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Quick-n-Ez Question about wire polarity

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July 21, 2006 12:06:50 PM

for the reset switch, hd led and such wires for cases i can never figure out which is positive and which is negative...

is the white or colored wire positive?

i have a Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA and it doesn't say in the manual..

thx
July 21, 2006 12:31:17 PM

Normally the coloured one is positive.

But it doesn't matter for switches, only for LED's.
July 21, 2006 12:32:55 PM

Hey chewster,

The standard on those things is that the colored wire is always positive, and the white wire ground. On the other hand, things like switches don't know about polarity, so don't even worry about it. For your leds, it wont hurt them to put them on backwards, they just wont work.

Basically the strategy for things like leds and switches is to just connect everything, and then if your LEDs aren't working, just switch them around.

Doug
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July 21, 2006 1:06:27 PM

Hey Chew,
D is right, they are only LED"S so don't sweat it, if they are not hooked in right, they just won't work. Just shut it down and change up the positioning. I had the same problem hooking up my Antec P180 with my ASUS mobo. All I did was just move the wires around.
REMEMBER *****Just for safety of your rig.........ground yourself first before touching any stuff inside your case. One static discharge...and .....POOOF U outa BIZZ bro 8O

RIG specs
Antec P180 PerformanceSeries Mid-Tower Case
SeaSonic S12 600 watt power supply
Asus A8N32 SLI mobo AMD N-Force 4 SLIX16 (bios 1103 V02.58)
RealTek 97 onboard digital 5.1 Surround
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo Core, 2 X 1mb L2 cache (AMD drivers w/MS hotfix)
2 gigs of Corsair TwinX3500LL Pro @ 437Mhz 2-3-2-6-1T
2- BFG Tech 7900 GT OC 256mg in SLI (nvidia driver 91.31)
Western Digital RAPTOR 74.3 gig 10-K rpm HDD for XP & Apps
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for gaming, movies, MP3's
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for document backup (unplugged)
Sony CD rom 52X
Plextor 708-A DVD/CD rom
Logitech Z-5500 digital 5.1 THX Surround 500watts
a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2006 1:38:22 PM

If you look very carefully at the reverse side that the writing is on, at the bottom, there will usually be a small arrow....... that's your positive wire
July 21, 2006 10:29:31 PM

Yo Swifty,
Your right :lol: 
I just checked my wiring in my box and I can't believe I didn't see it when I was installing them. .......Guess i was just soooo stoked about getting it up n running for the first time.
Thanks for the info.
RIG specs
Antec P180 PerformanceSeries Mid-Tower Case
SeaSonic S12 600 watt power supply
Asus A8N32 SLI mobo AMD N-Force 4 SLIX16 (bios 1103 V02.58)
RealTek 97 onboard digital 5.1 Surround
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo Core, 2 X 1mb L2 cache (AMD drivers w/MS hotfix)
2 gigs of Corsair TwinX3500LL Pro @ 437Mhz 2-3-2-6-1T
2- BFG Tech 7900 GT OC 256mb in SLI (nvidia driver 91.31)
Western Digital RAPTOR 74.3 gig 10-K rpm HDD for XP & Apps
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for gaming, movies, MP3's
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for document backup (unplugged)
Sony CD rom 52X
Plextor 708-A DVD/CD rom
Logitech Z-5500 digital 5.1 THX Surround 500watts
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