Installing Adapter Cards
The general process of installing an adapter card works like this:
Step 1. Shut down the system.
Step 2. Disconnect it from the AC power, either by unplugging the system or by turning off the power supply with its own on/off switch.
Step 3. Remove the system cover. Depending upon the motherboard design and case design, the exact method varies:
If the case has a one-piece design, remove the entire case.
If the case is a tower design with removable side panels, remove the left side panel (as seen from the front) to install cards into an ATX system. Remove the right side panel to install cards into a BTX system.
Step 4. Locate the expansion slot you want to use. If the slot has a header cable installed in the slot cover, you need to move the header cable to a different slot.
Step 5. Remove the slot cover corresponding to the slot you want to use for that adapter card. Most slot covers are held in place by a set of screws that fasten the slot cover to the rear of the case. However, some systems use different methods.
Step 6. Remove the card from the antistatic packaging. Hold the card by the bracket, not by the circuit board, chips, or card connector.
Step 7. Insert the card into the expansion slot, lining up the connector on the bottom.
Step 8. Push the card connector firmly into the slot.
Step 9. Secure the card bracket; on most systems, you secure the card bracket by replacing the set screw.
Step 10. Connect any cables required for the card.
Step 11. Reconnect AC power and restart the system.
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