|UPDATE: OK, double checked the computer, here my findings:|
1. The front panel connectors on the ECS A780GM-A motherboard are are ALL correctly connected.
2. The power LED light is dimly lit when the computer is turned off, turns to fully light when the power switch is turned on.
3. The PC is connected to an HP Laserjet 1100. Since the motherboard does not have an on-board parallel port and the printer has a very special cable I purchased a parallel port PCI card, which is in one of the PCI slots. BTW - This type of HP printer does NOT have a power switch, it goes into some form of hibernation when not used. Plus the connector end of the cable that plugs into the printer seems to be a one of a kind.
4. The Power LED light turns off completely when the printer is unplugged from the PC, the light is dimly lit again when the cord is reconnected.
I have done some research on this subject, answers ranged from defective motherboard to normal motherboard/PC behavior. Questions: Could there be something wrong with the PCI card, e.g. defective or not pushed into the slot completely (BTW - the printer works fine)? Could it be the drivers? Does the printer type have anything to do with it? Will the light being on dimly damage the motherboard or the lights/switches? This problem did not exist with the old motherboard, ECS K7S5A. A very tricky one for me, maybe one of you will have an explanation/answer - THANKS!