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Front Panel Ligh

My front panel dragon light doesn't light up anymore for a random reason, I didn't tinker with any of the wires or nothing i just powered on my pc one morning and the front panel doesn't work. the small indicators below the panel that give you the time and a lil flashing dragon work its just the dragon on the door that doesn't

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  • Syme0084 Mar 16, 2008

    I actually opened up my tower, repolaced the battery double checked every connection I'm starting to think the light just failled cuz i dont see any other possibilities and the worst part is i dont think they sale spare parts. thanks though



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Either a mechanical problem or the plug has come loose. The possibility that the light actually failed is rather remote...accordianman

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The front of your desktop computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

You are asking for the Front panel header pinout.

Orient the motherboard so we are both looking at it the same way.
Mounted in the computer case.

Processor to the Top, 3 Ram Memory slots to the Right, 5 white PCI slots to the Bottom.

The Front Panel header is at the Bottom/Right corner.

There are two rows of pins.
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Bottom row: 2 pins, NO pin, 2 pins, NO pin, 4 pins.

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From the Left side across the Bottom row, going towards the Right side;
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A) Pins 1 and 5 are for the Power On LED light. This is if it is a 2 wire LED light.
Use Pin 3 also, if it is a 3 wire LED light.
Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.

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B) Pins 7 and 9 are N/C. Not Connected.

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D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the Reset switch. IF a Reset switch is used.

E) Pins 8 and 10 are for the Power On switch.

F) Pins 14 and 16 are N/C. Not Connected.

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On this page drop down to where it states;
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The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

Specifically we are talking about the Reset switch, Power On switch, HarDDrive activity LED light, and Power On LED light.
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What you need is a Front Panel header pinout.

I'm looking at the motherboard now,

The silkscreen print next to the Front panel header, is fuzzy. Probably is on your motherboard also.

[Motherboard installed in computer case, the Front panel header is at the Bottom/Right corner. Just wanted you to know, I KNOW.

The photo has the motherboard turned 90 degrees to the Right.
PANEL is silkscreened to the Right of the Front Panel header ]

Looking at the motherboard installed in the computer case, the Front Panel header is two rows of pins.

The pins have a white rectangle silkscreened around them. To the left of these two rows of 10 pins, is another small rectangle in white.
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There are 20 pins. Two rows of 10 pins for the Front panel header.
Willing to bet Pin 1 is the pin to the upper Left corner.
Pin 20 is the pin at the bottom Right corner.

Coming from the Left side, across the Top row;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19.

Coming from the Left side, across the Bottom row;
Pins 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20.

It looks as though this is just the old Front Panel header setup, used for a lot of old motherboards.

For example, I can just about make out the pins for the HDD activity LED light.
Bottom row, come from the Left side.

The first three pins, which are pins 2, 4, and 6, are for the Keylock.
DO not connect any wires to them!
The next two pins, 8 and 10 are for the HarDDRive activity LED.

Top row; Pins 5 and 7 look like they are for the Power On LED.

HOWEVER, let's use deductive reasoning based on intelligent thought.
Or in otherwords, 'Wing it'.

All you have to do, is get one of those LED lights that have two wires.
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Go across the Top row. Touch TWO pins at a time. For example Pins 1 and 3. No power? Touch pins 5 and 7. No power?
(Shouldn't be)

Touch pins 9 and 11, and so on. Keep going across the Top row.
No good? Go across the bottom row, BUT SKIP pins 2 and 4.

What will happen? When you finally touch, the two pins for the Power On switch, the LED light will light up, and the Power Supply will turn on.

With the Power Supply on you can go back, and see which two pins keep the test LED light ON. These pins will be for the Power On LED.

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Windows is running, and you touch two pins, and Windows restarts?
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BY using the LED light you will harm NOTHING. In fact you could use a jumper wire. If you touch the wrong pins, NOTHING will happen. If you touch the two pins for the Power On switch, the Power Supply will come on.

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In otherwords; NONE.

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