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Front panel USB connector

I plug in usb to front panel & it does (eventually) show up in "my computer" as removable disk "f" & sometimes it does not "kick in" but a few times it does take & i try to download music and it starts to download but then stop & says cannot download as it cannot find/ identify path. crazy part is i will plug in again (i have no idea what reboot is) & if it takes i will see music folder listed when i open "f" disk up but it will not play & then locks up & then no trace of usb flash stick can be found. am i missing some sort of software setup? thank you

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First try plugging it into the motherboard USB on the back of the computer. Sometimes the front panel ones act up a bit. Then make sure the drive letter (f) is not in conflict with another device. You can actually change the drive letter in computer administrator.

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Front 4 usb ports and microphone and headphone jacks don't work but the rear usb and speaker jacks do work. I've had the computer new since 2009 and they have never worked.


it sounds to me like the wires from the front panel connectors are not connected to the motherboard inside the computer case, open the case up find the front connectors wires inside and find out if there are any connectors on the motherboard to plug them into.
the reason the rear ones work is because they are soldered directly to the motherboard.
good luck.

Jun 28, 2014 | Acer Aspire E380 ASE380-UD500A PC Desktop

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Wiring scematic for a gateway gt5636e


Gateway Support > GT5636e Desktop PC > Main Support page,

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/s/PC/R/1014825R/1014825Rnv.shtml

Click on Components in the list.

Scroll down.
Under the black - Motherboards - subheading click on the blue -
4006245R - Intel (Stoughton) G965 motherboard with LPT port

In the list click on the blue - Product Views

B - Processor Core Power Connector
That is to the LEFT of the processor socket.

This is a general example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Note the LOCK clip on the power cable's connector, and the matching TAB, on the motherboard connector.
When the power cable is deemed to be plugged in Tightly, and Correctly; the Lock clip will be hooked over the Tab.

The 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, and matching motherboard connector; has this feature also.

D - CPU Fan Connector
Go straight up, from the processor socket to the edge of the motherboard, then to the Right.

Notice how the motherboard connector is Keyed, and the matching plug connector that goes to it.
Same thing for all those white 3-pin connectors, on the motherboard.

[CPU = Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.
Does NOT mean Personal Computer ]

G - Floppy Disk Drive Connector
Black 34-pin connector for a Floppy Drive.
It is next to the White 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.
Right side of motherboard, towards the Top.

If I were a betting man, I would bet you aren't using it. No Floppy Disk Drive.
But I'll tell you what.........it's nice to have.
A Floppy Disk Drive doesn't take squat to run.

Need to flash the BIOS after the BIOS has been corrupted, you can use a Floppy Disk/s with the BIOS upgrade info on it.
Jus sayin'.

H - ATX Power Connector = 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.
This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

NOTE* Color of connector does NOT matter ]

Location covered above. Right upper side of motherboard

I - Rear Chassis Fan Connector

With the huge(?) image of the motherboard on Gateway Support, and the equally sized images available on the internet; you're on your own.

Easy to find though. Small white 3-pin connector, with Rear Fan printed next to it. I'm betting to the Left, of the aluminum finned Heatsink, for the Northbridge chip. (Below processor socket)

Next to an Electrolytic Capacitor, that has a gold, and black plastic sleeve.
Used for a computer case fan in the Rear. Draws air OUT of the computer case. (Out the back)

J - PCI Express x16 Connector.
THIS, is where the graphics card goes.
A PCI Express graphics card.

OR, you can use a PCI graphics card, in one of the white PCI slots.
I would NOT. The PCI technology is NO where near, the PCI Express technology,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pci_express


The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
L - Front Panel Audio Connector, is for the audio ports in the Front Panel.
FP_AUDIO

It is to the Left of the white PCI slots, and the header itself is Yellow in color.
Do not know the individual pinout of this Front Panel Audio header.

You have a plug connector that plugs onto it.
You can see the header is missing one pin. The missing pin is called the Key.
This shows you how to line up the plug connector to it.

If you need the individual pinout, trace the individual wires to the Front Panel audio ports.

N - HD Audio Link Connector
Plug connector goes on it also.
Location believed to be Bottom edge of motherboard, towards the Left.

O - Parallel ATA IDE Connector
Just the usual 40-pin IDE (PATA) connector.
(Actually, ONLY 39 pins )
Bottom edge of motherboard, black in color

ALL three harddrive options are SATA, so you won't be using it for your harddrive.
The optical drive you have is IDE (PATA), so this connector is where it plugs in.

Notice the cutout in the side of the connector. This is a Locating Notch.
Lines up with a Locating Lug, on the flat IDE ribbon cable, for the optical drive,



P - IEEE 1394 Connector
It's for the Firewire (1394a) ports in the Front Panel.
Plug connector goes to it.
Color is Blue, and it is in-between the white PCI slots

Q - USB 2.0 Connectors
Two of them side by side, but separated by a small Electrolytic Capacitor.
Black color for these USB headers.

