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I just purchased a new case, and the front panel for the dell motherboard, which I have transfered over to the new case (took some trips to the hardware store, but I have it in there good and it works), but the front panel plug for the motherboard does not agree with the ATX standard that came with the Aspire X-Navigator case. I need to figure out which order to plug these into the Dell motheboard so that I can use my motherboard in my new case until I purchase the new motherboard in a few months. I have attached a picture in case I am confusing anyone...

I am holding the 3 front panel plugs in my left hand and the blue male port on the motherboard in the background is where they need to go...

The blue port has 4 pins in the upper row and 5 on the bottom. the front panel plugs include a 3-pin power LED, 2-pin power switch, and 2-pin HDD LED.

Anyone know what order they are to go in? I realize this will leave 2 pins free on the motherboard, so I'm not sure it will work, but it can't hurt to try, especially since I've gone this far in getting the Dell mobo to fit an ATX case.
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post #2 of 11
well leaving some pins open isnt anything thats going to affect the mobo working, just the gauges and stuff for your front panel, but if you dont have a manual
plugging those in to the wrong places and testing them out wont hurt anything, so heres what id do :

find the row with 5 pins and plug the 3-pin into 3 of the first, and plug a 2-pin
into the next 2-pins and just plug the left over one on two pins on the top or bottom of the row of 5 pins and see how it turns out
    
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It's going to be a bit of work, but, you should be able to make it work. Go back into your old dell case and lop off the old motherboard connector leaving some wire length to work with. You will have to figure out what wires went were on the old connector by tracing them though the case and to their switches. Now once you know what all the wires do, mark them with some peices of tape on the dell connector. Go back to your new case and cut off the ends of the wires and solder them onto the dell plug one at a time. And plan on never getting another motherboard in that case again
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Originally Posted by Fishie36
And plan on never getting another motherboard in that case again
LOL, thanks for the advice, but not an option. I would prefer not to destroy my case...
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i dont think it will take that much,lol
just try what i suggested, do they not fit on those pins?
    
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Quote:
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LOL, thanks for the advice, but not an option. I would prefer not to destroy my case...
I only say that because it would be a real pain to solder all the regular plugs back on. Not that it's impossible. It's just wires and solder
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post #7 of 11
did you get a new CPU-Cooler holder(black thing the cooler clamps onto)

the Dell cases CPU Cooler holder is screwed into the case, not the motherboard, so did you put a backplate on the motherboard?
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by NOS---
did you get a new CPU-Cooler holder(black thing the cooler clamps onto)

the Dell cases CPU Cooler holder is screwed into the case, not the motherboard, so did you put a backplate on the motherboard?
I first tried super glue, but that didn't hold well enough so I went to the hardware store and bought 6-32 nuts to hold the heat sink to the motherboard. Works like a charm! The P4 Prescott still overheats like nothing else though, however my new case keeps the non-loaded temperature down decently at 45 degrees C, whereas it was 60 degrees C plus before cooling.

I got the power switch to work so I can turn my system on and off, but I can't get those three plugs to work.
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So are you using an aftermarket CPU cooler?

I hope you insulated the nuts from the motherboard....
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yeah if you didnt insulate the knuts then you probably have a problem,
DAMAGE
that can (im pretty sure) severely damage the mobo if the knuts are bare
    
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