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TurboCase 998K Assembly Instructions

TurboCase 998K Assembly Instructions

Contributed by Dennis Mosman

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Important! 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.

Prepare the Case:
Removing the two rear retaining screws and pull firmly back on the left side panel until it pops open (approximately ½ inch). Remove the power cord and set aside. Open the parts kit and remove the four case feet. Gently lay the case on its right side and snap the feet into the holes provided in the bottom of the case. Now stand the case upright and remove the right side panel the same way as the left side panel.

Note: Be careful to avoid crushing the I/O panel when removing the right side panel. Unscrew the motherboard tray retaining screw. Pull forward on the front lip of the motherboard tray to free the top retaining tabs. Tip the tray outwards about two inches and lift it up to free it from the case.

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.

Mount the CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD Player:
Remove the topmost 5.25" drive bay plate by reaching into the case and gently pushing the plate outward. 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.

Mount Drives in the Drive Cage:
Remove the topmost 3.5" drive bay plate by reaching into the drive cage and gently pushing the plate outward. Insert the floppy drive from the front, sliding it into the case until flush. Use two m3 screws on each side to lock the player in place.
Slide the hard drive into the bottom slot of the cage, working from inside the case. Be sure that the front of the hard drive does not protrude from the front of the drive cage. Use four 6-32 screws to secure the hard drive.

Attach the Motherboard: Test fit the motherboard to the motherboard tray to identify which mounting holes to use. Remove the motherboard and insert a standoff clip into each selected mounting hole. Then lay the motherboard onto the standoffs and use round head 6-32 screws to attach the motherboard to the tray. Add the CPU, CPU cooler and memory to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual for correct procedures.

Replace the Motherboard Tray: Insert the motherboard tray back into the clips in the bottom of the case and swing it upright. Slide the tray toward the rear of the case to engage the top tray tabs with the notches in the case. Replace the tray retention screw to lock the tray in place.

Note: While sliding the tray rearwards, be sure that the I/O ports on the motherboard fit through the holes in the I/O plate.

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.

Connect Power and Data Cables: Lay the case gently on its right side. Connect the ATX power supply connector to your motherboard. The connector will only fit one way, so do not force it. Next connect the device power leads. The device power connectors come in two sizes. The smaller size is for the floppy drive. Almost all other devices will require the larger size. The power leads are keyed and will only fit one way. Now connect the data cables (ribbon cables) to the motherboard and drives. One edge of the ribbon cable will be colored, normally red. This indicates the number one lead. Refer to your motherboard and device (HD, CD-R, etc) documentation for the correct orientation of the data connector.

Many newer power supplies must be plugged into the motherboard to be turned on. Some will not operate unless at least one drive is also plugged in because they require a minimum load to operate.

Insert Expansion Cards:
Determine which expansion slots will be used. Remove the slot covers by gently pushing them out from the inside of the case (save the slot covers in case needed in the future). Insert the expansion cards into the motherboard slots. Lock down the cards using 6-32 screws threaded into the case.

Finishing Up: Test the system by attaching the monitor, keyboard, mouse 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. 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 panel.

Additional Hints:
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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