They are for the Front Panel.
Location to the right of the black IEEE 1394 connector, bottom edge of motherboard.
They utilize the USB 2.0 technology.

ONLY one is marked. -> USB 2.
It has FP_USB_2, printed under it.
Front Panel USB 2.
The other one to the Left, is FP_USB_1.

EACH of those headers supports TWO USB ports.

A (Media) Card Reader has TWO cables, and uses ONE USB header.

One of those USB headers then, can be used for a Card Reader in the Front Panel.
The other USB header for Two USB ports in the Front Panel.

R - SATA Connectors
You see there are SIX.
Marking starts with SATA 0. (SATA0)

SATA 0 is for the SATA harddrive.
SATA 1 is for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

IF, you are using TWO optical drives, the MAIN optical drive connects to SATA1. The secondary optical drive connects to SATA2.

Make sure if you are adding a SATA optical drive, (That the computer did NOT come with), that you go into BIOS Setup; and ENABLE that SATA connector you wish to use.

HOWEVER,............the beauty of SATA is, that you can plug ANY device into ANY SATA connector; and BIOS will find the device.

Want to plug an optical drive into SATA0? No problem.
Want to plug the SATA harddrive into SATA 5?
No problem.

Just make SURE that SATA 5 is ENABLED, in BIOS Setup.

S - Front Panel Connector

Again, the front of your computer is the Front Panel.
Moving on.......
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the Main wires from the Front Panel connect to, is the Front Panel header.

Here you can see the individual pins, are marked by colors on the header itself.
Pin 2 is next to the Green pin, on the Bottom row to the Right.

Pin 1 is above it.
Looks confusing, because Pin 6 for the header above it, is marked right there also.

Pin 8 is marked on the bottom of the header.
Pin 9 is marked on the Top of the header, all the way to the left; except some 'crackhead' marked it upside down. (lol)

So,........pinout..........

Starting on the Top row, at the Right side; going towards the Left,
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Starting on the Bottom row, at the Right side; going towards the Left.
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO Pin 10.

1) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED.
(Light Emitting Diode, so I'm not going to refer to it as a light.
It is. LED states that)

Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) connection.
If the HDD LED is dim when the harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

2) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

3) Pin 9 is 5 Volts.
5 Volt power. That is why it is marked as +5 Volts.
Used for the factory to test with.
It is N/C. Not Connected.

4) Pins 2 and 4 are for a Power On LED.
Pin 2 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the PWR LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around.

5) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

6) Again, there is NO Pin 10.

T - Auxillary Front Panel Power On LED Connector
Right above the Front Panel header.

Freaking beats me why it would even be on there.
To iterate;

There are only 2 pins. This type of Power On LED header has 3-pins usually.
It is used for a dual color Power On LED.

Used back in the day when computers had the 'Turbo Mode' feature, and 'Normal Mode' feature.
Dual colors of dual color Power On LED was usually Green, and Yellow.
Green for Turbo Mode, Yellow for Normal Mode.

Was in reality a bunch of cr@p.
Turbo Mode was the computer actually operating in NORMAL mode, while Normal Mode was the computer was operating slower.
Just another gimmick.

{'Buy me! I'm a shinier Red bike! }

Probably why Gateway states it does Not support this feature.

U - Clear CMOS Jumper
If you do not know what this is for, LEAVE IT ALONE.
(He states politely)

V - Front Fan Connector
Yes, you guessed it. For the computer case fan in the Front, that draws air INTO the computer.
Location? Close to the round CMOS watch type battery.

X - Intrusion Switch Connector

Can't believe they are still using this cr@p.
It's so if someone opens the computer case, the power to the motherboard is turned off.

Good feature, but if the person working on the computer; doesn't know enough to unplug the computer from power FIRST, then chances are they do Not know about Anti-Static Procedures either.

Don't FOLLOW Anti-Static Procedures, you can use the motherboard for a Frisbee, or expensive paperweight.

Static shock the motherboard, is why.
Goodbye Processor (CPU), Ram Memory, motherboard, graphics card, (IF used)......and who knows what else.

DO NOT connect anything to it. Leave alone.

(If you do though, it has to be ENABLED in BIOS Setup; to use this feature)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Mar 17, 2013 | Gateway GT5654 Desktop PC

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Emachine W3653 motherboard manual


Intel 945GCT-M3 motherboard,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006188R/4006188Rmv.shtml

Above shows main view, and is labeled.

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006188R/4006188Rnv.shtml

Click on Product Views for Pinouts and connectors for;

1) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable; B - Processor Core Power Connector

2) Processor fan cable connector on motherboard; D - CPU Fan Connector

3) 24-pin ATX main power cable; F - ATX Power Connector

4) Floppy Drive 34-pin connector on motherboard; G - Floppy Disk Drive Connector

5) CD/DVD drive that is IDE (PATA) type -> connector;
H - Parallel ATA IDE Connector. (Harddrive goes to SATA connector)

6) Computer case fan connector; I - System Fan Connector

7) Audio connector on motherboard for CD/DVD drive's small audio cable, (Main drive if there are two)
M - AUX-IN Connector

8) Front Panel is front of computer.
N - Front Panel Audio Connector is where the front panel audio ports connect.

