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Do i need a the lockin thing

The little black locking pin won't lock the ribbon cable to motherboard

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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 | Computers & Internet

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Need a HP Pavillion a1514n wiring diagram


Not a problem, Dawn.

HP Support > Pavilion a1514n desktop computer > Main page,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=3207937&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

Product information > Product specifications > Motherboard specifications, RC410-M (Asterope 2)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00714533&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=3207937

Scroll down to the motherboard illustration, and motherboard photo under it.

A) 24-pin ATX main power cable:

Illustration:
Look to the right of the Ram Memory slots, DIMM 1 and DIMM 2.
Look at the rectangle with ATXPWR1

Scroll down a little to the motherboard photo.
To the right of the black Ram Memory slots, with the white Locks on each end, is the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector on the motherboard.

Whitish connector with 24 socket holes. Two columns of 10 socket holes.
This is an example of an average 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 power cable connector in the middle photo, and the photo to the far right with the power cable plugged into the motherboard.

Note the Lock on the side.
The Lock has a hooked end that goes over a tab, on the motherboard's connector.
The Lock operates like a see-saw on a playground.

Squeeze the top of the Lock in, to bring the hooked end away from the tab on the motherboard connector, when removing the power cable.
When the power cable is plugged into the motherboard correctly, and properly, the Lock will be locked over the tab.

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

Illustration:
The Processor socket is represented by LGA775.
To the left of it is ATX12V

In the motherboard photo it is the square whitish 4-socket hole connector, to the bottom left corner of the Processor socket.

This is a 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

Note that it has a Lock also.

That's it for power cables that plug into the motherboard.

Product specifications specifies that the harddrive is a SATA unit.
It uses a SATA power cable from the Power Supply,

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

Note that a SATA power cable's connector has 15-pins, and has the longer connector when compared to the SATA data cable.
The SATA data cable's connector has 7-pins.

Example of a SATA data cable, it's connector, and matching connector on the motherboard,

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

Note the SATA data cable connector, and it's matching connector on the motherboard have an L-shape key.
So does the SATA power cable, and whatever it plugs into.
(Harddrive / Optical Drive )

This is an example of a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable.
Has been misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable,

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 Peripheral power cable, ONLY use just the SATA power cable.
Using both will burn up the SATA harddrive.
(Maybe not right away, but I assure you it WILL happen)

Do not use just a 4-pin Peripheral power cable on a SATA harddrive.
NOT enough power.

The Optical drive (DVD burner) is not stated whether it is a SATA unit, or IDE. (PATA)
If it is an IDE (PATA( unit it will use a 4-pin Peripheral power cable

It will also use a 40-pin flat ribbon data cable,

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

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

[May be 39 holes with 1 hole blocked off ]

CPU_FAN on the motherboard up above, and to the right of the Ram Memory slots, is where the Processor fan plugs into.

SYS_FAN below the processor socket, and to the right of ATX12V connector on motherboard, is for a computer case fan.

A computer case fan can also use a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, with an adapter cable, or may use a 4-pin small Peripheral power cable,

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

This power cable is also used for a Floppy Drive, and for newer computers is used on a Card Reader.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 24, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Remove ribbon cable


1) Don't know of any daughterboard Donald.

( A Daughterboard connects to the Motherboard, as an extension of the motherboard. Components plug into the daughterboard as they would the motherboard )

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-Eee-PC-1001PXB-Motherboard-60-0A2BMB8000-A05-with-CPU-AS-IS-/170900271610?pt=Motherboards&hash=item27ca7331fa

That is a USB/ Audio/ Ethernet board,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-Eee-PC-1001PX-USB-Audio-Board-69NA2BB11B01-Ethernet-/280836767618

2) The cables are FFC. Flat Flex Cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flat-Flex-Cable.jpg

The connector/s on the motherboard are a style of ZIF connector.
ZERO INSERTION FORCE.

The bottom of the rectangular connector is the BODY.
The top of the connector is the Locking Bar.

The Locking Bar wedges the Flat Flex Cable in place.

