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How to Install the EpoX 8KHA+ Motherboard
Last updated: 1/14/2002

INTRODUCTION.  This article provides detailed instructions for installing the EpoX 8KHA+ DDR Socket A AMD Athlon/Duron Motherboard in a typical computer.  The 8KHA+ is a very popular, high-performance motherboard featuring the VIA KT266A chipset and supporting all AMD Socket A processors in current production.  For those wanting to build a new computer with this motherboard, the steps in this article are designed to dovetail with those in How to Build a Computer with an AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor by replacing the motherboard installation steps in that article with detailed steps specific to the 8KHA+ in this article.  We used Athlon XP 1600+ (1.4 GHz) processors, Thermaltake Volcano 5 heatsink-fans ("coolers"), and Antec KS282 cases with 300 Watt power supplies for the three computers built with the 8KHA+ while writing this article.

Inspect and Prepare and the Motherboard.

1.  Inspect the motherboard, top and bottom, for any defects or signs that it is other than new...  It should not be warped.  Any bent or broken corners?  Look for components that have been broken or are partially broken off.  Does the anti-static bag look like the board has been in out of it several times?  Look at the donuts around the holes used to fasten the board to the chassis.  Do you see any signs (screw marks) that it has been in a chassis before?  Is the box in good condition?  Did you get everything?  Did you receive the correct User Manual?  Is it the latest version of the motherboard?  Look for that info on the side of the furthest left PCI socket and on EpoX's web site.

Why am I so cautious?  Some unscrupulous vendors will take a motherboard that has been returned because there was something wrong with it and ship it right back out again to the next sucker that comes along.  I might also add that many so called defective motherboards that are returned have nothing wrong them.  And there are boards with defects/problems that are difficult to detect/duplicate.  New is better.

2.  Most motherboards come in an anti-static bag and/or are packed with an anti-static pads.  As a precaution, it is advisable to place the motherboard  on whatever anti-static material comes with it.

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