Installing a new motherboard!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RagnaroK, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. RagnaroK

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    I'm a little confused with installing a new motherboard. You know those plugs that you connect to the motherboard that control the lights on the front of the box, the pc-speaker, etc. Well, I just want to know, what is generally positive and negative? Eg. The reset switch has a blue and white wire, and the pc-speaker has a red and black. Which is which?

    Thanks. :D
     
  2. Goatman

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    well first off, for the reset swith, it doesn't matter which way it goes on, and the PC Speaker, Red will be + (in most cases) I know mine was.
     
  3. RagnaroK

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    How about the rest?
    1. HDD LED
    2. Power LED
    3. Power Switch

    Thanks Goatman! :D
     
  4. Goatman

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    Power switch shouldn't matter either

    WHat colour wires do you have on each?
     
  5. RagnaroK

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    HDD LED = red and white
    Power LED = green and white
     
  6. Goatman

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    I think in both cases white will be the - terminal. but if you get it wrong, the light will simply not come on. I've put LEDs on backwards before with no harm done. What kind of system u building?
     
  7. Howling Wolf

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    Hard to tell...
    The only thing I can tell you is read the manual first...
    Then, if you make a mistake while plugging, your pc will not start at all, or reset will not respond,...
    Trial and error is the best way to go ! But, on the whole, it has no real effect... I changed my mobo 3 times in 2 years and no prob in this matter !
    Hope this helps you a little !

    What's the new mobo ?
     
  8. RagnaroK

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    Oh, it's just an old system that I manage to blow up.
    Pentium III 700MHz, Gigabyte GA-6VTXE-A, 192 SDRAM, 13Gb HDD, GeForce 2 MX-400, Sony 8x4x32.
    The motherboard and the power box were the items I managed to blow up... :D
    Going to use this computer temporarily until I get enough money to buy a beast of a system! ;)

    BTW, thanks for the help Goatman!
     
  9. RagnaroK

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    Yeh read the manual, confused me... :confused:
    It's a Gigabyte GA-6VTXE-A Pentium 3 board. Thanks for the tips Ant -|- One.
     
  10. Goatman

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    get it all runnin?
     
  11. XPos

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    red = pos
    black = neg

    reset switch really doesn't matter what wire is pos/neg.
     
  12. RagnaroK

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    Yep, it is all good now, the system is up and running. However, my floppy drive's light stays on all the time, any ideas why?
     
  13. Goatman

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    The cable is on backwords, flip it around (not the power cable)
     
  14. RagnaroK

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    Nah I'm pretty sure it's on the right way, because I was taught that the red line always faces the power plug. Any other ideas?
     
  15. Goatman

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    that is problem, some of the drives it doesn't face the power, flip the cable, u will see.
     
  16. Howling Wolf

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    Goatman is right !
    Some floppy drives do not follow the "established rule", the red line does not face the power plug ! Reverse the cable and it'll be ok ! Believe us ! The light will glow only on access and die the rest of the time !
     
  17. red = pos, black = neg..... yea in a car to the battery maybe.......other than that colors change by where/what they are.

    the speaker maybe red and black with red being positive, but others are green&white-power led, red&white-hdd led both colored wires should be pos but if it doesn't light flip it wont hurt anything. last two blue&white-reset switch and orange&white(some cases is also blue&white)-power switch, these two direction doesn't matter there is no pos/neg it just completing a loop.

    and on the floppy, if light stays on cable is backward(or possibly bad,had that before), alot of floppy drives its upside down from what all the ide drives are. thats why theres an orientation pin(one pin missing/plugged) on all the cables, for the simple folk, the motherboard may have it but alot of the floppy drives still don't, its a legacy device i hardly even install in new computers anymore unless someone specificly asks for it.
     
  18. Howling Wolf

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    Strange to read this... the floppy's still needed for bios flash and such...
     
  19. RagnaroK

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    Thanks all for the great advice, been a big help.
    Cheers! :D

    P.S. The floppy disk tip worked! Thanks... didn't know that some floppies didn't follow the rule. :eek:
     
  20. Howling Wolf

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    You're welcome, Ragnarok !