Geek Out! Part 1.2

Erm. So I’m still building my DAW. Am having a few issues (fear, knowing very little, horror). I am wondering if anyone out there can help me… [looks hopeful…again]. Non geeks can tune out for this request. There’s this thing on my motherboard – the Gigabyte K8NS Ultra-939 – where you attach all the front jumper wires for the front panel i.e. the power switch, reset button, etc. So, I’ve been getting a lot of help from the AMD Socket-939 DIY Guide. I’ve attached the right jumpers to the right bits, but as my case is different from the one they use in the guide, I have two wires left that I don’t know where to plug! I have one called RESET LED (which is two wires) and another called GRD (which I’m gathering stands for ‘ground’ – and is only one wire). Neither of these are mentioned in the guide, and I have gaps in my front panel section, as I have only one POWER LED wire instead of two, and no HARD DRIVE LED wires. I’m wondering whether I put the RESET LED and the GND. Any idea?

I have to get myself a monitor still, but I’m too scared to connect the power before I know exactly where these wires go. Here is my whole rig (a little bit different from my original plan):

Gigabyte K8NS Ultra 939
AMD Athlon 64bit 3000+
EMU 1820M sound card & breakout box
Seagate 7200 8MB 160g hard drive
Seagate 7200 8MB 120g hard drive
Corsair Value Select 2x512MB RAM
Lite-On 52x52x32 CR-RW
Matrox G450
Seasonic S12 430w power supply
GMC X-21 Trinity case

P.S. Am wondering if the voltage of the Matrox 450 is compatible with the motherboard, but as I can’t find out what voltage it is, I’ll just have to wait and see


Geek Out! Part 1


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  1. Well the RESET LED is usually the wires for the reset button and/or a light next to the button. Do you have such a beastie on your front panel?

    The GND usually terminates on a jumper called the same. If there is none then you probably don’t need it.

    Additionally you don’t always have to connect all wires. Depending on your config you might have left-overs.

    Have to checked the manual – http://asia.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual/manual_k8ns%20ultra-939_e.pdf?

  2. Oh sorry – missed the last question – did a little look-see – should be no problems with the Matrox and the motherboard.

    Also 1Gb of RAM? Try it out but you might need more. Not sure how RAM-intensive sound apps are but I would assume fairly so. Have you got a package(s) you are going to use? I can ask a mate of mine whose spare room resembles a small sea of audio/computer equipment. 🙂

  3. b:p

    I think you’re right. I was just being cheap. I think I’m going to be using (eek) SawStudio – although it will be a bit of a learning curve. I got a bit proficient in Saw32 and SawPro, so I’m going to give it a try. I think I’ll need to double my RAM. [sigh]

    In regard to the RESET LED – I have a feeling that the two little wires that connect into the power supply from the front panel include the RESET LED. I’m going to try turning it on tomorrow night. I got my dual LCD’s on Friday, so I am waiting for a clear headed, confident moment. I think I may unplug all hard drives before I turn it on for the first time…

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