20 Most Recent Northgate (STAX2517C2) PC Desktop Questions & Answers


Northgate... | Answered on Jun 03, 2013

you can go to setup restart the machine HOLD the keys CTRL+F2 or esc and go or restart HOLD keys CTRL+F11OR 12 and restore factory settings.

God bless you

Northgate... | Answered on May 24, 2013

You didn't state the model number, unless that is it in the problem heading, STAX2517C2.

IF, this is the Model Number of the Northgate Desktop PC, it is supposed to come with a Foxconn/Winfast K7S741MG-6L motherboard,


Click on the photo with SOLD across it. On the next page scroll it down.
There is a main view shown, and separate views under it.
In the separate views, click on the third one from the Left.


Looks like the Front Panel header on the motherboard, is an 9-pin unit.
(Down by the round CMOS battery, black plastic rectangular header, 9-pins.
In the photo it is down to the Bottom/left corner )

[ The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

May be an abbreviation silk-screened on the motherboard next to it.
F PANEL 1, or FRP1, or FP1 ]

Motherboard sitting in your computer case, the Front Panel header is sitting Horizontal, and parallel to the bottom edge of the motherboard.
There are two rows of pins.

4 across the Top row; 5 across the Bottom row.

The best method is to take an LED light with two wires, and touch two contact pins at a time.
I would go across the Top row first.

Start with the first two pins. Then the second two pins.
When you touch the correct two pins, the Power Supply will come on.
(So will the computer)

You now know that this is the two pins for the Power On switch.
Computer running do not touch the two pins again.
Now touch two other pins.

When the LED light blinks, you know you have the HarDDrive activity LED pins.
If the LED stays on you have the Power On LED pins.

If the computer restarts you know you have the Restart switch pins.

This is what I have that seems to be close, for a Front Panel header pinout for your motherboard.

HOWEVER, I would like you to connect the two pins to the Power On switch first. Just those two.
If these are correct there is a 99 percent chance the others are too.

A) Using an LED light will not harm your motherboard. If the computer isn't running, (Power Supply not on), then you will not be touching any 'live' pins on the motherboard.

Just make a brief contact, with the wires to each set of 2 pins. The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch.

Pinout I have;

Looking at the Front Panel header - Top row;
Starting at the Left side, coming across to the Right side;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. Blank spot -> No pin.

Bottom row;
Starting on the Left side, coming across to the Right side;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

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

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

C) No pin 10. Blank spot.

D) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED (Light)
Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the HDD LED is dim when the harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

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

F) Pin 9 is N/C. Not Connected. Probably 5 Volts (DC), and reserved for the factory.

Would appreciate hearing back if this pinout worked for your motherboard.
Also would appreciate if it did not work, and you found out, how about posting back on that also?
A LOT of people would appreciate this information.


Northgate... | Answered on Aug 08, 2012

sounds like the battery is dead in the computer itself, its a watch battery you will need to reset the clock and some other settings in the bios

Northgate... | Answered on Jul 04, 2012

Try to Update your driver may it will work for you here are the easiest step for updating the drivers:

Connect your device to the PC using data Cable (USB cable)
Now On Desktop of you PC
Right click on My computer icon and select Properties
Click on Device Manager
(Or follow Start button --> Control Panel --> Device Manager)

Now search for your hardware whom you want to update.
Right click on it and click on Update Driver Software...

It will ask for CD or DVD then insert the driver CD/DVD if you don't have then it will ask for searching the drivers over internet click Yes for it and it will automatically download the drivers for you.

Or you can use Third party software which can search, Download and Update them for you without making much effort..

Click here for Driver Updating Free Softwares

Thank You...

Northgate... | Answered on Sep 11, 2011

Sometimes that can be caused by something stuck on the key, or if you've spilled anything on the keyboard and the keys are sticky. Try removing the key with a butter knife (careful not to break the hinge) and checking it out. It also might be worth picking up some compressed air and blowing out the keyboard, it might fix your problem and it's a good thing to do every month or so.

Other than the keys being stuck, I would think either some kind of driver issue or a virus. If you have an antivirus, update it then run as full and complete of a scan as you can, and just let it run overnight. If that doesn't solve the issue, try looking on the manufacturer's website for a driver update.

