How to Fix the “USB Device Over Current Status Detected” Error

The error USB Device over current status detected usually occurs either when you are building a new PC and powering it on for the first time or when the USB port on your motherboard is damaged. This error is fairly common, with a variety of causes.

This error typically indicates that the computer has shut down a USB device due to an overloading circuit, as a protective measure to prevent further hardware damage.

If you encounter this error while using a new motherboard, it’s possible that the motherboard itself is faulty or damaged, or that there is an issue with one of the USB devices you are connecting. Let’s examine potential causes and solutions one by one to pinpoint the issue in your specific case.

Inspect your computer’s USB ports for any visible signs of physical damage such as bent pins, debris, or scorch marks. Physical damage can not only cause the USB Device over current status detected error but could pose a risk of electrical shock or further damage to connected devices. If any ports appear damaged, avoid using them and consult a technician.

Solution 1: Diagnosing Connected USB Devices

Before opening your PC to examine the USB modules, ensure that the USB devices you are connecting are fully functional and not causing the problem. Sometimes, inexpensive keyboards or mice may have a short circuit that triggers the error message.

  1. Disconnect all USB devices from your computer. After disconnecting the devices, plug one device in and power your computer back on.

  1. Repeat this step with each USB device until all have been reconnected. You will likely identify the faulty device causing the error message.

The problematic device can either be examined by you or taken to a technician for repair.

Solution 2: Resetting the CMOS Battery

Resetting the CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) can resolve various hardware-related issues, including the overcurrent error. This process resets the BIOS to its default settings, which may be necessary if BIOS settings have been corrupted.

  1. Power down the computer and unplug all cables.
  2. Open the computer case and find the CMOS battery on the motherboard.
  3. Remove the CMOS battery for a few minutes, then reinsert it.
  4. Reassemble your PC and power it on to see if the error has been resolved. 

Solution 2: Checking Front USB Ports Connection

If you cannot determine which device is causing the error, it’s likely that the issue does not stem from the USB devices themselves. Next, inspect the USB connections inside your computer’s case.

It’s possible that the USB connectors inside the case are improperly attached to their respective pins or that the USB ports are damaged. Such damage could be responsible for the overcurrent that is prompting the computer to shut down.

  1. Shut down your computer completely and unplug the power cable. Open the side of your computer’s case by unscrewing the fasteners.
  2. Locate the USB connectors on the motherboard; these are usually for the front-panel USB ports, as back-panel ports are directly attached to the motherboard and typically not serviceable.
  3. After locating the appropriate pins and socket, disconnect the connector.

  1. Power on your computer to determine if the error message persists. If it does not, then the USB socket was the problem. You can opt to replace the socket or have it checked by a professional.

Solution 4: Updating your BIOS (Advanced Users Only)

BIOS, short for Basic Input/Output System, is firmware that initializes hardware during the boot process of a computer. This software comes preinstalled by the manufacturer and is the first to run upon startup, essentially starting all other computer processes.

In addition to ensuring hardware components function correctly, BIOS is modified to operate with a particular motherboard model. Historically, BIOS was stored on ROM chips, requiring hardware replacement for updates. Nowadays, BIOS firmware is saved on flash memory, permitting updates without hardware changes.

Many users have reported that updating their BIOS resolved the USB Device over current status detected error.

You can learn how to update the BIOS for various machines through our guides on updating the BIOS for an HP Desktop/Laptop, a Gateway Desktop/Laptop, a Lenovo machine, an MSI motherboard, and a Dell Desktop/Laptop.

Note: Please upgrade the BIOS at your own risk. It should be a last resort and only attempted by those who have the necessary technical knowledge. Thorough research on your BIOS version can help determine if an update will resolve the issue.

Solution 5: Checking for Missing Jumpers

Missing or damaged jumpers on your motherboard could be the reason your computer fails to boot, resulting in the error message. Jumpers are crucial connectors enabling USB ports’ linkage to the motherboard.

Inspect each jumper on the motherboard connectors to ensure they are present and intact. If any are missing, they can be easily replaced.

Solution 6: Replacing the Motherboard

If the motherboard is newly installed and malfunctioning, there might be damaged modules. Reports from users indicate that some motherboards were not functioning upon delivery.

It’s advisable to consult the support team of your motherboard manufacturer. They can provide guidance specific to your motherboard model and may be aware of any known issues or recalls that pertain to your situation.

Alternatively, replace the motherboard or install a temporary one to confirm the functionality of the other components in your system.


Kevin Arrows

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