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Broken Motherboard Pins

I was replacing the data cable of the floppy A drive and I broke 2 pins on the motherboard. Can these pins be replaced? Do I need a new motherboard?

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  • krunningbear Feb 23, 2009

    will the motherboard work properly with these 2 broken pins?

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Can you try to just use floppy driver B socket or is their not one? Do you really need a floppy driver many computers now days do not have one using the CD/DVD burner for saving data. I have never heard of the pins being replaced, but nothing is impossible to fix.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • Thomas F. Schneider Feb 23, 2009

    The mother board will work fine w/o the floppy driver all together. No, I do not believe the floppy drive, itself, will work with out those two pins.
    Thank you for the rating. 

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Install cd drive


Dell Optiplex 740 DESKTOP?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op740/en/UG/dt_index.htm

Under the bold black subheading -
Removing and Replacing Parts, click on - Drives, in the list.

After details on the power cable, and data cable, the Optical Drive is the first drive listed.

Examples of a SATA data cable, and it's connector; and a SATA data cable connector on the motherboard,

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

Note the L-shaped opening in the SATA data cable's connector.
Lines up with an L-shape on the motherboard connector.
ONE style of SATA motherboard connector is shown.

Your SATA motherboard connector may differ in appearance. Still has an L-shape in it, though.

(Hold the SATA cable connector in your hand, look at the connector.
If you turn a capital L to the LEFT, and turn OVER, that is the correct position to install the cable, in.
_____I, then turn over )

SOME SATA cable connectors have a Lock on them.
Some are like a tab you press down, others are like a small 'bulb, that you press down on. Suggest use your thumb.

Depress Lock to Install cable, and to Remove cable.

Between a SATA data cable's connector, and a SATA power cable's connector; a SATA power cable connector is Larger.

SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
Example of a SATA power cable,

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

Depress the Drive Release Latch, slide the drive towards the Back of the computer, lift up slightly to remove SATA data cable, and SATA power cable; THEN remove optical drive.
(CD/DVD drive)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 18, 2013 | Dell OptiPlex 740 PC Desktop

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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 | PC Desktops

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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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Mcp61sm-am motherboard manuel needed


Ya know Acer owns Gateway now,

http://support.gateway.com/s//MOTHERBD/Shared/4006233R/4006233Rnv.shtml

A) Power Supply to motherboard cabling;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECS-MCP61SM-AM-V-1-0A-SOCKET-AM2-AMD-MOTHERBOARD-uATX-/290606277901

Scroll down to the motherboard top view photo.

Product Views > Hardware Details

1) 24-pin ATX main power cable. (S - Main Power Connector)

This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

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

[Note color of connectors does NOT matter ]

Note the Lock on the side of the main power cable's connector, and the matching Tab on the motherboard connector. When properly plugged in, the hooked end of the Lock will be over the Tab, on the motherboard connector.

In the photo of the motherboard shown on the Ebay link, this connector is on the Right side of the motherboard, next to the blue IDE (PATA) connector.

2) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable; (F - Auxiliary 12V ATX Connector)

General example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

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

In the motherboard photo; Small square 4-socket hole connector, to the Bottom/Left corner of the Processor socket.

This power cable's connector also has a Lock, and the motherboard connector has a Tab.

That's all the power cables that go to the motherboard.

B) With 2 SATA headers (Connectors) on the motherboard, and one IDE (PATA) connector, it suggests to me that this motherboard is set up to use a SATA harddrive.

This is a general example of a SATA power cable,

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

Note that it has 15 contact pins, and between it, and the SATA data cable connector, it is the larger of the two.
There is a Lock tab on the connector that you depress, to install, or remove the cable.

You can use a SATA optical drive (CD/DVD drive), or an IDE (PATA) optical drive.
An IDE (PATA) optical drive uses a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

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

[ Misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable. Molex was the first to make the power cable's connector. Name stuck, kind of like calling an open-end wrench a Crescent wrench ]

A SATA data cable is used for the SATA harddrive. The connector end that goes to the Harddrive, is usually a 90 degree bent elbow.
The straight end plugs into the motherboard,

General example of a SATA data cable, and it's corresponding connector on the motherboard,

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

Note the L-shape in the inside of the SATA data cable's connector, and the L-shape on the motherboard connector. They line up.
The SATA power cable also has this L-shape.

In Hardware Details click on -> Q - SATA Connectors
The Bottom one, or one closest to the outside edge of the motherboard, is SATA1.

