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Fix wireing on p6610f


George,
This solution will be long in length. Therefore a lot of reading.
In essence I am typing out a motherboard manual, of a sort.

May look complicated. This is because I get very detailed.
If there is ANY area I have explained, that you do not fully understand, please post back in a Comment.

I will try to break it down, and/or use a different method of explaining.

1) Let's start with power cables from Power Supply, to motherboard;

HP Support > Pavilion p6610f Desktop PC > Main Support page,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=4299342

Product information > Product specifications > Motherboard Specifications, N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix),

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02560084&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=4299342#N64

Looking at the photo of the motherboard, it is 90 degrees to the LEFT; in comparison to how it actually is mounted in your computer case.
(BTX form factor motherboard, and computer case)

I would also like you to scroll down, towards the bottom of the page; and look at the illustration of the motherboard.
(Motherboard Layout)

This way we can compare the two together, as I guide you.

A) At the bottom of the motherboard is the connector, for the 24-pin ATX main power cable.

Yellow/White in color, 24 socket holes. (2 rows of 12)

This is a General example of said power cable, and respective connector on motherboard;

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

[Note* Color of power cable connector, and motherboard connector; does NOT matter ]

In relationship to how it actually sits on the motherboard, while mounted in Your computer case; you will find it all the way to the LEFT.

Note the Lock Clip on the power cable's connector.
Has a hooked end that goes over a TAB, on the motherboard connector.
When deemed to be plugged in tightly, and correctly; the hooked end will be Over the Tab.

Operates on the same principle as a see-saw on a playground.
Squeeze the top in, to release when disconnecting.

B) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.

Yellow/White 4-socket hole connector. In the photo, above the processor socket, and to the Right of the square Aluminum finned Heatsink.

You will find it to the Right of the processor, and Below the aluminum finned Heatsink; motherboard mounted in computer case.

General example of said power cable, and respective motherboard connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Note Lock and Tab design, just like the 24-pin ATX main power cable.
Power for the Processor (CPU)
PU521 on Motherboard Layout.

That's it for power cables TO motherboard.

2) The front of your computer is the Front Panel.

[Regressing;
Header; Rectangular small piece of plastic, that has contact pins sticking up.
You have 3 Black headers on the motherboard, a Yellow header (1), and 2 White headers.
This will become more self-explanatory, as we go on ]

To the Left of the 24-pin ATX main power cable's, motherboard connector; and to the Left of the ram memory slots; are three Black headers. (Photo)

(Mounted in computer case, To the Left/Top of motherboard)

The Orange connector you see to the left of the ram memory slots, is a SATA connector.
Looking at the Motherboard Layout, you will see it is SATA4.

To the Immediate RIGHT of it, is the Front Panel header.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the Main wires from the Front Panel go to; is the Front Panel header.

Main wires such as Power On switch, Power On LED light, Harddrive activity LED light; and Reset switch.

On the Motherboard Layout, it is marked as J18.
You should have a cable coming from the Front Panel, whose plug on connector; matches this header.

Has 9 socket holes. 5 on one side, 4 on the other.
The missing pin in the corner, on the Front Panel header on motherboard; shows you which way the cable's plug connector, goes.

http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/n-alvorix-rs880-uatx-front-panel-motherboard/

3) I do not know sir, what the long black header is to the left, of the Orange SATA4 connector, is. It is P17.
However looking at the length, you should find only ONE cable, and plug on connector; that matches it.

Should come from Front Panel. (IF it is used)

4) I do not know what the black header is, below J18.
(Again, J18 is the Front Panel header)
I believe with process of elimination, that the cable that goes to this header, will become readily apparent. (IF it is used)

5) There are Four SATA connectors on the motherboard.
SATA1 = Dark Blue
SATA2 = White
SATA3 = Light Blue
SATA4 = Orange
(Photo. Also compare in Motherboard Layout)

This is where a SATA data cable plugs in.
Your harddrive is a SATA unit. Your optical drive (CD/DVD drive) is a SATA unit.

The Harddrive plugs into SATA1.
The optical drive plugs into SATA2.
Any additional SATA units will plug into SATA3, or SATA4.
Example; A second SATA optical drive.

