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All my wiring was unplugged how do I connect it

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Suggest download the Motherboard Manual from Asus Support, and plug it back in.

The front of the computer is the Front Panel.
You may have to remove the Front Panel, to see where the Power On switch wires are; plus Power On LED (light) wires, and Harddrive Activity LED (light) wires are.

Most of the time the plug connectors, at the end of those wires; have a tiny abbreviation on them. Tells what they are.

The Power On LED light, and the Power On switch, are usually located in the same area on the Front Panel

Usually you can see where the wires go, to the Power On LED light.
By process of elimination, you know the other wires now, are for the Power On switch.

[The Power On switch is located inside the plastic assembly, of the Power On Button.
This is one example of an ATX power on switch,

The kind used in a LOT of desktop computers ]

The HarDDrive activity LED is usually located away from the Power On switch, and Power On LED light.
It's wires should be easy to find. (LED light is usually Red)

USB ports, Firewire ports, and front audio (Microphone/Headphones), have separate cables, and plug connectors that are different from each other.

Most of the time, the same contact pins on the motherboard that are used for USB, can also be connected to a Card Reader.

The power cable coming from the Power Supply, for the Card Reader; is the same one used in the old days for a Floppy Drive,

Asus Support > M2N32-SLI Deluxe > Main Support page,

Power cables from Power Supply to Motherboard:

Look at the photo.
1) At the bottom of the photo, and middle; is a white long connector that has two rows of 12 socket holes.

There is a blue 40-pin IDE (PATA) connector, right next to it.

This is for the 24-pin ATX main power cable. A general example of said power cable; and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

Note that color does NOT matter for the power cable connector.
Also note the pivoting Lock on the side, shown in the middle photo, and photo to the far right.

The Lock works like a see-saw on a playground.
You squeeze the top in (Towards the wires), and this brings it's hooked end at bottom; away from the Lock Tab on the motherboard connector.

When the power cable is deemed to be plugged tightly, and correctly; the hooked end of the Lock is over the Lock Tab, on the motherboard connector.
[ Page 28 - Bottom (54 of 170) in manual ]

2) From the white 24-pin ATX main power cable's motherboard connector, look up from it's left top corner.

You have the squarish copper Heatsink with the white Asus on it.
Above it is another finned copper Heatsink.
To the left of that finned Heatsink is a blue PCI Express x16 slot.
Next to the blue PCI Express x16 slot, is a white square 4-socket hole connector.

This is where a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable goes. General example of power cable. and it's motherboard connector,

Again, color does NOT matter of power cable connector.
It also has the same type of lock mechanism, that the 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, has.

That's it for power cables TO the motherboard.

Going back to the Asus Support page, click on the Download tab.
(Overview / Specifications / Download / etc)
You'll see the OS - Select OS - box.
Click on the blue Down Arrow, on the right side.
Click on WinXP.

If you were downloading Drivers, or BIOS update, or other software; it would matter what Operating System you choose.
Since we're just going for the motherboard manual, naa!

Scroll down, click on the + sign to the left of the blue Manual (14)
Scroll the INSIDE blue scroll bar down, until you get to the bold -

Version E2697 heading in the left column.

M2N32-SLI Deluxe User's Manual for English Edition (E2687)
Click on the blue Global.

This is a Zip file. A Zip file is used to send large amounts of information, more easily. A Zip file is a compressed file, so it has to be uncompressed, or also said as 'unzipped'.

Make SURE there is a Green dot in the small circle, to the left of - Save File.
If not; left-click in the small empty circle to the left of - Save File
Now go below in this small window, and click on OK.

A small download window will come up.
Allow the file to fully download, then DOUBLE-click right on the file name.
In the next small window go to the far left, and under the Folder Tasks heading click on -
Extract all files

At the bottom of the next 3 small windows, click on Next, Next, and Finish.
In the last small window DOUBLE-click right on the file name -
,next to the red Adobe PDF icon.

There is your motherboard manual in PDF file form.

[Ignore if you are aware;
The PDF file page number box is at the Top, and to the right of the Down Arrow.
Click on the Zoom In icon ( + ) to the right, to Increase the view size.
Click on the Zoom Out icon ( - ) to decrease.

The actual motherboard manual page, and the Adobe Reader page number, do NOT match. When I refer to a page number, it is for the Adobe Reader page number box, at Top ]

Go to Page 4 - 2.2.4 Motherboard layout (It is also 30 of 170)

Motherboard is shown in the position as it is, when installed in the computer case. (Photo on support page, had the motherboard turned 90 degrees to the Right)

There are charts starting on the next page (5), that detail out the connector's name, and a page number for more reference to it.

More in an added Comment.



Posted on Jan 03, 2013

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  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 03, 2013

    Power cables TO motherboard connected, as stated above; suggest Processor fan wire next. [CPU = Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short. Does NOT mean personal computer] Top left corner of motherboard - CPU_FAN. White in color. Note the 'key' on one side of the connector. Aligns CPU_FAN cable connector to motherboard connector. All motherboard connectors are keyed. Page 11 (37 of 170) Come straight down to the PCIEX16_1 (Blue in color) (PCI Express x16 and 1 slot) See right above it's left side? ATX12V? White in color. That is the 4-pin ATX  +12 Volt power cable connector. Page 28 - Bottom (54 of 170) To the left it states CHA_FAN1 and CHA_FAN2. Chassis Fan 1 / Chassis Fan 2. White in color. This is where a computer case fan plugs in. There are connectors for two fans, IF used. (Usually one in front, and one in back ) Page 27 (53 of 170) Straight below them is CD. Black in color. This is where the small audio cable, from the MAIN optical drive, goes. If you have two optical drives (CD/DVD drive), the Main; or primary one, should have the small audio cable. ONLY the main optical drive is hooked up to audio on the motherboard. Page 30 (56 of 170)

