So, towards the end of 4 hours of editing 22,500 data points in excel, ALL of my USB ports shut down. All of them. Rear panel (only 2 of the 20 were working anyway), the PCI-E expansion card and the front ports.
Plugging in a device would bring a flicker of power, then nothing. Not even enough for the machine to recognise it.
Now, I’m guessing this is far from normal and possibly some ‘decay’ of a sort. 8 USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel haven’t worked since day 1.
I can’t really afford to lose access to the machine like that. Thankfully autorecovery saved the excel file and I only lost 10 minutes of work.
So, the question is; do I just get a new board (X99 socket 2011, not cheap) or do I get a NEW board and CPU?
I reckon it’s also time to get a new PSU.