9) R - USB 2.0 Connectors = Front Panel USB connectors on motherboard

10) Front of computer is the Front Panel. Area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

T - Front Panel Connector = Front Panel header

Motherboard manual from ECS Support,

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=719&CategoryID=1&MenuID=16&LanID=0

(Note photo is distorted. Click on - More pictures for clearer view.
{More pictures / Where to buy / Print )

Click on the Download tab.
(Features / Specification / Download / Support / CPU / etc)

Click on Manual.
(Driver / BIOS / Manual)

Scroll down, click on the country NAME nearest yours.
A PDF file motherboard manual will come up.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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My Transcend v30 pendrive is not working i had checked it in other computers but it was not working


Sometimes when a flashmemory stick or USB external hard drive fails because it was not removed fromthe USB port properly. If the device is removed byjust pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, youmust click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select thedevice you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so When the flash memoryUSB hard drive device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restoreit by reformatting it. Insert the flash or USB hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - AdministrativeTools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted itwill indicate that it is Healthy.

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I want to connect My front USB to the Gigabyte MB ga-945p-s3 i dont know how to do it right if there is a video to show me how to do it, that would be great your help is needed thanks


There are two connectors on the motherboard marked F_USB1 and F_USB2 for the front panel USB ports. This is the page from the manual (you can download a copy here) for your board:

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The pinout of each USB connector is the same, so it does not matter which one you use. Each connector supports two USB ports. The pin assignments are a standard, and the cable from the front panel USB connectors in your computer case may already have a plug on the end which will fit. Note the missing pin (pin 9); the plug is keyed so it will only fit one way so you can't put it on backwards.

If the front USB cable in your computer case doesn't have a 10-pin plug on the end, it will have a separate single-pin connector on each wire, and they will be marked with their function. Make sure you match each wire to the correct pin on the board, following the chart shown above.

You should have your front USB working very quickly. Thanks for using Fixya!

Dec 03, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Removeable Disk Not Recognised. I have my USB labelled SONY USB 2.0 I GB. once I plug it on my computer never recognised. So am asking you to get better solutions, Regards, charles


Sometimes when a flash memory stick fails because it was not removed from the USB port properly. If the device is removed by just pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, you must click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select the device you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so.

When the flash memory device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restore it by reformatting it. Insert the flash drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.
Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Healthy.

You need to format the external drive. Format the drive as primary drive and in FAT32. (FAT32 will allow data to be exchanged between MACs and PCs).
Insert the external hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.
Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Health

Nov 12, 2009 | Sony Electronics - Others

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Front panel connectors/jacks is not working


OK--usually what you will find from the front is 3 connectors.
One will be a solid block that has one blank hole which is the key. That will plug into the corresponding pins on the motherboard--usually toward the back of the case.
There will be another other wire that terminates in two plastic connectors. These are the USB connectors. Sometimes the connectors are in two parts. One is a 3-hole and one is a 1-hole. Usually you will find two sets as they sort of go together.
The pin configuration on the motherboard looks like this ::::.
The single pin on the end is not used. The other ones are connected with the plastic connector on the first three starting at the left, with the end marked VCC to the left. The fourth pin is the ground which is usually the separate connector.
The second USB connectors are plugged in right next to the first--so each block of pins controls 2 USB ports.
Hope this helps.

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Where would I look for the usb port


Most Compaqs (in general all brands) have USB ports on both the front and rear of the case. The rear connectors are found where all the other I/O connections are located. They are flat rectangular sockets. When you want to plug in a USB device, you can plug into any open USB port. The plug will also only fit one way, so if it will not go into the connector just flip it over.

Front panel USB connectors are often hidden behind a door. Look for a swing-open or slide-down panel. On some cases the connectors may be on the top or sides.

When connecting devices such as a printer or external hard drive, you should use the rear-panel USB ports. These go directly into the system board and have the best performance. Front-panel USB connectors plug into the main board with cables. For most devices (including your SanDisk) it doesn't matter which you use, but the rear-panel ones are best for high-speed devices or moving lots of data.

You can usually find the user's guide online at the computer manufacturer's website, and that will show you where all the connector are on your system.

If this solution has been what you need, please take a moment to rate it. Thanks for asking here!

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Dell gx260


You have 500mA on usb port. If you cause a short on usb connectors, this can damage the motherboard.
Disconnect usb port on motherboard (work with power unplugged ), remove all ide and floppy cable,eventually remove and put back in place bios battery and Ram.
Restart Motherboard only with 1 module Ram (bios battery back in place), CPU and Fan (ensure cpu and fan are well in place), do not plug anything else than switch on button.
If it still does not work there is a good chance you blew the Motherboard.

Regards

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