USB HUBs are plentiful, cheap and can be velcro'd into place. Since it's not the stock OS it's unlikely anyone will answer from Acer without paid support. Why not solve this the usual way?
The Acer site is useless, I keep registering and it keeps asking to verify my emails. So I will go through this group and hopefully you can answer my questions. I have reinstalled Windows 7 64-bit on my Acer Aspire M5200 desktop. After installing and updating all the drivers I can find on the Acer site for this model, the front USB ports are not functioning.
Originally, this Acer Aspire came installed with 32-bit Vista. I have upgraded the OS to Windows 7 64-bit. There is some power going through the ports, but any USB media or device I plug into it is not recognized as a USB device through the four front USB ports, however, when the device is plugged into the back ports the devices recognized. I've installed these drivers:
AHCI AMD SATA AHCI Driver 3.1.1540.50
Chipset AMD Chipset Driver 188.8.131.5233 (I originally installed this chipset for my Windows 7 64-bit operating system from the Acer site)
When the front ports failed to recognize any USB devices, I then also installed this chipset: ATI Chipset Driver 8.632
In any case, the four front USB ports are still not recognizing any devices, while the back ports are.