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Motherboard for a computer with XP on it.

I had bought another motherboard for my computer. So I disconnected my old motherboard in order to put the new one in my computer..... Well I had changed my mind and bought Windows 7 instead. Well now I have the problem of figuring out where all of the wires go into my motherboard. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?

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Re: Motherboard for a computer with XP on it.

NExt to every socket on the motherboard you should find, printed, what the socket is (e.g. sata, usb, power and so forth). You can't plug anything into the wrong socket as each different one is a different shape. The only ones that might be tricky are:
1) IDE sockets - The PRIMARY socket should be connected to the cable with your main hard drive (C:\) on the other end.
2) Front panel headers (power button and LEDs etc) - buttons don't mind which way round they are connected but the speaker and any LEDs are polarity dependent - they won't work if connected the wrong way round. Look closely at the header socket(s) on the motherboard and at the plug(s) from the front panel. For ground/negative you should see "GND" or "-" or a small triangle. The ground/negative wire will be the black one, or if there aren't any black wires, whichever colour is used more than once (quite often white).
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Re: Motherboard for a computer with XP on it.

Next to every socket on the motherboard you should find, printed, what the socket is (e.g. sata, usb, power and so forth).

You can't plug anything into the wrong socket as each different one is a different shape.

The only ones that might be tricky are:

1) IDE sockets - The PRIMARY socket should be connected to the cable with your main hard drive (C:\) on the other end. The primary socket is usually blue.

2) Front panel headers (power button and LEDs etc) - buttons don't mind which way round they are connected but the speaker and any LEDs are polarity dependent - they won't work if connected the wrong way round. Look closely at the header socket(s) on the motherboard and at the plug(s) from the front panel. For ground/negative you should see "GND" or "-" or a small triangle. The ground/negative wire will be the black one, or if there aren't any black wires, whichever colour is used more than once (quite often white).
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First of all, any new mobo will come with a user's manual that describes, in lurid detail, every connector and feature on the board. If you did not get such a manual, go to the mfr's website and download one. Second, most connectors and cables within a system are either labeled or obvious as to where they go. Building a system ain't rocket science. There are many very good tutorials an how to build one. Google it.

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