Building a PC For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

By Mark L. Chambers

  • Shows tech hobbyists easy methods to construct the proper computing device, whether or not they are looking to create the last word gaming computer or mix new and recycled components to build a cheap computing device for a child
  • The home made craze is sweeping in the course of the tech group, and this consultant is now considerably revised and up to date to hide the big range of recent and components available
  • Step-by-step directions and dozens of images stroll first-time computing device developers during the complete strategy, from development the root, and including a processor and RAM, to fitting a video card, configuring a troublesome force, hooking up CD and DVD drives, including a modem, and troubleshooting problems

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Four. decide upon an open force bay on your CD/DVD force. A CD-ROM/DVD force calls for a 51⁄4-inch half-height bay. exterior USB, FireWire, and SCSI drives have their very own case and don’t want an inner force bay. (In truth, you shouldn’t be following this method in any respect if you’re fitting an exterior force. ) five. From front of the pc case, slide the force into the force bay. the top of the force with the connectors may still cross in first. frequently, a label or a few type of writing at the entrance of your force exhibits which finish is up. 6. connect the force to the part of the bay. Slide the force backward and forward till the screw holes within the facet of the bay line up with these at the facet of the force. safe the force with the screws (usually 4) that got here with the force. 7. attach one of many energy cables out of your strength provide to the ability connector at the force. observe that the facility connector suits just one manner. eight. attach the ribbon cable coming from the controller card (or your motherboard, if it has a integrated controller) to the again of the force. A moment connector may be at the ribbon cable, connecting your hard disk in your controller. That’s the connector in your moment EIDE machine, which during this example is your CD/DVD force. The twine with the markings is at the part with pin 1. If you’re not sure which pin at the drive’s connector is pin 1, fee your drive’s guide. The connector may still healthy snugly, so press all of it the way in which on once you accurately align it. 151 152 half III: including the joys Stuff Loading Drivers and trying out every little thing simply because home windows 2003 Server and home windows XP realize typical optical drives with out requiring you to load extra drivers, you could leap correct to trying out your deploy. when you set up your force and reboot home windows, load a working laptop or computer online game or program CD-ROM into your force and double-click the My laptop icon in your machine. Double-click the icon on your new CD or DVD force to show the listing of the disc in home windows Explorer. (If the disc that you simply loaded runs immediately, you won’t also have to boost a finger . . . the program’s install menu will seem all on its own! ) Your new optical force has a separate force letter, similar to your hard disk. If you’ve put in a unmarried harddisk, for instance, your desktop will most likely assign force D: in your new DVD recorder. in the event that your force doesn’t appear to be operating, ensure that it’s receiving energy: Is the drive’s strength indicator lit? If now not, money the ability connection to the force. If the force is receiving strength yet doesn’t appear to be capable of learn a disc, you have got the cable the wrong way up. opposite the EIDE cable hooked up to the again of the force through flipping it over and reconnecting it. This method completes your CD/DVD force install! In bankruptcy nine, I make it easier to upload a valid card in your workstation to take pleasure in electronic audio and song. bankruptcy nine enable Your workstation Rock! during this bankruptcy ᮣ deciding to buy definitely the right kind of sound card ᮣ realizing wavetable expertise ᮣ MIDI ᮣ taking part in MP3 song ᮣ knowing three-D spatial sound ᮣ understanding encompass sound ᮣ settling on and fitting a microphone on your procedure ᮣ settling on and fitting audio system on your method ᮣ buying and fitting a subwoofer ᮣ fitting your sound card ᮣ trying out your paintings F ace it — the times of the pc as a massive, silent monolith have handed.

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