Hi, following a lot of advice from both this forum and another I finally went mad and replaced the motherboard. My computer now boasts an ASUS A7V8X-MX board with an Athlon XP2200+ processor. After a PC Chips board with a Via Cyrix III (534MHz) I am overjoyed, its flying along. One question though. There are 4 USB ports on the back, as usual, and 2 extra ones on the board. Could the extra ones be routed to the front of the case, if so, is there such a thing as a replacement plate to hold them that would take the place of one of the blanking plates? On the case there are two large (DVD/CD) size and one small (floppy size) so there is plenty of room should it be possible for this to be done.
If you have 2x USB risers on the board (sets of 7 or 9 pins (I can't remember)) this will give you 4 extra USB slots.
Any of the kits Scotty has linked to will do the job. The cables are a bit on the fiddly side to fit, they don't often come as one nice plug but umpteen single pin connectors. Easiest for those with small hands.
Trust also do a front mounted unit that takes the place of a 5 1/2 drive bay and contains 4 usb2 connections. I fitted one for a mate. It has a single plug that will fit one of the 7 pin risers on the motherboard.
Many thanks to all who replied, especially scotty, that site shows a lot of possibilities that I had not even begun to think of, not least the noise reduction kits. This computer is a lot noisier than it used to be, most likely down to a new cooling fan. Anyhow, thanks again.
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