Area 51 R2 FIO_PWR1 cable

xps630

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SKU: 3DVC4
do not have this cable apparently for the rainbow 9 pin power sw connecting FIO and MB. Its pinout is mirror image of common usb 9 pin.
Question: Can I make this cable easily by rewiring a usb 9 pin to usb 9 pin cable (I have one long usb cable from XPS 720)? If yes, Do I use a needle to push out the wired female pin, punch a hole in the blank space, transplant the pin into the new hole?

If FIO receives molex power, is it possible to turn on front and side led without a motherboard?
In XPS 630i, chassis led are able to turn on by connecting AC adapter w molex power connector to MCB (master control board), when motherboard is absent.

GENUINE Alienware Area 51 R2 Fan Bracket VNPD3 is N/A. Is there a different DP/N for the bracket in R3 case that is interchangeable? I only see VNDP3 on private sell overseas. If I do not have this bracket, is it technically impossible to mount a mid front fan?
 

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Cass-Olé

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here's 3DVC4 = $10, just buy it

I doubt FIO can power LEDs as u wish, I believe the mthrbrd & it have to exchange serial data 1st in order for it to produce light

Contact Dell for the R3-R7 fan bracket, otherwise keep checking eBay for VNPD3; it sometimes can be found in a general search of 'Area 51 fan' (due to how the seller makes the listing title & may not include the actual part#). Otherwise I doubt u can mount a fan without one
 

xps630

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Thank you. Question:
In A51 R2, front led connected to logo board, side panel led and odd light connected to FIO. logo board gets power/data from FIO via logo board cable.If one d/c usb cable btn FIO and MB, does that kill the front panel led?
other minor questions:
3 parallel wireless card wires that go around the periphery of case, white,black,gray. first 2 wires w wireless card mini connector socket. gray wire tip still in transparent sheath. never used wireless card b4. what is the gray wire for?
2 AA battery appear to power internal white led (?theater light) on logo board. is light supposed to be turned off when MB side panel is closed? on FIO when 3 pin VBAT1 cable is disconnected, light turns off.
next to it is 2 pin socket labeled porch light?
how to remove AA battery cover?
 
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Cass-Olé

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For your two major questions, perhaps take delivery 1st & you'll have those answered
For minor concerns:
1) 3rd wire is for wifi cards w/3 plugs, I believe
2) theatre light is off w/mthrbrd panel attached
3) the 'porch light' is a dimly lit rear I/O light (similar to R1), u push the rear button & an LED or two will come on so u can see your rear ports
4) I thought battery lid comes with w/a screw, I can't remember anymore to be honest