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Windows 7: Case wiring problem

23 May 2013   #1
alaskamick

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Case wiring problem

Hi, I have a problem and wondered if anyone can help. It isn't specific to window 7 but I am building a computer to run 7 using old parts. My Antec case has two HDD LED cables but my Asus mono only has one input socket. Also the speaker cable only has a red and black cable in a four pin plug but the mobo socket has four pins marked speaker/ground/ground/+5v. If I use two HDD's how do I get both LEDs to work and will the speaker work with just the two cables instead of four. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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23 May 2013   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Need some system specs, make/model of all hardware. I'm not sure what you're referring to with 2 HDD LED cables for your case. All the cases I've ever seen have one HDD light and that's the activity light. As for the socket to plug into, again not sure what your talking about. HDD's have 2 cables for attaching to the system, power and data and depending on age of HDD, as to what kind of cables those would be. Old IDE HDD's have the 20 pin or 40 pin ribbon cable for data and a 4 pin molex connector for power. Modern drives have SATA connections for both power and data.

If your mobo supports IDE HDD's you will only have one slot on the mobo for connection. You will need a 20/40 pin ribbon cable with master and slave connections. There are also IDE to SATA adapters to go from old style IDE to SATA if your mobo has SATA ports.

http://www.talktoanit.com/A+/aplus-w...ide-cables.jpg

http://pctechguide.com/images/tutorials/mboard/ides.jpg

http://techfleece.com/wp-content/upl...ide-cables.jpg

Here's a pretty good video on it from youtube....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwbboeMO7b8
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23 May 2013   #3
alaskamick

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi, thanks for your reply. I'm not referring to the HDD wiring which is all sorted out. I forgot the proper name for the cables which as you say are to the activity lights on the front panel of the case. This case has two of these cables and I assume that they are for 2 HDDs which is what I have but there is only one socket on the mobo. Likewise the other cable I asked about again is connected to the front panel of the case and is is a black and red twisted cable labeled speaker which I understand sounds the bleeps from the motherboard. Hope I have made it clearer to understand, Mike
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23 May 2013   #4
alaskamick

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I forgot to mention the mobo is an Asus P5B-E Plus and the case is an Antec SLK3800B
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23 May 2013   #5
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The two leds on the front of the case are not for two hard drives. #1 is an activity light for ALL drives and #2 is usually a 2 color power/sleep/hibernate light. they should be marked on the lead that attaches to the mobo at the front panel buss.

Internal speaker should work just fine with that widely separated plug.

I have 2 of those cases sitting here. the leads are marked pw led (power led) and HDD LED (hard drive Led)
Your MOBO pinout is here under downloads/ manuals. it shows where to plug in the leads on the header for the front panel http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5B...pport_Download
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23 May 2013   #6
alaskamick

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply. You have answered the question about the speaker cable but there are definately two identical cables both made up of one orange and one white wire with a black two pin plug on the end marked HDD LED. As I said only one socket on the mobo. So when I've plugged in the one socket in the correct place I have another hanging about without anywhere to go. That is the problem. Why are there two HDD LED cables. By the way there are four leds on the front of the case. Mike
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23 May 2013   #7
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

To further add to mohavepc excellent advice, if you check your mobo manual...you will find where and how all wiring is connected to the mobo.

ASUS - P5B-E Plus

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23 May 2013   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Plug one in and disregard the other and if not happy switch the connectors. Very odd you would have two as most all mobo's only provide for the one?
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23 May 2013   #9
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am assuming you are talking about this case? Antec - Support
I have tw0 of them. each has two lights on the front. I am not sure what you have. Any chance of a photo? Most Mobo's do not support multiple activity lights so I am not sure what the purpose would be as any drive activity from a floppy, cd, dvd and/or hdd will cause drive activity. perplexed here as in 22 years I have not seen this. I will back out now and hopefully someone will understand what you have.
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23 May 2013   #10
alaskamick

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks very much for your replies and help. I was just nervous of doing damage to the mobo. I have built a pc in the past but that was with all new and matching parts so it was easy. This one has been more complex but I think that I can mark it as solved. Once more thanks a lot.
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