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No 10 pin connector on mother board for usb

So you have a case with front connections and no place to hook those up? You will have to get a different case, that is a nice motherboard.

Mar 31, 2013 | Cougar Black Solution Steel ATX Mid Tower...

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Removing a Dell Dimension L600r Motherboard

Power unplugged from computer, and all cables;

1) Look at the back of the computer. ONE of the Side Panels remove.

There will be screws vertically along the edge of the Side Panel, that removes. Either Philips head screws you remove, or Thumbscrews that you just loosen.

Once screws are removed, or Thumbscrews loosened all the way, look for a bulged formation in the back of the Side Panel.
This is a fingerpull.

Pull back on the Side Panel. It may only pull back so far, then stop.
This is because the Side Panel has hooked tabs that protrude from it, and go into slots in the metal frame of the computer case.

The Side Panel is then slid forward a tiny bit, and removed straight out from the computer case. You have to get the hooked end of the tabs, to clear the slots in the metal frame.

Now FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions!

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 BEFORE reaching inside your computer, and/or before taking 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 frame 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.

I then lay the computer on a static free towel, on the table; and computer case opening -> UP.
Makes it SO much easier to work on.

2) Next remove all power cables going to the motherboard, and peripherals. (Harddrive, Optical drive/s, Card Reader, Floppy Drive, etc)

Flop, and/or tie the power cables out of the way, to the outside of the computer case.
If the Power Supply power cables are still in the way, remove the Power Supply.

Look around the outside edges of the motherboard, for motherboard mounting screws; and to the inside.
When removing the screws look to see if fiber washers are used.
Save these washers. The new motherboard may need them also.

(Rule of thumb is;
If the motherboard mounting holes have NO metal rings, fiber washers are used.
Metal rings? No fiber washers )

The motherboard is tilted up to remove. Tilted up on the OPPOSITE side of the I/O area side.

Input/Output area.
This is the area on the back of the computer, that the mouse, keyboard, monitor, audio cables, etc. is.
Components plugged in here plug directly TO the motherboard.

The metal shield that surrounds the I/O area, is the I/O Shield.
If installing a new motherboard, and it is not an original OEM motherboard replacement, use the I/O Shield that comes with the new motherboard.

That is; IF it comes with one; and IF it fits the rectangular hole in the metal framework; of the computer case.

Dell Support shows no documentation; and reviews are sparse.

WAIT, hold the phone!

OH, I see now said the blind man!

The lever on the Top/Back is depressed, or pulled up on, or pulled back on. This releases the half side of the computer case; that removes.

The front of the 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.

Power On switch, Power On LED light, HarDDrive activity LED light, and Restart switch; IF used.

BEFORE you do ANYTHING, make notes, and a drawing as to what pins on the motherboard; that those wires go to.
I DO NOT have a pinout chart available for the Front Panel header.

Power cables from Power Supply I can guide you on.

For additional questions, (And I expect many), please post in a Comment.

Happy New Year to you, and yours!

Dec 29, 2012 | Dell (E210882) Motherboard

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Removing dvd drive from pc

Computer unplugged from power, computer Side Panel removed, follow Anti-Static Precautions.

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, BEFORE reaching inside your unplugged from power computer.

Computer on a table, computer case open, computer unplugged from power;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame 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.

Disconnect the power cable to the optical drive (CD/DVD drive), and the data cable.

The front plastic piece of the desktop computer is the Front Panel.
The Front Panel removes.
The Front Panel must be removed in order to replace the optical drive/s.

WHEN removing the Front Panel, GO S-L-O-W.

The Power On switch, Power On LED light, Harddrive activity LED light, USB front panel ports, etc; may be attached to the Front Panel.
You do NOT want to pull their wires loose from the motherboard.

In fact you may wish to make drawings, and notes as to where the wires connect; on the motherboard before removing the Front Panel.

Some Front Panels are just Covers, and the above does not need to be taken into consideration.

