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    with my sig build I had a little problem as the power indicator for the case is a two pin solution whilst on my mobo the power indicator is a three pin with a gap in the middle. My solution was to plug it in to a fan port....... it works but one of the wires gets a little hot I would say about 45 from comparing with the hdd's so I was wondering are there any long term detrimental effects???

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    Can't see sigs, but your 'my system' doesn't display anything.

    The motherboard manual might give you voltages, but yes it's likely that the fan header is supplying higher volts to the LED than you'd get from the PWR header, which decreases the lifespan of the LED.

    My gf's computer suffers from the same problem - if it's a problem just cut the cable connector so that you have 2x 1 pin.

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    case: thermal take mystic
    Mobo: p5b deluxe wifi
    Cpu: e6600
    Ram: (2x1gb) corsair xms2
    Hdd: 2xseagate barracuda 500gb (raid 0)
    1xseagate barracuda 320gb
    video card: BFG 320mb 8800gts
    psu: antec true power 2.0 420W
    hsf: zalman 9500

    What do I cut it with I don't have a knife really suitable to do except a swiss army knife

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    Sharpest thing you can find - I'd probably use a Stanley or scapel I guess. Alternatively cut the wires and strip them, then use mini-crocodile clips or a blob of solder etc. to attach them to the pins.

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    You'll possibly kill the LED as I expect it's been driven with too high a voltage. It shouldn't damage the motherboard though.

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    lol yeop I always have a nice scalpel just laying around my room . I think I'll use a swiss army knife and if I screw it up go with the solder

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    You should consider getting one - they're handy for PC stuff

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/free_uk_deli...alpel_3762.htm
    edit: oops, they've stopped selling them. Most craft stores and independant electric shops have them though.

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    did you know that stone age tools could be as sharp as laser cut scalpels you can crack flint so that it has an edge which is only one atom thick I'll stick to a rock thanks

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    Stop jumping to Wikipedia

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    nah that was on some documentary I watched a couple of years ago i've always remembered they gave some world class butchers half a cow which they sliced up with there proper knives and then they use the stone tools and they found the stone tools easier

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    I used a knife (leatherman this time, swiss army last time, though in my case is was a 3-pin wide led connector and a 2-pin wide thing on the motherboard. If you break open the casing of the plug you could probably just wrap some electrical tape around the connector. It's only an LED just make sure it cannot short out anything else nearby

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    Converting a 3 pin plug to go onto a 2 pin motherboard is easy, you can move one of the pins into the centre position on the 3 pin plug (I've done that twice and moved it back too). As long as there is space for the "extra" pin, either a gap or an unused pin on the motherboard header its no problem.

    Going the other way is more difficult, if you've got an old case with the right plastic plug on it, all you need to do is remove that plastic from it (no-destructively) and fit that to the case you want to use. The plugs usually have some sort of plastic tab that holds the metal connector inside and if you lift this slightly you can get the metal to come out without breaking anything.

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