Just out of curiosity, what program are you using it with? It might be related to that program as well.

As a last thought, it could be a problem with your mouse. Try cleaning off the touchpad really well with alcohol wipes (after turning the computer off). If you can disable/enable the touchpad with a button or something, you can try that as well (or plug in a USB mouse and disable the touchpad to rule that out as a possible problem).

Northgate... | Answered on Jun 16, 2011

Back up any important files to CD, USB Flash Drive, or External hard disk as they will be lost during this process. Insert the recovery disk and restart the computer. When prompted, press any key to boot from CD, then follow the prompts on the screen.

Northgate... | Answered on May 03, 2011

some condensers in the mother board is damaged send it to mantinance center

Northgate... | Answered on Mar 25, 2011

you can try driver up date

Northgate... | Answered on Dec 15, 2010

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Please unplug and replug the monitor cable that connects to the cpu. a loose connection/ bent broken pins of the connector itself usually causes such an error message to come up.

Northgate... | Answered on Nov 21, 2010

If you run Win OS try ro update driver via PC manage.

right click:1- ->my Compuer
                  2- ->Click on Device manager
                      3-->Click ->Sounds Video & game controller.
                               (here look for a yellow symbol if present  you  have a problem with the driver ) 
                            4- Look at the mboard to see if you can find an obvious brand andmodel number printed on the mboard, usually in larger characters, oftenbetween the slots - if you see that, tell us what you found.

2.look at the cards in the slots to see if you can find anything thatlooks like it might be the brand, a model number - if you see that,tell us what you found. You may have to remove the cards to examinethem properly

3. look at the labelling on the largest chips on the mboard.

If you see VIA - go here - choose Chipset or Platform Drivers:

If you see Intel,
go here and download the utility to identify your chipset:
Once you have identified the chipset, go back to that same web page, and click on the link to drivers for your chipset.
Usuallyyou need to get at least the latest INF Update utility, and the latestApplication Accelerator. If your Intel chipset has integrated (onboard)video, video drivers will be listed - in that case also get the latestvideo drivers.

If you see NVidea, go here, choose Platform/nForce Drivers:

Northgate... | Answered on Oct 03, 2010

You can download the drivers for this PC on the manufacturers website.

If one is not available, id suggest looking up the specs, and downloading drivers from the brands placed in the PC(NVidia, ATI, Intel, Etc).

DO NOT!!!! Download from third parties, many contain viruses.

Hope this helps

Northgate... | Answered on Sep 02, 2010

yes. it does need the driver. please download the driver for your network card and install it to your computer then test.

Northgate... | Answered on May 25, 2010

No you do not need a new sound card but you must re install the same driver after removing the previous one from the control panel


Northgate... | Answered on May 18, 2010

start your computer in safe mode login in admin mode and change the password of your user. Steps given below.

How to start in safe mode?

Start your computer after the post boot screen ends and computer ready to enter in windows press F8 button you will get few options select safe mod there.

How to change password ?

Click on start tab select control panel in open menu.
control panel window will come up there you have to select user Accounts icon then you will get you user, get into it do your all administration job.

Northgate... | Answered on May 14, 2010

All cases are built on a thing called the ATX Format. This means that ALL motherboards conform to a hole placement and board size, so you will find almost any case will do. A Mini-Tower would siut you fine, A bigger case just usually means more HDD Bays and more CD/DVD Bays too, also extra Fans, ans ventilation slots. So get the one you like, even pink if you want :)

Northgate... | Answered on Mar 28, 2010

Yes you can upgrade to windows xp on this pc, unless there are things she wants to keep on the pc, you can just adjust the bios to boot from cd, insert the disk into the cd rom and run the xp installation, you can choose to keep the files from the previous windows in your case millenium or choose a clean install, this will be up to you. good luck and tell me how it goes.

Northgate... | Answered on Mar 23, 2010


I believe (not 100% but dang close) that these should be your jumper settings. If not.. sometimes they are on the board just not necessarily right next to the jumpers. Hope this helps.

Northgate... | Answered on Mar 21, 2010

Check this site out...If your running Xp or Vista, Or Mac then this is the software for you. http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/

Northgate... | Answered on Mar 18, 2010

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