Monday, 9 November 2015

Replace My Gigabyte Motherboard

Gigabyte manufactures motherboards, notebook computers, graphics cards and other computer hardware. Gigabyte motherboards are designed to fit in a variety of computer cases. If you are replacing a Gigabyte motherboard with an identical Gigabyte motherboard, you can rest assured that everything will fit into place; if you are installing a Gigabyte motherboard in place of some other product, you will need to make sure the new motherboard fits your computer case before attempting to install it.


Access Motherboard

1. Turn off your computer and remove all power cords, cables and peripherals. Some computer manufacturers recommend that you press the power button after the computer is unplugged to dissipate residual electricity.

2. Open the computer case as directed by the manufacturer's documentation for your particular unit. Usually, this involves simply removing a few screws on the back of the case or pressing a quick release lever or button to open the case and provide access to the internal components.

3. Put on the ESD wrist strap and connect it to bare metal on the computer case to establish a ground and protect against static electricity.

4. Remove all cards from the motherboard expansion slots, then disconnect all data cables and power cables from the motherboard. On some computers, you may have to remove the hard drive and/or the power supply to extricate the motherboard from the case.

Replace Motherboard

5. Remove the screws fastening the motherboard to the metal plate at the bottom of the case. In some computers, you must first remove the metal plate from the case and then disengage the motherboard.

6. Remove the I/O panel from the back of the case if you are installing a motherboard with a different output port configuration. Otherwise, skip this step.

7. Install the CPU, heatsink and CPU cooling fan on the replacement motherboard before you insert the motherboard into the computer. Secure the CPU in the processor socket first, then apply thermal compound to the processor and install the heatsink and CPU fan.

8. Align the motherboard with the metal base so that the mounting holes on the motherboard line up with the standoffs on the metal plate. Motherboards have several extra holes to accommodate different screw configurations. If you are replacing a Gigabyte motherboard with the same model, the holes should be identical.

9. Install the mounting screws to attach the motherboard.

Reassemble Computer

10. Reassemble all the hardware parts that were removed. Reconnect all data and power cables.

11. Close the computer case and refasten the screws at the back of the case.

12. Connect all peripherals, cables and the power supply. Turn on the computer.

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