help needed with a dell front panel...

Discussion in 'Dell' started by p0laris, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. p0laris


    Oct 11, 2007
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    well ithis is a long story. It begins when i, sick and tired of my dell e310's pciXpressless motherboard, decided i needed to something about it.
    I got a intel btx mobo, which size was exactly the same as the dell mobo. Still i had to cannibalize the back of the case because of the different I\O panel but that was very predictable.

    The problem is that the dell dimension e310' case frontpanel uses a IDE-like ribbon, ive never seen this before. It carries usb, front audio, front usb, power button and leds,
    "the thing" has 40 pins (2x20), and i need the pinout so i can connect it to my standard motherboard

    i just dont want to open the case and shortcircuit the pwr pins to use my pc...
    p0laris, Oct 11, 2007
  2. p0laris


    Dec 30, 2007
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    Elbert, Colorado
    yeah. I've got the same problem. My motherboard in the E310 croaked. I'm trying to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo. I've probably got the same replacement board as you do -- with the same problem. (and yes, I've going to have to hack out the back of my case too.)

    Here's what I'm working on: I've contacted to see if they make a power button component for their front panel system. They've got a cool thing going there. If they do, I'm in business. I can connect all the front panel components to the headers on the mother board.

    If not... I'm in the same position you are - trying to figure out the pins of the Dell front panel and rigging connections through that system.

    Let me know if you find anything.

    P.S. send me a picture of your system. I'd like to see it. [email protected]
    gpooleii, Dec 30, 2007
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