This is a general example of a SATA data cable, and SATA data connector on motherboard,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Note the SATA data cable connector. Has an L-shaped opening.
When connecting the SATA data cable to Harddrive, or optical drive;

Turn this L to the Left, and upside down. The 'foot' of the L always points DOWN.

Note the SATA data connector example shown. This is an OPEN design. Your SATA data cable connectors on motherboard, are a CLOSED design. Still has L-shape on motherboard connector, though.

The SATA data cable connector that goes to the Harddrive, and optical drive; is usually a 90 degree bent elbow.
NOT always though.
The SATA data cable connector that goes TO the motherboard, is a Straight connector.

Between a SATA data cable connector, and a SATA power cable connector; a SATA data cable connector is Shorter in width.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable has 15-pins,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Same L-shaped interface is used.

Most of the time there is a Lock, on the SATA power cable connector. May be a Tab that sticks up, or a small lever, or a rubber 'bulb'. Depress with thumb to connect, or disconnect.

USB headers on motherboard, and USB connectors on motherboard.

Continued in added Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Mar 23, 2013 | HEWLETT-PACKARD Hewlett Packard Pavilion...

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Were to connect the power switch to an emachines t3642


My intel tells me this is the motherboard for an eMachines T3642 Desktop PC,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GATEWAY-EMACHINES-W3644-MCP61SM2MA-4006232R-MOTHERBOARD-T5246-T3646-T3642-S3649-/330737918167?pt=Motherboards&hash=item4d018420d7

If this holds true,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006232R/4006232Rnv.shtml

In the list click on the blue - Product Views

The Ebay link shows you where the letters, of the above Gateway link, are on the motherboard.

1) B - Auxiliary 12 Volt ATX connector.
This is where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in,

Example of power cable from Power Supply,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Power for the Processor (CPU) Do NOT forget it.

2) E - Main Power Connector

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Note* Color of connectors for 1) above, and 2), do NOT matter.
What the connector is, Does.

Note also that there is a pivoting Lock, on both power cable connectors.
The matching motherboard connector has a Lock TAB.
When the power cables are deemed to be plugged in tightly, and correctly; the Lock's hooked end will be over the Lock Tab.

[Squeeze the top of the Lock in, to release. Release when removing.
The Lock works on the same action as a seesaw on a playground ]

3) F- Floppy Disk Drive Connector
A 34 wire thin ribbon IDE cable, connects here on the motherboard, and plugs into the back of the Floppy Drive. The cable is the Data cable.

The power cable that goes to it is a 4-pin Small peripheral power cable. Looks like this example,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#floppy

IF a Memory Card Reader, (Media Card Reader. Same/same) is used instead; it will use the SAME power cable.

The data cables are different though. They connect to a Front USB header on the motherboard, and are a rounded cable.

ONE of the Front USB headers on the motherboard, will be used for the Card Reader.
Click on S - USB 2.0 Connectors

[NOTE* In EACH USB header are provisions for attaching to TWO USB ports. Front OR back of computer.
One will be used for the TWO data cables, going to the Card Reader. Which one? Pick one.
BIOS will set up a new Interrupt Request for it. (IRQ) ]

G - Parallel ATA IDE Connector
40 wire flat ribbon data cable goes here. (ONLY 39 wires are actually used, though)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_cables.jpg

Now I'm going to get a little lengthy, and detailed;

In the first link immediately above, PATA-cable.jpg
See the two small 'ribs' on the Top/Middle of the connector?
(May just be one solid block, also)

That is a Locating Lug. When you plug the connector into the motherboard, it lines up with a Cutout in the motherboard connector.
IF there is NO Locating Lug;
Look at the side of the cable that has the faint Red stripe.
This Red stripe is on the SAME side as Number 1 wire.

When plugging into the motherboard connector, the side of the cable that has the Red stripe, goes DOWN. Down towards the Bottom of the motherboard.
Number 1 pin in the motherboard connector, is at the Bottom of the motherboard connector.

If no Locating Lug when plugging into a device; Harddrive or Optical Drive, (CD/DVD drive);
The side of the flat data ribbon cable that has the Red stripe, goes towards the POWER CABLE pins, on the device.

