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Windows 7: Installing new momentary pilot switches


03 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Installing new momentary pilot switches

I have bought 2x military momentary switches to replace my power & reset buttons to my case, but when I got the switches they do not exactly look like the guide I found from mnpctech, I ordered the switches from frozencpu so my question is where does the blue cable go, if I look at the switch I have them numbered 1,2,3 but there is just a hole at 2 that I cant really do anything with I assume. So would the blue cable go to 1 and white to 3? and would that be the same for reset also. I just dont want to break something if that is possible from wiring these wrong, and from the googling I did it seems that I need to buy female spade connectors is that correct?





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03 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You can solder the wires directly to the tags, so that wouldn't be a problem. Also, you cannot wire them incorrectly, providing that these are momentary contact switches (i.e. make when operated and break when released). Check to ensure that the switches operate as intended BEFORE using them for this purpose.
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03 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No idea how to solder or got the tool for it, and how would I be able to test that they work as they are suppose to? They do click back when I press them, like if I hold it and then press it up and I then let go of it the switch moves back to its original state or that was not what you meant?
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03 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I would strongly suggest that you at least go get yourself a pencil soldering iron at your local hobby or electronics store and practice using it on some spare wire...

If you're going to get into this kind of thing it's going to be an absolute requirement

Those lugs can be used with crimp connectors which you would have to also buy the connectors and tool for crimping them at the electronics or auto parts store...

I'd rather not mention the third option that requires no tools, it's just to ridiculous to even consider
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03 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ah those crimp connectors you mentioned is the ones I mentioned as spade connectors, and I guess that would be the easiest thing to do. And I am not sure how much of these things I will be doing so it wont hurt to at least look that thing up. My biggest concern was that I would wire it wrong, but that don't seem to be possible so thats good news
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03 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Those are awfully small wires for solder free connectors. you'll be hard pressed to find a blade socket that big that will crimp down to a 22 Ga wire (or whatever size that is).
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03 Apr 2012   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bmblank View Post
Those are awfully small wires for solder free connectors. you'll be hard pressed to find a blade socket that big that will crimp down to a 22 Ga wire (or whatever size that is).
These should work, separate crimps for conductor and insulator.

FrozenCPU Quick Disconnect Female Spade Connector - (6.3mm / 1/4") - 10 Pack - FrozenCPU.com

Although a soldering iron is a better way to go, it's your choice.

This picture here has arrows pointing in both directions for on. Which would mean it should have two positions to "make" contact and complete the circuit before returning to the "break" or normally open position.



Seeing how this switch does not have 3 connectors, and it's normally open position is pointing down in this shot, it is not a make-break-make switch. (Or it is broken)

Like the one used here The Mod Brothers • View topic - Installing Momentary Fighter Pilot Switch for Power

If you notice in that link he also attaches the blue wire to the terminal that is in line with it's normally open position, in your case the bottom one in the picture above.

You can always test the switch with an Ohmeter to make sure it is working as it is supposed to. Actually that should be your first move.
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03 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I read that guide, hence why I am asking here since these looks different ^^, and I am only able to flip it 1 way then it goes back down, I supposed this is what it was suppose to do but if they seem to be broken I am not sure if I want to use them
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03 Apr 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andreas W View Post
I read that guide, hence why I am asking here since these looks different ^^, and I am only able to flip it 1 way then it goes back down, I supposed this is what it was suppose to do but if they seem to be broken I am not sure if I want to use them
Do you have an Ohmmeter?

I was just commenting on what I can see in the picture since I can't actually hold it.
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03 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I think my dad have one, could you maybe try to explain what I am suppose to look at if I try it with an Ohmeter, if they work are they suppose to give a short signal and then die out?, I am kinda bad at explaining since english is not my main language
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