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20-pin and 24-pin mobo


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Donarudo

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I have a mobo thats 24-pin and my psu is 20-pin. I read somewhere online that you can still power it up even though its risky if you just plug it in that way. I don't know any stores i can buy an adapter from and online isnt worth it after factoring in s+h fees and all the waiting. I tried this and the green light on the mobo turned on for a few secs and before I got a chance to power up pc the light turns back off... anyone can tell me what that means. Thanks.

Edited by Donarudo, 06 October 2006 - 05:44 PM.

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Only thing you can do is purchase a new PSU that supports 24-pin motherboards.

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The non fancy ones are about 10 to 20 dollars now a days.
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Well the PSU I tried it with was only 350W but I have another one coming in tomorrow that's 500W but it's still 20-pin so hopefull yhtat works.
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Well the PSU I tried it with was only 350W but I have another one coming in tomorrow that's 500W but it's still 20-pin so hopefull that works.
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Just curious, but why do you keep getting 20-pin PSU's when they will not work with your motherboard?

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The 500W PSU that's coming in tomorrow is apart of the atx case which I ordered prior to knowing that my mobo needed 24-pin.
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You can use 20pin PSUs with a 24-pin motherboard. Which is how I'm typing this right now.

You'll just have four empty pins on the power connector; that won't be a problem. Just make sure that the clip on the connector block lines up with the clip on the connector itself and that it locks in, then one side or the other will be the four empty pins. Worry not about them, the boards are designed to be backwards compatible.
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