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Real men start their computer by jumping the ATX_SW header with a flathead screwdriver... There is no need for front panel support.

But really if you look at his motherboard, it has standard USB headers and a standard ATX header for the power on/reset/hdd/whatever. So that would mean the case will work with other motherboards.
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Real men start their computer by jumping the ATX_SW header with a flathead screwdriver... There is no need for front panel support.

But really if you look at his motherboard, it has standard USB headers and a standard ATX header for the power on/reset/hdd/whatever. So that would mean the case will work with other motherboards.
That doesn't mean the case has those individual connectors. For all we know, it could be a solid proprietary connector that was manufactured to fit that header which could be a different pin arrangement/layout on his new motherboard.

In other words, I'm not ready to make any conclusions yet.
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That doesn't mean the case has those individual connectors. For all we know, it could be a solid proprietary connector that was manufactured to fit that header which could be a different pin arrangement/layout on his new motherboard.

In other words, I'm not ready to make any conclusions yet.
How can I help you? I can take pictures of things if you'd like. O.o
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How can I help you? I can take pictures of things if you'd like. O.o
Well are the individual headers split like:



Or is it one connector lumped together for everything?
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I don't know much about connecters, just the parts. >.< But when I removed the case, I did see split cords going to different places, I think.
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I was able to convert my 2003 Dell Dimension 2400. No modification except for a on switch which was simple.

If you want to check it out: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...frostbyte.html
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Go into your case and check the front panel connections, it might be one solid lump like mine in my HP Pavilion 7906 were (then again that housed a Pentium 3)

What you might be able to do if you have a sfront panel off any old standard, junked case (try your local goodwill or tip, or your local computer repair store for a free one if you ask nicely - they might have one clogging up their store room), take the standard LEDs and switches out of it, and put them in the spaces formerly occupied by the proprietary ones. That's what I did.

It took 10 minutes and cost me nothing (I used the front panel parts from an old case that has since been scavenged and binned) and meant I could use that case for any board.
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Quote:
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What you might be able to do if you have a sfront panel off any old standard, junked case (try your local goodwill or tip, or your local computer repair store for a free one if you ask nicely - they might have one clogging up their store room), take the standard LEDs and switches out of it, and put them in the spaces formerly occupied by the proprietary ones. That's what I did.

I recycle everything (including PC cases) and rewiring LED/switch connectors is not a big deal, I keep the wiring looms off deceased cases and use those plugs... worked so for on 2 IBM Aptiva's & a HP case


Kudos to the OP for seeking to reuse his old case, saved funds could be used to replace the PSU and/or graphics card should the need or opportunity arise!


Don't forget to place the old used gear on Flea-bay to recoup yet further cash (unless you're going to build up a spare PC)
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I recycle everything (including PC cases) and rewiring LED/switch connectors is not a big deal, I keep the wiring looms off deceased cases and use those plugs... worked so for on 2 IBM Aptiva's & a HP case


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I nicked the front panel off of a P3 server, and put the innards in a fairly recent Dell case. I recycle all parts of PC case, I've got piles of side panels, and both 3.5 and 5.25" cages. I even use an old top panel of a cheapo case when I'm doing soldering, to protect my workshop's desk.
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Well are the individual headers split like:



Or is it one connector lumped together for everything?
The wires look seperate like that but the black things don't. It's a bit hard to take them off though. O.o
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