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Motherboard Connectors I have a MB from an Acer ASE380 computer that I want to install in a new case. I don't see where to connect the leads for the power and reset switches and the power and HDD LEDs. There is an area labeled "front panel". Is this where they go and in what order?" Thanks

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  • James Johnson Jul 24, 2013

    Thanks, but my problem is that the pins on the motherboard are not labeled and I can't find a diagram.

  • Lars Olsson
    Lars Olsson Jul 24, 2013 is this right motherboard find it at ECS site.let me now,

  • James Johnson Jul 24, 2013

    Mine is actually an MCP61PM-AM but it looks very similar to this one. The only difference I see is the number of memory slots and PCIE slots. I think it is probably the same for my question though.

  • James Johnson Jul 24, 2013

    Also my MB supports AM2 processors. The pins I am looking at are in the corner by the USB 3 connector.

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    Lars Olsson Jul 24, 2013 find you this.



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How to remove front panel to repair the front usb ports on an Acer Aspire E380 -?

The front USB connectors are usually either molded into the front case or held in via a clip or screws. Unfortunately, when they go out due to the tab within the USB port breaking, they are not easily replaced as each manufacturer creates their own proprietary connector...not the USB part but the hardware to hold the USB in place. So you will find the hardest part of this project finding the right connector or "jerry-rigging" the new one to fit.

Another alternative is to remove everything from the old case...the mainboard, all the drives and whatever else can be moved, and put it into a new case. If your current power supply is good and of a standard size, can get a used case for around $10.00 and put all the other things from the old one in it. Fortunately, this series of Acer seems to be pretty much generic so everything should fit....just make sure the "new" case has good front USB ports.

Jul 12, 2014 | Acer Aspire E380 ASE380-UD500A PC Desktop

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Front 4 usb ports and microphone and headphone jacks don't work but the rear usb and speaker jacks do work. I've had the computer new since 2009 and they have never worked.

it sounds to me like the wires from the front panel connectors are not connected to the motherboard inside the computer case, open the case up find the front connectors wires inside and find out if there are any connectors on the motherboard to plug them into.
the reason the rear ones work is because they are soldered directly to the motherboard.
good luck.

Jun 28, 2014 | Acer Aspire E380 ASE380-UD500A PC Desktop

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Can I connect two monitors?

No John. You can only have one Interrupt ReQuest for graphics. (IRQ)

EITHER has to be for the motherboard's Integrated Graphics, OR a dedicated graphics card.

Moving on;

In reference to an Acer Veriton VX2610-UG850w, you cannot, if you are using the Integrated Graphics, from the motherboard.

That would be the blue VGA port coming from the motherboard, AND the white DVI port, coming from the motherboard.
You can only use ONE.

(Digital Visual Interface is the best choice. Why?

VGA is Analog. DVI is Digital.
The computer sends out digital signals. These have to be converted to VGA (Analog) for the VGA port.
This SLOWS the graphics signal down. Can also be said as slows the computer down. Use the DVI port )

Scrolling down a little shows me a back view of the computer.
I see the white DVI port, and the blue VGA port.

These two ports are in the I/O area, John.
Input/Output area.
Means they both are using Integrated Graphics from the motherboard. Both the blue VGA port, and the white DVI port.

What to do?
There is one major problem, and one I consider to be a minor problem;

A) Major problem:
The computer case is SO small, that I don't believe there is room to install a Low Profile graphics card.
(How small is it joecoolvette? The mice are hunchbacked, lol!)

Nice little computer, if one is referring to the hardware components inside.
Cr@p if one is discussing the arrangement of said hardware components, due to the small computer case.

Not is there no room, or very little room inside so much; as the air flow needed to keep hardware components inside cool, is down to a BARE minimum.

Bad design. Computer manufacturers have succumbed to what the masses THINK they want; or manufacturers are sly as a fox.

"Masses want smaller computers so they don't take up so much space."
Yeah right.

Computer components do not receive the needed air, to keep them at the needed operating temperature range.
Components heat up more than they should; and this leads to an early computer failure.

Less air flow inside also = less chance to b-low the dust, dirt, etc, out. Means computer will get dirtier inside faster.
Leads to early demise of computer.

Which leads to Acer authorized computer repair shops making more $$$$, and Acer making more $$$$ selling replacement computers.

I know. Don't hold back, lol!

Also there is a puny 220 Watt power supply! Got to be kidding me!

IF it were I John; I would remove EVERYTHING out of that demure little computer case, and install in at least a mid-size ATX computer case. Full tower computer case is the best option, IMHO.

Plenty of air flow through the computer case; plenty of room to install an economical ATX power supply, (With plenty of needed power), and room for extra optical drive/s, (CD/DVD drive), plus plenty of room to install an economical graphics card.

Just a suggestion,

'Rant' over.

IF, you can fit an economical Low Profile graphics card, in the PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard, and get a better Power Supply, (500 Watts recommended), then you can use two monitors.

The motherboard part number is supposed to be Acer MB.VAM09.001,

Scroll down to the larger view.

