How To Properly Install A New Motherboard
by Otis Cooper
The motherboard is the most expensive computer component so be sure to treat and
handle it with great care. There are a few things you should do to ensure no
motherboard damage occur as you prepare for the installation.
Be sure you have a clean, well lit, and level work place. Relax your mind and
make this task both fun and educational. You will need such tools as a Phillips
screwdriver, maybe some needle nose pliers and the manual that came with the board.
Most importantly you must remove any and all electrical static discharge from
your body and clothes. Static electricity is a big problem and will quickly
damage chips on your new board.
Preparing for the Installation
Preparing to work on your system involves work area, lighting, and much more.
One great danger is the chance of electrical static charge. But this will be no
problem when this static buildup is properly removes.
Remove this danger by grounding yourself. Touch the metal case of the system
unit or better yet, touch a door knob in your work area to remove all electrical
Set down and carefully read your user's manual and familiarize yourself with
your new motherboard and its layout. Taking this time will boost your
motherboard installation performance like you never thought.
Study your new motherboard and keep the box it came in. Remove it from its
protective wrap very carefully and without damaging the wrap. This is done just
in case you need to return the motherboard.
You may need to return the motherboard if you made any mistakes in the purchase.
Does the holes of your new motherboard line up with the holes in the case? If
there are any reason to return the board, you can simply put it back in the box
Make the installation of your new motherboard fun and prepare well. Go to
www.ultimatepcrepair.com and click on the photos page to familiarize yourself
with all of the components in the computer. Follow these procedures as a
guideline to install your new motherboard.
Removing the Old Motherboard
First Turn on your computer and access your CMOS setup. This is done as the
computer counts its memory. Press the combination of keys to access your bios.
Once inside your bios, select "Standard CMOS Setup" and write down all
information about your computer's drives.
Make sure you get the density of your floppy drives and the type of hard drive
you have. Once you have this, turn off and unplug the computer and remove the case.
Second Study your system unit layout and you may want to take notes as your
remove components and connections so that it will be easier when it comes to re-
installing these components or connections.