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    Cables Conundrum

    I’m putting together a new super-duper PC and, as part of the build, I thought I’d buy one of those all-purpose front panel thingies that allow you to have access to useful ports/controllers etc from the front of the machine without crawling around amongst the dust and cables at the back. I decided on the Scythe Kama Panel Multimedia Fan Controller/Card Reader, which came at a reasonable price and, included in the description was the phrase “Supplied with all necessary cables and instructions”.

    It arrived and I started to fit it, but then came up short. The motherboard I bought comes complete with risers to add front panel USB, firewire and sound ports. This way, (or so my logic goes), permanent connections, (printer, scanner, cable/mouse, main speakers etc.) could be connected as normal to the motherboard ports at the back of the machine and occasional stuff, (headphones, USB sticks etc) could be connected via the front panel. The cables provided with the panel, however, have one end configured to connect to the motherboard or the small pins on the back of the panel, with the other as, for example, a standard USB type-1 external plug. The manufacturers appear to expect me to run the cable from the back of the panel, out of the case through the backplate and then connect into the standard USB ports. The same goes for the FireWire and audio cables. The latter have motherboard connectors at one end and conventional 3mm mini jack plugs on the other.

    The presence of the risers on the motherboard leads me to expect that the correct cables exist somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find then. My poor grasp of the correct names for these cables and connectors might be partly to blame for my failure to Google a successful solution. I visited Maplin, (a UK components supplier a bit like Radio Shack in the US) and the chaps in there came to the conclusion that I could make compatible cables - they even offered to sell me the bits - but they’d never seen them made up and ready for sale. I've emailed the supplier of the unit but, so far, I've yet to receive a reply.

    Does anyone know the name of the cables I'm after and could anyone suggest a supplier?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Steve

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    Re: Cables Conundrum

    Steve,
    It looks like you would have to depend on the advice of the manufacturer on this. By the looks of the cables they supply, some are standard ( like the USB Cables ) other appear to be specialized one for the Panel.
    The picture of the cables are not very clear but maybe someone can help decipher them for you.
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    Re: Cables Conundrum

    Thanks for your reply. The graphic is taken from the illustration on the box and forms pretty much the only the only instructions that come with it. The specialised cables (Cable 4 in the illustration) are for the fan controllers and need to have an "Internal" riser plug (for want of a better term) at both ends. I've no issue with these. Similarly with cables 5 and 7 for SATA data and power. There are motherboard connections such that these can run entirely within the case.

    The rest are the frustrating ones - conventional external plugs at one end and internal connector blocks at the other.

    There's got to be a better, purely internal alternative...?
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