My problem though is that I am not sure which way round I am supposed to be looking at the board when plugging the cables in. I have the following cables that are causing my problem:-
2 Pin Power Switch cable (Green & White)
2 Pin Reset Switch cable (Red & White)
2 Pin HDD LED cable (Black & Red)
Single Pin unmarked cable (Green)
Single Pin unmarked cable (Black)
so as you can see especially with the unmarked cables I am stuck. All I have connected is the power cable from the PSU to the Motherboard. Once I can connect the front panel connectors correctly then I will connect drives, PCI cards etc.
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1. There are 8 wires from the front panel's casing, excluding USB connectors and front audio cable.
2. Just plug the front panel switch headers to the F_Panel main board connectors. 1 & 2 are positive, if the led do not light change polarity but Im sure it will. Note:The mainboard provides a front panel connector for electrical connection to the front panel switches and LEDs. JFP1 is compliant with Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide. Hopefully this information helps.
The Picture below shows you the locations of the places to put those wires are in relation to your motherboard. In yellow is the power switch and such. and the audio connection is in red.
The Pin layout for the power and other connector are as follows:
the layout for the audio header is as follows:
To install the cable that connects a front panel audio solution to the front panel audio header,
follow these steps:
Turn off all peripheral devices connected to the computer. Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power cord.
Locate the front panel audio header (J8A1).
Remove the three jumpers from the header (this disables the back panel audio connectors).
Install a correctly keyed and shielded front panel audio cable.
Connect the audio cable to the front panel audio solution.
To restore back panel operations
follow these steps:
1. Remove the front panel audio cable.
2. Install a jumper on pins 5-6 (rear R channel).
3. Install a jumper on pins 9-10 (rear L channel).
4. Install a jumper on pins 1-2 (mic).
5. Replace the cover.
Do you still have your manual? If so turn to page 72 for location.
For a close look at the motherboard front panel led to MB pins look at these two pics.
Location of front panel connections;
Item " A " is the front panel MB pins.
Pic two is the layout for each front panel connection;
The power on jumper uses pins 7 & 8.
Pin 7 is positive & pin 8 is negative.
The motherboard connection points to the front panel audio jacks are shown in the diagram below. It was cropped from a page of the user's manual.
A downloadable version of the English version of the User's manual is at http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket775/P5RD1-VM/e2440_p5rd1-vm.pdf
Hope this be of help to you. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.