Epox 8KDA3+ USB Problem?

MSolomon

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Jun 18, 2005
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Hey there! Hope someone can give me some advice here.

I've had this board operating for awhile now with no problems, but there have been a few quirks.

First, I found that using the on-board ethernet, I was unable to connect to certain sites, also my downloads would often have trouble. I ascribed this to either a problem with Service Pack 2, or an issue with my Linksys router, an issue with a driver or...something. I tried everything, then one day I decided to try using a PCI add-in ethernet card in place of the on-board and BINGO...no more trouble.

OK...now the trouble seems to be with my USB ports. They've gone flaky - if they haven't always been so.

First of all I've lost function in two of them - one was the port my printer was plugged into, that's how I noticed it. I figured it got unplugged and that's why it stopped working, but it was still plugged in. I've also got a Haupauge video decoder that keeps needing to be re-recognized and having the drivers re-installed (like with every re-boot) - and I thought my joysticks just had short lives, but I'm thinking now it's my USB ports that are all a-flake.

Here's the odd thing - some of these (like the video-decoder) are not plugged into the board's ports, they're plugged into a PCI add-on card (4 extra USB 2 ports and 2 firewire ports). So that's flaky behavior from the add-on, and flaky or outright non-function on the board's built-in USB.

After thinking, "Oh great, this board's done," I've gone looking for what's going on in motherboards these days and note that...I have a lot of reading to do and some money to spend (SLI? PCIe? Oh no)...so before I go replacing anything, does anyone have any advice on what could be causing these issues? Is it a bum board? A software issue? Something I should look for in the BIOS? Control Panel? A loose wire? Do Epox boards have reputation for this type of problem?

Any pointers or suggestions appreciated.