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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 4: Installing The Mainboard In The Case
      9  Connecting Case Leads to the Mainboard

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Connecting Other Thin-Wire Connectors

Most of the leads, such as the power switch and the reset switch, can be connected in either orientation. There is no “Pin 1” or side to these connectors.

Otherwise, if connected in the wrong orientation, something just won’t work. For example, it’s possible to have the HD LED backward. If this is backward, when you start the PC, it’s likely your HD LED light won’t go on at all, or it will go on and stay on. Usually, we expect to see the HD LED on the front of the case blink with hard drive activity. However, these connectors, if oriented incorrectly, will not damage the system.

Figure 72 shows the connection of the reset switch.  


Figure 72: Connecting the reset switch from the case to the mainboard

Pushing the reset switch on the case restarts your system.

 


These connectors were discussed in the component overview section. It’s important to inspect the little pins carefully before installing your mainboard, because it’s easy to be off a pin and you’ll have a better view of the pins before the mainboard is installed.

Figure 73 illustrates our mainboard with all of its thin-wire connections completed.


Figure 73: Connecting all the thin-wire connectors from the PC case to the mainboard

See your mainboard manual to determine the proper connections. Often, the pins are also marked on the mainboard. These connectors were discussed during the component overview.

 



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