How to Install the EpoX
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.
the power supply to be sure that the 110/220 volt switch is in the correct
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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