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Data cable connection is funky and screw hole is wearing out

Is there a replacement tag that could convert the 6 pin connector to a newer style so I wouldn't have to screw in the cable each time?

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  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    The threads on mine finally gave out, and now it is worthless. Magellan won't repair because it is out of warranty. I say bad design on the power/data interface.

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Here is what I did to fix mine. I removed the screw from the plug and then using a 3/8 inch drill bit, put a small hole in the back side (away from the pins). Replace the screw. This small depression allows the screw to firmly attach to the gps.

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A new cable will work for a while on mine. The tip of the screw gets bad faster than the unit female part.

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Is there an adapter/cord (30 Pin to Lightning, or 30 Pin to Bluetooth) actually KNOWN to work with the Altec Lansing iMT800, so we can all charge and control the newer Lightning connector style iPhone


I think your only option is to get one sold in Apple stores. I have a small 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter (not a cable) and it does not work with either my iPad mini or my wife's iPhone 5. I also have a non-Apple Lightning charging cable (as a backup, just in case...). Same deal.

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SMPS CONNECTION DIAGRAM


Not a problem, but it would be handier to have the manufacturer Name, and Model Number.

(Back of computer on a sticker, next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the computer tower )


SMPS = Switched-Mode Power Supply. The style used in personal computers now,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

A) Main power cable:
There are three styles;

1) The old AT style that has two separate connectors. The connectors BOTH connectors have BLACK wires towards one side.

The connectors also have ONLY one way, (Direction), they can be plugged onto the motherboard.
This is due to the Lock, and Locating Tab on the motherboard connector/s, and the main power cables connector/s.

When you can plug the connectors on the motherboard, with both connector's BLACK wires facing each other, (They will be in the middle), you have them installed correctly,

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

2) The newer ATX style. Uses one power cable, and connector.
First style to come out was the 20-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

20-pin ATX main power cable's connector, has a LOCK on one side.
This Lock locks over a Locating Tab, on the female motherboard connector.

To remove this power cable you squeeze in on the Top of the Lock.
The Lock operates like a see-saw on a playground. When you squeeze the top in, you remove it's hooked end away, from the Locating Tab of the motherboard connector.

To be ensured that this cable is plugged in tightly, and correctly, the Lock's hooked end will be over the Locating Tab, on the motherboard connector.

3) The newest style is the 24-pin ATX main power cable.
As computer hardware evolved, and became better, it demanded more power.
The extra 4 pins of the 24-pin ATX main power cable provided this,

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

[ Aftermarket power supply manufacturers, provide power supply's with a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable, usually.
You can use it as a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or use the additional 4 pin cable, and use it as a 24-pin ATX main power cable ]

4) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for newer Processors.
The 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable was brought out.
(Has Lock with Locating Tab on the motherboard connector, also)

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

5) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for high-end graphics card.
4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable didn't help.
The 6-pin PCI Express power cable was brought out,

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

Plugs into a graphics card.

[ Note*
In all power cables, Red wires are 5 Volts. Yellow wires are 12 Volts. ALL Black wires are Ground wires ]

Next in line was two versions of the 8-pin power cable.

A) 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.
Originally brought out for server computers, that has multiple Processors.
Plugs into the motherboard.

B) 8-pin PCI Express power cable.
Brought out for more power, than a 6-pin PCI Express power cable could put out.
Plugs into a graphics card.

(6-pin PCI Express power cable is capable of handling 75 Watts.
8-pin PCI Express power cable will handle 150 Watts )

If you have an IDE (PATA) harddrive, a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable is what you need. ('Molex' is the slang term for it's connector)

If you have a SATA harddrive you need a 15-pin SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, AND a SATA power cable;

ONLY USE the SATA power cable!

If you use both you will burn out the harddrive. Maybe not immediately, but I assure you down the road you will.
(Do not use just a single 4-pin standard peripheral power cable, either)

Optical drive/s use a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, if they are IDE (PATA) units.
If they are SATA units they use a SATA power cable.

The old Floppy Drives use a 4-pin small Peripheral power cable.
Same cable plugs into a Card Reader, also.

The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the cables, (Wires), from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

Sometimes abbreviated on the motherboard as;
F_PANEL 1, or FP1, etc.

I will need to know the computer manufacturer name, and Model Number, (HP = Product Number, or P/N), or the manufacturer name, and Model Number of the motherboard, to TRY to provide this information.

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 12, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I would like to know what adapter (DVI to VGA Cable Adapter) I need to connect to a Macintosh G4. Thanks


Without knowing what Model Number of MAC G4 you're referring to, I can only give you generic information.

If your MAC G4 has a DVI port it is generally the female style.
The DVI connector on the adapter will need to be a male DVI style.

The VGA end of the adapter will be either male, or female. Most VGA connectors on a monitor cable have a male VGA end.

