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Install a Motherboard

How to Install a Motherboard

1. Make sure to read the manual that came with the motherboard - instructions differ for each one.
2. Ground yourself with any professional grounding equipment you have. Otherwise, ground yourself by touching the computer power supply.
3. Place motherboard on its anti-static bag.
4. Configure motherboard: Set jumpers or DIP switches for CPU, voltage(s), and bus speed, if necessary. If your motherboard is configured by software, you will need to configure it after you complete the physical installation.
5. Position motherboard in case. Line up holes in board with holes in case.
6. Insert spacers, plastic stand-offs, washers and screws, as necessary. Tighten screws carefully, but securely.
7. Make sure motherboard is not touching metal anywhere.
8. Make sure slots and connectors fit into openings on back of case.
9. Connect motherboard to power supply.
10. Connect CPU fan, if you have one, to power supply.
11. Connect reset and power switches to power supply.
12. Connect LED indicators to power supply.
13. Connect motherboard speaker to power supply.
14. Check all connections.
15. Test motherboard (and configure in CMOS if necessary) before installing other components of computer system.

If possible, do installation in an uncarpeted area.

Be careful not to touch any chips. Handle board by its edges. Static damage (and even oil damage) may cause a failure months after the incident.
If you do not understand these instructions or you lack good manual dexterity, have a qualified technician install the motherboard for you.


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