Let's look at an IDE (PATA) harddrive, and the 4-pin Peripheral power cable that plugs into it;

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

See where the power cable plugs in? The Red stripe on the IDE flat ribbon cable, will be next to the power cable.
Also can be said as, when the IDE flat ribbon cable is plugged into the Harddrive, the Red stripe will be on the Right.

Same with an Optical Drive.

You MAY have an optical drive's flat data cable plugged in here.
IF it is an IDE (PATA) optical drive.
MORE than likely though, your Harddrive is a SATA unit, and plugs into a SATA connector on the motherboard.

U - SATA Connectors
Note there are two. SATA1 and SATA2.
The Harddrive is supposed to plug into SATA1.
The beauty of SATA is though, that you can plug the Harddrive into SATA1, OR SATA 2.
BIOS will find the device.

This is an example of a SATA data cable, and it's connector,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

(Your SATA connector on the motherboard, is different than the example shown)

Between a SATA data cable's connector, and a SATA power cable's connector; a SATA power cable connector is the Larger of the two.
A SATA data cable connector has 7-PINS.
A SATA power cable connector has 15-PINS.

Note also the L-shaped opening. This lines up with an L-shape on the Harddrive connector, or an Optical Drive connector. (Data cable connector)
Note also that a SATA power cable has this same L-shaped opening.

More to follow in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 17, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Find socket for hard drive


HP part number 5188-5473 brings up the Asus A8N-LA motherboard, made especially for HP,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=c00647121#N413

The rest of the number/letters do me no good.

I will elate some information based on the above, and see if it does you any good;

1) The Asus A8N-LA has connectors for two types of Harddrives;

A) IDE. Also known as PATA.

This type of Harddrive uses a flat ribbon IDE(PATA) data cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nappe.svg

Another look,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_cables.jpg

(The Asus name probably won't be on it. These two IDE data cables just happen to be made by Asus )

The connectors on each end have 40 socket holes. One socket hole will be blocked off. (Or should be) ONLY 39 socket holes are used.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

A look at the connector on the motherboard;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_on_mainboard.jpg

Looking at the motherboard illustration, look at the Bottom/Right corner. There are two IDE connectors. They are marked as IDE 1, and IDE 2.

Scrolling down a little bit to the motherboard photo, you will see IDE 1 connector is Black in color, and IDE 2 is Blue in color.

The IDE (PATA) harddrive's data cable goes to IDE 1.
Optical drive/s (CD/DVD drive) goes to IDE 2.

This is the type of power cable from the Power Supply, that goes to an IDE (PATA) harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

NOTE*
There is usually a square, or rectangle, or two bumps; used on the IDE ribbon cable connector, to line up with the connector on the motherboard, or harddrive, or optical drive.

It is called a Locating Lug.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

This particular IDE data cable connector, has two raised bumps, for a Locating Lug.

It lines up with a Cutout in the motherboard's connector, or the harddrive's connector, or the optical drive's connector.

IF, there is NO Locating Lug, use the faint Red stripe on the side of the IDE data cable.
The red stripe is on the same side as Number 1 wire.

Number 1 wire goes to number 1 pin.
On a harddrive, or optical drive, number 1 pin is ALWAYS closest to the power cable connection,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Looking at the photo number 1 pin is on the Right side. It is closest to where the 4-pin Peripheral power cable plugs in.

B) SATA:

Looking at the motherboard photo, the Yellow, and Blue, and Black, and White connectors; to the left of the Blue IDE connector, and Black IDE connector; are SATA connectors.

SATA 1 is Black. This is where the SATA harddrive's data cable, is supposed to plug in.

The BEAUTY of SATA though, is that you can plug the harddrive into ANY of those SATA connectors on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the harddrive. (Or any other peripheral device)

An example of a SATA data cable, and it's connector,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

The red SATA connector shown below the SATA cable example, is just a different style of SATA motherboard connector; than what your motherboard uses.

Note the L-shaped opening in the SATA data cable's connector.
Lines up with the L shape on the motherboard connector, or harddrive connector, or optical drive connector.

