MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum installation questions

May 24, 2004
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Hey guys working on my new machine. It's been so long since I upgraded, I think I've forgotten some stuff :) Anyway I have a couple questions.

1. How do I run my RAM in dual channel DDR?

There are 4 slots: 2 green and 2 purple....which ones do I put them in to make the memory run in dual DDR?

2. 2 powers slots for motherboards?

I'm used to hooking up one power source to the motherboard. Now there are two? One 20-pin and one 12v? So install both?

3. I have a Lantec Lanboy....is there anywhere I can hook up the front USB connectors? I see connectors (2 yellow connectors) but they look like the connectors for the additional back USB ports.

Can anyone help remind an old timer? Thanks! :)
 

Trashman

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Jan 31, 2000
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Just assuming you don't have your manual that came with the board....if ya need one as reference, heres the link.....Manual.

1) if using 2 sticks DIMM 1 and DIMM 2 for dual channel...in order from bottom to top.

2) both power connectors must be connected

3) JUSB1 & JUSB2 (yellow connectors) lower right hand corner would be for your front usb connectors.

all 3 of your questions are in the manual....didn't mind looking up for ya, not much happening here.

Good Luck.
 
May 24, 2004
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Thanks Trashman! I looked in the manual but just wanted to doublecheck. Now regarding the front USB connections, it looks like a plug goes in there ( the one that matches the D Bracket USB). They're 9 pin connectors but I have 5 separate connectors for USB. Care to help some more? :)
 

Trashman

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I was somewhat getting ready for that question.....just not quick enough.
should be like 8-10 seperate like connectors...right?


This was taken from that Antec Lanboy manual.

USB Connection
There are 8 wires with connectors coming out from the front mounted USB
ports of the case.
1. Locate the internal USB port on your motherboard. They consist of 10-pins
in two rows. Note: On some motherboards one or two pins may be marked
as NC. This indicates no contact. It is an empty pin. You don?t need to use
it. On some motherboards one pin may be missing on either one or both
rows. Don?t worry about it. You only need 8 pins to connect to.
2. Consult your motherboard manual to get each of the pin-out positions.
3. Power Pins: There are two power pins, one on each row. They are usually
marked as Power, Vcc or +5V. Connect the two +5V connectors to the
two power pins. Each connector can go to either pin.
4. Ground Pins: There are two ground pins, one on each row. They are usually
marked as GROUND or GND. Connect the two GROUND connectors to the
two ground pins. Each connector can go to either pin.
1 2
3
Note: On some motherboards, there may be two ground pins on one row.
You don?t need to use all of them. Make sure to connect one ground pin on
each row.
5. Data Pins: There are two plus data pins, one on each row, and two minus
data pins, one on each row. They are usually marked as USBD2+, USBD3+
and USBD2-, USBD3- or USBP2+, USBP3+ and USBP2-, USBP3- respectively.
a. Connect the (1) +D connector to any of the two plus data pins. It can go to
either of the plus pins.
b. Connect the (1) - D connector to the minus data pin in the same row with
the plus data pin that (1) +D connector has just connected to.
c. Repeat the same procedures to connect the (2) +D and (2) - D to the
motherboard. Make sure they are in the same row.


Pain in da a#$ doing usb connectors.......10 connectors 8 wires....2 will not be used.
2-power pins
2-ground pins
4-data pins 2+ 2-
follow instructions above.
 

Trashman

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best off going off manual....it shows you the pinouts for usb connectors.

1 and 2 is VCC power
3and4 is - data cable
5and6 is + data cable
7and 8 are grounds
9 is no pin
10 is unsure....says USBOC...guessing....but that would be a no pin?
 
May 24, 2004
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Actually its 2 pairs of connects. Each one has 5 pins...unless I missed something you said....crap lost my manual too argggg
 

Trashman

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2 pair of 5 connects....thats fine.....you'll only use 8 then. #'s 9 and 10 will not be used.
just follow above
 

Trashman

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from my quick bit of research....# 10 pin USBOC is over current and it should be ok to leave blank.
when i did mine, i don't reall seein USBOC, but only used 8 connects for my Antec case, and works fine.
 

Trashman

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Not a problem....just hope everything goes well....those USB connects are a pain, i'm all thumbs with those small connectors.
 

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I'll be signing off....if you remember, post back, would be glad to hear all is well.