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How to Install the EpoX 8KHA+ Motherboard
Last updated: 12/6/2001

30. Unpack the display adapter and put the CD, etc. that came with it in the motherboard box.

31. Insert the display adapter into the AGP slot (the brown one), fasten the back of the card to the case with a chassis screw, and push firmly and evenly down on the card to fully seat it in the socket.

Sometimes an expansion board will pop-up a little at the front when it is screwed down.

32.  Inspect the sides of the AGP socket to be sure the display adapter is fully and evenly seated.

33.  Shake the case for loose screws.  If you see a small rubber standoff, it probably came from the CPU...  Visually inspect everything for possible mistakes and defects.  Check the display adapter and memory again.  Check the jumpers.  Verify there are no cables in the fans.

34.  Attach your monitor's video cable to the back of the AGP display adapter.  Turn the monitor on, verify that the power LED lights-up, and let it warm-up.

35.  Check the power supply to be sure that the 110/220 volt switch is in the correct position.

36.  Plug the computer's power cord into the computer and into an active outlet.

The computer is now in the "minimum bootable configuration" (MBC):  Motherboard, CPU, heatsink-fan, memory, video card, power to the motherboard (keep the power cord disconnected), Power-on switch, Speaker connected, monitor, and nothing else--no drives.

37.  While watching the CPU fan push the Power-on button.  If the CPU fan does not start spinning, immediately pull the power cord out of the computer.  Otherwise, the computer should boot, issue one short beep, and you should see something on the monitor.  Watch the screen once everything has stopped.  The CPU temperature should be displayed.  Monitor it until the computer has warmed-up.  That may take 15 to 30 minutes.  The CPU temperature should settle-out at around 35 - 40 degrees Centigrade.  We measured it at 35-37 on the three computers we built for this article.  If it goes zinging up past 50 C degrees there is something wrong with the heatsink-fan or it's installation.  In that event, immediately pull the power cord and correct the problem.

Keep your cotton-picking fingers away from the CPU fan!  If you accidentally stick a finger in one of these turbojet engines expect to run to the bathroom with bloody paws!  I like the Thermaltake cooler, but would also purchase a fan guard for a computer like mine that is left with the top off.

38.  While waiting, feel the outside the back of the case, behind the power supply and the chassis fan  to make sure they are pushing-out air (quietly).

This particular power supply adjusts the airflow automatically to the temperature inside the case.  It probably won't be blowing much, if any at all, with the case open and everything not in it yet.

39.  After your are satisfied that things are working Ok, pull the power cord.

40.  Attach the rest of the front panel connectors.  The connectors connect with the labels on plugs facing aft.  The Power Connector uses three of the five pin header pins starting with the one labeled 1 in the above diagram.  The other two pins are for a key lock switch which this case does not have.  Verify that both LEDs work by applying power and the RESET switch functions.  The wires going to the Power LED and hard disk LED can be reversed to get the correct polarity with the computer on without doing harm.  This case has no key lock.  The IR and TB_LED headers are not used with this case.

41.  Fold-up the excess front panel wires and neatly zip-tie them together.

42.  Plug-in the keyboard and mouse.

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