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Dell optiplex gx260 mother board

I use dell gx260 mother board and standart case.The problem is dell gx260 motherboard front panel pin uses a IDE-like ribbon, ive never seen this before. It carries usb, front audio, front usb, power button and leds, "the thing" has 34 pins, and i need the pinout so i can connect it to my standard case.

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    night_ghost Mar 02, 2008


    Help Me Please

  • nnds Jun 27, 2008

    i have the same proplem

  • Noah Riede
    Noah Riede May 11, 2010

    take a picture of your motherboard and the front board panel and host it on imageshack then post a link here to the pictures.

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It would be easier to order the cable and front panel board assy as one. easy on ebay.
I have worked on them for years and never bothered to trace them out. and dell doesn't post the pinout anywhere.
If you can't find one I can get it for you cheap.

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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!)

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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

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I was using my Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop when the suddenly, the windows fail to booth. After some while, it fail to display and keeps on making a beep sound. I testes my monitor and did the necessary...


hi,
i have a dell optiplex, at home and i think it gave me something of a problem related to this. the beeping sound you are hearing is related to the ram. in my case, i change it, or most times swapped the rams in their slot, it worked properly. you can try that first, swap the positions of the rams if you have the two slots occupied, change the position if you have only one ram. if the beeping continues, you should get a new ram. that should solve it. i'm saying this with the assumption that you know and can locate the ram, judging from your problem statement. just so I'm thorough, the ram is located on the mother board of your system, right in the middle of your system casing, the picture above. there are two buttons by the side, you have to press them in simultaneously to release the hook, then you pull the rear end up and towards the front. the motherboard should be visible to you now. the ram slots are the two longest slots in the middle of the motherboard. to remove the ram(the card(s) sitting on the slot.) press the two pins at the edge of the slot down to unclip the ram, then pull the ram out. when replacing the ram, watchout for the spaces in the base of the ram and make sure they are aligned properly to the bridges in the slot, press it down until the pins clip firmly to the ram.
hope this helps.

Jul 08, 2011 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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Hello I have a T2682 and I have taken this computer apart many times and I just got back from Afghanistan and just wanted to see if I could get it going one last time but I forgot what wires plug in where...


The beep you hear is a BIOS Beep Code. The computer's method of informing you something is wrong, and the area to look into for it.

The code is similar to what you may be used to.
(Afghanistan, Army? If so, hello brother/sister. 1st Cav, 13th Sig. Corp)

The BIOS Beep Code is similar to a Morse Code.

Examples:
Two short beeps followed by a long beep, a pause of silence, then the pattern repeats, over, and over.

One short beep indicates everything is okay.
This is an indication that BIOS has concluded the Ram Memory count, and everything is 5 By.

According to my sources, the eMachines T2682 desktop computer uses an Imperial GV motherboard model, made by TriGem.

The front plastic cover of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area on the motherboard that the cables, (Wires), attach to on the motherboard, is the Front Panel header.

This is the Front panel header pinout, for the TriGem Imperial GV motherboard,

http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1/ecase/support/front_panel_support.shtml

On this page I would like you to scroll down to the heading -
Imperial GV Front Panel Motherboard Pinouts

Looking at the pinout;

1) Pin 1 is Not used. NC = No Connection

2) Pins 2 and 3 are for the Power On LED light
[Light Emitting Diode]

Pin 2 is for the Ground wire. (GND) ( - )
Pin 3 is for the LED light power wire. ( + )

3) Pin 4 is not used. NC

4) Pins 5 and 6 are for the Harddrive Activity light. (LED)
HDD is HarDDrive

Pin 5 is for the LED power wire
Pin 6 is for the HarDDrive signal wire
(If after attaching the wires the HDD LED light is dim, reverse the wires)

5) Pins 7 and 8 are for the Power On switch.
Pin 7 is for the Ground wire.

Attaching the Peripheral cables;

1) You have an IDE harddrive. Uses a 40-pin IDE ribbon cable.
(39 actually. One pinhole is blocked off)

There is a Locating Tab on one side of the IDE ribbon cable's connector.

