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post #1 of 15
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Okay so im having some trouble understanding how to wire this but i have a rampage iv and lamptron momentary switch id like to wire to power the pc on and the other to reset it each wired to hdd and power leds respectively

Anyone know where i can learn how to do this or willing to tell me?
post #2 of 15
Can you provide a link to the exact switches you have, or take a picture?

Usually such switches have 4 or 5 terminals, you need spade connectors and can either crimp or solder those to the front panel wires.
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I dont have a picture i can link but heres the same switch a few photos down there is the exact same picture that came as instructions with switch on top of them

Ive read push down will have it work as a momentary or traditional power switch whereas common would have it function as latching which sounds like malarkey but ive also read that common would be correct wiring for push down to toggle power reset sleep or shut down

Which is the correct way?

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I'd love to help you, but I'm afraid that link doesn't work.
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Update phone is weird with linking here it is:
http://forums.kustompcs.co.uk/showthread.php?t=52196
post #6 of 15
So it's a 6 pin? Did you also buy the wires that go with it?
http://www.lamptron.com/product/switches/vandal-resistant-illuminated-switch-connection-cable/
or http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_3330.html

As Graeme says in his instructions, the middle ones marked + and - should be connected to a 12V source. This is what lights the LED when the PC is on, so you can connect it to the Power LED connections on your motherboard.

The other 4 connectors depend on those instructions. The solid line indicates which connectors are joined in each situation. As you see, the "push-down" situation shows that connectors 3 and 4 will be joined when you press the switch. So you need to join those two to the Power ON connections on your motherboard.

If you didn't buy the connection cable, then either buy it, or buy four spade connectors from your local hardware store and use the front panel wires that came with your case. Let me know what you have.
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I bought those exact wires and was thinking i need to set up for common in instructions. do i need to wire like you say for 3 and 4 or push down? Can i damage from miswiring? Whats the difference between common and push down? Do leds need to connect to either positive or negative on board?
post #8 of 15
You want push-down so connect pins 3 and 4. The common connection (1 and 2) should be the opposite; on when not pressed, off when pressed (I could be wrong about that, I don't have a 6 pin one). Yes the LED connections (+ and -) do need the correct connections to the motherboard (red wire for + and black wire for -). As long as you only connect to the motherboard front panel headers, it's very unlikely that you'll be able to damage it.
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post #9 of 15
Correct. Nothing you can screw up here. The connection for the switch is either an open connection, or a closed connection. If you get it wrong, your mobo will power on as soon as you turn on the PSU. If you wire the LED connections backward it just won't light up.

If you don't have one, I'd recommend getting a multi-meter. You can use it to test the switch terminals to see where the connections need to be made. Set it to ohms (resistance) measurement. When you touch the two probes together you'll see a reading of 0 ohms. When you separate them you'll get infinite (no connection). Same goes for when you push the button. You will see it make and break the connection. If you have a Harbor Freight around, you can get a very basic one for like $6, sometimes free with coupons. They're not much, but better than not having one.
post #10 of 15
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Okay, thank you for all the information; I have gotten the switch to turn the computer on however the lights do not work regardless of the way I have them set up. Is this a wiring issue or my motherboard? I am using a Rampage IV Extreme.
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