Well, I have been modding this case, I bought a new case, since the Dell case design is really horrible. The Motherboard is Micro-ATX compatible, even i am sure for ATX PSU. Anyways, heres the information.
its nice case indeed, pretty good deal.. 430W PSU, but i dont dare to use it until i know if its safe to use it but right now, i am using Dell PSU.
I installed everything into the new case, transferred everything to the new case which FIT in perfectly, even using the Dell psu as a caution for now. I finally got it to work well,started it up with NO problem! but theres a few minor problems.. I cannot figure how to port the audio cords into the audio connector, its one strip of 9 pins i believe. I looked at the old Dell cord, identical but whats about the 4 cords that didnt match the colors of the dell? I got 4 cords identified but rest 4 cords, no clue..
AND about the USB cords, arent they supposed to go in front panel connector? Funny, I put the speaker, resert pw cords into that connector and it works. so, Yeah, i have 8 USB cords, unsure where to connect them.
Right now those cords i spoke of, are not inserted due to confusion.
ANY ideas? I would appreciate the help!
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I'll put this as simple as possible, a Dell motherboard is designed around the Dell case, front panel connectors are completely different, same applies for USB front connectors, Dells motherboards are and cords are grounded by simple wires, so when u come to fit a new case there are now spaces for the ground connectors.
simple solution?? buy new mobo!
I'm speakin from experience...but there will be one or two geniuses aut there who might know a way round it.
AMD64 X2 6000+
2x1GB 667 DDR2
Thermaltake 600watt PSU
160GB External for Media
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB
2 x 17" Dell TFT
Vista / XP Pro
Is it possible to know what mobo it is, you can check using free software such as AIDA32 and Everest.
This could help people witha similar board so they can help you, i'might be even able to help. One more thing post pictures of where you got the problem could help to like the cable and the 9pins. But the mobo model and name would be a good help. So people can help back
The 8 pins should be square shaped. Is there anything written on them on any sides of it like GND, +5.
I can explain a bit, the 8pins are to usb ports one row of 4 is one usb port the other row is another one (so 2)
They are usually set up to be 1 pin, 5v, 2 wins information, in out, and the 4th being ground. Heres a diagram:
There can be a 9th pin two. Thers a colour scheme two:
Green = Minus Data
White= Plus Data
The order is Usually Red, White, Green, Black (left to right) across one row of pins, so set them out like that, and then test the USB ports with a usb devices if it don't work then the order will be back to front Black, Green, White, Red (left to right) so try and do that. I'll look into the front audio I think I might get what you have to do.
I have been wanting do the same thing as you with my Dell 4550 (which i think is just like what you have), i told one showed these diagrams to another HWA analysis, and he said "You got the rosetta stone".