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Enermax CSX888DMX Mini Micro ATX Computer Tower Case Assembly and Installation Instructions

Enermax CSX888DMX Mini Micro ATX Computer Tower Case Assembly and Installation Instructions

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Removing Case Sides:
To remove the case sides, remove the two small screws holding each side at the back of the case. Then you may use the handhold indentation to slide the side back slightly and then swing it out from the side of the case. (Fig. 1)

Remove the loose parts from inside the case. You will next want to install the rubber case feet to avoid scratching your table. These are self-adhesive and mount over the four holes on the case bottom. If you have snap-in feet, they will go in these holes. (Fig. 2)

Installing Case Speaker:
The case speaker is provided in a plastic bag. It snaps into place on the bottom of the lower drive cage inside the case. (Fig. 3)

Installing Drives: 5.25" drives (such as CD, DVD) are installed in the upper drive cage. 3.5" drives are mounted in the lower drive cage. There is room for two 5.25" drives and one floppy drive and one hard drive in this case. To remove the blanking plates for the drives, press the parts outward with a hand inside the case. For the floppy drive and the top optical drive, the inner metal plate is removed at the factory. If you wish to install a second 5.25" drive, you will need to remove the metal backing plate for the second drive. (Fig. 4)

Before installing drives, set the jumpers on them for the appropriate Slave and Master settings according to how you will be connecting them. To install the drives, insert the floppy and external drives from the front of the case and slide in until flush with the front panel. Secure with four screws each. These drives use the smaller screws with finer threads. The hard drive installs below the floppy drive,
and uses the screws with coarser threads and larger head. Although the lower drive cage can be removed by removing one screw from the side and two from in front, beside the floppy drive, it is easier to use the access panel to insert the backside screws. (Fig. 5)

Removing the Front Panel: The front panel is held in place by six plastic spring clips. To remove it, grasp the panel at the bottom opening (Fig. 6)

Pull gently forward to release the bottom two clips. Then release the middle and upper pairs of clips with a finger and pull the case front away. Take care with the switch wire that is connected. Installing a Case Fan Once the case front has been removed, an 8x8cm. case fan may be attached using the four screws provided with the fan. Take care that the airflow direction arrow points into the case. (Fig. 7)

Mounting the Motherboard:
This case can accommodate is made to accommodate only Micro-ATX motherboards. The first step is to compare the ATX connectors of your motherboard with the ATX backplate of the case. In most cases you will find it necessary to remove the knockout slugs from the USB ports. Since Micro-ATX motherboards usually have onboard video and sound, you will have to remove the slugs from those openings as well.(Fig. 8)

Then test-fit the motherboard into the case. Most of the mounting holes for your motherboard will have a chrome spacer preinstalled, but in the lower right corner you will probably need to insert one of the two brass spacer screws provided. Install the motherboard using the small, fine thread screws provided. (Fig. 9)

It is often advisable to install the cpu, heatsink/fan, and memory on the motherboard before installing the motherboard in the case. In addition, there may be jumpers or DIP switches that must be set before installing the motherboard. Check your motherboard manual for details. Plug the ATX power connector to the motherboard. Then attach the necessary drive cables to the motherboard and to the appropriate drives. Connect power leads from the ATX power supply to the drives and fans, or where appropriate, attach fan power leads to the motherboard fan headers. Connect the leads for the power switch, reset button, power and drive LEDís, and case speaker to the terminal block on the motherboard. Although these locations may be printed on the motherboard PCB (Printed Circuit Board), it is advisable to consult your motherboard manual for instructions.

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Installing Expansion cards:
Graphics cards, sound cards, modems, etc., may be installed now. With a new system it is advisable to start out with only the graphics card in place. To install an expansion card, remove the blanking plate from the slot you will use. Then insert the card straight into the appropriate slot, pressing it firmly in place. Make certain that the card is completely lined up with the slot and the metal bracket is fitting into its slot correctly. Once the card is inserted, secure it with the screw that held the blanking plate. After testing the system for initial power-on (see next section), you may install the remainder of your expansion cards.

Initial Power-on:
With all drives installed and the graphics card installed, connect a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to the computer. Attach the black power cord to the plug on the power supply and be certain the 110/220V selector is in the correct position. If your power supply has a power on/off switch, turn it on. Then turn on your monitor and then press the power switch on the front of the case. If all is correctly installed, the system will boot. You will need to enter CMOS setup and set up your BIOS settings. Consult your motherboard manual for further directions.

If the system does not power on and boot when initially tested, do not panic. There are a number of common problems that will cause this and are easily corrected. If the motherboard causes the system speaker to sound a beeping alarm, you may consult the manual for the meaning of the alarm. Otherwise, the following items will usually be the cause of a dead system:
  • Loose connection. Check all wires and connectors. Motherboard grounded to case. Check the mounting screws and positions for shorts between the motherboard's electrical traces and the mounting hardware or case.
  • Floppy drive data cable incorrectly installed. Often simply turning over the connector of the ribbon cable to the floppy drive is all that is needed to repair a non-booting system. Pin1 on floppy drives is not usually marked.
  • Switch leads incorrectly installed. Check the leads and their attachments to the terminal block.
  • Video card not inserted correctly in slot.
  • Memory incorrectly seated in slot.
  • CPU fan incorrectly plugged in or blocked by cable from spinning. System BIOS will shut down system if fan is not running (if system has monitoring).
  • CPU not fully inserted. Particularly with slot-type processors, the CPU cartridge may not be fully inserted.
  • Power switch on back of power supply turned off.

    You may also want to consult the troubleshooting guide in your motherboard manual. In most cases it is something very simple causing the problem, and most often it is a connection which is at fault.

    Final Assembly:
    After you have installed and tested all your peripheral cards and are sure all your drives are working, shut down the system. Reattach the sides of the case and secure with the screws you removed earlier. Reconnect all devices and re-test to be sure everything is working.

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