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Not enough pins on system panel on motherboard

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Hi, I am having a problem connecting everything up to my motherboard's system panel (power switch, reset switch, power LED and HDD LED).

The power LED connector from my case is 3 pins wide (+, -, and a blank one inbetween) but my motherboard only has 2 pins for the power LED. If I connect it, it uses one of the pins for the power switch, which is obviously a problem.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Many thanks
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Neil Jones

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Cut the connector in half with a pair of scissors.

In fact unravel the wire a bit by twisting the cable first, insert your scissor blades at the halfway point between the two ends and fold your wires down out of the way of the scissor blade, and then just do a straight cut. It will then fit onto your front panel connector if you rotate the cut line away from each other - orientation on the connector doesn't matter as long as they're actually connected to the pins.

The connector is obviously designed to go to a three pin block for power LEDs, but these are not as common as they used to be. Many budget boards only use two pins for the power LED.
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Many motherboards have a separate connector that allows tou to connect a wide 2 pin connector to the case power led. i have a intel 845 Mb like that. Look at the top right and you will see a wide 2 pin male connector next to a white 4 pin type connector. You use this for case connectors with the wide 2 pin connector.


Another method i have used is to buy the connector from directron and reverse the connections. This takes a special pin puller that you can buy at the second website. I have removed the pins with a flattened piece of steel wire but you have to be very careful with it. My dremel kit comes in handy making my own tools.



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