How to Connect the Power LED to an MSI Motherboard

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If you are building or upgrading your computer, you need to connect several wires to the motherboard in order for it to interface with the controls and LEDs on the front of the computer case. Connect your power LED and other case controls using the connector pins on your MSI motherboard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate the power LED connector among the motherboard connection wires in the front of your computer case. The power LED connector will have two wires that may be twisted together. Generally, it is colour-coded, with one wire being green and the other white. The black plastic cap on the end may say "PLED," "POW LED" or "POWER LED."

  2. 2

    Locate the bank of case connector pins on the motherboard. This will be a bank of approximately nine small pins grouped into two rows. On most MSI motherboards, you will see "JFP1" printed next to this bank of pins.

  3. 3

    Plug the power LED connector into the correct two pins. In the bank of nine pins, the power LED pins will be indicated by green colour coding, or by a diagram printed on the circuit board near the pins. The diagram will be shown as a bracket, representing the physical form of the bank itself. The position of the word "PLED" indicates the pins that the power LED header should be connected to.

  4. 4

    Finish connecting or building your computer according to the manufacturer's recommendations or instruction manual.

Tips and warnings

  • The MSI K9N2 Diamond motherboard was used as a reference in the creation of this article. However, other MSI products are connected in a similar manner. For the sake of compatibility, computer case manufacturers nearly always use the same type of connector for the case LEDs, and motherboard manufacturers place the motherboard connector pins where they will be close to the front of the case. Consult your instruction manual if you are unable to locate the connector pins on your motherboard.

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