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Problem with power connections on emachine T2596

I have an emachine T2596. Motherboard is a Trigem Imperial-GV although it appears that this would be the same on any board.

I had an issue with a bad power button. I bought a replacement bezel. Before removing the old one I wrote down the connection sequence, BUT I misplaced the notes.

The connector pins are on the front corner of the board next to the jumpers and look like this: (... ....) e.g. 3 pins, a space, and 4 more pins.

I have 3 wire pairs that need a total 6 pins, not 7.

(1) Power Switch - Black and White Wires
(2) Power LED - Green and White Wires
(3) HDD LED - Red and White Wires

Could someone please tell me which pins I need to connect to? I've checked a number of sites but haven't seen any documentation related to this.

Thanks in advance,

JB

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  • JB4375 Dec 17, 2008

    Thanks for your effort. I found a site that had the pin listing. Unfortunately, what I've also found is that the new bezel I just purchased has the same issue the old one had. A flashing power button.



    It's start flashing once the PC is plugged in, then I have to push the button to boot. When I shut down windows the light flashes, and the PC won't turn off until you unplug it. What eventually happens is the button will out completely.



    Emachines are ****.

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The beep you hear is a BIOS Beep Code. The computer's method of informing you something is wrong, and the area to look into for it.

The code is similar to what you may be used to.
(Afghanistan, Army? If so, hello brother/sister. 1st Cav, 13th Sig. Corp)

The BIOS Beep Code is similar to a Morse Code.

Examples:
Two short beeps followed by a long beep, a pause of silence, then the pattern repeats, over, and over.

One short beep indicates everything is okay.
This is an indication that BIOS has concluded the Ram Memory count, and everything is 5 By.

According to my sources, the eMachines T2682 desktop computer uses an Imperial GV motherboard model, made by TriGem.

The front plastic cover of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area on the motherboard that the cables, (Wires), attach to on the motherboard, is the Front Panel header.

This is the Front panel header pinout, for the TriGem Imperial GV motherboard,

http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1/ecase/support/front_panel_support.shtml

On this page I would like you to scroll down to the heading -
Imperial GV Front Panel Motherboard Pinouts

Looking at the pinout;

1) Pin 1 is Not used. NC = No Connection

2) Pins 2 and 3 are for the Power On LED light
[Light Emitting Diode]

Pin 2 is for the Ground wire. (GND) ( - )
Pin 3 is for the LED light power wire. ( + )

3) Pin 4 is not used. NC

4) Pins 5 and 6 are for the Harddrive Activity light. (LED)
HDD is HarDDrive

Pin 5 is for the LED power wire
Pin 6 is for the HarDDrive signal wire
(If after attaching the wires the HDD LED light is dim, reverse the wires)

5) Pins 7 and 8 are for the Power On switch.
Pin 7 is for the Ground wire.

Attaching the Peripheral cables;

1) You have an IDE harddrive. Uses a 40-pin IDE ribbon cable.
(39 actually. One pinhole is blocked off)

There is a Locating Tab on one side of the IDE ribbon cable's connector.

To wit:

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

Left-click on the blue IDE connector in the photo to the upper right.
At the top middle of the connector you will see two ridges.
This is the Locating Lug.

Now left-click on the IDE connector on the motherboard, shown in the photo to the upper right.
(To the right of the blue IDE connector)

Looking at the blue IDE connector on the motherboard, you will note there is a cutout on one side of the connector.
This is a Locating Slot.

Lining the Locating Lug up to the Locating Slot, puts the pins of the IDE ribbon cable's connector, in the correct position for the pinholes in the motherboard's IDE connector.

IF, your ribbon cable's connector does Not have a Locating Lug;

Look at the outside edge of the ribbon cable. You should see a faint Red stripe.
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Next to the motherboard's IDE connector should be a printout.
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(A Peripheral power cable's connector, has been misnomered as a Molex connector, repeatedly through the years.
This was the name given to the first connector of this design.
It's kind of like referring to an adjustable open-end wrench, as a Crescent wrench )

Here in the photo of the rear view of an IDE harddrive, (Photo to the far left), you will see the 4 power pins.

To the left of the power pins are the Jumper pins.
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The Red stripe of the IDE ribbon cable goes towards those 4 power pins.

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I would suggest this generic Power On switch,

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Your statement of ,"....don't know which of the colored pairs of wires go.....", leads me to believe you may have all of the Front Panel wires disconnected.

How about information as to where ALL the Front Panel wires go?
(Provided I have correctly interpreted your statement)

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In the chart to the right, you will see GRD used many times.
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