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Extremely Old F-Panel [Socket478], How to Turn on?

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Well awhile back, I was "awarded" a Dell Dimension 4300S from a friend for some favors I made for him. I wanted it so I could screw around with the computer, and proceeded to take the case apart. I threw the case away, because I wanted to put the stuff in one of the spare cases I had in an effort to make it look better .Well, I overlooked one important thing, I threw away on ON switch. While this usually isn't a problem, the Socket 478 motherboard is so old, it has a proprietary motherboard and I cannot figure out how to start the machine. I believe it is a Foxconn, but I don't know for sure. I've done TONS of research for hours, yet I simply cannot find an answer to this. The computer is just too old. Anyone have any ideas of how I can start this thing up without contacting Dell for a replacement, expensive switch (assuming they still even could get me one).

Here's a photo of the F-Panel (or what I'm assuming is the F-Panel). If anyone has any ideas or information, please let me know. Much appreciated! Thank you!

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post #2 of 4
Well, Aren't you lucky!
On my dell dimension, the power switch pin are next to each other instead of the usual across from each other orientation.
maybe try Jumping each pin with the pin next to it. With a screwdriver (plastic handle, cant trust a machine built by yourself)
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I just checked my old Dell 478 for you, the power/led connector looks like a front panel usb connector except the missing pin is on the other side, and it's blue if that helps. The 2 for the power button are the 2 next to the missing pin.
Here's a diagram...
0=missing pin
P=power switch pins
L=led pins (in case you need them for future reference, the power LED is the ones next to the power button and the other ones are the HDD LEDs)
n=other pins (nothing connected to them)

LLPP0
LLnnn

Edit: oh, I just noticed the picture you posted does say front panel(I thought it was an IDE or Floppy at first), so it must be different than mine.
Edited by TheYonderGod - 5/8/12 at 11:15pm
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'll see what I come up with, I've got an extra 2-Pin laying around here somewhere...
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