A Guide to the External Ports and Connectors on a Dell Computer

Summary: this article provides a visual guide to every port and connector currently used on a Dell PC.

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This article details the types of ports and connectors you may find on any computer that Dell currently ships or has shipped in the last 10 years. We also provide a guide to the color code convention for ports and connectors.

If you need additional assistance, contact Dell Technical Support.


 

Visual Guide to Ports and Connectors

 

These ports and connectors are each limited to one purpose: facilitating the flow of information into your computer. They are mostly found on older systems.
 
Color Code Port Connector Name
Green SLN151677_en_US__11392282304350.ps2Mouseport SLN151677_en_US__21392282322866.Ps2MouseConnector PS2/Mouse
Purple SLN151677_en_US__31392282343086.ps2Keyboardport SLN151677_en_US__41392282399884.PS2KeyboardConnector PS2/Keyboard
Gold SLN151677_en_US__51392282421447.MIDIPort SLN151677_en_US__61392282455557.MIDIcable Game Port/Midi
 These ports and connectors are most commonly associated with audio and video output from your system to external displays or speakers.
 
Color Code Port Connector Name
Pink SLN151677_en_US__71392282490808.AudioPortPink SLN151677_en_US__81392282513856.3.5mmJack Analog microphone audio input mono or stereo
Light blue SLN151677_en_US__91392282594905.AudioPortBlue SLN151677_en_US__101392282527981.3.5mmJack Analog line level audio input
Lime Green SLN151677_en_US__111392282610483.AudioPortLimeGreen SLN151677_en_US__121392282538434.3.5mmJack Analog line level audio output for the main stereo signal front speakers or headphones
Black SLN151677_en_US__131392282626827.AudioPortBlack SLN151677_en_US__141392282550966.3.5mmJack Analog line level audio output for the surround speakers rear speakers
Silver SLN151677_en_US__151392282640781.AudioPortSilver SLN151677_en_US__161392282564591.3.5mmJack Analog line level audio output side speakers
Orange SLN151677_en_US__171392282655047.AudioPortOrange SLN151677_en_US__181392282576232.3.5mmJack Analog line level output center speaker/subwoofer
None SLN151677_en_US__19UAJ_Port_BK SLN151677_en_US__20UAJ_TS_BK Universal Audio Jack (UAJ) TS - Mono sound from headphones
None SLN151677_en_US__19UAJ_Port_BK SLN151677_en_US__22UAJ_TRS_BK Universal Audio Jack (UAJ) TRS - Stereo sound from headphones
None SLN151677_en_US__23UAJ_Port_Combi_BK SLN151677_en_US__24UAJ_TRRS_BK Universal Audio Jack (UAJ) TRRS - Stereo sound and Microphone
 
SLN151677_en_US__25icon Note: Dell systems have a feature that is called PowerShare. You can identify PowerShare ports by the symbol - a USB logo with a lighting bolt - found underneath the port. See the USB PowerShare Feature article for more information about this feature. 

These ports and connectors allow devices to communicate with each other.

 
Color Code Port Connector Name
None SLN151677_en_US__261392282711158.dtoppowersupplyport SLN151677_en_US__271392282726299.desktoppowercable Power Desktop
None SLN151677_en_US__281392282749096.laptoppowerport SLN151677_en_US__291392282768050.laptoppowerconnector Power Laptop
None SLN151677_en_US__23UAJ_Port_Combi_BK SLN151677_en_US__24UAJ_TRRS_BK Universal Audio Jack (UAJ) Combo Connector
Black SLN151677_en_US__321392282857349.USBPort SLN151677_en_US__331392282916725.USB1-0Connector USB 1.0
White SLN151677_en_US__341392282879506.USBPort SLN151677_en_US__351392282960477.USB1-0Connector USB 2.0
Blue SLN151677_en_US__361392282898334.USB3-0Port SLN151677_en_US__371392282933898.USB3.0Cable USB 3.0
None SLN151677_en_US__381392282985368.USBMicroPort SLN151677_en_US__391392283041385.USBMicro USB 4-pin Micro
None SLN151677_en_US__401392283001446.USBMiniPort SLN151677_en_US__411392283057604.USBMini USB 5-pin Mini
None SLN151677_en_US__421392283021119.USBABPort SLN151677_en_US__431392283083167.USBTypeAtoBConnector USB A/B
None SLN151677_en_US__441392283104168.USBmtofConnector SLN151677_en_US__451392283121809.USBmtofConnector USB Male to Female extension
None SLN151677_en_US__361392282898334.USB3-0Port SLN151677_en_US__371392282933898.USB3.0Cable USB 3.1
None SLN151677_en_US__48Type-Cport_BK_01 SLN151677_en_US__49Type-Cconnector_BK_01 USB Type-C
None SLN151677_en_US__50Thunderbolt_Port SLN151677_en_US__51Thunderbolt mini display porta Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort
None SLN151677_en_US__50Thunderbolt_Port SLN151677_en_US__51Thunderbolt mini display porta Thunderbolt 2 Mini DisplayPort
None SLN151677_en_US__54Thunderbolt3_Port SLN151677_en_US__55Thunderbolt connector type-ca Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
None SLN151677_en_US__561392283156638.ESATAPort SLN151677_en_US__571392283172451.EsataConnector ESATA
None SLN151677_en_US__58esatapPort_BK_01 SLN151677_en_US__59esatapConnector_BK_01 ESATAp
Gray SLN151677_en_US__601392283190342.FirewirePort6Pin SLN151677_en_US__611392283222624.Firewire6pinConnector Firewire IEEE 1394 / 6-pin
Gray SLN151677_en_US__621392283204686.FirewirePort4pin SLN151677_en_US__631392283240281.Firewire4pinConnector Firewire IEEE 1394 / 4-pin
Burgundy SLN151677_en_US__641392283279391.ParallelPort SLN151677_en_US__651392283304095.ParallelConnector Parallel Port
Teal/Turquoise SLN151677_en_US__661392283326486.SerialPort SLN151677_en_US__671392283348736.SerialConnector Serial Port
None SLN151677_en_US__681392283394128.ethernetport SLN151677_en_US__691392283433489.RJ45Connector Ethernet LAN/NIC/RJ45
None SLN151677_en_US__701392283414238.modemport SLN151677_en_US__711392283449020.RJ11Connector Modem RJ11

