New Mobo+Powersupply not working

By knownothingbob
Oct 21, 2006
  1. I can't get my new gear to start, figuring its the powersupply.

    Got a 2.4ghz 3700 AMD 64

    The psu er...power cable to the mobo has 20 pins and the mobo has 24 pins...

    Nothing comes on, no fans at all.
    there are 4 leds on the mobo if 2 are lit it means it ready for start up, and they are lit.
    The other two are not lit and according to the motherboard manual it means that there is a "cpu/chipset error"

    My biggest question is, will a 20 to 24 pin converter thing make it work, or in theory, should it?

  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    A converter will work. I use one myself. BUT according to the link that you provided, the PSU can handle a 24 pin motherboard connector by utilizing that detachable 4 pin connector. That's what the 20 + 4 means. However, there is another square 4 pin connector (P4) you MUST connect that is located near the I/O panel. There is a third connector, a molex, that only needs to be connected if you are using SLI according to your motherboard manual.
  3. knownothingbob

    knownothingbob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    actually 3 minutes after i posted this ifigured it out, there was a weird 8 pin connector that splits into 2 4 pin connectors, i hooked one of these into the cpu plug and noticed the grooves in original 4 pin connector and stuck it on the 20 pin one... now everything works; was a magic moment. Thanks for your reply!
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