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ATX 4328, 4387, 4388, 4666, 4696 Assembly Instructions

ATX 4328, 4387, 4388, 4666, 4696 Assembly Instructions

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Unpacking the Case:
Carefully open the top of the box. Slide your hands down between the sides of the box and the two cardboard packing pieces until you find the cut-outs, about half-way down. Using these cutouts as handles, carefully slide the case out of the box. Remove the two cardboard packing pieces from the case.

Removing the Side Panels:
Locate the two thumbscrews for the panel you wish to remove. Using your fingers or a screwdriver, turn the thumbscrews counter-clockwise several times until they are free from the case. Slide the panel back until it stops. Do not force it to go any further. At this point, simply tilt the top of the panel away from the case and the panel will detach.

Installing the Motherboard:
Locate the metal bar that is next to the power supply and runs from the top of the case down to the bottom. Find the screw at the bottom that holds the bar to the case, and remove it using a Philips-head screwdriver. (A good power screwdriver is recommended, as this screw can be very tight.) The bar is hinged near the top of the case - lift up the bar so that it is out of the way.

Next, remove the tan plastic CPU blower duct from the case. Locate the two screws on the back of the case that hold the blower duct to the case, and remove them. Remove the duct and put it aside.

Examining your motherboard to determine which rear connectors it has, punch out the appropriate holes on the rear connector plate provided with the case. (If your motherboard has a connector layout that does not match the plate provided with your case, an appropriate plate should have been provided with your motherboard.) Working from the inside of the case, push the connector plate into the appropriate space on the rear of the case. Push firmly, so as to get the small nubs on the plate to hold it in place, but take care not to push too hard, as damage to the rear case panel may result.

Orient the motherboard so that the rear connectors are facing the back of the case. Place the motherboard on the case's motherboard tray and make note of which mounting holes on the tray match up with mounting holes on the motherboard. Remove the motherboard and screw the brass motherboard spacers into the holes on the motherboard tray that matched the holes in the motherboard. Re-insert the motherboard into the case, aligning the mounting holes on the board with the brass spacers. Use the supplied screws and washers to secure the board to the case.

Installing Drives:
For CD-ROM and other drives that fit in the 5.25 inch drive bays, snap out the metal piece at the front of the drive bay. Then carefully push out the plastic faceplate from the inside of the case by squeezing the tabs on the sides. Slide the drive in through the front of the case. Line up the front bezel of the drive with the front of the case, and secure the drive with four screws. Connect any power and interface cables that the drive requires.

For floppy drives and other 3.5 inch form factor drives that have an external faceplate, follow the instructions above, using one of the available 3.5 inch drive bays. Secure the drive with four screws and connect any power and interface cables that the drive requires.

For the hard drive, slide the drive into the 3.5 inch drive bay that does not have an opening in the front of the case. Slide the drive in from the inside of the case. Secure the drive with four screws and connect the power and interface cables that the drive requires.

When all drives are mounted, consult with your motherboard manual to determine where the interface cables need to be attached to the motherboard.

Installing Expansion Cards:
Unscrew the thumbscrews for the expansion slot covers that correspond to slots on your motherboard that you are going to fill with cards. Remove the metal expansion card slot covers. Install the expansion cards by pushing them firmly into their slots (consult your motherboard manual for help). Screw in the thumbscrews you removed earlier to hold the cards in place.

If you plan to transport your PC at all, you may wish to also use the overhead expansion card brackets. Lower the metal arm that you moved out of the way before installing your drives, and screw it back in place at the bottom using the screw you had removed earlier. Now, slide the expansion card brackets so they are positioned over the cards. Push down on the brackets until the tops of the cards have fit snugly into the groove in the plastic on the ends of the brackets. Unscrew the long metal screw next to the brackets almost all the way.
Slide the nut until it is over the bracket farthest from the other screws. Tighten the screw so that it holds the bracket down firmly on the expansion card. Ensure that the top of the card is seated in the groove in the bracket before you begin tightening the screw. Do not over tighten the screw you risk damaging your expansion card and possibly your motherboard. Follow the same procedure with the rest of the expansion card brackets.

Hooking Up the Front Panel Connectors:
Install the supplied connector plate in an available expansion slot bay on the back side of the case, preferably in the bay at the bottom so the cable can run freely to the front of the case. Secure the connector plate with a thumbscrew. Run the cable along the bottom of the case to the connector at the front. Connect the cable to the pins at the front of the case. The connector is keyed observe the missing pin at the front of the case and be sure to position the connector on the cable correctly before pushing it onto the pins. On the back of the case, connect the supplied cable to the special connector that you just installed. Connect the various cable ends to the appropriate connectors: USB (x2), PS/2 mouse port, joystick port, microphone in, line in, and speaker out. Re-attach the side panels, securing them with the thumbscrews.

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