Although it isn't marked on the motherboard, or at least not visible in this photo, SATA 4 is. Look at the top where a SATA 4 connector would be.
The SATA harddrive should be plugged into the SATA1 header.
(Connector)

HOWEVER, the beauty of SATA is that it does NOT matter, which SATA header on the motherboard, you plug the SATA harddrive into.

BIOS will find it.

(Supposed to be SATA harddrive to SATA1, and a SATA optical drive to SATA2)
In the motherboard photo on Ebay, they are Orange in color, and under the blue IDE (PATA) connector.

C) Going from Hardware Details and the Ebay motherboard photo;

B - CPU Fan 1 Connector, is where the Processor fan plugs in.
In the motherboard photo, there are 7 cylindrical Electrolytic Capacitors in a row, to the left of the processor socket.

This connector is located immediately above the top capacitor, near the outside edge of the motherboard. (Brown in color)

E - Floppy Disk Connector, is above the white 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, and the blue IDE (PATA) connector. It is Yellowish in color. (34 pins)

G - System Fan Connector, is white in color, has 3 contact pins, and is located under the white, square 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable connector. This is where the computer case fan plugs in.

I - PCI Express x16 Connector, is Orange in color, and below the processor socket. It has PCI Express silkscreened on the motherboard immediately below it.
This where a graphics card, and ONLY a graphics card, is installed.

J - PCI Express x1 Connector, is white in color, and immediately below the orange PCI Express x16 connector.
This is NOT used for a graphics card.

Whatever you can use in a PCI slot, except a graphics card, can be used in this slot; -> Provided it is a PCI Express x1 card.
(Ethernet Card, Sound Card, etc)

L - CD-in Connector is where the audio cable from the Main (Primary) optical drive goes to.
Ya got me on this one. I know it's located real close to the Realtek audio chipset, and I think that is to the left of the orange PCI Express x16 slot.

M - Front Audio Connector, is where the front audio (Sound) ports, of the Front Panel connect to.
Green in color, and located under the bottom white long PCI slot, and near the outside edge of the motherboard.

N - Clear CMOS Jumper is self explanatory. It is located under the finned Heatsink, (Looks like a meat tenderizer), of the Southbridge chip.
(Which is located under the Ram Memory slots)

O - USB Connectors are Yellow in color, and located under the finned Heatsink of the Southbridge chip, and towards the outside edge of the motherboard. (Or also located under the Ram Memory slots)

P - Front Panel Connector, is located at the Bottom/Right corner of the motherboard, close to the 'Buzzer'. (Buzzer is used for BIOS Beep Codes) PANEL1

4 pins on the Left side, 5 pins on the Right side.
The pins on the Left side are numbered EVEN.
The pins on the Right side are numbered ODD.

Starting on the Bottom of the Left side going Up;
Pins 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.

Starting on the Bottom of the Right side going Up;
Pins 1, 3, 5, and 7

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 Not Connected. Used by the factory.

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the 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.

More to follow.
For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 06, 2012 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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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 PC Desktops

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Missing power pack some ribbons


Rut Ro!

!O_O!

1) Three 'ribbon' cables are all you need.
Two IDE 40-pin cables, and One 34-pin Floppy Drive cable.

The wider 40-pin IDE ribbon cables are for the Harddrive, and Optical Drive/s. (CD/DVD drives)
(Actually 40 -> socket holes, and actually only 39 are used)

The narrower 34-pin IDE ribbon cable is for the Floppy drive.

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

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

Note*
I would like you to look at a Locating Lug, on an IDE flat ribbon cable, (IDE is also referred to as PATA),

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

Note on the blue rectangular connector, the two ridges at the Top/Middle. This is a Locating Lug. Shapes vary, but the same basic principle is kept.

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

Note the two IDE motherboard connectors. One Blue, one Black.
Note on the blue IDE connector that there is a cutout on one side.
(Outside edge of motherboard, Middle of side )
This is what the Locating Lug lines up with.

[Note also that IDE1 is silkscreened, on the outside edge of the motherboard, and between the blue IDE connector.
This is where the harddrive cable plugs into.

IDE2 which is right above (Black), is where the optical drive/s cable plugs into ]

IF, there is No Locating Lug on the flat IDE ribbon cable's connector;

The thin Red stripe on the side of the flat ribbon cable, denotes which side Number 1 wire is on.

Looking at your motherboard, with the Processor to the Top, and Ram Memory slots to the Right; Number 1 pin in the two IDE connectors on the motherboard, is on the BOTTOM.

