I am reconditioning an old Dell Dimension 4700. So far I have added a WD Digital 1TB Hard Drive SATA and a Memorex Sata DVD/CD drive. The mother board had 2 SATA connectors. Removed the old CD Rom and DVD IDE burner and floppy drive.. Upgraded memory from 2GB to 4GB. Everything works and runs good. The Last item I want to do is replace the USB ports on the front panel. They are damaged. Can they be changed without replacing the mother board? O/S Windows 7 Professional.
You have to look at the motherboard to see if there is one or more USB internal connectors on the motherboard. If there is, then you are in good shape because each of those USB internal connectors supports two external USB ports and you just need to purchase a front panel USB plate that will replace one of your 5" external tray fronts (the size of the DVD player). Make sure that you choose USB 2.0 ports because the USB 3.0 ports are not compatible with the older motherboards and use a different connector.
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
I would expect the motherboard USB connections and the USB ports themselves to be standard but the way they connect to the front panel might be a proprietary Dell thing. You may need to find a junked 4700 or check ebay for parts for that model to find something that fits.
I appreciate your reply. I did find on ebay the same part as mine with the two wires needed to connect to the mother board.. I will attempt to replace the bad USB Panel with the one I bought on ebay. I assume this will work?
dido. Your suggestion is exactly what I did, I was able to find the USB panel on ebay for the Dell Dimension 4700. Looks like I will have to remove the HD to get at the wires. I appreciate your response.
You'll probably need to remove the front panel. They're usually held on to the chassis with plastic tabs. Likely one or two are hidden and hard to get to. Try not to break them. Sometimes you need to slide out the cd/dvd drive first in order to get it off.
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