In the end after twiddling around for 2 hours, I think the biggest problem was that the wire was not plugged in properly to the mobo.
No matter how hard i pushed, the plug didn't budge, so I assumed it was properly connected. Then later I unplugged it completely and re-plugged it, there was a firm but gentle snap even without applying much force, I think that was the signal that it was ACTUALLY properly plugged in :S
After that it only played system sounds, but I got that fixed and that's another story entirely. Thanks guys