articles – mobo connectors

articles – mobo connectors

Motherboard Connectors

One of the most lamented things about DIY-ing a PC would have to be connecting the mobo connectors. For your Hdd LED, Power LED, Internal Casing Speakers, Reset button, with the messy small little cables that are hard to handle for general guys fingers and there’s no tool made for them. What’s wrong with adding them to a standard connector and making it a single action connector? eg, orientate it to the required way of insertion and simply plug it in and forget about it!

Then there’s the usual USB connectors on mobo. Most motherboard manufacturers nowadays bundle boards with USB brackets with easy to fit, single connectors that we can just plug, boot up and use.

Standards – We need them!

It was not that hard to come out with some working groups for USB and not even hard for groups to be formed for Firewire, DVD standards (ok, they might be splited again for now with the Bluray debate on going…) and even wireless standards. So why are there no groups for these tiny connectors? Is it easy for people to just connect them and forget them? It might be when you have only that one PC that you’re gonna be using for the rest of your life but we all know that no PC lasts forever. That upgrade once every few years and depending on the user’s needs is inevitable when system starts to be crawling with that 128mb of ram or that low end graphics that you are regretting since you need to play some “real” games now or for whatever reasons. Then you’re bound to face these little connectors. We’re not talking about branded PC here like HP/ Dell/ whatever but for true blue DIY guys who face this ever so often.


To make a standard header like what we see on, for example, the 20 pin power connector. With a pre determined place for each connector and pin. That’ll really save time, effort and simply just makes sense. really! Motherboards manufacturers can save all the color coding that some have, those help, i mean the color coding but it’s still small darn pins that get bend all so easily.And then, introduce these to USB headers too! Not for some motherboards manufacturers only, make it into a standard so ALL mobo manufacturers will follow! Lastly there is also the front audio, introduce a standard for these and we’ll be doing dumb things lesser like looking at the manual, plugging the pins in and out, turn on the PC, oh darn, power LED no light, swop the 2 pins, oh darn again, hdd LED not lighting up, swop that again as wasn’t paying attention to the manual and just when you think all ok, we just realised, USB on the front panel is not working.

In recent years/ months, I am happy to see easy CMOS reset and power on off buttons on the motherboards itself. Like the DFI Lanparty series. It really serves as a great conveniences and is one draw point for me to purchase them. It’s not too much to ask but with all the headers as standards and this 2 buttons as standards it could really make DIY-ing PC a better options for much more users.

Note: Left 2 buttons on mobo, reset and power built into the mobo’s PCB, right pins, the usual mobo connectors

Cumbersome USB headers on mobo, it’s all right if it comes with headers like the following:

Pre-determined USB headers for mobos, plug and play! The 1 blocked pin makes sure users don’t plug in the header wrongly since there’ll be a pin missing on the connector on the mobo.

2 x USB and 1 x Firewire bracket.

– etegration
19 June 2006


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