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MSI motherboards use light-emitting diodes to report the status of the computer. If the LED cable has come loose from the motherboard, rather than pay a technician to install the cable -- an unnecessary expense for your business -- you can reconnect the power LED yourself. Confirm the computer is off and the power connector is unplugged from the rear of the PC.
Joinsubscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. All you should really need for the assembly process is a Philips-head screwdriver. A nice set of bits is handy for larger or smaller screws, but everything else you need should be provided with your case and various parts.
Installing a motherboard can be a complex process. This page provides general steps and guidelines for how to install a motherboard. Please refer to the manual and configuration guide that is included with the motherboard for specific details on installation and configuration steps. If replacing an existing motherboard in a computer with a new motherboard, you need to first remove the existing motherboard.
I upgraded from my Dell at work. He wanted to keep his case, so I thought no big deal. Now I am ready to toss it all out.
The motherboard makes sure all those components are speaking the same language and that the system all runs together properly, without any sparks or grating noises. Think of it like the nervous system or circulatory system of the computer. This can make understanding the motherboard really difficult, and it can make trying to purchase your own damn near impossible for someone new to computer building or repair.
Before we start, know that this is a guide exclusively dedicated to assembly. The other thing to know is that no two builds are identical. For instance, if you have a large aftermarket cooler that blocks the DIMM slots, you may have to go in a different order than we did, or backtrack and pull out a part here or there to to make room for a particularly bulky part or cramped case.
The motherboard is the backbone of your desktop computer. All of your components plug into the motherboard, so ensuring that you install it correctly is the first step towards building your own computer or upgrading an old one. Read on after the jump to get a new motherboard installed in your computer case in just a few minutes.