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FoxConn Purple Button Mid-Tower Assembly Instruction

FoxConn Purple Button Mid-Tower Assembly Instruction

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 1. To avoid the risk of electrical shock, always have your computer unplugged when handling computer components.

 2. Static electricity may damage computer components! Be sure you are grounded before handling components. A grounded wrist strap is recommended..

1) Open the Case:
Each side panel is held in place by two retaining screws on the rear of the case. Removing the screws and pull firmly back on the left panel until it pops open (approximately ½ inch). Remove the right side panel the same way.

Note: Be careful to avoid crushing the I/O panel when removing the right side panel.

2) Add Fans (Optional):
Fans can be added to the case to aid in cooling. To add a front fan, remove the front fan mount, insert an 80mm fan and replace the mount. One 80mm fan can be added to the rear of the case by using screws. Fans are normally oriented to blow in from the front and out to the back.

3) Mount the CD/DVD Player:
Remove the topmost 5¼ inch drive bay plate by reaching into the case and gently pushing the plate retaining clips in and forward. Be careful to avoid cuts, as the metal frame may be sharp. Insert the CD player from the front, sliding it into the case until flush. Use two screws on each side to lock the player in place.

Important: Be sure to use the correct screws. Some components require m3 threads while others use 6-32 threading.

4) Mount Drives in the 3½ Inch Drive Cage:
Use the same procedure as above to remove the top 3½ inch bay plate. Insert the floppy drive from the front. Use four screws to secure the floppy drive. Mount the hard drive by sliding it into place from the rear of the drive bay, again using four screws to hold it in place.

5) Select the I/O Panel
Determine which I/O panel to use by comparing the motherboard to the panels supplied with the case. Select the closest fit. If the I/O panel is screw mounted, start from the outside of the case. Insert the long tab at the bottom of the I/O panel into the notch in the case cut-out. Then tip the I/O panel up. Use two screws to hold it in place. Reverse the procedure to remove the panel.

For pressure fit I/O panels, begin from the inside of the case. Tilt the top of the I/O panel forward into the case cut-out so that the three tabs on the top of the I/O panel interlock with the two tabs on the cut-out. Then press the bottom of the I/O panel forward until it clicks into place on the two catches on the motherboard tray. To remove the panel, use a flat screwdriver to gently lift the bottom of the I/O panel back over the tray catches.

6) Attach the Motherboard:
Test fit the motherboard to the motherboard tray to identify which mounting holes to use. Remove the motherboard and thread a standoff into each selected mounting hole. Add the CPU, CPU cooler and memory to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual for correct procedures. Lay the motherboard onto the standoffs and use the appropriate size screws to attach it to the tray. Replace the right side case panel by placing the four top and bottom clips into the corresponding slots in the frame and then sliding the panel forward. Replace the two retaining screws.

7) Connect Data and Power Cables:
Lay the case gently on its right side. Attach the connectors from the front case panel to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual for correct placement. For cases with front USB ports, attach the USB connectors to the motherboard USB mount. Connect the data cables (ribbon cables) to the motherboard and drives. Attach the power supply cable to the power connector on the motherboard.

Note: Refer to the motherboard manual for correct placement and orientation of cables and connectors. For cases with USB connectors, a separate instruction sheet is included. Be sure to compare the case USB instructions with the motherboard manual to ensure that the connectors are plugged in correctly.

ATX powersupplies will not operate without a motherboard attached. Some will not operate unless at least one drive is also plugged in because they require a minimum load to operate. If you wish to test an ATX powersupply without a motherboard you will need to use a specialized ATX powersupply tester.

8) Insert Expansion Cards:
Determine which expansion slots will be used. Lay the case gently on its right side. Insert a screwdriver into the notch in the slot punchout corresponding to each expansion card. Twist the screwdriver back and forth to break off the punchout. Insert the expansion cards into the motherboard slots. Lock down the cards using screws threaded into the case.

Note: Expansion slot covers are provided which can be used to cover open slots.

9) Finishing Up:
Test the system by attaching the monitor and power cord and turning on the computer. Check to ensure that the CPU cooler and other fans are working. Verify that the computer will boot successfully. Add the case feet. Insert the feet into the four holes in the bottom of the case. Then push the accompanying pegs into the feet to lock them in place. Clean up the case. Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord. Check for any loose parts or pinched wires. Arrange the cables to ensure adequate airflow to the CPU. Finish by replacing the left side case panel.

Additional Hints:
To mount a Pentium IV cooler, a cooler mounting kit is included. The standoffs can be screwed into the appropriate mountings in the case. Then the longer screws can be inserted through the cooler and motherboard and screwed into the standoffs. Consult your motherboard and cooler instructions for exact procedures.

To attach the case connectors, note that each connector is identified with a label. In addition, on the other side, the connector has an arrow to indicate pin 1. Refer to the motherboard manual for the orientation of pin 1. To assist in organizing the case, wire ties can be used to help hold cables in place.

To access additional drive bays, remove the drive bay panels from the front. Then remove the RF shields by inserting a screwdriver in the notch and rocking it up and down.

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