Most SATA data cable connectors, also have a Lock on them.
Sometimes it's a Lock you can easily see.

Most times, it is a small depression you depress with your thumbnail, or a little 'bulb' you depress.
Depress/unlock to plug the cable in, or remove the cable.

The 90 degree angle connector end, (As shown), plugs into the harddrive, or optical drive. The Straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Between it, and the SATA data cable connector, it is the larger of the two.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.

Also note the rectangular depression on the SATA power cable's connector. That is where you depress to unlock the connector.
The SATA power cable's connector also has an L-shaped opening.

2) IF, you are trying to hook up a laptop harddrive to this motherboard, you need to determine if the laptop harddrive is an IDE (PATA) type, or a SATA type.

How?
Easy.

There is a label on the laptop harddrive. It has the manufacturer code on it. Type the number/letters in your browser search bar, and click on the search icon. (Magnifying Glass)

Now purchase an external enclosure.

The external enclosure opens up, and the laptop harddrive goes inside, and plugs into an interface.

Close the external enclosure, and plug it's USB cable into any available, open USB port on your computer.

It will be a 2.5 external enclosure.
Harddrive's are measured across their width.

A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width.
A laptop harddive is 2.5.

Example of a 2.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1086960&CatId=2782

Example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jan 28, 2013 | HP Compaq Motherboard

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P3 DVD connector


Well........................

The numbering for power supply cables, differs from one pre-built computer manufacturer, to the next.

GENERALLY, a P3 power cable is a 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

(Also misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable.
Molex came out with the design for the power cable CONNECTOR.
The name stuck. Kinda' like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a 'Crescent wrench' )

A P4 power cable is usually a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

This power cable was brought out to provide more power for the motherboard, and specifically the Processor. (CPU)
Does NOT connect to an optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)

DOES need to be connected to motherboard though, because it is POWER for the Processor!

Moving on.............

Let's dispense with the antiquated numbering of the power cables, and show you the real information you need;

There are two types of Optical Drives out there, currently being used;
1) IDE. Also known as PATA.

2) SATA

An IDE optical drive will use a 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Note the rounded corners on top.
When plugging in one of these power cables, just always remember the rounded corners go on TOP.

The data cable used is a flat IDE ribbon cable. These are general examples,

Illustration,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nappe.svg

Photo,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_cables.jpg

I would like you to look at the connector end, and specifically the Locating Lug on one side of the connector,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

This style of Locating Lug consists of two small 'bars'.
There are types where it is filled in. Just one solid lug.

The Locating Lug lines up with a Cutout, on the optical drive.
(Or IDE/PATA harddrive)

IF, there is no Locating Lug on your IDE/PATA flat ribbon cable, post back in a Comment.
I will show you the proper way to connect it, using the Red stripe on the side of the cable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

If you have a SATA optical drive, it uses a SATA power cable.
This is a general example,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA power cable connector is the larger of the two.

SATA data cable connector has 7 contact pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pin.

This is an example of a SATA data cable, and it's respective connector,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Note the L-shaped opening. The SATA power cable also has this L-shaped opening.

Observe the SATA data cable connector examples, on the motherboard.
Note the L shape.

(Note: The SATA data cable connectors on YOUR motherboard, may differ in style.
The ones shown (Red) are an Open design.
There are styles that are Enclosed. Have an oval around the
L shape)

To install the cable connector, line the L-shaped opening, with the L shape on the optical drive connector.

Tip: Turn this L over to the left, then turn upside down.
The small 'foot' of the L, always points DOWN, when installing connector.


The SATA data cable connector, that plugs into the optical drive, should be a 90 degree bent elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, should be a Straight connector.

The SATA power cable connector, and the SATA data cable connector; MAY have a Lock on top.
Usually a small depression, or Tab, or 'bulb'.
Depress with your thumb tip, to install, or remove the cable.

(Hmmm, betting now the P3 power cable may be a SATA power cable.

How'd I do? Post back in a Comment)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jan 02, 2013 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Widetech the max psu update, now black screen on monitor


Kind of hard to give you a cable diagram, Roslyn, when you haven't stated what motherboard manufacturer and model number.

