connecting the front planel to the mobo

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  1. Seluryar

    Seluryar Active Member

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    hi, my question is, do the connectors have to be facing a certain direction when i hook up the front panel power button to the motherboard?

    i have a Thermaltake case that i want to use instead of my gateway case, but, the gateway front panel connector is a larger block instead of the individual wires to hook up to it, i can pretty much figure out which wires go where, but i am not sure of which way they need to be facing, each connector has 2 wires to it, does it matter which way i plug it in?
     
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    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    Some of them yes, some of them no. It's a pain in the ass but there is a positive and negative pin for each "set." The power and reset switches don't matter but anything that lights up (power light, hdd light) do need to be setup on the correct pins. It won't hurt anything if you make a mistake.
     
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    alright, thanks, im still a littla afraid to make the transfer :noes:
     
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    Seluryar Active Member

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    another question,

    i have a antistatic wrist bracelet, do those things ever expire?

    and what are some things i can hook it up to.

    im told that touching the metal frame of the computer case is enough to make you static free or something. my wrist bracelet has 2 endes, a clip, and a nub which i assume can be stuck into the grounding hole of an outlet.

    it didnt come with instructions :hs:
     
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    Seluryar Active Member

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    [​IMG]

    i wanna use it so bad :wtc:

    last time i attempted it, i shorted something out and had to take my computer to best buy to get it fixed(woohoo for the warranty)
     
  6. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    I've never used a strap but I'd make the assumption of strapping it to your wrist then clipping it onto the computer case. The whole nub thing freaks me out. You really just want to not put anything ON TOP of anti-static bags, don't lay components down on carpet and don't go scuffing your feet around on carpet and go touching things before discharging by touching the metal of the case.
     
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    copiertalk Secure Our Borders! OT Supporter

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    what kind of static strap? mine has the aligator clip and a lead with a resistor in the cord. I have never known on like mine to go bad. The cheap crap they sell that is like tape, I would not trust.
     
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    i used one of those wrist straps the very first time i built a computer, but then i stopped afterward. Partly because im more careful now and partly because i had it on and reached for a screwdriver that fell on the floor and almost dragged the case off the table
     
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    i dont remember what kind it is, but i got it at radio shack for around $15 a few years ago
     
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    copiertalk Secure Our Borders! OT Supporter

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    That is about what I paid. They are a nice item to have. More techs blow boards than they know from static. It is not one of those tools you have to have, but it sure is nice when you have pets around or carpet and the right humidity combinations.
     
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    i've never used a strap, It friends of mine never have either...we joke about it if were working on a computer together

    it's just easier to touch the metal chassis every once in a while to bleed off static
     
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    Seluryar Active Member

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    dont you have to keep the computer plugged into the wall? :hs:
     
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    also, with the new case, the hard drive cage that holds the hard drives in it, it seems that the only way to get the screws in to secure it in place is to use a magnetic screw driver? is this ok? its not a very strong screwdriver, can it do any damage to the hard drive?
     
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    I use magnetic tools. I couldn't live without em.
     
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    I had the data but I can not find it. Ricoh (lanier) had a tech bulletin on how many techs blow boards by not using them. I will look for it and see if I can post it. On a normal service call I will just grab a known frame ground as well, but when I troubleshoot to the component level, I will wear a strap.
     
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    copiertalk Secure Our Borders! OT Supporter

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    I could not live without my magnetic screwdriver. At the shop we took a solonoid apart and hooked it up to a battery charger with a foot switch.

    works great.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've done it both ways on pretty much every plug on the front panel, and never had a problem.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've got a steal case, and I keep a magnetic pen holder on the side of it right where
    the optical drives go. That puppy has a really strong magnetic strip on it. Takes some force to pull it off.
    My friends act like it's going to burn bad discs because of it. :mamoru:
     
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    I fucked mine up. The front USB ports work but not the audio and mic ports.
     
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    anyone got an answer to this?

    or do i not need to plug it into the wall.

    i asked a friend, he said that the fact that i was doing this on my bed may have had something to do with me shorting it out...
     
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    the usb ports look easy to put in, but the ieee 1394 looks way too confusing :eek3:
     
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    Seluryar Active Member

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    this is all the gateway site tells me about the panel connector:

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    i got the motherboard model number, but i cannot find anymore info about it
    foxconn c51gu01
     
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    that looks not too bad. I bet the top left 3 pins are the power led. below that is most likely hdd led; Pins 4-5 are likely power switch, below that are likely reset switch; last 2x2 square on right is not used (per desc)
     
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    ok, i am now officially a retard, i cannot just switch parts from case to case as i had once thought i could :wtc:

    i got lucky this time and everything is back in my original bland case......


    can anyone get me a price quote from a major computer/electronics store on how much it would cost for them to move everything from this case to another? :hs:
     
  25. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You should have tried what Jolly said.

    The key is having patience. If you got this far, you can do it.
     

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