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The heat sink and fan for a Celeron or a Socket 7 CPU is fixed like this. Apply a thin layer of IC paste to the sink and the CPU surface to improve heat conductivity

7 Time to put in RAM. Open the lock on the DIMM slots and push in the DIMM firmly. The locks will automatically close, locking the DIMM in position. The DIMM can go in only one way in its slot

Time for the various cables to go into the motherboard. Depending on the motherboard you’ve picked up, the number of cables and where they have to be connected on the motherboard will vary. Refer to your motherboard manual for exact instructions on which cable goes where.

At a minimum, you need to connect the cable for the hard disk/CD-ROM drive (the IDE cable connects both) and for the floppy drive. In addition, you may have to connect up the parallel and serial ports, the monitor port, the sound jacks, and MIDI port, and maybe even the USB ports.

8 There
are two IDE ports on your motherboard. Select the one marked. Select
the one marked primary, and connect the cable there. The cable goes in
only one way as identified by the notch 

9 The
floppy drive cable goes in next. Now how do you distinguish the cables
from each other? The IDE cable is wider than the floppy cable 

At this stage, fix the motherboard back into the cabinet, and fix the drives on to their respective bays. Typically, you would have three drives–the hard disk, the CD-ROM drive, and the floppy drive. Assuming that you’ve fixed the drives, we’ll proceed with showing you how to do the connections.

10 The
IDE cable connects to the hard disk this way. Again, they go in only
one way, which is identified way, which is identified by the notch



Power connectors to the hard disk. Like all other connectors, these also go in only one way, which is identified by the rounded edges on one side

12 Connecting the floppy drive, and giving it power

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