The Red strip on the flat ribbon cable, goes towards the Bottom of the motherboard.

Looking at the back of your IDE harddrive, start at the Right side, go towards the Left;
On the right side are 4 pins. These are for the power cable. To the left of them are jumper pins. To the left of the jumper pins is where the flat ribbon cable plugs in.

The Red strip ALWAYS goes toward the power cable.
Same thing with an optical drive.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=320584071749&nma=true&rt=nc&si=3aRaG4yZHczJd6Q3wXW2IIvaBys%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

With the above Gateway E-4000 motherboard example, the IDE connectors for the Harddrive, and optical drive/s, is at the Top/Middle.
The White connector is for the Optical Drive/s cable. (IDE2)
The Black connector above it is for the Harddrive cable. (IDE1)

The smaller black connector to the Left of the black Harddrive connector, is for the Floppy Drive cable.
The whitish opaque long connector under the black Floppy Drive connector, is where the 20-pin ATX main power cable plugs into,

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

(Note color of connectors does Not matter)

3) Where the black Processor Fan is. Come to the Bottom/Right corner of it. Go straight across, and stop under the aluminum finned Heatsink, above it. (Heatsink looks like a meat tenderizer)

This whitish square 4-socket hole connector on the motherboard,
is where a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in,

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

Note that both it, and the 20-pin ATX main power cable's connector, has a Lock on one side. This lines up with a Lock Tab on the motherboard connector. When the power cables are deemed to be tightly, and properly plugged in, the hooked end of the Lock will be over the Lock Tab.

This type of power cable plugs into the Harddrive, and Optical Drive/s,

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

(Commonly misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable. Molex was the first company to make the connector, and their manufacturer name stuck. Kind of like referring to an open-end wrench as a Crescent wrench)

4-pin Peripheral power cables may also be used for computer case fans.
(Yellow wires are 12 Volt wires. { DC }
Red wires are 5 Volt wires. { DC }
Black wires are Ground wires.
Do not hook up a 5 Volt fan to a 12 Volt wire )

Intel D845GRG motherboard is Gateway part number 4000828,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/INTEL/2519530/2519530mv.shtml

The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
The the area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wire go to from the Front Panel, is the Front Panel header.

In the list click on Q - Front Panel connector
Motherboard installed in computer case the Front Panel is down in the Bottom/Right corner. It is the second header over from the Right.

The pins across the Top row are numbered EVEN.
Starting on the LEFT side going towards the Right;
Pins 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16.

The pins across the Bottom row are numbered ODD.
Starting on the LEFT side going across to the Right;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

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, 11, 13, and 15 are not used. Reserved for the factory.

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the 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
There is No Pin 14
Pins 12 and 16 are N/C. Not Connected.

You can also see in the list where the Front Panel USB ports connect to (P - Front Panel USB connector), and the Front Panel Audio ports, (V - Front Panel Audio jumper )

The Power Supply used is a piece of Cr@p.
160 Watts. This is what it looked like,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gateway-E-3600-4000-Power-Supply-6500582-NPS-160CB-Test-/270707982390?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f07740036

Gateway part number 6500704,

http://support.gateway.com/s/POWER/6500704/6500704nv.shtml

(Click on Product View, and on Specifications)

It is approximately 6 Inches Wide, 3-1/2 Inches Tall, and 4-1/2 Inches Long.

When installed there is a green plastic lock, that swings over to lock the Power Supply in.
I would remove that green plastic lock mechanism, and use an ATX Power Supply.

All the same dimensions as above, except it is 5-1/2 inches Long.
ATX power supplies are used in a LOT of desktop computer, and readily available. A VERY common Power Supply.

Guess what else? You won't be stuck with a lowly 160 Watt power supply, or have to pay through the nose to get another piece of junk like it.

The Philips head screws in the back of the computer case, hold the Power Supply in just fine, without that plastic piece of junk, also.
An example of a Power Supply that would work, green plastic Lock removed,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1389575&CatId=1078

430 Watt Power Supply will Not harm the computer.
Why?
Because a computer ONLY uses the power it needs, and NO more.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 01, 2012 | Gateway E-4000 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Need wiring diagram for placement of the internal cables in Compaq Presario SR5410F


Top view photo of the motherboard, of an MSI MS-7525 motherboard made FOR HP by MSI, for a Compaq Presario SR5410F Desktop PC,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01386897&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=3686678

Also scroll down the page, and click on the + sign to the left of -
Motherboard Layout.

