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Assembling & Installation Tips for Translucent Mid-tower, Desktop & Combo Cases

Assembling & Installation Tips for Translucent Mid-tower, Desktop & Combo Cases


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Opening the Case:
Unscrew center screw on the back then gently apply pressure to the tabs above and below it. Then slide the panel towards you (the back of the case). It will come forward about half an inch, and then push the top out and up. WARNING: Be sure to remove both side panels if you place the machine on its side to ensure that no scratching will occur on the plastic side cover!

Attaching the Case Feet:
The case feet for this particular case come pre-installed.

Installing Drives into Drive Bays:
To remove the drive cage, unscrew the two screws above the 3.5" bay, and below the 5.25" bay. Then remove the screw below the 3.5" bay and slide back.

To mount a drive into one of the 5.25" bays, first reach inside the drive cage and push the 5.25" faceplate out from the front of the case, keeping in mind the sharp edges of the case. Then slide the drive in from the front of the case until it is flush with the front bezel. Then fasten your screws in to both sides of the 5.25" devices. To mount a floppy slide the drive into the cage from within the case. Make sure the front of the floppy drive touches the front of the case. Note that it is only necessary to attach screws to one side of the cage to secure drive. Tension stubs on the other side of the cage will provide enough tension to keep the drive in place. A tension stub has 2 metal pieces protruding from it that go in the screw holes of your 3.5" devices. To attach a tension stub first place one metal piece into the device, then with your thumb push down on the center of the tension stub and attach the other metal piece into the device. Then slide device into cage, and screw in other side.

Attaching the Front 8x8cm Case Fan:
Remove the case fan holder by firmly pressing down on the top of the 2 tabs, and push away from the front of the case. Insert the case fan from the front of the holder. Have the label on the fan facing the inside of the case to allow air to circulate within the case. Mount the fan holder back by aligning the 4 "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. First, line up motherboard to corresponding holes on motherboard base. Then note which pinch clips you need to install.
2. Remove motherboard and insert appropriate pinch clips and bushings. Make sure you have bushing on both sides of the motherboard, or the motherboard may ground out, rendering it unbootable.
3. Mount motherboard by using coarse thread screws (no washer is necessary).

Using the Optional Face Bezel:
To remove the clear bezel and replace it with the beige one, first pull the 3 plastic clips toward yourself while pushing up on them. Then do the same for the other side. Unscrew the other 2 farther down toward the outside of the case. When those 4 screws are removed you will find 4 plastic clips near where the screws were, 2 on each side. Gently apply pressure to each of the plastic clips while pushing outward. Once all 4 are out, the bezel should be detached from the case.

Cable Attachments:
Attach the power supply cable. Most motherboards have a plug for an optional exhaust 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 it's 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 hard drives. Fine thread screws are 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 when mounting equipment to ensure proper installation with minimum damage.


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