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Looking for solution to connect all front panel connectors

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Hi techs my antec case is 15 years old, and the board is four years old and Im trying to find out if there's a solution to get a connector that I can plug all the cables from the front panel into the board instead of trying to connect all those tiny connectors!  Ugh!

Here's some pics of the front panel
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"if there's a solution to get a connector that I can plug all the cables from the front panel into the board instead of trying to connect all those tiny connectors! "

There is not any solution.
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The answer is a little bit more complicated.

There are solutions but it depends on what the connector on your motherboard is.  Some board manufacturers have a block that you can plug all of your loose wires (as in your graphics) into and then plug that block into the motherboard.

If that doesn't exist then you can get a connector block (can't find a source for those but they do exist) and then transfer your pins into that connector block and plug that into the board.

The diagram http://www.frontx.com/head_con.html here - look at the bottom of the page - shows how to release the wire from the connector block and then reinsert into another block.

The process is messy but doable and expect to spend lots of time doing it.
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To re-phrase my comment:
There are not any practical solutions.
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by:nobus
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<mark, best show a picture of the front panel plugs which should be connected to the mobo
also, post the mobo model
some time ago, Asus had such a connector
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The front panel indicator lights are; Power, HDD, and then roman numerals One and Two.  There's a reset button but not sure if that's a light.

Is that enough information?
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nobus is looking for the connectors at the end of the wires.

Most likely they are similar to these:

http://www.build-your-own-computer.net/image-files/computer-wiring-01.jpg

http://duhvoodooman.com/mitchedo/dell/connectors1.jpg

Also have a look at this link:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/202731-how-to-improve-your-front-panel-connectors/ which describes how you can make your own block connector.

Also see http://techreport.com/r.x/12098__front_panel_connectors/block-asus.jpg which is Asus's block connector.
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by:nobus
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here an example of the plug Asus had before :  fp connfpconn
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Nobus, that link doesnt work.
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Nobus, I am sorry.  I just dont get how to pull those pins off the board.  I didnt even know that could be done.
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you don't pull anything - as i said - it's a plug Asus offered with some models for front panel connections
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Ok, well I need to get the make/model and maybe together we can find something
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i am afraid you won't find it easily, it came as a pack with some models only
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ok
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by:nobus
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looking thru my older motherboard boxes, i discovered i had still 2 of these
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REALLY? Can I buy from you?
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by:nobus
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sure i'll send it to you mail your adress to my mail (in my EE profile)
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Thanks Nobus! :)
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but beware - it does not fit all boards, since it was made for a generation of Asus boards
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by:Mark88
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Oh.  This is a gigabyte board.  Probably three years old or so.
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what model ?
here already a picture of the part
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if needed, you can saw it in 2
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I keep forgetting to get my mobo model.
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nobus, the mobo is a gigabyte P55 UD3R rev 1
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you can compare your pins with the picture i posted  :
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you can download the manual here :  http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3162#ov
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Ok, how did you get that schematic of your pinouts like that?
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from the manual i posted just above  Mark
choose downloads, then manual - page 4
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This is my board headers, yes.
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Nobus, will the part you have work?
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i cannot be sure, since the pins are in a connector
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should we just try it?
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by:nobus
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if you compare the connecter of your board with the block, i see 10 pins on 1 row, while it is 12 on the block
so it does not look like an easy fit
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ok
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Nobus, should I just live with what I have and close this?
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i believe that's the easiest - unless you want to adat such ones to your board, and frankly -  i never used them, since i found no advantage in using them
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dbrunton, can those connectors be purchased?
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dbrunton ??  where does he fit in?
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dbrunton2014-11-29 at 13:00:02ID: 40471829
nobus is looking for the connectors at the end of the wires.

Most likely they are similar to these:

http://www.build-your-own-computer.net/image-files/computer-wiring-01.jpg

http://duhvoodooman.com/mitchedo/dell/connectors1.jpg

Also have a look at this link:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/202731-how-to-improve-your-front-panel-connectors/ which describes how you can make your own block connector.

Also see http://techreport.com/r.x/12098__front_panel_connectors/block-asus.jpg which is Asus's block connector.
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ah isee  - an old post (3 months old)
i don't think it's worth the trouble anyway
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ok
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It was worth a try I guess
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