Nowadays, even non-geeks can assemble a computer if they have a good guide to consult. One of the major steps in assembling a computer other than connecting the large components to the system unit is connecting the insides of the PC to the front panel. For instance, you’ll have the power on and reset buttons on the outside for you to actually start working with a computer. The present-day computers will also feature a couple or more USB ports. USB connectors are integral efficient working of a computer.
Needless to say, if you don’t connect the USB cables to the right port, it won’t work properly. Let’s now look at how you can connect the USB front panel to the motherboard.
Connecting USB Front Panel to Motherboard
When you look into the computer case where the motherboard is, you will notice that there are a lot of wires going from it. Don’t be overwhelmed, these small wires/pins are nothing but connectors for the plugs located on the motherboard. You need to determine which is the wire to be plugged into the USB port. It is easy to find it because normally there will be inscriptions on the connectors indicating which wire is for which plug.
You will see wires with markings such as Power SW (for power button), Reset WS (for the restart button), Power Led (for the light showing the computer is on or off). Apart from these, you will also see HDD Led (hard drive indicator), USB cable (could be protocol 2.0 or 3.0), HD Audio/Speaker – headphone, and microphone connector among others.
There will be more than one USB connector and all of them will be marked – USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. In case all of them are marked as USB, you can distinguish the connector with a faster data transfer protocol as it has more inputs.
When you connect the plugs from the front panel of the computer, you must search for the connection point and connect the plugs. USB connectors are always located separately, and the place of their connection is usually clearly marked. If you find some labels F_USB, JUSB, or USB 3.0, that’s where you will plug the connectors. The former two are USB 2.0 connectors, and the latter is a USB 3.0 connector. You must plug in the right wires at the right slot because the USB 2.0 connector is connected via 10 contacts whereas the USB 3.0 connector will have 20 contacts.
As everything is clearly labelled and laid out well, it is unlikely that you’ll make a mistake when you connect the USB front panel to the motherboard. However, be mindful of the fact that the plugs of the front connectors are very thing and if you put unnecessary pressure on them, you might end up damaging them. If that happens, you could have a problem in your hands. So, always be extra careful and delicate while handling the wires. Don’t force anything if they don’t seem to fit. Just check the details and make sure you have got everything correct.
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