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Rebuilding old Acer Computer- Front Panel connection problem

small_stuff03 934 404 March 4, 2011 at 03:39 PM
The Power Supply on my dad's old Acer computer ($150 Acer from 4ish years ago, thanks SD!!) stopped working , and he was looking for a new computer anyway so I figured I'd help him out..

I came across the $58 (or so) AMD x2 250 + Biostar Mobo combo @ Microcenter a few days ago, along with the $20AR 4gb DDR3 ram, and figured It would be best to just build him a computer (light use, just e-mail and general web-brosing, plus scanning and things like that).

Well, I made the mistake of deciding to use his old Acer T180 case (Figured since there was nothing wrong with it i'd save the $20-$30). Well, after I got everything all set I've run into a problem: I cannot figure out how to hook up the Power Button connection.

On the Acer Case, it looks like the Power Button, HDD LED, Power LED connectors are all grouped together in one 5x2 connector

[A][B][C][D][E]
[F][G][H][I][J]

A= Blue + Green Wires
B= White + Orange Wires
C= Green Wire
D= White Wire
E= Filled In
F= Red Wire
G= White Wire
H= Empty
I= Empty
J= Empty

I guess what I wanted to know is if there's a way to figure out which wire goes where and if I could somehow temporarily connect at least the power button to get the system working (until I get a new case which I guess would be permanent solution).

The New Biostar's mobo connects like this:



Thanks in advance for any help you can provide Smilie

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page 68 front panel header pin layout http://www.acersupport.com/acerpa...180_SG.pdf
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page 68 front panel header pin layout http://www.acersupport.com/acerpa...180_SG.pdf
Thank you, I appreciate the link...

Unfortunately, I don't think the computer matches that, since it's a 9-pin header, not the 14 that's listed on page 68.


The Motherboard in there has a sticker saying MCP61SM-AM, but I can't figure out if it's made by Foxconn or ECS (conflicting info from my Google search capabilities?).

I wasn't able to find the detailed manual on the exact same board, but I did come across this manual for a similar board:


from:
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTH...vr18.shtml

which is pretty close to what mine looks like..

My only concern with following that link is that the wire colors in my computer are different, and it looks like my computer has two Power LED's (one on top plus the actual power switch.button has one), and one HDD LED, no reset button...

While I was talking to someone about this issue he mentioned that If I can confirm the exact location of the wires from the case, I can cut that plastic end (the 2x5 connection) up into the individual connections and then just connect them individually to the new biostar Mobo. Does that like a good idea? He said an exacto knife (or something like that) should be able to cut through that...
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you should be able to follow the wires to where they go on the front bezel (switch, power and hdd lights, etc) and at least get each pair of wires right.. then if you get that far and a light doesn't work, reverse that pair only.

if you're careful, you can cut the connectors as you describe to free-up individual wires if you need to... but see if they line-up right first.. there IS a standard for the front panel connector and you might just get lucky.
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Was is the Acer T-180 with the 3500+, 512mbs of ram and the 160gb hard drive? If so, that was built by ECS.

If it was that aforementioned T-180, then this might help you out:


Look at page 29: ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) [ecsusa.com]
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Quote from 2cheap4retail View Post :
you should be able to follow the wires to where they go on the front bezel (switch, power and hdd lights, etc) and at least get each pair of wires right.. then if you get that far and a light doesn't work, reverse that pair only.

if you're careful, you can cut the connectors as you describe to free-up individual wires if you need to... but see if they line-up right first.. there IS a standard for the front panel connector and you might just get lucky.
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Was is the Acer T-180 with the 3500+, 512mbs of ram and the 160gb hard drive? If so, that was built by ECS.

If it was that aforementioned T-180, then this might help you out:


Look at page 29: ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) [ecsusa.com]
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Awesome stuff..

Following the ECS manual I was able to determine the layout of the front panel connector..

Then I was able to remove the wires from the 2x5 connector housing, remove the plastic "plug" from the connector (so the entire connector would be able to go down on the pins), and rearrange the wires according to the new biostar mobo's specs. No need to cut anything, none of that. Took a while to do it, but was am very happy with the results.

Had no idea the wires can be removed from the connectors so easily.


Again, thank all of you so much!!

PS: Yes DBC, that was the right computer- 3500+ 512ram, and Vista Basic.. Hopefully my dad notices the difference Smilie
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