Or computer manufacturer and model number.
(Back of computer next to Windows product key; or up on side of computer tower )

So we'll wing it..............

Widetech the Max. A modular line of Power Supplies.

1) Main power cable;
It will be either a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or a 24-pin ATX main power cable.

The WTM (Widetech the Max) will have a braided thick cable, that will have a 20-pin connector, and a 4-pin connector.
Looks like this,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20plus4

The 20-pin connector, and the 4-pin connector, should have a white arrow on the side. The arrows point to each other, when the two connectors are properly aligned with each other.

So, ATX main power cable plugs into Power Supply, (If removable), and 20 + 4-pin connector plugs into motherboard.

When the hooked end of the Lock, on the side of the power cable's connector; is over the Tab on the motherboard connector; the power cable is deemed to be plugged in properly, and tightly.

Note*
Orange wires are 3.3 Volts
Red wires are 5 Volts
Yellow wires are 12 Volts.
Black wires are Ground wires. (Also are Negative)

Note that the extra 4-pin power cable, that attaches with the 20-pin ATX power cable; has TWO Yellow wires, a Red wire, and a Black wire.
This way you don't accidentally somehow, plug the following power cable, in with the 20-pin ATX main power cable,


2) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

When Processors started using more power, than just the processor socket (Motherboard) could deliver, this power cable was brought out to help carry the load.

Note*
TWO Yellow 12 volt wires, and TWO Black ground wires.

3) 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#eps8

Brought out for motherboards supporting multiple Processors, (CPU's), such as a server computer; but with processors needing more, and more power; is used quite frequently by motherboard manufacturers now.

NOTICE the power wires. The color code of the insulation of the wires.
FOUR Yellow wires (12 Volt), and FOUR Black wires. (Ground)
NOT to be mixed up with the following power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress8

This baby plugs into a GRAPHICS CARD (Video Card. Same/same)
A PCI Express graphics card, IF it uses one.

The PCI-Express x16 slot on the motherboard, is only capable of delivering 75 Watts.
This power cable can deliver UP TO an additional 150 Watts.

It is an upgrade of this power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress

The 6-pin PCI Express power cable was brought out, to provide more power for a graphics card.

75 Watts.

So now you have the PCI-Express x16 slot on the motherboard capable of 75 Watts, and the 6-pin PCI Express power cable capable of 75 Watts; for a total of 150 Watts available for a graphics card.

PCI-Express x16 slot on motherboard, and 8-pin PCI Express power cable?

225 Watts.

This power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#eps4plus4

Is for a motherboard that uses a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, OR an 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.
Is a combined power cable if needed, just like the 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable.

This power cable is a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Used to plug into a Harddrive, or Optical Drive. (CD/DVD drive)

NOTE*
IF your SATA harddrive has a provision on the back; to plug in EITHER a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable; ONLY use the SATA power cable.

Using BOTH power cables will burn up the harddrive. May not happen immediately, but I ASSURE you it will happen.

4-pin Peripheral power cable, is also erroneously known as a 'Molex' power cable.
Molex was the first company with the CONNECTOR design. The name stuck. Kind of like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a Crescent wrench,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

[ IDE (PATA) harddrive shown in photo. Not a SATA harddrive ]

Note that between a SATA power cable, and a SATA data cable; the SATA power cable's connector is longer.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
SATA data cable's connector has 7-pins,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Note the L-shaped opening of the SATA data cable's connector; and the L-shape of the motherboard connector.
The SATA power cable has the same L-shaped opening.

NOTE that color of connectors does NOT matter.
Could be green with pink polka dots.
It is the wire color code, and connector SHAPE, that matters.

[Applies to ALL cables, and connectors}

Sometimes the SATA power cable, and SATA data cable connectors; have a lock on them.
May not see it very well. It is usually a slightly raised bump on the connector. This is depressed with a thumb nail to unlock.

Unlock WHEN installing, and removing.

ALWAYS use the connector when plugging in, or unplugging a cable.
DO NOT pull on the wires.
(Even if you have to stand on your head, and whistle 'Dixie')

I lay the computer opening side UP, on a static free towel, on a table. Much easier to get to the cabling.

