How to Build Your Own
Pentium III Computer
Install the Display Adapter...
Last updated: 4/14/99
keeping your eyes out of harms way, reach behind the case and pop-up the
expansion board slot cover for the AGP slot (the slot furthest to the right). See
the assembly instructions if this unclear. I use a stubby phillip's
head screwdriver to do it.
the display adapter, put the Installation CD in the motherboard box for safe
keeping, insert the adapter into the AGP slot (the brown one), fasten the
back of the card to the case with 6#32 screw, and push firmly and evenly
down on the card to be sure it properly seated.
Sometimes an expansion board will pop-up a little
at one end when it is screwed down.
your monitor in a way similar to that used to unboxed the computer
case . Be careful not to break the styrofoam. Attach the monitor base
according to the monitor instructions and make sure it is locked into place
and won't come off. Set the monitor on the workbench. Plug the
power cord into the monitor and into an active outlet (or into a surge protector
and turn it on). Attach the monitor's video cable to the back of the
AGP display adapter. Turn the monitor on and let it warm-up.
I use a known-good shop monitor.
the computer's power cord, plug it into the computer and into active outlet.
I leave it wrapped and use a shop cable.
your breath and push-in the power switch on the front of the case. The
computer should boot.
You should hear one short beep and see something on
the monitor. Here we gleefully say, "we have a Computer," when
that happens. I have a computer. How about you? If you don't see
anything on the display, immediately unplug the power cord from the back
of the computer and check-over everything and verify that your monitor
works. The front panel power switch will not immediately turn-off
the computer. If you hear one long beep, followed three short ones,
the display adapter is probably not properly seated. Make sure
the power cord is not connected to the computer before attempting to
reseat the board (or installing or removing any boards). If you
hear a series irritating long beeps, the memory is bad or not properly
seated. Many motherboards won't do anything at all if the memory
is not seated properly. I could probably write a book about trouble-shooting
a dead computer...
with your hand to make sure the CPU fan is spinning (quietly). Pull
the power cord if isn't; so your CPU doesn't become a crispy fry.
outside the back of the case, behind the power supply, to make sure the power
supply fan is pushing-out air (quietly).
the computer by pressing and holding the Ctl and the Alt keys and then pressing
the Delete key. Push the Delete key when prompted to go into the CMOS
Setup, Enter the CPU SOFT MENU and use the Page Up and Page Down keys,
if necessary to set the CPU Operating Speed to 350 (100). the Turbo
Frequency should be disabled and the CPU Power Supply should be set to the
CPU Default which is 2.00v. Esc to the Main Setup Menu and SAVE & EXIT
the CMOS Setup.
the power cord from the computer.
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