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Change new motherboard ned help

I ask you sometime ago about my compaq presario ... that one the motherboard got busted (i think). now I bought a new mobo, biostar
P4M900-M7 SE . by using the old case . now , after plug in everything in places the problem is the front panel connector doesn't fit . . the old one ( asus ) from the front panel wire is just one pieced that says ASKA says on the plug head , while the biostar ( new mobo )split in to amny small piece ,.. speakers on/off ... reset ... etc all into 5 pieces and can not or may be I dare not to modify it . what should i do . . do they sell part like that , if they do, I may have to modify the switch to the kind that push on and off .......need help urgent !
thanx a million

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  • vincent paya Oct 26, 2008

    oh i can not find the plug that plug sound plug thatgoes in to the back of the DVD ( or may be it's not required ) , cause it doesn't fit , even it the old DVD and wire ...I might have to set the CMOs which I haven't done it for a while ( with the okd hard drive ) waiting patiently for your help , sir >

  • vincent paya Oct 27, 2008

    hi lou , glad to hear from you again, really ! I got it right this time ( i think )by modify here and there .... now the other problem occured . the way the manufacture configured they just want to confuse the layman like me . dvd rom do not reads well . I think it's the way they set it . my dvd rom is on top of my hard drive . should I set dvd as master and hard drive as a slave . is there such thing . I have been tangle with the wire all day , just about to have it ! but thanx any way you are still very helpful and prompt . again thanx a million .when i got *** right i'll let you know .


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Hi Vincent:

Motherboards are built to match specific case (chassis) layouts. I've seen many instances of proprietary motherboards (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.) being different then the exact same motherboard that the manufacturer makes available to the non-proprietary market.

When purchasing a motherboard for personal projects, I've paid special attention to ordering the correct board (same model number, same printed code on the mobo, etc.) and I've still gotten the wrong board --> it's just one of those things that happens when you deal with purchasing hardware over the Internet.

As far as modifying the Mobo goes...I wouldn't recommend trying it - it's likely that you won't be able to (even if you're pretty handy with soldering and chasing down pin-out connections using schematic diagrams) - I've tried and failed more then a few times - and I have more then a few years of electronics experience under my belt and some formal electronic engineering training to boot!

You're better off returning the board and ordering another one - or...if that's not possible, ordering a different case (they're usually less then $100 if you purchase them online).

Hope that helps...

- Lou

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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    Lou B Oct 27, 2008


    There should be two different IDE Ribbon cables (grey, flat cables) in your PC - Unless you've got a system with Serial ATA (SATA) devices - in which case, you'll have the smaller SATA cables.

    IDE Ribbon cables can have one or two square drive interface connectors on them - if your hard drive interface cable only has a single square connector on it, you can purchase another double-interface cable for very cheap online or in most tech stores. You can only place 2 devices on a standard IDE ribbon cable.

    The "Slave & Master" jumper settings on modern hard drives are not typically used much anymore. Most modern IDE configurations make use of the "Cable Select" jumper option. This is commonly listed as "Cable" or "CS" on the HDD near the jumper block on IDE cables.

    Cable Select lets the position of the HDD on the cable dictate which drive is master and which is slave. Most IDE ribbon cables have a "Drive 0" and "Drive 1" or "Master" and "Slave" printed right on the ribbon cable - Drive 0 would be your Master, and Drive 1 would be the slave.

    If nothing is printed on the cable - Ususlly (unless you get a funky cable) - the drive closest to the motherboard is the Master, then the one on the end of the cable (furthest from the MoBo) is the slave.

    I wouldn't recommend trying to mix a DVD drive with a Hard Disk Drive on the same IDE ribbon cable - it can be done, but some system don't like this and there are performance considerations - depending upon your HDD conroller, the IDE Bus can dumb-down to the lowest common denominator (if your DVD drive is a slower technology then your HDD, the HDD will perform slower).

    It's normally better to keep removable media devices (CD / DVD / etc.) on one IDE cable and HDD's on another.

    As far as the CD or DVD Audio cable goes - you won't typically need that (most don't even come with external audio cables anymore) - that's an old-school connection that's no longer needed on modern MoBo's.


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