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front panel connectors

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by gimp, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. gimp

    gimp Guest

    i have a problem with the front audio & firewire cable pins on my case
    (silverstone TJ03) not matching the motherboard (Albatron K8X800 ProII).
    the front USB was easy enough though.

    with firewire, the mobo manual has 2 grounds and a 'chassis ground',
    whereas the case has labelled VP [white], VG [black] and shield [black].
    is the shield or the white VP the chassis ground..? or doesn't it
    matter if they're all grounds?

    with audio... mobo manual has the following:


    case has one less pin:


    i'm guessing the 'ret' is for the rear connectors...? not sure on the
    mic pins?
    gimp, Sep 11, 2005
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  2. gimp

    Arno Wagner Guest

    Usually in the PC all different "grounds" are connected together.
    It might make a difference ion the other side.
    No. "ret" is "return", i.e. the ground line dedicated to that signal
    line. It does matter when you connect speakers or low-impedance
    (resistence) headphones since you would get crosstalk from one channel
    to the other via the ground line if it was shared. For high-impedance
    targets it does not matter. So connect R_ret and L_ret to ground
    at the mainboard side. Semms to me that the case is stereo while
    the mainboard is surround. Connecting the L/R_out pins to the
    front_outL/R pins should work as far as I understand surround
    technology. You might want to configure the soundchip to output
    stereo only in the driver.

    mic_vref is probably mic_power, but most cheaper microphones use
    phantom power (in-line DC over a resistor) where you do not have
    an extra connection for power. "mic_in" should be "mic".

    Arno Wagner, Sep 12, 2005
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  3. gimp

    gimp Guest

    So connect R_ret and L_ret to ground
    yep that's right, the mainboard has Envy24 surround. but there's only
    one ground pin on the motherboard for front audio [already taken] so can
    i leave the _ret cables unconnected..?

    i hope so - i'll try it. one time i nearly melted down the front audio
    panel of a case because the mic lines weren't connected properly :) i
    think i must have mixed up vref and +5V.
    gimp, Sep 13, 2005
  4. gimp

    Arno Wagner Guest

    Usually not. You need to split that ground connection on the
    mainboard side.

    Arno Wagner, Sep 13, 2005
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