I HOPE you unlocked the Keyboard's Flat Flex Cable, BEFORE pulling on the cable!

The white tabs of the Locking Bar are just barely visible on each side, of that Keyboard FFC.
They are eased up with the thumbnails.

The Locking Bar DOES NOT COME OFF of the Body, or one of them is broken. If so, I hear the motherboard will skip off of water, REAL GOOD!
Or can be used for a one-way Frisbee.

The FFC's that go over the Harddrive, have a different style of ZIF connector, on the USB board.

The Black rectangular tab Locking Bar, flips up. Break the hinge pins, or the Locking Bar hinge areas, and use the motherboard for a Frisbee.

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/disassemble-asus-eee-pc-1015px-netbook/

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 13, 2012 | ASUS Eee PC Netbook

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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

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ABIT-BD711


Okay,.......that was DU-MB!

Lemme see,.......oh yeah!

Letters and words! !O_O!

(Wondered where my glasses were!)

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KJkCAV3j9QW2cAUAOJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dabit%2Bbd711%26fr%3Dmoz35%26fr2%3Dpiv-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=600&h=444&imgurl=www.ixbt.com%2Fmainboard%2Fimages%2Froundup-i845e%2Fbd7ii-raid-board.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fixbtlabs.com%2Farticles2%2Froundupmobo%2Fabit-bd7ii-raid-i845e.html&size=111.5+KB&name=Abit+BD7II-RAID+%28i845E%29+Mainboard&p=abit+bd711&oid=14ba8ece461cfe2b401fe4f974d4c0b7&fr2=piv-web&fr=moz35&tt=Abit%2BBD7II-RAID%2B%2528i845E%2529%2BMainboard&b=0&ni=56&no=2&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=124cn6s7j&sigb=12vbgaaru&sigi=120054ob4&.crumb=J6iwC7bwOtM

Motherboard photo, and detailed info below it. Scroll down.

Looking at the motherboard installed in the computer case:

1) To the right of the Ram Memory slots, and in the upper right corner, is the 20-pin ATX main power cable connector, on the motherboard.

Whitish connector with two columns of 10 socket holes.
A 20-pin ATX main power cable plugs in here,

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

Note the Lock on the side of the power cable's connector, (Middle photo, and right photo), and the Tab on the motherboard connector, (Left photo)

When the power cable is plugged in correctly, the hooked end of the Lock on the power cable's connector, will be hooked over the Tab on the motherboard connector.

2) Look at the bottom Left corner of the Processor socket. Note the three cylindrical objects. (Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors)
Note the whitish square 4-socket hole connector below them.

This is where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable goes. It also has a Lock, just like the 20-pin ATX main power cable connector,

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

This is power for your Intel Pentium 4 processor.

3) To the Right of the Ram Memory slots, and located below the whitish 20-pin ATX main power cable connector, are the two IDE connectors. (Turquoise Blue)

One is for an IDE (PATA) harddrive, and one is for an IDE(PATA) optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)

The one on the outside near the edge of the motherboard, has IDE1 next to it.
It is for the Harddrive.
The one closer to the middle of the motherboard is IDE2.
It is for the optical drive. (Or drives { 2 } )

NOTE*
One side of those rectangular connectors has a cutout in the middle.
(Square U-shape cutout)
This is where the Locating Lug, on the flat ribbon IDE cable's connector, goes to.

It aligns Number 1 pin in the connector, with Number 1 wire, in the flat ribbon IDE cable.

IF, there is NO Locating Lug on the flat ribbon IDE cable;

On one side of the flat ribbon IDE cable is a thin RED stripe.
This stripe denotes the side that Number 1 wire is on,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nappe.svg

Looking at the rectangular IDE1 and IDE2 connectors, Number 1 pin is at the BOTTOM of those connectors.
(Motherboard installed in computer case)

On an IDE harddrive, Number 1 pin is ALWAYS towards the 4-pin power connector.
Same with an optical drive.

