Assembly Instructions: Palo Alto PA-600 ATX and Micro-ATX Mid-Tower Case
Contributed by William Gerristead
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Congratulations on your purchase of the Palo Alto PA-600 computer case. The objective of this Tip Sheet is to make the assembly experience as straightforward and enjoyable as possible. Upon opening the shipping package, you may have noticed that this case differs in many ways from conventional stamped and folded sheet-metal cases, i.e. many more of its components are made of plastic and mounting hardware and accessories appear quite different. Due to the engineered nature of its design, assembly is almost completely tool-free. Unfortunately, the diagram that accompanies the motherboard is not easily grasped and the assembly sequence is not the most convenient, e.g., assembly STEPS A through D may be regarded as a dry-run, as it is easier to install the motherboard first and then install the drives.
In the absence of an assembly workbench, it is best to have a stable, well-illuminated work-surface for motherboard and component mounting and final assembly. A card-table may prove most convenient, and its soft surface precludes the need to remove the right-panel to prevent scratching.
||Figure 1. Case assembly components (drives not included). In the background are the case components. In the foreground in front of the disk drives are the floppy disk and CD-ROM drive mounting brackets (4) and the motherboard mounting bracket.
Assembly components, as shown above in Figure 1. Lay the case down on a clean surface on its right side. Open the case by removing the thumbscrew at the rear of the left-side panel. There are 2 latches on the back of this panel that may be lifted slightly from the back of the case while removing the side panel. The inside of the case appears below as Figure 2. The ATX I/O panel is shipped separately and should be clipped into place (as shown in STEP E on the diagram) before mounting the motherboard.
||Figure 2. Inside of case, showing (CW from top-left) power supply, drive mounting cage, front-panel wiring harness, feet, and PCI/ISA slots. The I/O panel is the bright metal piece in the middle on the left side below the power supply.
Motherboard Mounting and Drive Installation
Attach the motherboard clamping bracket(s) as shown in STEP F. A photograph of this bracket installed on the motherboard appears as Figure 3. The motherboard is carefully placed into stakes that are already installed on the base-plate. At the same time, the rear-panel connectors should be guided through the corresponding holes on the I/O panel.
Installation of the motherboard-clamping bracket appears to the left. After this is attached, the motherboard may be placed on the baseplate and secured with the captive screw on the back-panel that threads into the clamp. Note that the screw should not be overtightened, as its torque specification is 6 kgf-cm.
After securing the motherboard, the front-panel connectors should be attached. Refer to the motherboard manual for the proper connections. Note that LEDs only work one way, and they will not light if reversed.
AGP/PCI and ISA cards may now be installed. Be very careful to avoid stressing the motherboard by applying too much force during card insertion. Each cards is secured to the chassis by a single screw.
After the drives are installed, they may be hooked up to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual for the location and orientation of drive connectors.
After all components are mounted, the case may be closed. If the right-side panel was removed, it should be replaced first. Then the front-panel is installed, followed by the left-side panel, which is secured with a single thumbscrew. Avoid forcing the parts into place as they should all fit together quite smoothly.
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