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Need to find a wiring diagram for a gateway e4600 series I've purchased a new motherboard to get rid of the rdram board and of course it does not just plug right in , any help would be great

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  • crash32301 Mar 12, 2009

    That is where I'm haveing the problem is the front panel connector, reset buton the , Hdd lights , looks like gateway uses a 16 pin connector with 5 wires going into it , and the new motherboard has a 9 pin plug in , if I could find out what the wires on the OE plug do I'll be able to make sure that they are plugged in correctly ., also I have a couple power cables that have no where to go ? one is a square 4 pin with yellow and black wires going into it, the other is a flat 6 pin with 3-black 2-orange 1-red, this one was pluged in right next to the main power supply on the old motherboard . Hope this helps you help me this is the 1st time I've tried this and just want to get it right

  • crash32301 Mar 13, 2009

    looking at my switch you are correct just X-crossed 2 for the power button and 3 on the light I'll look at the old board and see if I can trace them back that way , and yes the old pind said P8 and P9 , I've got the manual for the new board , but I can't find anything on the old one , thanks for all your help so far you have got me going in the right direction and making this a easier job , Mark

  • computerscot May 11, 2010

    I would first trace the wires from the 16 pin connector back to the front piece. 2 should go to the HDD light and 3 to the power button - or something like that. Then look at where they went on the old motherboard. Most motherboards will have writing next to the connectors on the board itself.

    Sometimes with power supplies you will have extra cables. The 4 pin black and yellow ones are used for the processor, if your board needs/supports it. Does the flat 6 pin say like P8 or P9 on it? If so it may have been for legacy boards.

    Did you have any luck googling the motherboard to find a manual?

  • computerscot May 11, 2010

    Most of the stuff should plug in to a similar port on the new motherboard. Take notes when you disconnect parts from your old motherboard. The easy stuff is the hard drives, power connectors to the optical/floppy drives and ribbon cables. They all only go in one way. The harder ones are the front panel connectors, HDD lights, reset button, front panel connections for USB/firewire, etc. Look at the motherboard (I recommend a strong flashlight), there should be writing near the connectors that say stuff like HDD, Power, reset, USB, etc.

    Normally what I do in this scenario is look at the motherboard for a name and model number and then google it. I have found several wiring diagrams this way. If you can determine the maker of the motherboard you could try their website.


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IF the motherboard came with a manual, I would start there. Most all of today's motherboards come with some sort of documentation on how things need to be connected. If the motherboard did not come with a manual, try going to the manufactures web site and find the documentation there. You probably are not going to want to use the same specs for the original motherboard that came with the PC in the first place.(in fact, don't)

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