Question Possibly Shorted USB Slots, what to do next

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Basically, I jammed something into my front usb too hard, and now just see the 3 pins(one super bent), and now 4 of 6 usb slots in my PC do not work. I also got a bunch of windows notification about power errors with usb slots when this happened. The two that work are the 2 lower slots on the back. I am wondering what happned(did the slots short), why did 4 of them short and not all 6, and if it is possible they will go back to normal(was reading about poly fuses or something where when it heats up it melts to disconnect, but when it cools it goes back to normal).

Motherboard: Gigabyte B250M

Thank you!
 
Basically, I jammed something into my front usb too hard, and now just see the 3 pins(one super bent), and now 4 of 6 usb slots in my PC do not work. I also got a bunch of windows notification about power errors with usb slots when this happened. The two that work are the 2 lower slots on the back. I am wondering what happned(did the slots short), why did 4 of them short and not all 6, and if it is possible they will go back to normal(was reading about poly fuses or something where when it heats up it melts to disconnect, but when it cools it goes back to normal).

Motherboard: Gigabyte B250M

Thank you!
Is that USB2 or USB3 you shorted ? Try to disconnect appropriate front USB from MB.
 
Basically, I jammed something into my front usb too hard, and now just see the 3 pins(one super bent), and now 4 of 6 usb slots in my PC do not work. I also got a bunch of windows notification about power errors with usb slots when this happened. The two that work are the 2 lower slots on the back. I am wondering what happned(did the slots short), why did 4 of them short and not all 6, and if it is possible they will go back to normal(was reading about poly fuses or something where when it heats up it melts to disconnect, but when it cools it goes back to normal).

Motherboard: Gigabyte B250M

Thank you!
Don't worry about the fuses, if the connectors are mangled they'd just blow again. You don't want to run a system that's relying on a safety device to prevent total catastrophe.

For right now pull the USB plugs of cables leading to the front panel. You can look for a new case and move everything to that.

If you're moderately good with tools you could identify the one bad connector and try to cut the wires from it and tape over the cut wire ends. Then only that one connector will be disabled but at least it won't be trashing the motherboard and PSU.

If you're really good with tools you could go dig a tossed case from a bin somewhere and swap the USB connectors. Checking with a local computer store often finds some used cases they're tossing and might let you have cheap.
 

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