Thursday, 4 June 2015

Install A Motherboard Into A Desktop Pc

Upgrading your computer by installing a new motherboard is an excellent way to improve performance and add capabilities to an older machine. With a new motherboard you can add a more powerful CPU, increase memory capacity, and use faster adapter cards, like graphics and video adapters.


1. Remove the power source of the computer, then ground yourself and the machine with anti-static grounding straps. Remove the cover from the computer's case, if it is not already off. Some cases require you to remove machine screws before removing the cover.

2. Examine the mounting points for the motherboard in the computer case's chassis. Be sure to remove any unnecessary metal hardware that may be in the case if you are reusing an old case. Leaving the old metal hardware, like brass screw-hole standoffs, can cause shorts on the new motherboard that can damage or short it out.

3. Line up the motherboard so that the connectors for video, networking and sound are aligned properly with the opening on the computer case. Then examine the case's chassis to be sure you have sufficient mounting points for attaching the motherboard securely.

4. Insert the motherboard carefully, and attach it to the case with machine screws. Work carefully to ensure you don't damage the surface of the motherboard or its components.

5. Install the CPU. Most modern CPUs use a ZIF (zero insertion force) socket. Make sure the lever of the socket is lifted before you insert the CPU, and don't force the CPU into place. Install memory, if necessary, again making sure the necessary tabs in the mounting slots are up before inserting the memory modules. Install any adapter cards into the appropriate slots, and connect the power connections.

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