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Dont know what is wrong, can't make power button on tower work.

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June 29, 2013 4:10:48 AM

I just put together my first PC and everything seems to be running fine, except for the fact that I can not turn on the computer using the power button on the tower. I have to use the power button on the motherboard in order to turn the computer on. I have checked to make sure everything is connected properly. I do have three unused cables that attach to the tower and come from the locating of the power button, but I have looked and they do not seem to connect to, or reach anything for that matter. The cables are all the same, but vary in length. they are pretty small and skinny and at the end of each one there are two small metal prongs that are encased is side a hollowed rectangle and it looks like each one is missing a third metal prong. The tower that I have is the Fractal Design R4 and the motherboard that I am using is the ASUS Z87M-PLUS.

I think I know what is wrong but I am not sure. On the motherboard next to the power button is the Serial Port Connector (10-1 pin COM) I think I need a plug t go in there but I do not seem to have it.

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June 29, 2013 4:20:46 AM

khorn06 said:
I just put together my first PC and everything seems to be running fine, except for the fact that I can not turn on the computer using the power button on the tower. I have to use the power button on the motherboard in order to turn the computer on. I have checked to make sure everything is connected properly. I do have three unused cables that attach to the tower and come from the locating of the power button, but I have looked and they do not seem to connect to, or reach anything for that matter. The cables are all the same, but vary in length. they are pretty small and skinny and at the end of each one there are two small metal prongs that are encased is side a hollowed rectangle and it looks like each one is missing a third metal prong. The tower that I have is the Fractal Design R4 and the motherboard that I am using is the ASUS Z87M-PLUS.

I think I know what is wrong but I am not sure. On the motherboard next to the power button is the Serial Port Connector (10-1 pin COM) I think I need a plug t go in there but I do not seem to have it.

Thank You,


In the bottom right corner of your motherboard (usually) there are headers for all of your cases options. Power Button, Restart Button, HDD Light, etc. Stuff like that. They should be fairly obviously how they go in due to the markings on the board, but if they aren't, check your motherboard manual and it will have instructions on what goes where.
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June 29, 2013 4:24:21 AM

Look a little closer! The use of every front panel cable is printed on the plug at the end: power, reset,...
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June 29, 2013 4:33:01 AM

silent_744 said:
khorn06 said:
I just put together my first PC and everything seems to be running fine, except for the fact that I can not turn on the computer using the power button on the tower. I have to use the power button on the motherboard in order to turn the computer on. I have checked to make sure everything is connected properly. I do have three unused cables that attach to the tower and come from the locating of the power button, but I have looked and they do not seem to connect to, or reach anything for that matter. The cables are all the same, but vary in length. they are pretty small and skinny and at the end of each one there are two small metal prongs that are encased is side a hollowed rectangle and it looks like each one is missing a third metal prong. The tower that I have is the Fractal Design R4 and the motherboard that I am using is the ASUS Z87M-PLUS.

I think I know what is wrong but I am not sure. On the motherboard next to the power button is the Serial Port Connector (10-1 pin COM) I think I need a plug t go in there but I do not seem to have it.

Thank You,


In the bottom right corner of your motherboard (usually) there are headers for all of your cases options. Power Button, Restart Button, HDD Light, etc. Stuff like that. They should be fairly obviously how they go in due to the markings on the board, but if they aren't, check your motherboard manual and it will have instructions on what goes where.


HAHA I'm such an idiot. I only had the Power Button Plug on one of the metal prongs instead of both of them. Probably due to the fact that I pulled an all nighter making the PC. Thank you for the answers I got it working now.
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