If we were to believe this is an actual photo of your motherboard, (Which I do), there is a PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard.

Hard for you to discern, in this excellent display of photography skills(?), but to the far right, and located close to the Bottom edge of the motherboard; is a long Black expansion slot.
(Has a White lever on it)

This is a PCI Express x16 expansion slot, and is used SOLELY for a PCI Express graphics card.
Better look at a PCI Express x16 slot, only the color is Yellow.
(NOTE* Color does NOT matter),

The longest Yellow expansion slots are PCI Express x16.
(You will also have a Lock on one end. { White } It looks as though you press down; but in actuality you gently pull up a little, to remove or install a PCI Express graphics card. After you open the computer case, and view the slot in question, it will become apparent )

See the expansion slot covers on the back of the computer? There are two of them. Both are on the Bottom.
Place a flat tipped screwdriver, that fits; in the + sign of the expansion slot cover.

Bringing the bottom of the screwdriver UP, then DOWN, twist the expansion slot cover back, and forth, to break the tabs on either side; remove the expansion slot metal cover.

L@@k first, to see which expansion slot on back, is for the PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard.
You will find the PCI Express x16 slot, and the expansion slot on back of the computer; do NOT line directly up with each other.

Can be said as 'One over'. You will see what I mean.
Remove the wrong metal expansion slot cover, and you will be buying one to replace it. They have replacement expansion slot covers, that you can buy. (Pretty cheap)

Graphics card lines up with PCI Express x16 slot, and expansion slot at back. Push the graphics card straight down into the slot.
(Don't forget to raise up a little on the Lock lever, before you do)

The metal mounting plate at the back of the graphics card, is held in place by the computer case's metal frame. You will be able to figure out easy what device is used.

One example of a PCI Express graphics card, that may fit,

What? No sir. Do NOT underestimate this graphics card. Will support dual monitors EASILY.
It is NOT a gaming graphics card, however.

I, at present, am using an ATI Radeon 9250 graphics card. It is a PCI graphics card.
I am running an HP 2009m 20 inch widescreen monitor, and a Philips EN-V 26 inch HDTV; at the same time.

1) PCI graphics cards are cr@p, compared to PCI Express graphics cards.
2) The Radeon HD5450 is technologically way more advanced than the Radeon 9250.

(I am procrastinating. It's OK! I have a procrastina-ter's license, a poetic license, and an advertising license. What? YES, they're real! In MY mind, lol!

Haven't got off me rear end to install the PCI Express Radeon HD5450 yet. )

OK. That part solves the graphics card. Next though is the Power Supply.

The Power Supply case configuration is probably like this one,

Probably 3-7/8ths inches Wide, 6 inches Long, and 3-1/2 inches Tall.
You need room for an ATX power supply.
Approximately 6 inches Wide, 5-1/2 (5.5) inches Long, and 3.5 inches Tall.

They do not make more than a 300 Watt power supply, for that power supply case design, to my knowledge.
You need 400 Watts at least.

Can't upgrade Power Supply; can't install graphics card.
Can't install graphics card; can't use dual monitors.

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Nov 17, 2012 | Acer Veriton Vx2610-ug850w Desktop Pc,...

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How do I connect my sd card connector to the A785GMLE? I have an HP Media Center PC.

AsRock A785GMLE,

There are THREE USB headers on the motherboard, that have TWO USB connections for EACH header.

Just pick one that isn't occupied.

The power cable is a Small 4-pin Peripheral power cable.
Used in the past for a Floppy Drive,

[ It is deemed Small, because it is smaller than the Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable.

Deemed a 'Molex' power cable erroneously. Molex was the first manufacturer of the plug, and it's design. Name stuck kind of like calling an open-end wrench, a Crescent wrench ]


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Motherboard diagram Acer eMachine MB DA061/078L

Hello? Tap, tap on the monitor. What are you reading from?

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

Motherboard installed in computer, the Front panel header is at the Bottom/Right.
Two rows of 7 pins in a small black rectangular plastic block.

TOP row of pins is numbered EVEN.
BOTTOM row of pins is numbered ODD.

Starting on the LEFT side going towards the Right, TOP row:
Pins 2, 4, 6, 8, (NO 10), 12, and 14. Again, there is NO Pin 10.

Starting on the LEFT side going towards the Right, BOTTOM row;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13.

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.

2) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

3) 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.

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

5) The rest of the pins are N/C. Not Connected.

Don't forget to plug the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable in,
(Top left corner),

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Sep 06, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Where can I find the pin configuration for this motherboard

Click on Product Views.
D - CPU Fan Connector (Processor Fan)
F - Main Power Connector

G - Floppy Disk Drive Connector
H - Parallel ATA IDE Connector
M - Clear CMOS Jumper
N - Front Audio Connector (Audio ports in Front Panel)
O - S/PDIF Connector
P - System Fan Connector (Computer Case Fan)
Q - IEEE 1394 Connector (Firewire ports in Front Panel)
R - USB Connectors (Front Panel)

S - Front Panel Connector
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.
The above is the pinout for the Front Panel header.