ONLY plug in the cables you need, to the Power Supply.
That's what Modular cabling is all about.
Gives more room when not using unnecessary cables, and more air flow through the computer case; for cooling.

I just installed a ThermalTake TR2 600 power supply. It is Modular Cabling also.

I'm willing to bet you didn't plug the Processor (CPU) power cable in.
Either a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, OR an 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.

Make sure the Ram Memory is seated tightly also.
It get's bumped loose when installing a Power Supply.
No,.....you CANNOT just visually inspect, and let it go at that.

You HAVE to remove ALL ram memory modules ('Stick'), and plug them back in again; to be ASSURED that they/it are seated tightly, and correctly.

Well that about does it for me kid, post back in a Comment if you have additional questions.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jan 01, 2013 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Connections to the hard drive


The Harddrive is a SATA unit.

Uses a SATA data cable, and a SATA power cable.

SATA data cable, and connector on motherboard, example;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA data cable connector is the shorter of the two in width.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.

The connector end used on the harddrive side, and optical drive side, (CD/DVD drive), is usually a 90 degree Bent Elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, is a Straight connector.

NOTE* Color of connectors does NOT matter.
Most of the time the SATA data connectors on the motherboard, are different colors.

This is to help discern what number of SATA data connector it is.
Four SATA data connectors on the motherboard?

SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4;
Or:
SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3?

SATA 0, or SATA 1, is usually reserved for the Harddrive.
The Primary harddrive with the Operating System on it.
(Unless you have harddrives set in a RAID configuration)

DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SATA DATA CONNECTOR, you plug into, on the motherboard.

Want to plug the harddrive into SATA 3, or SATA 4?
Go ahead.
NO matter what SATA connector on the motherboard that you plug into, BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L-shape in the connector.
Has to line up on the L-shape on the harddrive, optical drive, or motherboard, SATA data connector.

There is usually a lock on the connector. This you may not see.
Sometimes there is a little 'bump' on the connector. Depress with the thumbnail to install the cable, or remove.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for plugging in a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable; ONLY plug the SATA power cable in.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Using BOTH types of power cables will BURN the harddrive up.
May not happen right away, but I assure you it will happen.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Dec 10, 2012 | Acer Aspire X1 AX1470-UR11P Desktop PC...

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What's your problem? I need a schematic for my HP Pavilion slimline


http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=3688725&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

Ready for a long read?

A) Power Supply /Motherboard

Motherboard with no hardware components installed, nor cables attached,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01321559&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=3688725

I also would like you to scroll down a little further, and click on the + sign to the left of - Motherboard layout.
Shows an illustration of the motherboard.

1) 24-pin ATX main power cable:
Looking at the motherboard illustration (Motherboard layout), look at the Top/Middle.
ATXPWR1 is where the 24-pin ATX main power cable plugs in.

In the photo you see - ATXPOWER and CPU_FAN above this black connector.

[ Processor fan {CPU Fan}, is the first white 4-pin connector, to the right of the black 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

A Chassis, {Computer case} fan plugs into the next 3-pin brown header to the right.
That was the only space the motherboard manufacturer had, to mark the motherboard for those two connectors ]

This shows a general example of this type of power cable.
(Note color does NOT matter),

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Note the Lock on the side (Middle) of this power cable's connector.
Also note the matching Tab on the motherboard connector.

The Lock operates like a see-saw on a playground. The top is squeezed in to bring the hooked end of the Lock, away from the Tab on the motherboard connector.
When this power cable is deemed to be plugged in properly, and tightly, the Lock's hooked end will be over the Tab.

That concludes the power cables coming from the Power Supply, to the motherboard.

B) Power Supply / Peripherals:

The Harddrive is a SATA unit. 500GigaByte, and has a 7200 RPM spindle speed.
There is a SATA power cable that plugs into it.
General example of a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Note that a SATA power cable has 15 contact pins. It is the longer of the connectors when comparing to a SATA data cable connector.
(7 pins)

The optical drive (CD/DVD burner that has LightScribe technology), is a SATA unit also. Uses a SATA power cable.