A) 24-pin ATX main power cable:

In the photo, look to the right of the Blue ram memory slots.

The Yellowish/Whitish connector to the right of them, with two columns of 12 socket holes, is where the 24-pin ATX main power cable plugs in.

In the Motherboard Layout it is marked by - ATX1

This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

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

Note the middle photo, and the Lock on the side of the power cable's connector. The Lock has a hooked end that goes over a Tab, on the motherboard's connector.

The Lock works like a see-saw on a playground. The top is squeezed in, and this brings the hooked end away from the Tab, in order to remove the power cable.
When assured that the power cable is plugged in tightly, and therefore correctly, the hooked end of the Lock will be over the motherboard connector's Tab.

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

In the center of the motherboard, under the Processor socket, is the Northbridge chip. (Part of the motherboard chipset)
It is under a finned aluminum Heatsink, that resembles a meat tenderizer's head.

Draw an imaginary line up above it, in-between the Processor socket, and the aluminum finned Heatsink, and go straight LEFT.
See the whitish 4-socket hole square connector?

In the Motherboard Layout it is marked by - JPW1

This is where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in. It is power for the Processor. Has the same locking setup as the 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's motherboard connector.

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

C) In the Motherboard Layout to the top left corner of ram memory Slot 1, (DIMM1), is where the Processor fan connects.
CPU_FAN1

D) In the Motherboard Layout just below JPW1 is where the computer case fan plugs into. SYS_FAN1

E) In the Motherboard Layout - SATA1 - is where the SATA Harddrive data cable plugs into. (Below ram memory slots)

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

The SATA power cable from the power supply, plugs into the SATA harddrive. Note that the SATA power cable's connector, is longer in length than the SATA data cable's connector.

[SATA power cable has 15-pin. SATA data cable has 7-pins ]

Note that both cable's connectors, have an L-shape on the inside.

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

NOTE*
This is what a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable looks like,

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

IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, ONLY use just the SATA power cable!

Otherwise you will burn up the SATA harddrive. May not happen right away, but I assure you it will happen!

[ A note on SATA.
The beauty of SATA, is that you can plug into ANY SATA connector on the motherboard, and BIOS will see it.

If you plug the Harddrive into SATA 1, or SATA 2, or SATA 3, or SATA 4, connector on the motherboard, IT DOES NOT MATTER.
BIOS will find the Harddrive, or optical drive ]

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

In the Motherboard Layout illustration, the Front Panel header is down at the Bottom/Right corner, and is marked - JFP1.
(Right in the very bottom/right corner is JUSB2. JFP1 is right above it)

JFP1. Junction Front Panel 1.
9-pin header. Black rectangle.
5 pins on the Right side, 4 pins on the Left side.

The pins are numbered EVEN on the LEFT side.
Starting on the BOTTOM going UP;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO Pin 10.

The pins are numbered ODD on the RIGHT side.
Starting on the BOTTOM going UP;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

A) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED.
(Light Emitting Diode, so it is a 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. 5 Volt power, and reserved for the factory to use.

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

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

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

Aug 14, 2012 | HP COMPAQ Presario SR5410F Pentium...

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I replaced my power supply and don't remember where the connections went


Not too much way you can go wrong. There's a 20 or 24-pin connector which plugs into the motherboard in only one place. There probably is a 4-pin connector and that, too, goes into the motherboard (in a socket near the CPU). The other connectors are power connectors for you hard drive and CD/DVD. That's about it.

Oct 09, 2011 | HEWLETT-PACKARD Compaq Presario SR5518F...

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I would like to see an inside wiring diagram to see if I plugged something in wrong or not


If this problem is in direct relation to a Compaq Presario SR5501F desktop computer;

HP Support > Compaq Presario SR5501F > Motherboard Specifications,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01237538&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3740354

The motherboard is made by ECS for HP/Compaq
ECS model number is MCP61PM-HM
HP/Compaq's name is Iris 8.

There is no wiring diagram per se to give you.
I'll have to detail the wiring connections step by step for you.
This may be a little lengthy.

On the link above you are looking at a photo of your motherboard.
There is also an illustration available.
I would like you to copy, and save them both.

Using this method you will be able to enlarge them for further clarity, of the connections to the motherboard.

Right-click on the motherboard photo. Left-click on Save Image As, in the list.
In the Save Image window that comes up, you will see the heading File name:
To the right of File name: will be c01237541.

