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Im trying to replace the power switch but im not sure where it goes plugged into the mobo its a blue 9 pin connection n please help if u can thanks

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If you use a flash light and a magnifying glass all the conection pins will be labeled ;like AUX in, for auxillary in which is usually for usb ports and plug and play items, then there will be a power reset set of pins for the reset button, and LED pins, and then your power should be labeled like wise. some times it wont be but you can look at the connector see if it has 3 or 4 wires and find the plug in that matches that has a u shaped metal place by it. its usually the power connection but if you are not sure take it to a professional so you dont cause damage.

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

  • james kilgore
    james kilgore Dec 08, 2007

    dell computers are bad for the power sw to fail.

  • james kilgore
    james kilgore Dec 08, 2007

    your 9 pin conection on the mother board should be easy to locate with the labeling and the size of the connector use a magnifying glass dont trust your eyes.

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