(The DVI end will have the pins sticking out on the adapter. The VGA end will have the socket holes)

Also stated as the monitor cable end will be a DVI male. The port {Connection} on the computer is a VGA female)

Example of a DVI male to VGA female adapter,

http://sewelldirect.com/dviaftovgam.asp

Barring that you need the other style of DVI to VGA adapter, (DVI female on the monitor cable, VGA male on the computer), this is an example,

[ Note* The newer VGA connectors are also known as an HD-15 connector.
More information on the Video Graphics Array connector,

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

More information on the DVI connector styles, and the Digital Visual Interface technology,

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

If you should find all of this confusing, simply state in a Comment as to what connector is on the end of the monitor cable, and what connector is at the computer.

State whether the connectors are Male (Pins sticking out), or Female (Socket holes)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 16, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Un pluged power sulp. cant remember whear they go


Would help if I had the computer manufacturer's name, and the Model number.

Generic Info:

A) Main power cable:
You may have an old computer which has an AT power supply.
This type of power supply has 2 main power cables.

Example:

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

NOTE the lock tabs on the side of the connectors. The connectors only go one way.
NOTE the Black wires in both connectors.

When both connectors are plugged in properly, the Black wires in both connectors face each other.
Look at the photo to the far right.
(The Black wires are Ground wires)

B) Newer computers past the time period of the above, use an ATX power supply. They use an ATX main power cable.

First there was a 20-pin ATX main power cable.
As time proceeded, and more power was needed to the motherboard, the 24-pin ATX main power cable came out.

20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

NOTE the lock tab on the side of the connector. It operates in the same fashion as a see-saw on a playground.

The top of the lock tab is pressed in. The hook on the bottom of the lock tab, catches on a protrusion coming out of the side of the connector, on the motherboard.

When plugging in the Lock Tab faces the 'bump', or protrusion on the connector on the motherboard.

Scroll down the page for info on the 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector.
With either style of connector, ensure that the ATX main power cable's connector, is pushed down in the connector on the motherboard. Ensure that the Lock Tab is locked into position.

3) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.
Also referred to as P4 MB, (Pentium 4 MotherBoard), and P4 12V
(Pentium 4 12 Volt)

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

This power cable is power for the Processor.
The respective connector on the motherboard, is a square whitish plastic connector with four socket holes.
As shown on the photo to the far Left.

Different manufacturers place the female connector in different places, but it is always located somewhere near the Processor.

4) Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable:
Also misnomered as a Molex connector.

[Name of first design stuck. Same as calling an adjustable open-end wrench a Crescent wrench]

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

This power cable is used for IDE, (PATA) harddrives, optical drives, (CD/DVD drive/s), and sometimes for computer case fans.
Note the rounded corners on one side of the connector.
Only allows installing in one direction.
(Unless you 'gorilla' it)

5) SATA power cable:

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

Used for SATA harddrives, and optical drives that are SATA.
Only plugs in one direction.

NOTE*
Sometimes a SATA harddrive, will have a provision for a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, AND a SATA power cable.

ONLY plug in the 15-pin SATA power cable!
I cannot stress this enough.

Plugging in both power cables will BURN up the SATA harddrive.
May not happen right away, but I assure you it WILL happen.

5) Floppy drive power cable:

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

This is another style of 4-pin Peripheral power cable. A smaller version.
Your computer may not have a Floppy Drive, and hence may not use this power cable.
If you have a Card Reader though, it uses this style of power cable.

Only plugs in, in one direction.
{NOTE*
Watch the sharp pointed pins coming out of a Floppy Drive, or Card Reader, that this power cable plugs onto!
Will stick your finger as easily as a straight pin! ]

For power cables going to a graphics card, (Video card, same same), let me know what graphics card it is.

To reply, or post questions, post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 27, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet

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I have a 20pin power supply adapter that reduceses to a(p8) 6wire&(p9)6wire plug that plugs into the mother board of my system.


Understandable.

A 20-pin ATX main power cable, is converted into two 6-pin AT main power cables, by that adapter.

20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

6-pin AT main power cable, and it's respective connector,

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


As I'm sure you are aware, the color code of the insulation of those power wires, deems what Voltage they are.

Let's look at charts that compare the older AT main power cable connector, and power wires, to the newer ATX main power cable, and it's power wires,

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

Scroll towards the bottom of the page, and look at the comparison charts under the heading - Wiring Diagrams

Now if you would, post back in a Comment, as to what the actual problem is.


Aug 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Need to up grade Components


Almost all of the newer power supplies use the black connectors - and generally come with one or two white connectors for older hardware. The best recommendation I can give you is to open the box and make sure the power supply will fit inside your computer, and the screw holes match the ones on your old power supply. Other than that it's normally a fairly easy process to change power supplies on newer computers.

Sep 24, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Which cables go where???????


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1 3 5 7 9
2 4 6 8 10
RED - YELLOW - GREEN - BLACK -----

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My new WD SATA hard drive does not have a 4-pin connector


Hi nas2,

You can purchas a SATA power cord addapter that can assist you. The cord is called SATA Serial ATA Power Cable. Unfortunetly, Best Buy™ does not carry these cables. You can however google the cord and order it online for cheap.

Sincerely,

Agent Xiong

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