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Where do i plug a card reader connector to the motherboard on my acer desktop computer

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ACER T690 "where does the sd card reader cable attach to the motherboard?


Motherboard installed in computer case, look at the bottom edge of the motherboard.

Now I need your eyes

Underneath that long white PCI slot at the Bottom, (There are 2),
is a Purple rectangular header. Two rows of pins.

To the right is another rectangular header, but this time in Blue.
Look below them on the motherboard. Towards the outside edge of the motherboard. Do you see USB next to either of them?

The Card Reader just attaches to a USB header. The rectangular header actually supports TWO USB ports.

This is why one of those headers may have two USB cables hooked to it, and go to two separate USB ports on the Front Panel of the computer.

The other USB header would be for the Card Reader.

Looking even more to the right, there are two Yellow headers, that I'm SURE are USB headers. Looks like one long header, but it isn't.

I COULD be mistaken about the Purple header, or Blue header.
One might be for IR Remote.

At any rate, again, I need your eyes. What is silkscreened on the motherboard, under those headers? Purple, Blue, and Yellow?

Unless just one plug connector, is unplugged from one of those headers. (Two cables go to Card Reader, and end in one plug connector, that plugs into the motherboard)
Then you would know by the process of simple elimination.

Note how in the two rows of pins, there is one missing in the corner.
5 pins on one side, 4 pins on the other side.
The missing pin is the KEY. That is how you orient the plug connector.

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 03, 2013 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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My card reader does not work


There will probably be cable running from it to the motherboard, make sure they are plugged in. Check in device manager for a potential driver problem with the card reader. Download and update any available drivers from the manufacturer.

Jan 28, 2013 | Acer ASPIRE T180-UA381B DESKTOP PC

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Is there anywhere on the motherboard to plug in a card reader?


I`m not sure, dependig on the motherboard specifications but you can buy an external card reader with USB connector and you'll have no problems.

Nov 02, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC Desktop

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My card reader on my computer has stopped working!? ok i took my computer in to my computer teacher to get it fixed, well she put in a second hard drive in and said it should fine. well it does but...


Ah, My Bad, big_dude2010, perfectly understandable about the budget thing. The world is in an economic crisis right now.

As for reattaching the Card Reader cable, can't help you.

OH, I'm just PLAYIN'!


Before we go ANY further:

1) Computer off, and unplugged from power.

Unplug the power cable FROM the surge protector, and NOT plugged into the surge protector, and take it out of the back of the Power Supply.

With the power cable plugged into the surge protector, and unplugging it out of the Power Supply, you could create a voltage spike.

Result can burn out the Power Supply, and may go on to burn out the Processor, Motherboard, Ram Memory, and a graphics card. (IF used)

Many have stated, that they do this all the time. Eventually, they come back to state they fried out their power supply, and/or motherboard, and so on.

2) Computer unplugged from power, computer case open, TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case to relieve your body of Static electricity.

Static can fry out, (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside your computer.
(For this reason also work on a table. If you have a carpet floor, refrain from swinging your feet back, and forth.
If you get up, walk away, then return, TOUCH the metal frame again)

If you already know the above, please disregard.

The Card Reader cable has a white sheath, and is approximately as thick as a No.2 pencil.

It should have 8 wires in it.
Orange, Yellow, Blue, Brown, Red, White, Green, and Black.

It will have a white rectangular connector on one end, that has 10 socket holes. 2 rows of 5 holes.
Only 8 socket holes are used.

The other end of the cable should have a Black connector. It also has 10 socket holes. 2 rows of 5 holes. This connector plugs into the circuit board of the Card Reader.

The White connector end plugs into the motherboard. It plugs into the Front USB 1 header on the motherboard.

(Connector on a motherboard is referred to as a Header)

Orienting the motherboard, so we are both looking at it in the same direction.
Processor to the top. Ram Memory slots to the right.
There are 3 white PCI slots down towards the bottom.

The white PCI slot that is closest to the edge of the motherboard, is PCI3. (PCI 3)

Down below the PCI 3 slot is a blue header. NOT the one you want.
That's for the audio ports in the front of the computer. (Front Panel)

To the right of the blue header, is a white header. This is the one you want. Front USB1. (The Front USB1 header, is below the Right/Bottom corner of the PCI 3 slot)

Note that there are 5 pins going along the top of the Front USB 1 header, and 4 pins going along the bottom.