4) Since this is a motherboard, that has a RAID option for using multiple harddrives, I'm guessing the two Yellow rectangular connectors, below the two rectangular Turquoise Blue IDE connectors, is for more IDE harddrives.

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

5) Below the two Yellow IDE harddrive connectors is a Black rectangular connector.
This has 34 pins, and is for a Floppy Drive, IF a Floppy drive is used.

6) Below the Black Floppy Drive connector on the motherboard, is the Front Panel header.

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.

What is needed here is a Front Panel header pinout.

Dunno. Photo isn't clear enough.
Looks like a Black rectangular strip of plastic, with 8 pins in a row.
4 pins, 3 spaces, 1 pin, 1 space, 3 pins.

Looking closely, (And you may need a bright light, and a magnifying glass), what are the abbreviations next to the pins, on the outside edge of the motherboard?

HDD = HarDDrive activity LED (Light)
PW = Power On switch
RST = Reset switch
PWLED, or close to that effect = Power On LED.

Post back in a Comment.

IF, it is just a row of single pins going across, I would use an LED light that has two wires on it.

Computer, (Power Supply actually), plugged into power, touch the two wires to the first two pins.
Nothing?
Go on.

When the Power Supply comes on you know you have the Power On switch pins (2)

Now go back through, but do not touch those pins again.
LED light blinks? = HarDDrive activity LED (Light)
LED light stays on? = Power On LED (Light)
Computer restarts? = Restart switch pins

7) To the left of the white long PCI slots, (There are 5 towards the bottom of the motherboard), are two small Black rectangular connectors. Each has 4 pins in it.

The one that has Audio, or CD, or CD-IN, is for the audio cable from the CD/DVD drive.

8) At the Top of the motherboard in-between the Processor socket, and black Ram Memory slots, is an Orangish connector with 3 pins. Should have CPU, or CPU_FAN next to it. This is where the Processor fan plugs in.

9) At the bottom/left, and below the two small black connectors with 4 pins in them, is an Orangish connector with 3 pins.
This should be for the computer case fan.
(SYS_FAN)

Additionally you may want to join this website, and ask them for the Front Panel header pinout, for your Abit BD711 motherboard,

http://www.theraptorpit.com/forum/index.php?/forum/124-abit-motherboard-tech-support-unofficial/

Finding information for an ABIT BD711 motherboard, is about as rare as finding hen's teeth.
I, and I'm sure 100's of people, would be in your debt, if you would post the Front panel header pinout for this motherboard.

Hope I have redeemed myself for the S.N.A.F.U. of the question asked in the Comment, lol!

Regards,
joecoolvette

Aug 30, 2012 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

SMPS CONNECTION DIAGRAM


Not a problem, but it would be handier to have the manufacturer Name, and Model Number.

(Back of computer on a sticker, next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the computer tower )


SMPS = Switched-Mode Power Supply. The style used in personal computers now,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

A) Main power cable:
There are three styles;

1) The old AT style that has two separate connectors. The connectors BOTH connectors have BLACK wires towards one side.

The connectors also have ONLY one way, (Direction), they can be plugged onto the motherboard.
This is due to the Lock, and Locating Tab on the motherboard connector/s, and the main power cables connector/s.

When you can plug the connectors on the motherboard, with both connector's BLACK wires facing each other, (They will be in the middle), you have them installed correctly,

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

2) The newer ATX style. Uses one power cable, and connector.
First style to come out was the 20-pin ATX main power cable,

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

20-pin ATX main power cable's connector, has a LOCK on one side.
This Lock locks over a Locating Tab, on the female motherboard connector.

To remove this power cable you squeeze in on the Top of the Lock.
The Lock operates like a see-saw on a playground. When you squeeze the top in, you remove it's hooked end away, from the Locating Tab of the motherboard connector.

To be ensured that this cable is plugged in tightly, and correctly, the Lock's hooked end will be over the Locating Tab, on the motherboard connector.

