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I'm trying to find out if the whole front panel power switch on the dell dimension 8300 can be replaced with a generic brand . I have changed the motherboard, replacing it with a SIS 648FX Foxconn board. My problem is finding an appropriate front panel switch, or a way to get the present dell setup work. Any suggestion would be most helpful Thank you

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The problem you're running into is that Dell uses proprietary parts,like quite a few manufacturers still do.The board you bought should have come with a manual on a CD or DVD.You can look through the manual and see what the connections are,they're even printed,usually,on the board beside each set of pins.It's very small print.
What you have going for you is that the Dell multi-plug is also labeled as to what wires are for each application.You'll have to cut the plug off and put individual connectors on each wire,then connect them to the corresponding pins.You can get the parts at an electronic supply store,even Radio Shack.
Just be careful,and make sure that if your hands are inside the case,the cord is unplugged.
Bob

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