The missing pin, or blank spot, helps you to orient the white connector of the card reader cable.

The card reader cable's white connector also has a missing socket hole, or blank spot.

There is No slot on the header for the motherboard, and No locating lug on the Card Reader cable's, white connector.

Line the card reader cable connector's blank spot, up with the blank spot on the Front USB1 header.

This is HP Support, and the Motherboard Specifications page, for the Compaq Presario SR1303WM Desktop PC,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00069442&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=447312

Scroll down the page about halfway, and you'll see an illustration of your motherboard.

(To enlarge it for better viewing, you can right-click right on it, then in the drop down menu, left-click on - Save As
Put this in your My Pictures folder.

Then go to My Pictures, and double-click on the illustration of the motherboard.
Now go below in the window, and click on the + sign to Zoom In.
Use the bottom, and side bar, to move it around to the view you want)

Below the illustration is an actual photograph of the motherboard, with no hardware components installed.

The Black connector that goes to the circuit board of the Card Reader, plugs in like this.

There are four wires across the top. There are five wires across the bottom.

Looking INSIDE your computer, TOWARDS the Card Reader circuit board, the four wires go on top, when plugged in. (Not shouting)

Again, looking at the back of the Card Reader, the color code of the wires on the top, going from Left to Right, are:
Thin Black wire, Green, White, and Red.

Wires going along the bottom, starting from Left going Right,
Thick Black wire, Brown, Blue, Yellow, and Orange

Feb 05, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR1303wm PC Desktop

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Pc acer aspire T650. My card reader fail so i took it out from my pc. Since then I have problem to make my pc read my external HD and the 2 usb in front don't work and since a very long time. Where can I...


hi,
Infact front USb ports are connected with the card reader it self.If you are havingthe separate connectors then you will have to connect those to motherboard to make those USBs to work.

You can get any 9 in one card reader from nearest hardware vendor and deploy it.

thanks

Jul 27, 2009 | Acer PC Desktops

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How to use the 5 in 1 media card reader on my Acer laptop


Hey,

The card reader, pc card, works when you insert a memory card into the reader, and then plug it into the computer. It appears in the my computer as a removeable drive.

Thanks,
Ekse

Aug 29, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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Acer sound card plug?


Maybe the sound cable was disconnected. It is a 3 pins connector. It is not easy to see on the motherboard. The sound cable of your sound card has to be connected there. You might have to bring your computer to a repair service desk. I have also an Acer computer. And on mine, it is located near the rear on the computer.

May 26, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Card Readers have disappeared


Don't believe the manufacturer when they say that the only choice is to reinstall - Your question of "what if they disappear again?" is valid, because it could very well happen.

Go into the Device Manager. Make sure that you can see hidden devices, and try to "refresh" the system. There should be a small button in the top pane to do this with. If you get no results, try going down to "Disk Drives". This is where the card readers SHOULD be showing up. If you don't see anything here, then you most likely have a hardware issue. Try once more to refresh for good measure, and to see if your computer can find them.

If you are comfortable with the inside of the machine, open up the side panel, with the power cable unplugged and the switch on the power supply flipped to the "O" side. Carefully follow the cables from the front panel where your card slots are to where they plug into the motherboard. Ensure they are properly plugged in.

If everything looks alright, you may have an issue with the hardware, either the slot device itself or the motherboard. Call up the manufacturer again, and see about getting your computer repaired.

Apr 07, 2008 | Acer Aspire E380 ASE380-UD500A PC Desktop

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Motherboard


All of the internal card readers I've seen either: -have built-in media converters which in turn plug into standard connections (USB, Firewire, ect.). -have their own PCI card with an appropriate connector for your card reader. That card plugs into your motherboard. Is it possible you card reader is missing something or perhaps was designed for some other motherboard?

Feb 12, 2007 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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Motherboard


Are you trying to install the Dell Media Card Reader? If so then the other end of the ?FlexBay USB cable that plugs into the card reader goes into a small rectangular connector towards the back of the motherboard. Specifically orient as follows; place the computer on its side, the power supply to your left and the front of the computer facing towards you. Starting at the back of the motherboard next to the power supply follow the back edge of the motherboard till you come to the approximate center of the board. About an inch towards you there will be a rectangular connector the FlexBay USB cable end should fit into. If this isn?t the cable from the Dell Media Card Reader let us know and we?ll try to help, otherwise please don?t forget to rate this posting.

Feb 11, 2007 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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