3) The newest style is the 24-pin ATX main power cable.
As computer hardware evolved, and became better, it demanded more power.
The extra 4 pins of the 24-pin ATX main power cable provided this,

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

[ Aftermarket power supply manufacturers, provide power supply's with a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable, usually.
You can use it as a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or use the additional 4 pin cable, and use it as a 24-pin ATX main power cable ]

4) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for newer Processors.
The 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable was brought out.
(Has Lock with Locating Tab on the motherboard connector, also)

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

5) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for high-end graphics card.
4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable didn't help.
The 6-pin PCI Express power cable was brought out,

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

Plugs into a graphics card.

[ Note*
In all power cables, Red wires are 5 Volts. Yellow wires are 12 Volts. ALL Black wires are Ground wires ]

Next in line was two versions of the 8-pin power cable.

A) 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.
Originally brought out for server computers, that has multiple Processors.
Plugs into the motherboard.

B) 8-pin PCI Express power cable.
Brought out for more power, than a 6-pin PCI Express power cable could put out.
Plugs into a graphics card.

(6-pin PCI Express power cable is capable of handling 75 Watts.
8-pin PCI Express power cable will handle 150 Watts )

If you have an IDE (PATA) harddrive, a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable is what you need. ('Molex' is the slang term for it's connector)

If you have a SATA harddrive you need a 15-pin SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, AND a SATA power cable;

ONLY USE the SATA power cable!

If you use both you will burn out the harddrive. Maybe not immediately, but I assure you down the road you will.
(Do not use just a single 4-pin standard peripheral power cable, either)

Optical drive/s use a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, if they are IDE (PATA) units.
If they are SATA units they use a SATA power cable.

The old Floppy Drives use a 4-pin small Peripheral power cable.
Same cable plugs into a Card Reader, also.

The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the cables, (Wires), from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

Sometimes abbreviated on the motherboard as;
F_PANEL 1, or FP1, etc.

I will need to know the computer manufacturer name, and Model Number, (HP = Product Number, or P/N), or the manufacturer name, and Model Number of the motherboard, to TRY to provide this information.

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 12, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Hello i need to know how to reconnect the computer case wires to a sr1703wm compaq motherboard


Hello.

The Compaq Presario SR1703WM desktop computer, uses an Asus A9AE-LE motherboard.
HP/Compaq's name is AmberineM - GL6E

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00496280&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=1815742

1) I would like to start with the Front Panel wires.
The Front panel, is the plastic front on your computer tower, where the Power On button, Power On LED, and so on is located.

The Front Panel header is the connector on the motherboard, where the cables, (Wires), from the Front Panel connect to.

Looking at the HP Support link above, I would like you to scroll down the page to the illustration of the motherboard, and the photo of the motherboard under the illustration.

Looking at the illustration observe the bottom Right corner.
F_PANEL1 indicates the Front Panel header.

Note there are 4 pins going across the Top, and 5 pins going across the Bottom.

Looking inside your computer, the motherboard will be located in a different position, compared to the illustration.

The Front Panel header will be located Vertically, (Up, and down)

Note that there is a twisted pair of Black, and Red wires.
These wires form the Power On cable.
They come directly from the Power on switch.

There is a twisted pair of Yellow, and Black wires.
These wires form the Harddrive Activity LED light cable.
(HDD)
When the harddrive is active, this LED flashes.

There is a twisted pair of Green, and Black wires.
These wires form the Power On LED light cable.

The wires, (Cables), should be in one Black connector.

Looking at the Front Panel header in your computer, align the Black plastic connector's socket holes, with the pins sticking up out of the Front Panel header, on the motherboard.

Note that the Front Panel header is rectangular in shape. There is 1 pin missing.
The Black connector coming from the Front Panel of the computer, has one socket hole blocked off, to match.

Align the four socket holes in the Black connector, to match the 4 pins sticking up out of the Front Panel header, on the motherboard.

The other 5 socket holes in the Black connector, will match up to the 5 pins sticking up, automatically.

Use care, and you may need a bright light to assist.
These pins can be bent quite easily.
(Also watch your fingers, as the ends of the pins are S-H-A-R-P!)