T - SATA Connectors
A SATA data connector on the motherboard has 7 contact pins.
Between it, and the SATA power cable, the SATA data cable's connector is shorter in width,

Note the L shaped slot in the SATA data cable's connector, at top;
and the corresponding L-shaped locating lug on the motherboard connector, shown at bottom.

SATA power cable general example,

The SATA power cable's connector has a Lock tab on top. Squeezed down with the thumb tip to release when removing.

Looking at the 6 SATA connectors on the motherboard, you will note they are marked in-between the connectors, and at the outside edge of the motherboard. SATA_1, SATA_3, SATA_5, SATA_2, etc.

If using more than 1 harddrive, the harddrive that has the Operating System, is generally plugged into SATA_1.

The beauty of SATA is however, that you can plug whatever SATA device you want, into whatever SATA connector on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the device.

Mean, for one,that you can plug the harddrive with the O/S into SATA_3, or SATA_6, or SATA_4, etc; and BIOS will still find it.

Scroll down to the photo under the Specifications chart. It's a Top View.
The power cable, and corresponding connector on the motherboard that is Not stated on Gateway Support, is a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

Motherboard in the Top view is shown as it is, when installed in a computer case. Go above the top of the Processor socket to the edge of the motherboard, then over to the left.

Whitish square 4-socket hole connector.
4-pin ATX +12 Volt.

Above the top right corner of the Processor socket, and between the edge of the motherboard is the CPU_FAN connector.

Front Panel header bottom/right corner of motherboard

The four Yellow USB headers are to the left of the Front Panel header.

The Black Firewire (IEEE 1394) header is to the left of the USB headers.

The SYSTEM_FAN white connector is to the left of the Firewire connector.

SPDIF_OUT connector to the left of the System Fan connector.

F_AUDIO red connector to the left of the SPDIF connector

To the right of the Blue and Yellow ram memory slots, is the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector. To the right of it is the Black 34-pin Floppy Drive connector.

Below the Floppy Drive connector is the Blue 40-pin IDE connector.

Driver downloads,

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Aug 31, 2012 | Acer MB.SAQ09.004 FOXCONN BENGAL RS780...

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Dont know where ground wires go

Time to Perform: 10 to 15 minutes.

Preparation / Warnings:

If you have not already done so, please read the section on general installation and assembly tips. Pay particular attention to the notes about connecting cables.

For reference, you may want to read this section describing the cables and connectors coming from the power supply, and/or this section describing the connections on the motherboard.

Motherboards and system cases vary.

Your motherboard may not have all the items I mention here, and the same holds true for your case.

Furthermore, you may find that your case and motherboard don't match in every situation; for example, some cases have a turbo button and some do not, and some motherboards have a connection for a turbo button and some don't.

Watch out for "off by one" errors when attaching cables to pin headers. In particular, some motherboards combine several pin connectors into a larger block.

The individual connections are the same, the motherboard just physically groups the pins together into a larger matrix. Be careful when working with these as making a mistake is much easier to do. Refer to the manual.

If the system is in a tower case, it is much easier to perform this procedure with the case resting on its side.

LEDs have two wires and are unidirectional, so they will not work if attached backwards.

You need to connect the positive lead from the case to the positive pin on the motherboard, and the same with the negative.

Unfortunately, the case connector almost never has the positive and negative labeled. Fortunately, attaching them backwards will usually not cause any damage; the LED just won't work.

One tip you can use: most cases employ for each LED one colored wire (green, yellow, red, orange, blue) and another wire that is either black or white.

When this is the case, usually the colored wire is positive (signal) and the black or white wire is negative (ground). This isn't always true, but it's better than a random guess in most cases.

hope this helps

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I have a new pc case on the front panel connectors their is one hdd led +- and one hdd led plug were do they go my case is a EVO LABS E-6690 BLACK/RED, 12CM LED FAN, INC DOOR AND SIDE WINDOW my mother...

You need to look in the handbook that cam with your motherboard for a section labeled 'Connectors' or possibly 'Connections'. There will be one USB 2.0 type prong on the motherboard that is designated for case connections [Power LED, mini-speaker, etc.]. The manual for the motherboard will indicate what order and where on the motherboard your connectors should go.
Good luck with your build. :]

Aug 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to activate the front panel 3.5 mm jack ??

Usually by plugging into that jack, the computer will notice you have done so. In some computers built by computer engineers after the failure of a motherboard or installation into a new case, the front panel audio connector is not installed so the front panel speaker and microphone connectors don't work.

You can see if your computer detects your front panel connections from Control Panel and clicking on Sound.

Jul 24, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Acer motherboard diagram needed

hello there here is a weblink that will get you going in the right direction
i know you have the acer motherboard but the pins will generally be the same ok?
here is a pdf downloadable flile that will help you.
best regards michael

  1. [PDF] A7V133-VM3051k - Adobe PDF2.gif - View as htmlSupports Socket A-based AMD. Athlon™/Duron™ processors. North Bridge ... p.37 System Power LED Lead (3 pin) 22) RESET (PANEL) p.37 Reset Switch Lead (2 pin)

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