To Assembly, it is always a good idea to check the web site of
the manufacturer of the motherboard, video card, modem for the latest BIOS
and drivers. Just because you
have all new components doesn’t mean you have the latest drivers.
all components and record the serial numbers
proper grounding. If
a grounding strap is not available, be
sure to touch the case before you touch any sensitive component
(memory, cpu, m/b).
that the switches are set for your CPU
and memory. (This board
comes with the memory switch set for a 100MHz clock.
Change it to 133 MHz.)
the ATX I/O plate on the case with the one
that came with the M/B.
This is needed to allow space for the RJ45 (Internet) connector
above the USB connectors.
that all the standoffs in the case are
going to align with the holes in the M/B.
One standoff will probably need to be added and one removed. Do not leave any standoffs under the M/B that are not
filled with screws through the board or you will blow the board.
a flat surface, install the CPU
and fan. Connect the fan power cable to
the connector on the M/B. Using this connection will allow you to
monitor fan speed.
the cables from the front panel (remember the white
wire is “-” in the
manual). When inserting
the ATX power cable, support the M/B with your finger tips.
You do not want to flex the M/B too much.
all the drive hardware and install all the drives.
all power and control cables to the drives. Remember, the colored end of the
HD cable connects to the M/B. Connect the
audio cable from the CD-ROM to the M/B.
the video card and the modem (if you need a modem).
the monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers.
You are now ready to check the CMOS settings and
install some software.
you turn on the computer start tapping rapidly and continuously on the
This should bring you to the Setup Screen.
STANDARD CMOS SETUP and accept the
defaults then tap the Esc key.
to the IDD HDD AUTO DETECTION page and
have your drives determined. If
necessary, write down the settings for your drives.
to the STANDARD CMOS SETUP page and verify the Primary Master has
changed from Auto to User and has the parameters set. If you have only one HD, the Primary Slave and all
Secondary drives should have the type “None”.
to the BIOS FEATURES SETUP page and set your
boot sequence. My preferences are A, C, CD-ROM.
Choose anything you like but make sure you can boot
from the CD-ROM for the Windows installation.
remainder of the CMOS setup can be accomplished by just following the
you have saved your changes and as you reboot, keep your finger poised
above the Pause key.
Look for the CPU type and frequency.
You should see the 1700+.
of the next things you will see on the screen will be the information
about Realtek. Unless you
want to wake on LAN, ignore this message.
soon as you see the box come up that gives you the information on your
system, tap the Pause key.
Here again you are looking for the “Main Processor
information”. It should
read “AMD Athlon ™ XP 1700+.
If you do not see this message, then one of your switches on
the motherboard is in the wrong position.
down and on the right hand side, you should see “Processor
Clock Speed 1467
MHz”. If that
line is not present then one of your switches on the M/B is set
incorrectly. If everything went correctly then it is time to install
2000 will automatically install the network driver.
the CD that came with the M/B, install all M/B drivers (4 in 1
and audio) and software.
the video card drivers.
any necessary modem drivers.
Once this has been accomplished,
you are ready to spend your idle hours installing software, working,
surfing the ‘net and playing games.