Unless you want to search for c01237541 you may wish to do this:

Put your mouse cursor after the 1 in c01237541.
Left-click twice.
Make one space with your spacebar.

Type Compaq Presario SR5501F Mobo photo.
(Mobo stands for MOtherBOard)

You want this photo to go to your My Pictures folder.
(Windows XP. Different for Vista)
At the top of the Save Image window is the heading - Save in:
In the box to the right you should see - My Pictures

If you do Not you will have to change the destination.

Left-click on the blue down arrow to the right of the box.
In the list, left-click on - My Documents, then left-click on - My Pictures.
Now go to the bottom right of the Save Image window, and left-click on Save.

In the link, scrolling down you will see the heading - Motherboard layout
Left-click on the + sign next to Motherboard layout.
Copy and save it as you did for the motherboard photo.

In the File name: box type - Compaq Presario SR5501F Mobo Illustration.

Now all you have to do is go to your My Pictures folder (Start>My Pictures), and double-click on the photo, or illustration.
Left-click on the Zoom In icon at the bottom of the window to enlarge.
(+ sign in a magnifying glass icon)

Wiring Connections to the Motherboard:

A) Front Panel header: (Panel 1)

The Front Panel, is the plastic front of your computer where the Power On button, HarDDrive LED light, and Power On LED light is located.

The Front Panel header is the connections, or pins, on the motherboard, where the cables (Wires) go to from the Front Panel.

On the motherboard illustration it is marked as Panel 1.
(Down in the bottom right corner)

On your motherboard, Panel 1 (Front Panel header) is Black in color.
As you can see it is a rectangular block, and is placed vertically.
Has 2 columns of pins.
5 in the left column, 4 in the right column.

The Left column is numbered Odd.
Starting at the Top going down, Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9

The Right column is numbered Evenly.
Starting at the top going down, Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive LED light.
(HDD activity LED)
Pin 1 is for the Positive connection ( + )

Pins 5 and 7 are for the Reset switch.
Pin 7 is for the Positive connection. ( + )

Pin 9 is reserved, and may not be used.

Pins 2 and 4 are for the Message LED light. (LED = Light Emitting Diode)
Power On LED light.

Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.
There is No Pin 10.

If the cables (Wires) are not marked coming from the Front Panel, you will have to remove the Front Panel, and trace where they go.

You will be able to physically see where wires go to the Power On switch, Power On LED light, HarDDrive activity LED light, and so on.

B) 24-pin ATX main power cable:

Only plugs in one direction. Plugs next to the blue IDE connector on the motherboard. (To the right of the ram memory slots)

C) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.
Looks like this,

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

Plugs into the whitish square 4 socket hole connector on the motherboard, next to the Processor socket.
(On the motherboard illustration this connector is labeled - ATX12V1

D) Processor Fan:
Connects to the 3-pin CPU header on the motherboard. Right above the ram memory slots.

E) Harddrive:
You have a SATA harddrive. (500GB in size)
Connects to the SATA 1 header on the motherboard.
The SATA 1 header on the motherboard is Black in color.

The data interface cable has 7 pins.
Looks similar to this, (May not have a 90 degree elbow though),

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

The SATA power cable has 15 pins.
Looks like this,

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

NOTE*
If your SATA harddrive has a place for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable, DO NOT plug both power cables in!!
This will lead to damage of the SATA harddrive!

The standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable looks like this,

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

(The standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable connector, has had a misnomer for years as a Molex connector.
Molex was the first design implemented when this style of connector came out.
The name stuck.
It is the same as calling an adjustable open-end wrench a Crescent wrench)


F) Optical drives:
If you have a DVD burner drive it plugs into the SATA header 2.
(Uses the same style of SATA data interface cable, as the SATA harddrive)

If any of your optical drives are IDE, they plug into the blue IDE header, next to the ram memory slots.

This is what a flat ribbon IDE data interface cable looks like,

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

(You can click on the photo to enlarge. You can enlarge twice)

G) The Floppy Disk drive, (If your computer came with one), plugs into the FDD connector shown on the motherboard illustration.
(Black in color, right above the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector)

Do you need information on the USB connections?
Post in a Comment.

Jul 07, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR5501F Athlon 64 X2...

2 Answers

Had to replace power switch on emachine computer need to know where wires go


You must check cable(small) one the (left or right) one hard drive, CD Drive, floppy disk and for motherboard (the big one) .You check the manuals, is not hard just follow where the power lines.

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