A) Data Cables:
The Harddrive, and optical drive require a SATA data cable.
General example of a SATA data cable, and SATA data connector on the motherboard,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Note the SATA connector on the SATA data cable.
Has an L-shape on the inside. Lines up with the L shape on the motherboard connector, and Harddrive and optical drive connector.

The red connector shown is a SATA data cable connector, on the motherboard.
Looking back at the HP Support page, look at the illustration.
(Motherboard layout)

The Ram Memory slots are designated by XMM1 and XMM2.
To the bottom left of them are the two SATA data connectors.
SATA 1 and SATA 2.

In the motherboard photo you can see they are plainly marked.
SATA 1 is White, SATA 2 is Black.
The Harddrive plugs into SATA 1.
An optical drive will plug into SATA 2.

Most of the time a SATA data cable will have a 90 degree bent elbow, for plugging into the Harddrive, and Optical Drive.
The straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

A) Processor Fan and Chassis Fan:
I have already stated where the processor fan plugs in, and the Chassis (Computer case) fan plugs in.

A) USB Front Panel:
The Front Panel is the front of your computer. The USB headers on the motherboard, USB1 and USB4, are where the front USB ports plug into.
These headers (Connectors) are to the right of the SATA data connectors. (F_USB1 and F_USB4)

A) Front Audio:

The long Black slot at the bottom of the motherboard, is a PCI-Express x16 slot. Used for a graphics card.
To the left of it is the Front Panel audio connector.
F_AUDIO1, and is Yellow in color.

A) Front Panel header:

As stated the front of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires go to, is the Front panel header.

On the motherboard illustration it is at the Bottom/Right, and marked as F_PANEL1

Horizontal header, and two rows of contact pins.
4 on the Top row, and 5 on the Bottom row.

IF, I have this pinout correct;

Pins on the Top row are number EVEN.
Pins on the bottom row are numbered ODD.

Starting on the LEFT side coming towards the Right, Top row;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is No Pin 10.

Starting on the LEFT side coming towards the Right, Bottom row;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

A) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED. (Light)
Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the HDD LED is dim when the Harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

B) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

C) Pin 9 is N/C. Not Connected. (It's a 5 Volt power wire used for factory testing )

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for a Power On LED. (Light)
Pin 2 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the PWR LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around.

E) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

F) There is No Pin 10.

Hopefully you just have a cable with a connector on the end, that plugs into the Front Panel header.
Same with your Front Panel USB ports, and Front Panel audio ports.

After you have hooked up all cables, and deem to be finished, take the Ram Memory module/s ('Stick') out, and reinstall.
Most of the time they get bumped loose, and you CANNOT see by a visual inspection if they are.

Best method is to just remove them/it, and reinstall. This way you are ASSURED they are seated, and tight.

I Hope you have been FOLLOWING Anti-Static Precautions.
If not plan on using your motherboard, Processor, Ram Memory, Graphics card(?), and harddrive, for an expensive paperweight.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static electricity BEFORE reaching inside your unplugged from power computer, or removing any new parts out of their anti-static bags, or cartons.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal framework of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

(You do have that computer laying on it's side, right? Much easier to work on. I use a static free, clean towel on the table, to protect the table, and the computer case )

Oct 04, 2012 | HP Pavilion Computers & Internet

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I did not hook my cords up properly inside me e machine T 3642


Okay. Let's start with the motherboard, and power cables coming from the Power Supply;

A) The eMachines T3642 Desktop PC uses a
Foxconn (WinFast) MCP61SM2MA motherboard,

1) http://www.ebay.com/itm/eMachines-T5246-T3646-T3642-4006232R-Motherboard-/140665743077?pt=Motherboards&hash=item20c054e6e5

2) http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006232R/4006232Rnv.shtml

(The Form Factor is Micro-ATX. (uATX)
It uses an AM2 processor socket )

[NOTE*
Power unplugged from computer, AND Anti-Static Precautions FOLLOWED.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.

This action will relieve your body of Static.
IF, you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return ]

Click on the link in 1) above. This shows the bare motherboard with no hardware components attached, or power cables from the Power Supply, or any other cables attached. (Cables = Wires)

Scroll down to the photo of the motherboard.
Look at the Yellow long, Ram Memory slots, that are vertical. (2 each)
To the right of them.

