Computer Repair Service

Monday, February 2, 2009

How to install the "motherboard"!!

Ok, we are back and we are ready to continue to build our computer. Our next step is to install the motherboard. This is what one looks like.

and the items that it came with are these...

We are first going to grab the I/O shield

and replace it with the existing one found in the computer

The reason for the swap is because when we install the motherboard, the back part as shown here

will match nicely with the new plate. See... nice and snug like a bug in a rug!

Now to install the Motherboard. Be carful when handling the board not to bang it or any of the components on it, into anything. Handle the board by the edges. Now, installing the motherboard is not the hard part it is the procedure because you DO NOT want to damage it in anyway. My hubby helped me along with this step. So, lets proceed...

We first need to orient the motherboard in position and then locate all its mounting holes. On this motherboard, we found six holes. So before we place the motherboard in the case, we screw in 6 (six) risers at the exact locations we found the holes.

Place the motherboard within the case by positioning it into its I/O shield.

We will then place the motherboard (carefully) onto the risers with thier corresponding mounting holes on the case. Then, secure the motherboard in place with screws. Be very careful, remember!! The reason being, well if the board is not supported properly, the chance of damage later on is very real.

Note: It will be easier to first screw at far end location as this is the toughest to do.

After all is screwed on, double check and make sure you screwed in ALL screws in their exact locations! Even check under the motherboard for loose screws or other hardware; you definitely do not want these left inside the case!

How to build a computer

What! Am I actually going to talk about how to build a computer?? Yes I am! Little itty bitty me is going to go through step by step on building a computer. My husband, Mr. Computer Geek, helped me build my own computer. I took lots of pictures to share and prove that I actually did this myself! So, here it goes... Lets start out by unveiling the box! Now, the first thing we need to do is open up your computer box. We first remove the front face by pulling from the bottom up and then remove the left side cover. Like so...

ok, so here is what it looks like inside a new computer... nothing in here just an open space. So clean and pretty... for now.

We are soon going to start filling it in with lots of goodies to make our computer do what we want it to do!! Here is our goodies we purchased. Now, you might want to consult with an expert to figure out what you want your computer to do and then make your purchases. This could get pretty expensive depending on what you are using it for. Example, for playing games, for personal use, for business for what ever reason, research this part. ok, moving on....

So first, I lay the computer on its side so it is easier to install everything. The first thing we want to install is the CD(DVD)-ROM. What is that you may ask.. well i took a picture of it here...

And that is going here.

But before we slide it in here, we first have to put screws in. Like this...

My directions says to secure each drive with 4 alumimum round head screws (zinc blue)at this specific location. I don't know if this is the same with all other computers or just this model. I don't know, I could google it and find out or just ask Mr. Computer Geek, I'd rather do the latter. Anyhoo, after the screws are screwed tightly, slide the drive in until it locks into drive cage. Note: Now you have to really push this thing in all the way until you hear a clicking sound. I thought it was in all the way, but my husband said it wasn't so I just tried harder and voila!

Ok now!! we did it, we have installed the CD ROM! If you have a Floppy Drive to install then it is the same steps but it is located underneath the CD ROM. Just remember to put the screws in first than slide until you hear it click. All Done! Lets celebrate with some munchies and drinks and we'll come back to installed the rest.