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Assembling & Installation Tips for SKY Mid-tower Computer Case

Assembling & Installation Tips for SKY Mid-tower Computer Case


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Opening the Case

  • This case has a screw-less design. Opening the case is very simple. There are two switches on each side of the front bezel of the case, which are lifted to the UP position to unhinge hinge it from the metal frame. Once the switches are lifted, simply slide the front bezel and sides forward to reach the inside metal cage.

    Installation of Drives into the Drive Bays

  • The Sky Cases comes with 3 available bays for 5¼ inch drives which is standard for CD-ROMs and DVD drives. The Sky Case also has 3 internal bays for hard drives and one for installation of a floppy drive.

  • To install a CD-Rom or Floppy, simply slide the drive into the bay from the front of the case. Then screw the drive on both sides of the bay. To install a Hard Drive, slide the drive into the internal bays from inside the case. Then screw them in securely.

  • When installing Drives, make sure to securely screw the drives in on both sides of the bays. It is very important to keep you drives securely in place to prevent damage to them. I have decided to install one CD-Rom, two small hard drives, and a floppy for this system.

    Mounting a Motherboard

  • The Sky Mid-tower case has an excellent amount of space for installing large ATX motherboards. This part of installation is very important. Make sure to install your motherboard by using the following steps:

    1. The Sky comes with 10 blue "stands" that the motherboard sits on that are pushed through the right side of the case. Match these stands up with the adjacent mounting holes for your motherboard.

    2. Sit the motherboard onto the stands that you've attached to the case and screw in all the screws on the motherboard to keep it securely in place. In this example, I am using a Pentium II ATX motherboard, which when put into the Sky Case, has a lot of space for easy cable installation and future drive installations.

    Cable Installations and Power Supply Connections

  • Cable installations and connecting your power supply connections is the final step of installation. Before connecting your cables, make sure to select the correct jumper settings for your drives. For example, since I am using two hard drives I have made one the Master hard drive, and the other one the Slave hard drive. Then I connected both drives using the first IDE connector on my motherboard.

  • After installing your drives, you must attach the Power Supply connectors onto your motherboard. These are the connectors that allow you to use the Power button, Reset button, and see the LED lights on the front of the case. Using your motherboards manual, make sure to attach the Power Switch, Reset Switch, HD Led, PC speaker, and Power LED cables to the correct pins on your motherboard. The Sky case also comes with an internal case fan, which is attached to a standard Hard Drive power connector.

    Installing a Case Fan (optional)

  • Installation of the Case fan for the Sky Case is Simple! All that needs to be done is the fan must be snapped into place on the inside front of the case. Once that fan is installed, all you have to do is connect the fan to the cable coming from the power supply. The fan's power cable is actually a pass-through cable so that you can hook up the fan, and on the end of that cable you can plug into a drive.

    Closing Your Case and System Setup

  • You have now installed your system into the Sky Case! Finally, slide the front bezel and sides of the case back onto the frame and flip the switches on the bezel to the DOWN position to hold it in place. Now, just plug your case into an electric outlet and set your system up. Good luck!

    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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