*Warning* Whenever you do any work like this on a motherboard, make sure all power has been turned off for a few minutes. Also be aware that static electricity is a silent killer of these boards,
so always observe static precautions. Touch something that is grounded before touching the board. Also remember that even though the power is unplugged, there is still that little CMOS watch battery that has 3 volts on the circuit, so be careful not to lay the board on any metal things, unless that battery has been removed for a few minutes.
Read up on static preventions while working on electronics.
I like to place the motherboard (if it is not in the PC case) on my electric cooking stove, which is cool. Then I touch the stove before touching the board or any parts. I always unplug it from the power supply and remove the CMOS battery first.
AND ALWAYS BE SAFE!!
I am thinking about starting this post to explain ways to hook up external buttons to a mother board to turn it on.
I know this subject is brought up several times on here and I thought it would be nice to have the info in one place so it wont be scattered all over the forum like it is now.
First a little crappy diagram of how to hook a happ type pushbutton to the motherboard.
Now where I need everyone's help is here.
I would like to post a picture of a motherboard, its type and number, then a close up of the connection terminals on the board and the pic marked as to show what two pins the wires from the switch connect to.
If you have a picture like this, or can get one off the web, please post it here.
If there is enough interest I can make this a sticky, if not I can delete it.
First, my crappy diagram of how the pushbutton will wire up:
(This may not apply to all motherboards but will work for most.)