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Hey guys!

I'm building my first official PC (woot woot!) and I'm transferring a few components that I had installed on my previous machine. One of which is my relatively ancient PCI sound card, the Creative X-Fi Elite Pro. This bad boy is pretty far removed now from Creative support, and as far as I can find isn't even on Creative's list of "archived" lists. Info on this card now is very hard to find, and it came out only just over 10 years ago. However I love this card to death, and there's a huge following of users who released a driver package for Windows 10, and it still works great! However, as I put it into a new computer, I'd like to know what all of the connections on it do in case there's some sort of feature I can utilize.

When I first got the card, I remember there being some ports on the card whose purpose I didn't understand. Turns out there's two connectors on the top that do not connect to anything mentioned in the manual or online, and that I cannot find info on them. I'm not sure if these were connectors designed for a possible expansion on Creative's end, or some sort of testing the card, however it really tickled my interest especially when I couldn't find anything online. I assumed for a while that one was for a front panel connection, but now I'm not too sure.

Here is a high-res picture of the board http://www.ixbt.com/multimedia/creative/x-fi/card-big.jpg

As you can see, one connector is a 4 pin connector labeled "aux", while the other seems to be a 10 pin connector labeled "Dell FP". I'm not sure if the "FP" is front panel, as in a specialized front panel connector that Dell used to use, but it definitely peaked my interest. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas about what this is, please post about it. I'd love to use this card to hook up the the front panel if at all possible! Thanks for reading!

Edit: After a little more research, it looks like the 10 pin is the front panel connector. eBay has some adapters I might be able to use. Kinda strange form factor, but it seems like it works! Still not too sure about the 4 pin, though it's appearing on other cards as well.

Edit 2: Well looks like I figured it out! The 4 pin is for older CD drives that directly exported the audio, and needed to be imputed directly into the sound card. Luckily new CD drives can send the signal through the PC, so I won't be using that. I did however order the 10 pin adapter to use the card on the front panel. Win!
Edited by Speedy77 - 1/1/17 at 1:01am
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The 4-pin is a power connector. It says "power" on the PCB. The AUX connector is a legacy analog connector for old CD drives.


Edited by TwoCables - 1/1/17 at 1:14am
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Hey sorry, just getting around to my post! Thanks for the reply, the power cable I was aware of and I appreciate your bit about the CD drive. I guess I won't be using that one! The 10 pin however was an interesting one, in which I found that it's a special Creative front panel style connector that I was able to order an adapter for. Luckily I'll be able to use it with my case! Thanks for the help!
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