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4 Questions about my MOBO, and it's headers.

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November 16, 2006 2:44:26 AM

Hey, just got my MOBO and have just hooked up everything to it, cd, fdd, hdd, pw-switch, such. There are a couple problems I have encountered though. My mobo is

1) The headers in the bottom right corner (The ones for the PW-switch, leds, etc.) were all fine except for my power led pin wire. The power led cord from my case needs three pins, but the mobo has only 2 specified for it. So what do I do with that? Do I leave the third one off the header? (By the way, Gigabyte says the 2 are the yellow ones, or the top-left on the header.)

2) Would the mobo run if I put screws in all the slots, to connect it to the mobo tray, except for one? I had slots for all the holes except for the right-center hole. Will that do anything like short it out or something? Also, the mobo shouldn't touch any metal except for the punch-holes? My mobo touches the tray at the right-center, right next to the far punch hole if I push down a little bit. I have insulators in the two punch outs that I cannot use, if that helps any.

3) When can I actually see if it runs or not?-Get into BOIS? How will I change the voltage for the ram to 1.9v if the stock is 1.8v and the ram I want is 1.9v? Will I have to buy a cheap 1.8v dimm to change it in BOIS? I have everything except RAM, GPU, and OS.

4) I put in my AM2 cpu, and when I pulled the lever down, it was pretty tough by the way, it made a click or snap sound about half-way down. I was wondering if that was normal or did I break something? I did TRIPLE check to make sure the CPU was in the right direction with the arrow.

Thanks guys. This is my first build.

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November 16, 2006 3:31:00 AM

1) trial and error. its not going to hurt anything.

2) my old setup was missing a screw and it was fine. As long as the mobo isn't touching anything it should be fine

3)you need ram and a gpu to see if it will boot up. you can get into the bios and make sure it will at least go that far. obviously, you need a os to boot into it. just buy the ram that you want, and try it out. If it doesn't boot because of the voltage problem, which i think is fixed for most boards by the way, just go to best buy, but a stick of 1.8v, get it working, change the voltage, then return the stick of ram. lol. or keep it. whatever.

4) most cpus take some pressure to clamp them down. i don't know anything about snapping sounds though. try it out. if it works it works.
November 17, 2006 2:18:24 AM

Could I use that foam stuff that came with the mobo to make sure that the mobo does not touch anything under it? The tray I have is a little flimsy, and I am afraid that something might happen.

Also, could i use rubber bands to straighten out my wires and cables to give it better cooling? Ex. the case fans, and power cables. If not rubber bands, what then?
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November 17, 2006 10:48:14 AM

For the 2 pin power led, simply force one of the wires out and reinsert one position over so both are side by side. I use a paper clip.
November 17, 2006 11:01:12 AM

So i use a needle-nose plier to get it out and re-insert it into the appropriate slot, next to the other one? Whats the paper clip for, to insert it all the way?