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Old 04-30-04, 02:10 PM
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Places that put computers together?

I have a computer in pieces. Computer Renaissance and Friendly Computers want $60 to put it together. Is there a cheaper place? I'm in Las Vegas, NV. Best Buy doesn't offer this service.
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define "in pieces"

its really very easy to assemble yourself as long as you have all the parts
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60 bucks is cheap for that service - depending on how 'in pieces' it is.
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Old 04-30-04, 02:18 PM
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I have everything - motherboard, hard drive, dvd drive, memory, video card. What happened in I broke a case and bought a new case.

I took everything out of the old case but couldn't free the motherboard so Computer Renaissance did it for me for free. I put the motherboard on the new case but when I go to put in a PCI device, it doesn't fit right with the hole.

Ideas?
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Old 04-30-04, 02:31 PM
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Loosen the screws that are holding down the motherboard to the case. Try putting your card in while you can jiggle the motherboard around a little. After it fits in, retighten the screws. But not too tight or you'll crack the motherboard.
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Old 04-30-04, 02:58 PM
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X, you are a genius, my good man. A genius.


Now does anyone know which cable goes where?

Once I get that going I can manage the DVD drive, hard drive, and memory.

Thank you again!
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Here are the cables.

I figure one of them is from the power switch in the front that has to be connected somewhere? I know nothing about cables


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Just put a plug from your power supply everywhere there's a place for one. The wide one goes on your motherboard - the common one that you should have at least 4 of goes in your hard drives and cd-rom drives. The small flat one goes on your floppy drive.

Those twisty ones are gonna be tougher to figure out - find the manual for your motherboard... they will have it online.

You really should've paid closer attention and written everything down before taking it apart.
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Old 04-30-04, 03:52 PM
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I got the power ones done and the hard drive in and the memory in. Besides the little cables, I ran into another problem: There's a PCI card that when screwed in place can't be totally inserted into the slot. It seems the motherboard is too far back. Ideas?
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if you know the make and model of your motherboard
post it here

also give us a closer shot of just to the left of your cpu fan

what you have left to do, is 15 minutes of work.. i wouldnt recommend paying $20 for it.. much less 60!
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Old 04-30-04, 03:55 PM
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Originally posted by GatorDeb
I got the power ones done and the hard drive in and the memory in. Besides the little cables, I ran into another problem: There's a PCI card that when screwed in place can't be totally inserted into the slot. It seems the motherboard is too far back. Ideas?
nm on the closer pic then

what do you mean it cant be totally inserted??
what type of card is it? you have several pci slots, can you put that card in a different one
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It's an Asus. Don't know the model but there's a sticker with P4P8X on it. I gather I pretty much have to connect the twisty cables and figure out the PCI card and I'm done.





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Twikoff that last picture shows the PCI card. It is securely screwed. It just doesn't reach, and I push it down further. It just seems the motherboard is too far back.

Could you help me out on where to connect the twisty cables?
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Old 04-30-04, 04:20 PM
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Go to page 1-29 of your motherboard manual. (If you don't have your motherboard manual, you can download it from ASUS's web site, labelled "P4P8X user's manual English version E1299".) That page does a good job if detailing where each twisty cable should be connected. At the end of most the twisty cables, there should be a label that you can use to correctly correlate the cable to its correct connection on the motherboard.

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Old 04-30-04, 04:33 PM
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Thanks, toq What about the PCI connector that doesn't reach? It's the last pic up there.
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Here's a screen capture of the appropriate page:




As you can see, they're primarily located in the upper left corner of the motherboard (according to the perspective of your camera shots).
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The only twisty cable necessary to turn the thing on is the power switch one.

But make sure that card fits in better before you turn it on! If the PCI card's bracket where you screw it in is really as far down as it can go you may need higher standoffs between the case and motherboard.
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ok.. there is the big question

GD.. did you use standoffs when you screwed the motherboard in.. or did you just screw it right to the bottom of the case???
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her motherboard isn't even mounted... she probably didn't use the mounting screws or mounting clips that came with her case before she put the motherboard in and the cards in - that's why the cards don't 'reach' the mobo.
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oh - twik caught it too.
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Old 04-30-04, 04:43 PM
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Ok, got the twistie ones. Question: They fit two ways. For example one has a red and green cable. It fits with the green cable to the right and if you flip it 180 degrees it fits with the green cable to the left. Does this make a difference?
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Standoffs?

I haven't opened the screw baggie that came with the new case. I figured I had some various size screws laying around from the other one, why waste those....


:::runs in fear:::

On to open the baggie......

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