A1) The whitish connector that has two columns of 12 socket holes, is the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,
(NOTE* Color of power cable connector, and connector on motherboard, Does Not matter),

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

View the photo to the far right. Note the Lock on the power cable's connector, and the Lock Tab on the motherboard's connector.

The hooked end of the Lock, MUST be hooked over the tab, to ensure the power cable is plugged in tightly, and correctly.

A2) Look at link 1) again.
Look at the Top/Left side of the motherboard. See that whitish square connector with 4 socket holes?
That is a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power connector.

A 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs into it. This power cable's connector also has a Lock,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

A3) The Harddrive is a SATA unit. It has a SATA power cable that plugs into it, and a SATA data cable that plugs into it.

The SATA headers (Connectors) on the motherboard, are seen in link 1), and are to the bottom/right. There are 2.
They are Blue in color, and are above the green headers.

This is where the SATA data cable of the harddrive plugs in.
Straight connector. Elbow connector plugs into the back of the Harddrive.

The SATA data cable connector has 7 pins.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins. It is the longer connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Which SATA header on the motherboard, should the SATA harddrive's data cable plug into?
SATA1. The top header. (Connector)

The beauty of SATA however, is that you can connect in EITHER connector, and BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L shape on the inside of the power cable connector, and the data cable connector. There is a matching L shape for the connectors on the motherboard, and the back of the Harddrive. Line these up when installing the cables.

A4) The optical drive/s (CD/DVD drive) may be SATA, but I'm betting the optical drive/s are IDE. (PATA)

The optical drive/s will use a flat ribbon cable, for a data cable, and it plugs into the long Blue connector, seen in link 1), to the bottom right of the whitish 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

On the flat ribbon cable is a faint red stripe. It is on one side, and the side that has number 1 pin.

To line the cable up correctly when installing To the motherboard, use the cutout in the connector. The flat ribbon cable's connector, should have a Lug on the outside, which lines up with the cutout.

IF NOT, the faint red stripe side of the cable, goes down towards the bottom of the motherboard.

Looking at the photo, and the IDE (PATA) connector on the motherboard, number 1 pin is at the Bottom/Right corner, of the motherboard connector.

The flat ribbon cable's Lug, also lines up with a cutout in the connector, at the back of the optical drive.

IF the cutout is not present at the back of the optical drive, or there isn't a Lug on the connector, the faint red stripe goes to the RIGHT side of the optical drive.

(Doesn't matter if the flat ribbon cable is twisted. The faint red stripe ALWAYS goes toward the power cable connection, on a drive.
Harddrive, or optical drive.

Number 1 pin is the pin closest to the power cable connection on the drive.

More in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 01, 2012 | eMachines T3642 Refurbished AMD Desktop...

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My problem is, my wire of barcode symble scanner is deffective, i want repair it and change it to new usb, hwo to change usb from the end rj11?


A USB connector uses 4 pins.

It may have 5 pins in it, (Depends on the style of USB connector), but only 4 are used.

http://pinouts.ru/Slots/USB_pinout.shtml

The number 1 pin is used for 5 Volts. 5 volts is transferred from the computer through the USB cable on Pin 1.

The number 2 pin is used for Data transference.
The number 3 pin is also used for Data (Information) transference.

This is DC electricity so there is a Positive connection, and a Negative connection.
Pin 2 is the Negative connection.
Pin 3 is the Positive connection.

Pin 4 is used for Ground.

Suggest you match up the style of connector you have with the illustrations on the link.
Find Pin 1.
Look at your existing USB cable, and note what color wire goes to what pin.
Write it down.

Use the above to replace the USB cable.

For additional questions or clarification to what has been stated, please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

May 29, 2011 | Symbol Computers & Internet

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Radar screen shows "no scanner". Would like resistance data for cable pin-out from display to scanner head.


Hello Clifford,

This is an old message. Are you still having trouble with this or has it been resolved?

Aug 22, 2007 | Raymarine C80 GPS Receiver

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