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Windows 7: Dell Dimension C521 Front-Panel

15 Feb 2010   #1
drennantrip

Windows 7
 
 
Dell Dimension C521 Front-Panel

Does any one have a diagram or a link to for a Dell C521 front panel pin out?
All I can find are ones for 34 pinout and I need the 40.

Thanks In Advance




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15 Feb 2010   #2
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

here is the link to the manuals choose the service manual, it may contain what you require

http://support.dell.com/support/topi...dhs&~ck=anavml
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15 Feb 2010   #3
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

i will try the link again Dell Manuals
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07 Jul 2010   #4
BDRichardson

Windows 7
 
 
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Do you still want the PIN out for a Dell C521 40-pin Front Panel?

I have just completed the transplant operation of a standard ATX motherboard into my Dell C521 case, and worked out the pin-out for the front panel. All now working, with exception for one USB port, which was faulty before the transplant operation.
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06 Jun 2011   #5
Caoz

Windows Vista 32bit Home Premium OEM DELL
 
 

Hey BDRichardson do you still have the pinout for the C521 frontpanel? I traced the on-button, hdd-led, power-led and the diagnostic-led's, the rest is missing. I've got a E521 but I think it's based on the same frontpanel system. Thanks Caoz
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14 Jun 2011   #6
BDRichardson

Windows 7
 
 

I believe the pin-out is as per the attached image. However, I suggest you proceed with great care. Personally, I spliced the original ribbon, and carefully soldered standard motherboard connectors to the appropriate leads. I then started the computer, and one by one, tested each item, ensuring that every LED, switch, socket, etc did not cause a hardware fault.

I found that one of the USB ports had blown on my control board. I suspect this was the original cause of my failed Dell motherboard. I still wonder to this day, whether in fact the Dell motherboard was actually fine, but the blown USB port was faulting out the Dell motherboard.

If you need any further clarification, or photos of the control board for your comparison's, then don't hesitate to ask.

Good luck


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23 Jun 2011   #7
Caoz

Windows Vista 32bit Home Premium OEM DELL
 
 

Wow, thanks for the diagram. I appreciate this very much.
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23 Jun 2011   #8
Caoz

Windows Vista 32bit Home Premium OEM DELL
 
 

It helped a lot!
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29 Jun 2011   #9
BDRichardson

Windows 7
 
 

Glad to be of assistance ;-)
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29 Jun 2011   #10
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

You are lucky. Dell does not publish the front panel connector on the older models that used this type of connector. It has always been a "Proprietary undocumented" item. One other gotcha, it can vary from model to model thus if someone figures out the pinouts for one model, it may not apply to a different model.

Newer Dell's are using standard ATX connections.
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