To wit:

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

Left-click on the blue IDE connector in the photo to the upper right.
At the top middle of the connector you will see two ridges.
This is the Locating Lug.

Now left-click on the IDE connector on the motherboard, shown in the photo to the upper right.
(To the right of the blue IDE connector)

Looking at the blue IDE connector on the motherboard, you will note there is a cutout on one side of the connector.
This is a Locating Slot.

Lining the Locating Lug up to the Locating Slot, puts the pins of the IDE ribbon cable's connector, in the correct position for the pinholes in the motherboard's IDE connector.

IF, your ribbon cable's connector does Not have a Locating Lug;

Look at the outside edge of the ribbon cable. You should see a faint Red stripe.
The Red stripe is always next to Pin 1.

Next to the motherboard's IDE connector should be a printout.
It will state PRI 1, (Stands for Primary 1), or IDE 1.
This is for the Harddrive.

[ If you see PRI 2, or SEC, (Secondary), this is for the optical drive.
(CD/DVD drive). Using this information, you will know the other IDE connector on the motherboard is for the Harddrive ]

That printout is always next to where Pin 1 is.
Therefore on the motherboard, the side of the IDE ribbon cable that has a Red stripe, will go next to the printout.

If your harddrive does not have a Locating Slot on it's IDE connector, Pin 1 is always towards the 4-pin IDE power pins.

To wit:

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

The above is a webpage from Playtool.com, discussing the various power cables used in a PC, and more specifically the standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable.

I linked it to show you a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, plugged into an IDE harddrive.

(A Peripheral power cable's connector, has been misnomered as a Molex connector, repeatedly through the years.
This was the name given to the first connector of this design.
It's kind of like referring to an adjustable open-end wrench, as a Crescent wrench )

Here in the photo of the rear view of an IDE harddrive, (Photo to the far left), you will see the 4 power pins.

To the left of the power pins are the Jumper pins.
To the left of the jumper pins, is the IDE interface for the 40-pin IDE ribbon cable.

The Red stripe of the IDE ribbon cable goes towards those 4 power pins.

To be continued in an additional comment.

Sep 19, 2010 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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I have no video with my optiplex gx260? Help!!!


if you are using on bored video, then its very possible that their is something wrong with your monitor, if your using a video card, and its the same video card you used on your old mother bored, then its probably the video card.

Mar 18, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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Will a dell gx280 motherboard fit into a gx260 (dell) case?


If it is a slim gx260 case, it might not. If it is the wide case, it will, but the two motherboards have different power supplies. You will need to use a gx280 power supply to power it on. However, you can use a gx270 motherboard in a gx260 case without changing the power supply.


Hope this helps!

Oct 26, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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Dell optiplex gx260 motherboard reset


the front panel header configuration of that particular motherboard.
4e233df.jpg 6-8 (red) is your power sw
2-4 (green) is your power LED
1-3 (yellow) is your HDD LED
5-7 (purple) is your reset sw
black is not connected

The motherboard should go into a custom case no problem.

Oct 21, 2009 | Dell (E210882) Motherboard

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My motherboard out of a dell optiplex gx260 the board it self is part number ASSY-3M537, I want to put it in a atx case I am worried it won't work. on the board I don't see how to hook up the power switch...


Hi,
This should be the front panel header configuration of that particular motherboard.
41e73e6.jpg

6-8 (red) is your power sw
2-4 (green) is your power LED
1-3 (yellow) is your HDD LED
5-7 (purple) is your reset sw
black is not connected

The motherboard should go into a custom case no problem.

Regards.

Jul 28, 2009 | Dell (E210882) Motherboard

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Proper pin numbers to install inserts in a Dell SATA 34 pin GX270 motherboard


why do you need the IDE cable pin out if you are using SATA?
they are diiferent and not interchangeable. if you want to use IDE pin out for SATA, then you need to get a adapter from IDE to SATA.

May 19, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX270 PC Desktop

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