Troubleshooting Front I/O Issues on your H-Series Case

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This article will cover some issues that can come up regarding the integrated Front I/O ports on the NZXT H-Series cases, including some common solutions.

USB Over Current Status Detected


If you boot up your PC and are greeted by this message followed by a shutdown, this could indicate an issue either with a plugged in USB device on your PC or a short within a connected USB port.  This is not necessarily limited to the Front I/O on your case, and can be isolated to any USB port on the case.  To verify the cause of the issue, start by shutting down your PC and disconnecting it from wall power.

Disconnect all USB based devices from your PC, as well as the USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors from the case to the motherboard as shown below:


With these disconnected, the last thing we'll need to do is reset the CMOS on the motherboard.  The method for this will vary from motherboard to motherboard, so please consult your motherboard user manual.

With the CMOS reset and the cables removed, start the PC and see if the issue persists.  From here, start reconnecting devices such as your mouse and keyboard to the ports they were previously connected to and shutdown the PC.  Reconnect either of the USB 3.1 cables we disconnected earlier, then start the PC again to see if there is any change.  Repeat this for all remaining connections until the issue is either cleared or it re-appears.  If the issue occurs due to reconnecting a USB 3.1 connection from the Front I/O, this would confirm an issue with the Front I/O that would require replacement.

For assistance with a replacement Front I/O for your H-series case, please reach out to our Customer Support team.

USB Connectivity Problems

If you are using a USB device connected to the Front I/O and the device does not gets recognized or read by Windows, or the device exhibits odd behavior such as slow speeds or disconnects then this could indicate an issue with the Front I/O. 


The first thing you'll want to do is verify that the device works on the USB ports that are integrated with your motherboard on the rear of your PC.  It is recommended to make sure you are using a USB 3.1 Gen 2 or newer port if available to rule out any speed issues (i.e. do not use a USB 2.0 port on the rear of the PC).  If the issue persists with a port on the rear of your PC, this could indicate either an issue with the device itself or with your motherboard's USB controller.  In these situations, test the device on another PC or reach out to the manufacturer.  If the issue does not happen on another PC, please reach out to the motherboard manufacturer.

If your USB device works properly on the rear ports but not the front/top ports on the case, this could indicate a connection issue with the Front I/O.  Check the included USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports on your motherboard to make sure they are not loose or disconnected.  If the issue persists, please reach out to our Customer Support team as a replacement front I/O may be necessary.

Audio Issues


All H-Series cases use a newer 4-pole CTIA based Headphone and Microphone combo jack.  This means that both the Headphone and Microphone can be connected through a single connection without the need for a splitter.

If you are having issues such as your Microphone not being detected, no audio, or audio only coming out of one half of the headset then this could indicate a loose connection or an invalid connector type.

Before continuing, please check the product manufacturer page for your headset to confirm the type of connector used if you are using a 3.5mm 4-pole connector based headset.  Some headsets may use the OMTP standard which swaps the Ground and Microphone poles and can result in the headset not functioning on a CTIA based device.  Additionally, some CTIA+ devices such as Apple products may not be compatible with standard CTIA plugs.

Start by confirming the device is working on another device such as a laptop, cellphone or game console with a 3.5mm audio jack.  If the device has a combo jack, you can also use this to confirm if the microphone is working.


Once you have confirmed the device is properly working, try connecting it to the rear Line-Out/Speaker Out on the rear of your case to confirm if you can hear a full audio signal.  This will not allow you to check for a microphone signal, however if your headset includes a splitter cable to separate the Headphone and Microphone lines you can use this to check for both the Mic and Headphone volume.

If you have confirmed the headset is CTIA compatible and works using the rear ports on your PC, this could indicate an issue with the Front I/O.  Please reach out to our Customer Support team for further assistance with a replacement Front I/O.

Power Button Issues

If you are having issues starting your PC using the front power button, this could point to a number of issues ranging from a bad power button to a loose connection, to even a bad motherboard or power supply.

Before continuing, please make sure that your system is properly plugged in to a surge protector and that the Power Supply switch on the rear of the PC is set to the position (on).

For issues such as this, the best place to start is with the power button itself.  All NZXT cases use a unified F_Panel cable to connect from the Front I/O to the motherboard.  If you have an older motherboard that does not support the unified F_Panel layout, then you may have to use an F_Panel Breakout Cable like the one shown below:


Make sure that the cable is properly connected to your motherboard as outlined in the motherboard manual.  If the cable is properly connected to the motherboard, the next step would be to check the motherboard itself.

Disconnect the F_Panel cable and check if your motherboard has onboard Power button that you can use to bypass the case button.  If your motherboard does not have an onboard Power button, you may be able to start it by bridging the Power Switch pins on the F_Panel connector using a conductive object like the tip of a metal screwdriver.

If the PC powers on without the use of the Front I/O power button, this would indicate an issue with the Front I/O that would require replacement.  For further assistance, please reach out to our Customer Support team.

Do you have any questions not covered by this guide or need further assistance?  Please feel free to reach out to our Customer Support team and one of our friendly support agents will be there to assist you.

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