These are the new adapter kits released in mid 2020, replacing the old adapter cables we've been selling for many years.
Each kit includes and adapter circuit board that plugs directly into the G5 front panel connector and three independent leads (about 70cm long each) for power button and led, USB and Audio.
The kit will allow you to connect your ATX/mATX/ITX motherboard to the G5 front panel board, enabling its functionalities for power button, power led, USB and audio output.
The adapter board has an 18 pin milli-grid connector on the bottom side which plugs into the G5 front panel board. The 2.54mm headers are used to connect the motherboard through the provided leads. Connection leads are completely modular and independent from each other.
This kit will work with ANY modern ATX, mATX or ITX motherboard.
Now in 2020, firewire is something from the past and there are virtually no modern motherboards with this connection. With the old adapter cable this was a problem and there was the need to use a jumper wire for the ground signal. The new adapter kit does not require your system to have firewire or the use of a ground jumper wire.
There are some considerations about audio. The lead will ensure your audio signal gets routed from the internal port to the front panel, but if the driver you are using does not enable the internal HDA port then there will be no audio signal to route. Make sure your HDA kext (or whatever audio driver you are using) enables the internal HDA header.
Due the fact that the G5 front panel circuit lacks of the standard HDA audio sense feature, in some cases you will need to use the audio sense jumper to enable the front panel audio output.
Audio sense jumper is included with every kit, just in case you need them.
-Adapter Circuit Board, 18 pin milli-grid (2mm) to ATX audio, power and USB headers (2.54mm).
-Power button and LED lead, 70cm long.
-USB lead, 70cm long.
-Audio lead, 70cm long.
-Audio sense jumper wire.
-Downloadable instruction sheet (PDF).
This adapter kit is compatible with all G5 cases with the exception of the LATE 2005 G5. This particular model has a different front panel board.
To know if you can use this adapter kit with your G5 case you need to locate the front panel circuit board inside the case and make sure it looks like the one on the picture below:
Notice the 18 pin square connector on the right end of the board.
If you have a LATE 2005 G5 case you will need to replace the front panel board. Since the layout is the same you can just replace the front panel circuit board with one from an older G5 model (apple part codes 922-5979, 630-4805 and 820-1560).
If you have any questions please contact us through the contact form.