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What the colored pins and plugs on PS's mean and are for?

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September 12, 2011 8:44:57 PM

On modular power supplies, what are the various 6 pin red or blue colored pins or plugs for as opposed to the regular 4 pin plugs?

What goes where?

And for the 20/24 main mobo plug, if your mobo has a 24 plug receptacle, but has a little piece of instructional tape or sticker over the last 4 holes, what does that mean? Should you just plug in all 24 pins? Does your mobo manual tell you what to plug in or not? Will you blow up your mobo if you plug in all 24 pins instead of just the first 20?

Thanks all.

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a c 105 ) Power supply
September 12, 2011 9:02:14 PM

That tape is there to show you where to plug in a 20 pin plug, if you only have 20 ofc, same with the 4/8 pin cpu socket, if you only have a 4 pin cpu line from your psu, use the uncovered ones
As for the colour codes on a modular psu I can only say refer to the manual I'm afraid
Although as a rough guide, the 6 pin will be for graphics cards
a c 132 ) Power supply
September 12, 2011 10:13:49 PM

the colored outlets on the PSU itself usually reflect the different rails. As suggested, a read thru the manual is the best course to follow.
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September 13, 2011 5:19:47 PM

I have to actually read the manual? Aw Jeeeze,....that's way too hard. What torture will they think up next? Maybe I should buy a Mac. Just kidding.
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 13, 2011 5:22:19 PM

Mac manuals are for after you graduate on regular size ones :p 
P.1-673 Power button, location and usage of
P.674-935 Power button, pressing of to start system function...

September 13, 2011 6:12:35 PM

My ASRock Z68 Pro manual is about 256 pages long of which about 34 are in English, the rest in various other languages.

And I must be getting old or going blind, but some of the type fonts are so small that I have to use a magnifying glass and even that is not enough for some of the type around the little pin diagrams. Does it cost them a few pennies more to use a larger type font? I wonder if I can download an online manual for my board that I can actually read?
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 13, 2011 6:16:08 PM

Usually you can grab a pdf from the manf's webby, there will be a zoom function on your pdf reader :) 
September 13, 2011 6:29:31 PM

Well, I did download the ASRock Z68 Pro 3 manual from the ASRock site and you can enlarge it to whatever magnified level you need to read some of the small type on the USB pin plugs etc. Now all I have to do is read it and duh, understand it. I hope I don't get a brain freeze or other bodily function noise. I guess the English would call it a brain break wind.
September 13, 2011 6:31:53 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Usually you can grab a pdf from the manf's webby, there will be a zoom function on your pdf reader :) 

That's exactly what I did MotoPsycho. Are you a biker? Ride a Harley or a rice rocket road racer? None of my business of course.
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 13, 2011 7:23:33 PM

Biker yes, a chopped '82 VF750 Magna called Serenity ofc

Slogans is actually the model spec of the ship from Firefly/Serenity :) 
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 13, 2011 7:46:25 PM

Near Nottingham, not from here originally but we all travel in life hehe
September 14, 2011 2:19:00 AM

Most of my English friends have all moved to France.
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 14, 2011 2:29:18 AM

I have a mate who's off to Oz in a few months, I'd quite like to live there, wouldn't do france though,
September 14, 2011 3:02:19 AM

I assume that "Oz" is Australia? Probably better and more fun there. Friendlier women, great seafood, damn good wine and beer.
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 14, 2011 3:10:14 AM

Got my woman hehe, dont eat seafood, kangaroo steaks nice though, haven't developed my wine tastebuds yet and rarely drink beer anymore, maybe its time for wine... :-)
September 14, 2011 3:27:42 AM

How can you be English and not drink beer? No fish and chips? How about lamb? Lot's of sheep in Oz and Nz. How about Tasmania? Great red and white wines in Oz.

If you like bike movies, did you ever see Mad Max or The Road Warrior? Both Australian.
a c 105 ) Power supply
September 14, 2011 6:17:52 AM

I've drunk several lifetimes worth of beer already hehe, got bored of it, fish and chips is a cliche to be honest, its got to be 15 years since I last had any chips,
Lamb is very edible and yes, seen all Max films as a youngster, not sure on road warrior but it seems to be another name for mad max according to imdb