2) Where it states CLRTC (CLPWD under it), is the Clear CMOS jumper.
Suggest you leave it alone.

3) Where it states F_ USB1, and F_USB2, is where the USB cables from the front of the computer connect to.

(The USB ports on the front of the computer's Front Panel.
F_USB1, and F_USB2 headers on the motherboard, are shown on the illustration to the Left, of the Front Panel header. F_PANEL1)

The plastic connector on a USB cable coming from the Front Panel, has an orientation just like the Front Panel header cable does.

There is 1 pin missing on the USB header on the motherboard.
There is a blocked socket hole in the USB cable's connector.
Align the connector to match the pins.

Doesn't matter which USB cable from the Front Panel, that you connect to the USB headers on the motherboard.
BIOS will find them, and assign an IRQ to each, once you turn the computer on.

All you will see at a first glance is a series of thick Gray insulated cables, coming from the Front Panel of your computer.

If you follow the cables by eye, you can see where the USB cables are connected to the back of the USB ports, on the Front Panel.

You may, or may not, have to remove the Front Panel to see more clearly.

Computer case open, look inside towards the Front Panel.
There is a Green plastic tab towards the Top.

This locking tab is depressed Towards the Inside of the computer, to START to unlock the Front Panel.

Towards the bottom in the same plane, is a Black locking tab. This tab is pulled Towards the Outside of the computer.
There is another Black plastic tab on the opposite side.

At the Bottom are two more Black plastic locking tabs. These are depressed down, towards the Bottom of the computer case.
One on one side, one on the opposite side.

Start by depressing the plastic Green tab, and gently easing the Top of the Front Panel, slightly out.
Then go to the two Black plastic locking tabs located towards the Middle, and depress them.

Ease the top of the Front Panel out a little more.
Finally go to the two Black plastic locking tabs located at the Bottom, and depress them.
Ease the Front Panel off.

(NOTE*
Your computer's Front Panel may not have locking tabs located at the bottom.
Just locking tabs located up from the bottom, more towards the middle)

It's no picnic for your first time, but once you have done it, it becomes easy. (Ummm, Easier!)

4) The Firewire (a1394) cable on the Front Panel, connects to the F_1394 header on the motherboard.
In the motherboard illustration the F_1394 header is located to the Left, of PCI2

Need any further cable connections, post in a Comment.



Aug 14, 2010 | Compaq Presario SR1703WM PC Desktop

1 Answer

How do I remove the keyboard from a Advent 7109B laptop, in particular the ribbon cable.


The ribbon cable is connected to the motherboard by either of these two methods.
The ribbon cable has a connector attached to the end of the cable and it fits into a socket on the motherboard.
OR
The ribbon cable just slots into a connector on the motherboard. To release the ribbon cable lift the locking bar up on the motherboard connector and the ribbon cable will be released and slip out easily.
To insert the cable back into the connector, lift the locking bar up, insert the ribbon cable into the connector as far as it can go and push the locking bar down to lock the ribbon cable onto the connector.

Mar 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

2 Answers

I would like an internal view of eMachine T4150 to be sure everything is connected correctly


I could not find an internal photo with everything connected but I could find a picture of the motherboard but it was very small. Just make sure your graphics card is inserted fully into AGP slot, processor is clipped down, memory is clipped down, and your hard drives are on one IDE ribbon cable and your rom drives are on the secondary IDE channel. (jumpers are correctly set to Master/Slave). Then make sure the CMOS jumper is set correctly and check the button cell battery for the CMOS clock. That's it

Mar 09, 2010 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

How to connect ribbon cable from the touchpad to motherboard?


Hi Rob.
The little black plastic clip either pulls up or forward depending on the connection.
If the tab pulls up, slot the ribbon cable in as far as it will go and push the tab down to lock the cable in place.
If the tab pulls forward, again pop the cable in and push it back to lock it into place.
Ge gentle with the cable and the tab as they can be broken easily.


Good luck

Jun 10, 2009 | Samsung V20 XTC 1800 Notebook

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