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 03, 2013

    Straight below the CD audio cable connector, is the Front Panel Audio connector.  -> AAFP. White in color. (Right above SPDIF_OUT) The Microphone and Headphone cables connect here. Page 29 - Bottom (55 of 170) Come straight down to the bottom edge of the motherboard. IE1394_1 is the header for the Firewire (1394/1394a) port. Red in color. Front Panel - Firewire port; OR can be installed on the back of the computer; using an adapter. { Adapter; Metal slot cover mount, and goes in one of the expansion slot holes, in the metal framework of the computer case. Same slot holes in the metal framework, at the back of the computer case; that a graphics card, or modem card, or any other add-on card uses. The Firewire (1394a) port is attached to a metal mount, that looks like the metal mounting bracket of a graphics card } You can see how there are 5 pins on the top row, and 4 pins on the bottom row. The missing pin is the 'Key'. Align the Firewire cable connector using the 'Key', when installing Firewire cable to motherboard. Page 26 (52 of 170) ADH? Dunno USB78, and USB56: Blue in color.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 03, 2013

    USB headers on motherboard. IF the Front Panel has USB ports, you can connect them here. EACH USB header is for TWO USB ports. You can also use an adapter mount; like the Firewire detail above, and mount to an expansion slot hole, at the back of the computer. A Card Reader will usually have TWO cables. They both should plug into ONE USB header. Which one? Just pick one. They are all the same. They all go back to the USB bus. LPT - Black in color. Parallel port connector. Not used IMHO. Used to be used for Printers. Page 30 (56 of 170) PANEL - White in color. This is the Front Panel header. Asus calls it the System panel connector. Page 32 (58 of 170) PLED stands for Power LED. (LED = Light Emitting Diode) The + sign stands for Positive. The Positive ( + ) wire for the Power On LED (light), goes here. If the PWR LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around. SPEAKER is for a small internal speaker. It is so you can hear BIOS Beep Codes. IDE LED is the HarDDrive activity LED (light) HDD LED You can see where the Positive ( + ) wire connects. If the HDD LED is dim when the Harddrive is active, switch the wires around. PWRSW stands for Power Switch. This is where the Power On switch (Button) connects. Above the PANEL connector is CHA_FAN3, and CHA_FAN4. White in color. Yep. Two more fans can be connected here if needed. Page 27 (53 of 170) SATA connectors. Orange in color. This is where the SATA data cable connects, Different style of SATA motherboard connector is all, and different color. Note the L-shaped opening. Lines up on the L-shape of the Harddrive, or Optical Drive (CD/DVD drive), and the L-shape of the motherboard's SATA connector. Between it, and a SATA power cable's connector; the SATA data cable's connector is Smaller. Has 7-pins. SATA power cable connector has 15-pins. Usually the end of the SATA data cable that plugs into the device, has a 90 degree bent elbow connector.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 03, 2013

    The connector end that goes to the motherboard, is a Straight connector. Sometimes there is Lock on the SATA data cable's connector; TO the device it will be plugged into. Harddrive or Optical Drive. Usually all you see/feel is a slightly raised bump, on the connector. It is squeezed in with a thumb nail to release. Release when installing, and removing. So,.........SATA data cable TO harddrive, and SATA power cable. Same thing for the optical drives. If you have more than one SATA harddrive, they may be set up into a RAID configuration. !O_O! If this is so let me know in a Comment. (Whether there are two SATA harddrives) KNOW THIS; IF, the SATA harddrive has a provision for a SATA power cable, AND this cable, ONLY use just the SATA power cable, Using both power cables will burn out the Harddrive. May not happen right away, but I Assure you it Will happen.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 03, 2013

    There are 6 SATA connectors. The harddrive goes to SATA1. An optical drive (CD/DVD drive) goes to SATA2. If there are TWO optical drives used; the Main optical drive; or Primary; goes to SATA2, and the secondary optical drive to SATA3. HOWEVER, the beauty of SATA is; that you can plug whatever you want, in ANY SATA connector on the motherboard. BIOS will find the device. Plug harddrive into SATA 3, and optical drive into SATA 5? NO problem. Plug harddrive into SATA 3 and optical drive into SATA 6? NO problem. If you have an IDE (PATA) optical drive, it goes to the long blue IDE connector, by the white 24-pin ATX main power cable's motherboard connector. There SHOULD be a squarish Locating Lug, on the flat ribbon IDE (PATA) cable's connector. (May just be two raised bumps) This Locating Lug lines up with the square cutout, on the motherboard connector. Lines Pin 1 in the flat ribbon cable, up with Pin 1 in the motherboard connector. IF there is NO Locating Lug on the flat ribbon cable; look for the faint red strip on the side of the cable. This red strip is on the same side as Pin 1 in the cable. When plugging into a Harddrive, or Optical Drive; the red stripe of the cable AWAYS goes toward the power cable connection; on the harddrive, or optical drive. (Providing for someone who may have an IDE {PATA} harddrive also. You should have a SATA harddrive ) When plugging into the motherboard, the RED stripe goes DOWN. Down towards the bottom of the motherboard. Guess that about does it. (lol!) For additional questions please post in a Comment. Regards, joecoolvette



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