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Hey guys,

A friend of mine has an OEM HP PC. It has an AMD Athlon II x4 645, Foxconn 2aa9 motherboard, GTX 570, and other standard parts. He is wanting to move from the HP case to another one that has a little more airflow so I had a look at his PC to see what I could do to help him. The board is definitely a micro atx so I have that part down. The problem is the motherboard front panel case headers are like so:

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I can't find any info online for this board and the plug/board do not have any reference or guide marked on them. Any idea how I can work around this so he can get some better temps on his chip and card? Bigger case=better heatsink also so that's a plus. I tried to convince him into either building a new PC or piecing one together but he doesn't want to spend that much. He just wants a case and cooler. Thanks guys.
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I've done this many times. What I always did was trace the wires back to the front panel to find out what wires went to what, then I would draw up a diagram of the jumpers to map which pin goes to what.

Then you can transfer the motherboard to a new case and plug the jumpers where they're supposed to go, referencing your diagram if need be.

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I've done this many times. What I always did was trace the wires back to the front panel to find out what wires went to what, then I would draw up a diagram of the jumpers to map which pin goes to what.
Then you can transfer the motherboard to a new case and plug the jumpers where they're supposed to go, referencing your diagram if need be.
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Awesome! +rep thumb.gif I didn't know if HP had it set up so you couldn't switch it out and or something. Thanks Higgins!
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Another quick question for you guys. After tracing them all back, lets say I can't figure out what one or two of the case connectors are for. Can I cause any damage to the board if I just plug them in and just test which is which? Just trying to cover my bases before I start screwing up other people stuff tongue.gif
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You should only need your HDD/power LED + power/reset switches where applicable. Besides those you shouldn't worry.

There can't be any damage done to the board by plugging in the wrong front panel plugs. Just don't drop any metal objects onto all of them. My friend fried a motherboard that way.

If you want to make sure the computer will function without the same jumpers hooked up, you can take off the connector and use a paper clip to touch the two prongs that relate to the power switch. You won't get any lights because nothing will be plugged into the FP jumpers, but the rig should start up and boot normally. Haven't come across any computers that were fussy about what case they were in.
    
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You should only need your HDD/power LED + power/reset switches where applicable. Besides those you shouldn't worry.
There can't be any damage done to the board by plugging in the wrong front panel plugs. Just don't drop any metal objects onto all of them. My friend fried a motherboard that way.
If you want to make sure the computer will function without the same jumpers hooked up, you can take off the connector and use a paper clip to touch the two prongs that relate to the power switch. You won't get any lights because nothing will be plugged into the FP jumpers, but the rig should start up and boot normally. Haven't come across any computers that were fussy about what case they were in.

Good deal. I'll make sure to keep all metal objects away from the pins. thumb.gif I have a feeling that just tracing it will do the job cause last time I checked board, I noticed the power and reset are run off the same switch on the case. Thanks again, been lots of help.
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No problem, glad to help. smile.gif
    
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