Front Panel Header and SATA questions

Hello!

Just put together my first PC, however am waiting on a adapter set for my CPU cooler to arrive from Koolance. So keep for fingers crossed until I can test this bad boy.

Anyhow, I have a couple questions about the nForce 780i mobo front panel header and SATA configuration.

Firstly, I’m not altogether sure which way the plugs are supposed to oriented on the FPH; with the words facing out (that’s the way I have it now, and how my old mobo was configured), or inward toward the GPUs?

Secondly, on the nForce 780i board, they have 2 pins for the Power LED. However, the case’s front panel wires came with a line of three plugs for the Power LED. IOW, if I try to plug it in, one plug overlaps. The middle plug appears to be empty. Should I surgically remove the center plug, or how can I make it work?

Third, I have two HDD with SATA connectors. Is there any particular pattern I need to adhere to when dealing with the SATA ports? Right now I have my two HDD in ports 1 and 2, and my optical drives in 3 and 4. The mobo instructions were a little vague about this. Is this a working formula, and in particular, will the HDD configuration support a Raid 0 setup?

I’m certain more questions are forthcoming, but this will suffice for now.

Thanks!
Gary K.
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  1. garyknowz1 said:
    Hello!

    Secondly, on the nForce 780i board, they have 2 pins for the Power LED. However, the case’s front panel wires came with a line of three plugs for the Power LED. IOW, if I try to plug it in, one plug overlaps. The middle plug appears to be empty. Should I surgically remove the center plug, or how can I make it work?



    I have done that. I have also - carefully, carefully - popped the two wired pins out using a tiny jeweler's screwdriver, then using a file or sandpaper, file one outside hole away.

    Doing the first lets you still use the case with an older motherboard.
  2. garyknowz1 said:
    Hello!

    Just put together my first PC, however am waiting on a adapter set for my CPU cooler to arrive from Koolance. So keep for fingers crossed until I can test this bad boy.

    Anyhow, I have a couple questions about the nForce 780i mobo front panel header and SATA configuration.

    Firstly, I’m not altogether sure which way the plugs are supposed to oriented on the FPH; with the words facing out (that’s the way I have it now, and how my old mobo was configured), or inward toward the GPUs?

    Secondly, on the nForce 780i board, they have 2 pins for the Power LED. However, the case’s front panel wires came with a line of three plugs for the Power LED. IOW, if I try to plug it in, one plug overlaps. The middle plug appears to be empty. Should I surgically remove the center plug, or how can I make it work?

    Third, I have two HDD with SATA connectors. Is there any particular pattern I need to adhere to when dealing with the SATA ports? Right now I have my two HDD in ports 1 and 2, and my optical drives in 3 and 4. The mobo instructions were a little vague about this. Is this a working formula, and in particular, will the HDD configuration support a Raid 0 setup?

    I’m certain more questions are forthcoming, but this will suffice for now.

    Thanks!
    Gary K.

    The plugs/wiring to cases vary, strange.

    What i do is refer to MB and case manual, of course :ange: .

    Polarity can be a issue and must be correct ie. if power on led does not work, reverse wiring/lead/plug. (led can be polarised).

    Damage usually will not occur "usually" if polarity is reversed/incorrect as long as the correct terminal groups are

    connected, ie. don't connect power on cct (shorts out pins - closes connection) to ide (HD) MB pins :( , etc
  3. Bache said:
    The plugs/wiring to cases vary, strange.



    My experience has been that the motherboard terminals marked negative ( - ) go to the white wires on the case LED connectors and the positive terminal ( + ) go to the colored wires. Mostly.
  4. colored and black wires are (usually) positive, white is negative. This really only applies to LEDs though. Switches (ie power, reset) dont care about polarity.
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