These are the most common types of video port and connectors:

 
Color Code Port Connector Name
Yellow SLN151677_en_US__721392283486912.svideoport SLN151677_en_US__731392283506319.SVideoConnector SVideo Mini Din
Yellow SLN151677_en_US__741392283568726.aerialport SLN151677_en_US__751392283588149.TVAerial TV Aerial
Yellow SLN151677_en_US__761392283642181.iscartsocket SLN151677_en_US__771392283659885.SCARTconnetor SCART
Yellow SLN151677_en_US__781392283704621.RCAPorts SLN151677_en_US__791392283720590.Compositecables RCA Composite
Blue SLN151677_en_US__801392283756278.VGAport SLN151677_en_US__811392283774810.Vgacable VGA
White SLN151677_en_US__821392283796310.DMS-59port SLN151677_en_US__831392283813076.dms59cable DMS59
White SLN151677_en_US__841392283841296.DVI-iport SLN151677_en_US__851392283868937.DVI-ISinglelinkconnector DVI-I single link
White SLN151677_en_US__861392283888735.DVI-iport SLN151677_en_US__871392283914720.DVI-IDuallinkconnector DVI-I dual link
White SLN151677_en_US__881392283941502.DVI-dport SLN151677_en_US__891392283961143.DVI-DSinglelinkconnector DVI-D single link
White SLN151677_en_US__901392283983596.DVI-dport SLN151677_en_US__911392284845212.DVI-Dduallinkconnector DVI-D dual link
Blue/White SLN151677_en_US__921392284936386.DVI-iport SLN151677_en_US__931392284964231.DVI-I-Aconnector DVI-A VGA/DVI-I
Black SLN151677_en_US__941392284995997.displayPort SLN151677_en_US__951392285019435.DisplayPortConnector DisplayPort
Black SLN151677_en_US__96MiniDisplayPortPort_BK_01 SLN151677_en_US__97MiniDisplayPortConnector_BK_01 Display Port Mini DisplayPort
None SLN151677_en_US__50Thunderbolt_Port SLN151677_en_US__51Thunderbolt mini display porta Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort
None SLN151677_en_US__50Thunderbolt_Port SLN151677_en_US__51Thunderbolt mini display porta Thunderbolt 2 Mini DisplayPort
None SLN151677_en_US__54Thunderbolt3_Port SLN151677_en_US__55Thunderbolt connector type-ca Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
Black SLN151677_en_US__1041392285059186.hdmiport SLN151677_en_US__1051392285139985.hdmiConnector HDMI Type-A
Black SLN151677_en_US__106HDMI_TypeBPort SLN151677_en_US__107HDMI_TypeBConnector_BK_01 HDMI Type-B
Black SLN151677_en_US__1081392285112219.hdmiminiport SLN151677_en_US__1091392285183721.HDMIMiniCables HDMI Mini/Type-C
Black SLN151677_en_US__1101392285083312.hdmimicroport SLN151677_en_US__1111392285157189.HDMIMicroCables HDMI Micro/Type-D
Black SLN151677_en_US__112HDMI_TypeEPort SLN151677_en_US__113HDMI_TypeEConnector HDMI Automotive/Type-E
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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Servers, Fixed Workstations

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

Version

4

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