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Assembling & Installation Tips for FK-603 Cases

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Opening the Case:
Remove the back bezel by pushing the two plastic tabs on the right side away from the center and lifting the bezel off. You may add four case screws to tighten the back bezel but the new case does not come with the screws mounted to allow screwless entry. Then push the side panels toward the back of the case to open. WARNING: The side panels might be hard to remove. Be careful not to break the plastic tabs on the side panels.

Attaching the Case Feet:
Align the tabs on the top of the foot with the holes in the bottom of the case. Insert the tabs and slide the foot towards the front of the case until it clicks into place. Both feet attach in the same manner.

Installing Drives into the Drive Bays:
To remove the drive cage, press the latch on the side of the cage and slide it backward until it is free from the case. There are two cages, which can be removed individually or together. The holes in the side of the cage should match up with the drive you are trying to install. Use the m3 thread screws to attach the drive to the cage. When mounting a floppy drive, make sure that the front of the drive will be flush with the front of the case once you have mounted the drive cage.

To mount the cage, press the latch and line the tabs on the top of the cage with the holes on the bottom of the cage above it. Insert the tabs, and press the cage forward until it stops against the wall of the case. Release the latch.

To mount a drive into one of the 5.25-inch bays, first reach inside the drive cage and push the 5.25-faceplate out from the front of the case. Then, slide the drive in from the front of the case until it is flush with the front bezel. Note that it is only necessary to attach screws to one side of the cage to secure the drive. Tension stubs on the other side of the cage will provide enough tension to keep the drive in place.

Attaching the Front 8x8cm Case Fan:
Remove the case fan holder (black) by lifting the tab on the side of the holder outward and then pushing the holder upwards. The fan holder has four "legs" anchored to the front plate of the case. Insert the case fan from the front of the holder. Have the label on the fan facing the front of the case to allow air blowing out of the case. Mount the fan holder back by aligning the four "legs" and then pushing it downward until you hear a "click." If you are having difficulty removing or mounting the case fan holder, remove the front bezel first. It will help you by allowing you "seeing" the actions.

Mounting a Motherboard into the Case:
The motherboard you will put into this case will comply with one of several industry standards that involve the location of mounting holes and integrated components, and the type of power supply used. This case has been designed to be compatible with the AT, ATX, and Micro ATX standards. The type of motherboard that will be used most commonly with this case is an ATX motherboard, so that example will be used. To correctly mount the motherboard into the case, do the following:
(1) Remove the fan duct by pulling back on the tab as shown, and then sliding the duct down until it releases from the case.
(2) Orient the motherboard to the case so that the integrated connectors are facing the back of the case. Make note of the mounting holes on the motherboard, and which holes on the case they line up with.
(3) Screw the brass spacers into the mounting holes on the case.
(4) Place the motherboard into the case, lining up the holes with the brass spacers. Use the 6-32 thread screws to attach the motherboard. Refer to your motherboard manual when attaching the CPU, memory, expansion cards, etc.

Using the Optional Faceplate:
To remove the original faceplate, reach into the opening and pull up and out on the faceplate until it releases. To attach the optional faceplate, line up the tabs on the top of the faceplate with the ones on the case, and then snap it into place.

Cable Attachments:
Attach the power supply cable. Note that the fan duct cable is also plugged in. Most motherboards have a plug for this fan. There are two types of plugs for the drives installed into the drive bays. The smaller one is used for the floppy drive. The larger one is used for all other types of drives (hard drive, CDROM, etc.). There are several wires attached to the front bezel that power speakers, indicator lights, and switches. The wire connectors are labeled, and have an indicator (called Pin 1) as to which way they should be plugged in. The motherboard will have pins that these wires plug into, and will also have Pin 1 indicated. Refer to your motherboard manual for a diagram of the pin arrangement and its location on the board.

WARNING: The ATX power supply may not operate unless a working motherboard, processor, memory, video card, and at least one drive are plugged in. Some power supplies are designed not to operate unless they have a minimum load on them. If your system does not power up, it may not suggest a defective power supply, but indicate a problem somewhere else.

NOTE: Coarse-thread screws are normally used for mounting hard drives. Fine-thread screws are normally used for floppy drives and CD-ROM drives. Some cases use fine and some use coarse-thread screws for motherboards. Be sure to use appropriate screws to ensure proper installation with minimum damage.


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