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Power supply install, what connector goes where, thought I had plug them in right butcomputer is not talking to monitor new sony vid card installed

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Whoa! Hold the phone here!

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Is the Power Supply a direct replacement unit?
Research indicates Sony used Proprietary power supply's.
Proprietary meaning THAT Power Supply was made for THAT motherboard.

To Expound ( IF, the above holds true):

Look at the 20, or 24-pin ATX main power cable of the old Power Supply, and compare it to the one used in the new Power Supply.

Look at the color code of the power wires, and orientation of the power wires, going to that connector.

Use the Lock tab on the side of the connector, to follow the power wire orientation going in that connector.

(Don't know if the Vaio VGC-RA810G motherboard has a 20-pin, or 24-pin ATX main power cable. Suspect it is a 24-pin)

A) 20-pin ATX main power cable,

B) 24-pin ATX main power cable,

1) Orange insulated wires are 3.3 Volts.
(3 point 3)

2) Red wires are 5 Volts

3) Yellow wires are 12 Volts

4) ALL Black wires are Ground wires

The above two links from Playtool, show the STANDARD placement for the power wires.

With Sony having a Proprietary design implemented, they can switch the power wires around anywhere they wish, in their ATX main power cable connector. (20-pin or 24-pin)

If there is a 12 Volt wire going to a Ground wire, (Yellow wire going to a Black wire), there is going to be a Short Circuit.

Same with any of the other above mentioned power wires, if they are going to a Ground wire. (3.3 Volt {Orange} or 5 Volt {Red}

Start with the Lock tab on the side of the ATX main power cable's connector, to orient where the power wires go. Look at the color of the insulation of the wires. (Color code)

See if they are the same for both ATX main power cable connectors.
(Compare the old Power Supply to the new Power Supply)

Just thought I would bring this up.
You may have 'Let the smoke out' of your computer.

(Bye-bye Processor, Motherboard, Ram Memory, and Graphics Card.
{Supposed to be an ATI Radeon X600XT graphics card. Does not use, or need any external power wire from the Power Supply )

To your question/problem:

Research indicates:

1) You have an Intel Pentium 4 processor.

Make sure the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, is plugged into the motherboard. (Power for the Processor)

2) SATA harddrive.
Make sure the harddrive has a SATA power cable plugged in, (15-pin), and a SATA data interface cable plugged in. (7-pin)
[ SATA = Serial ATA]

If the SATA harddrive has a place for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable, DO NOT plug in a 4-pin Peripheral power cable!

SATA power cable,

Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

Both of the optical drives (CD and DVD burner) are IDE.
They use a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable.

They also use an IDE flat ribbon cable, (Data interface cable),
[IDE is also known as PATA. Parallel ATA]

The Processor fan, plugs into a connector on the motherboard labeled CPU or CPU 1.
I don't have info on the mobo (MOtherBOard) used, so I cannot give you direct information as to where this connector is located.

It should be located near the Processor.

[My understanding is that there is liquid cooling for the Processor, and a fan also]

Posted on Jul 23, 2010

Testimonial: "thank you, Pwr Sup Comnnected correct unit running "

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    joecoolvette Jul 23, 2010

    You're very welcome tryagain1 and thank you for the kind words; and rating! (Comma isn't working. Buying new keyboard today.)


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Make sure the video card doesnt require a pci-e 6 pin power connection

Posted on Jul 22, 2010

Testimonial: "sony board did not require direct pwr from supply, but good advice"


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