NO Pin 10.

T - Auxillary Front Panel Power On LED Connector
Right above the Front Panel header.

Freaking beats me why it would even be on there.
To iterate;

There are only 2 pins. This type of Power On LED header has 3-pins usually.
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Used back in the day when computers had the 'Turbo Mode' feature, and 'Normal Mode' feature.
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Green for Turbo Mode, Yellow for Normal Mode.

Was in reality a bunch of cr@p.
Turbo Mode was the computer actually operating in NORMAL mode, while Normal Mode was the computer was operating slower.
Just another gimmick.

{'Buy me! I'm a shinier Red bike! }

Probably why Gateway states it does Not support this feature.

U - Clear CMOS Jumper
If you do not know what this is for, LEAVE IT ALONE.
(He states politely)

V - Front Fan Connector
Yes, you guessed it. For the computer case fan in the Front, that draws air INTO the computer.
Location? Close to the round CMOS watch type battery.

X - Intrusion Switch Connector

Can't believe they are still using this cr@p.
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Good feature, but if the person working on the computer; doesn't know enough to unplug the computer from power FIRST, then chances are they do Not know about Anti-Static Procedures either.

Don't FOLLOW Anti-Static Procedures, you can use the motherboard for a Frisbee, or expensive paperweight.

Static shock the motherboard, is why.
Goodbye Processor (CPU), Ram Memory, motherboard, graphics card, (IF used)......and who knows what else.

DO NOT connect anything to it. Leave alone.

(If you do though, it has to be ENABLED in BIOS Setup; to use this feature)

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