Look inside the computer case, and look towards the front, or Front Panel.
The Front Panel should have TABS coming from it, and go through slots in the metal framework, of the computer case.

The Tabs are plastic formed out of the plastic Front Panel.
They have a flat hook on the end. Each tab must be carefully pushed towards the Inside, or Outside, in order for the hooked end to clear the slot. Then when the Front Panel is removed, the tab will slide out of the slot.

Allow me to show you, using an HP desktop computer for an example, (Video)

Your tabs probably won't be so easily accessible, though.
Bear this in mind. They ARE THERE, I assure you.

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Nov 08, 2012 | Packard Bell iMedia Computers & Internet

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How To Remove Front Panel For t5048 Emachines Tower

The eMachines T5048 Desktop PC, uses the NexGen 2 computer case.
(Also uses an Intel D102GGC2 motherboard)


The front panel is the Front Bezel.
It is removed by grasping the right side of it, and pulling out, G-E-N-T-L-Y

There Power On switch wires, Power On LED wires, USB front panel wires, Card Reader wires, etc., are still attached.

(Page 47 - Removing the Front Bezel )

{ Note*
Usually there are plastic tabs formed out of the Front Panel, and they snap into slots in the metal computer case frame.

Usually 3 per side. They are flat, and have a hooked end.
They are pressed to the outside, or inside of the case, to release the hooked end away from the side of the slot.

LOOK at the tab. Look at the hooked end. SEE which direction THAT flat tab should be eased over to, in order to bring the hooked end away from the side of the slotted hole.

When the hooked end is in the middle of the slotted hole, the flat tab can then be eased OUT of the slotted hole.

DO NOT assume all tabs go in the same direction }

[ The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the wires from the Front Panel go to, (Except for the USB and Card Reader), is the Front Panel header.

This link shows you the Front Panel header pinout,

Click on the blue file name -
Intel Desktop Board D102GGC2 Product Guide - English (PDF)

{It's a Motherboard User Manual }

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Feb 03, 2012 | eMachines T5048 PC Desktop

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you need a front panel audio header on your motherboard, usually green and around the area where you audio connectors are on the i/o panel.

Dec 26, 2009 | Gigabyte GZ-AX1CA-SDB Triton 180, Black...

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I am moving the motherboard to another case that ATX and AT motherboard compatible; but, I need to know how to hook-up the cases front light, sound, external USB, power switch and indicator light etc.,...

Hi there.
Get a strong flashlight and a magnifying glass (if you have one). On the motherboard look for the front panel, it should be marked PWR and coloured green, also the plug that connects to it should be marked PWR_SW. On some boards there are no colours but the markings are the same, so take a good close look.
Have a look at these pictures for an idea >>>>>>



USB header configuration >>>>


Good luck.

Jul 14, 2009 | HP Compaq d530 SFF PC Desktop

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Is It required to connect Tower Front Panel I/O to Motherboard

The power button on the front panel would definitely need to be hooked up to the motherboard so you can power up the computer.

If you have any usb slots or a media card reader on the front panel, or both, then you would need to hook those up as well, otherwise the main one you need to connect would be the power button.

May 23, 2009 | ASUS P4V8X-MX Motherboard

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Where to hookup front panel (PIII-3754LMR - AMPTRON)

Front Panel Connector The front panel header is where the connectors of hard disk drive activity lights, case speaker, reset button, power on/off button, computer power on light, and key lock, are connected to make them function smoothly. In the past days, users always have difficulty connecting the front panel due to a lack of standard location on the motherboard. Today, AOpen integrated all these disorder but essential front panel connectors into one 20-pin connector for easy usage. Connecting the front panel would no longer be the headache of installing motherboard anymore. Below is a view of this user-friendly front panel connector of AOpen motherboard.

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Feb 08, 2009 | Intel Motherboard

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Front Panel Audio

I don't believe that this motherboard supports simultaneous front and rear audio. That's the purpose of the jumpers; to route audio to the back panel when on and to the front panel when the front panel connectors are connected,

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