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How to install FRONTX into my computer system?

To install external ports, please read manual 1.

To install internal ports, please read manual 2.

Please note that you can install a configuration which combines both external and internal ports.

Can I use FRONTX for 4 speakers (surround) soundcard?

As mentioned in our Index Page, for 4 speakers soundcard, you can connect the 2 front speakers with FRONTX, whereas your rear speakers remained plugged into your soundcard. When the headphone is plugged, your front speakers will be automatically cut off, but you need to manually mute your rear speakers with your soundcard software.

Will the additional ports compatible with the current casing?

FRONTX was designed to offer versatility in expansion and upgrading. All future ports or products will be designed to fit into the current casing. For upgrading, simply purchase the additional items and they can be easily slotted into your existing FRONTX casing.

Is FRONTX'S cable long enough for my computer case?

FRONTX's cables are 3 feet (915 mm) long, which is "more than enough" for all standard PC case. For larger tower, it's advisable to install FRONTX casing into the lowest bottom drive bay, to reduce the distance between FRONTX's casing and the PCI/ISA holes at the back. This way, you will have additional cable lengths to play with.

Please note that the length of all internal cables (the cables that plug direct onto motherboard) is 2.5 feet (762 mm).

Are FRONTX's cables UL certified?

All FRONTX's cables are UL certified and meet the specifications of respective technologies. Quality is not compromised. We do not cut cost by simplifying cable structures.

How to remove the flip door correctly without damaging the door?

Please read our guide.

Is FRONTX compatible with Macintosh Computer?

Please check if your computer has a standard 5.25" drive bay. If yes, FRONTX will work with your system. Also, make sure that you have a spare PCI/ISA opening, unless you want to install internal cables only.

Is FRONTX compatible with PC case with sliding rails?

Please check if the railing bracket has 2 screw holes aligned vertically on the front portion. This is to make sure that all the 4 screw holes (2 on each side) on FRONTX casing can be fully utilized. For a stable and secured installlation, screw the railing brackets tightly onto FRONTX casing.

If you find that FRONTX casing is slightly too narrow (width is smaller) for a proper installation, you can use some washers to correct the problem.

How to change connector or shift cables to match with the motherboard header?

Please read our guide.

How to connect FRONTX cables to Intel Front Panel Audio (IFPA) header?

Option 1: You can use CPX110 Headphone & Microphone Internal.

Option 2: If you have purchased CPX090-B2 and CPX093-2 seperately, and you want to connect both cables to the IFPA header, please read our guide.

How to crimp terminal to wire?

Please read our guide.

USB/Firewire PCI Card: Can I connect FRONTX cables to its internal ports?

Yes you can. You need to check what type of internal connections are provided. If it uses the standard female sockets, you can connect them with our external cables. If it uses pinouts type of connections, please use our internal cables.

Creative/Audigy: Can I connect FRONTX internal cables to Creative soundcard?

Please read our guide.

Asus A7N8X: How to connect FRONTX IEEE 1394 cable to the motherboard header?

Option 1: Install the backplate IEEE 1394 cable which was bundled with the A7N8X board. Then use our CPX105 to transfer the backplate port to the front panel.

Option 2: Use a 1X8 header connector to connect our CPX105-2 to the A7N8X IEEE 1394 header. To change the header connector, please read our guide.

Asus Motherboards: Which internal Serial port works for Asus boards, V1 or V2?

For Asus motherboard, please use CPX102-2 Serial Internal V1.

DIY: Can I get the dimensions of cut-outs to fit FRONTX connectors?

Please click here to view drawing.

DIY: Can I get the dimensions of FRONTX connectors?

Please click on the relevant link: IEEE 1394 / Dual USB / USB / Headphone / Audio / RCA Video & Audio / S-Video & PS2.

DIY: There are no nuts provided for RCA Video & Audio, PS2 & S-Video cables, how to fix these connectors?

The screws provided are very small. Even if nuts are provided, we find that they will be too difficult to handle. As such, we recommend you to fix them with our CPX078 screws. Please view more details.

DIY: How to fix the Headphone connector to my DIY panel?

Please read our guide.

DIY: How to create port icons for my DIY panel?

Please read our guide.

Troubleshoot: CPX108-2 / CPX101-2 USB Internal

1. Check the pin assignments of your motherboard USB header and make sure that the wires are connected correctly to the pinouts.

2. Try to disconnect the S-GND wire (the fat black wire) from the pinout and see if it works. The S-GND wire must remain inserted in the connector, but shifted to a position where it is not connected to any pinout.

3. If you are connecting a USB1.1 device to a USB2.0 port, please note that there's a limitation in the cable length. Try to connect it with a peripheral with a shorter cable and see if it works.

4. Sometime the motherboard manual gives wrong informations on the pin assignments. If you have the PCI backplate USB cable that was bundled with the motherboard, counter check the wires and see if their positions in the header connector are similar to FRONTX cable. You can also use the PCI backplate USB cable to test if the onboard USB header is working.

5. If you have an electrical meter tester (VOM), check if there is any mis-connection in our USB cable. Refer to the diagram, each wire must be connected to the appropriate connecting point in the USB port.

Troubleshoot: CPX090-B2 Headphone Internal B2 / CPX110 Headphone & Microphone Internal

1. Check the pin assignments of your onboard audio header and make sure that the wires are connected correctly to the pinouts.

2. Make sure the GND wire is connected to the GND pin, and not connected to the Reserved or NC pin, which is always mistaken as the GND pin.

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