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Cables on motherboard

Hi. I'm learning to build my own computer and haveing problems with where to put some cables. They are a number of cables some single some more than one. Some of the cables are - Spkr, reset.led,pw pwstn. I,am not shore where they go. The motherboard 694 TAS. Could you help. Thany you.

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These are the cables from the front panel of your computer.
power/reset buttons, led light from power on button/hdd activity etc.

The manual for your motherboard will tell you where they go.
They fit on the two rows of pins, usually at the bottom left corner of the motherboard,
I agree with you, they are very fiddly and the manual is not usually very clear how to attach them

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Building computer from scratch need to know where cords connect

Not a problem hicksdusty3

Post the motherboard manufacturer name, and model number.

In the meantime here is a Generic guide, (Which I despise posting),

Power cables;

IDE (PATA) data cable information,

SATA data cable information,

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