How To Install Motherboard
Learn about how to install a motherboard correctly in your computer and avoid potential problems in the future. An incorrectly installed motherboard leads to serious problems, including overheating or frequent crashes. This task proves quite simple with just a few tools and the right instructions.
To install motherboard, you will need:
- Remove the case cover or access panel. This normally requires taking out a few screws on the side or back of the case. Locate the metal attachment plate inside the computer. The motherboard must be installed on this plate.
- Unscrew the plate and slide it out to remove it from the case. Place the motherboard over the plate and align the holes. Multiple holes in the plate ensure that your motherboard will attach without trouble. Attach the motherboard to the plate using screws and nuts.
- Check to make sure the plugs on the motherboard match the holes in the back of your case. If not, you must remove this back piece and replace it with one that does match before you install the motherboard. This generally comes with the motherboard.
- Wait to install the motherboard in the case until you place additional components on the motherboard. These include the CPU and memory modules. This is much easier to do while the motherboard is still outside the case.
- Attach the wires to the motherboard in the correct location and position. Match wire labels to those on the motherboard. Some wires have specific poles, like a battery. Ensure proper placement of these wires by matching the poles to the markings on the motherboard. The white or black wire goes on the side marked negative on the board.
- Install any I/O brackets as needed. These include items such as additional USB ports or audio jacks. Proper placement varies depending on the motherboard. Consult the manufacturer's directions to determine where to install these components on the motherboard.
- Attach disk drive cables to the proper ports. Install the hard drive cable on the primary port and the optical unit cable on the secondary port. The red strip on the cable must face the corresponding label on the motherboard.
- Finish by installing the 20-pin power supply connector to the motherboard. Some motherboards include a ATX12V connector as well. If your motherboard has this smaller connector, attach it at this time also.
- Install the completed motherboard back in to the computer now. Place the panel with the motherboard back in its proper position and slide it in to place. Secure it with the screws. Screw the I/O brackets in to position as well.
- Rearrange the wires inside the case as needed. This prevents overheating from restricted air flow. Organize wires and place them down neatly so that they do not cover the fan.
You now have a correctly installed motherboard in your computer. Simply replace the cover and you're ready to hook your computer back up and install an operating system. You will soon be enjoying your newly installed motherboard.