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Emachine W3400/ front panel connections

I am trying to hook up the front panel connectors to the mother board there are three wires to hook up. the power switch, power L.E.D. and h/d L.E.D.
the problem is there are eight identical sockets on the motherboard(RS480M).

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  • original4u8 Jan 18, 2009

    anyone kno of a manual telling where to place the cables. or could some one go into better details?

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They have to be plugged in horizontally although it is possible to plug them in vertically because the pins are evenly spaced either way. they are color coded just not like you would expect for example one plug has a green wire and a white wire the green side goes to the green pin and the white side goes to a green pin with a white cross you have to look close because there are several green pins which is what threw me off do this with all three plugs

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