How to Build Your Own
(Slot A Processor)
Part 11 - Install the V770 Software and Decoder
Last updated: 5/10/00
Also see How to Build a Computer
with a Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
DIAMOND VIPER V770 ULTRA VIDEO BOARD SOFTWARE
restarting Windows, insert the Diamond V770 CD. It should auto-start
after a short wait. Click Continue, click Installation when
the next window appears, and click V700 Drivers in the following window. I
clicked the Standard installation (usually a safe bet) followed
by Next in the DIAMOND Install window shown here.
Click ReInstall DirectX to be sure you have the latest version. It
will check the DirectX software already installed and it will tell you that
the latest and greatest is already installed. Just click OK and
it will take you back to the proceeding window.
151. Click Cancel button and click Next for
a reboot when the following windows informs you that the installation has
been completed. After the restart, a Diamond Registration Form will
appear. Click Start to get to the next window with the form
and then click Cancel as I did if you don't want to register the product.
may then reinsert the V770 CD to reinstall the rest of the software (games,
etc.)--I didn't. You will need to be connected to the Internet to install
some of it. Do not install the Zoran Soft DVD or the Internet
Explorer 4.0. This computer will use the Creative Labs DVD decoder
instead of the Zoran Soft DVD and Windows 98.
We will set the display resolution and colors later.
TECHNOLOGIES CT7160 DECODER
153. Shutdown down the computer and unplug the power
154. Plug the flat cable that came with the decoder
into the V770 Ultra's multi-channel connector with red stripe facing aft.
155. Plug the other end of flat cable into the decoder's
connector with the red stripe facing aft.
156. Insert the decoder into the third PCI slot from
the right, screw it down, and be sure it is properly seated.
This leaves the second PCI slot from the right empty
and provides some space for better ventilation of the V770.
157. Plug the audio cable which came with the decoder
into the jack furthest aft on the decoder and plug the other end into the
jack which is furthest forward on the sound board. The plugs on cable
I received can only be plugged-in one way. If you receive one with
flat connectors which can be plugged-in either way, the red strip goes furthest
forward. Neatly fold-up and zip-tie the excess cable.
158. Plug-in the power cable and boot-up the computer. Windows
should detect the board.
159. Insert the floppy disk which came with the decoder,
click Next to have Windows search for a driver, and check the Floppy
box if it is not checked, and click Next. Windows should
then find the driver. Click Next and Finish.
160. The driver installation does not prompt for
a Restart. Manually Shut-Down the computer and Restart Windows.
161. After booting back up, insert the CD which
came with the decoder and wait for it to auto start.
Click Install at the Welcome screen.
163. Click through the installation and click Yes when
it is done and prompts for a reboot.
This concludes the expansion board installation. Your
computer should look like the one to the right.
There you have it: 163 steps from beginning to nearly the
end. I leave the remainder as an exercise for the reader. The
CD which comes with the monitor should be installed. I normally test
a computer like this one extensively with Winbench
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us of anything new you may have learned while building it. I would
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