Date: November 15th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Aerocool / MyDreamingPC.com
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION (cont'd)
Next, and this is a big one. The manual doesn't tell you to slide in extra sliders into the base until after you've actually assembled the entire base.
What the hell kind of logic is that?!?
This means that you have to unscrew the corner brackets and carefully slip sliders in. When you get to this point, put extra sliders in the top and inner sides of each bar. This handy little tip is also left out of the manual.
Next up is the acrylic motherboard tray. I didn't peel off the protective coating right away, as I was afraid it might get scratched. You will definitively need a hex socket driver for this job. Don't even think that you will be able to screw in the standoffs by hand. Forget it. Even with the socket driver it is a tight fit. Make certain that you are screwing in a perfectly vertical angle, lest your standoffs be angled. Also, make certain to place your motherboard on the tray and align the holes. You have to make certain to screw the standoffs on the right side.
FYI, have Band-Aids ready. The tray is very sharp, as are the edges of the frame bars. By this time, I had cut myself three times on my left hand. The second cut was bad enough that I had to get a cloth to clean the blood off of the acrylic.
You have to screw a bar into the base which will help in supporting the motherboard tray. This is why you had to screw in the base as per my diagram above. Otherwise, that crossbar wouldn't fit into the base. With that said however, I followed the manual's directions and it did not look like the pictures provided. I was getting a little frustrated at this point, but decided to continue as if nothing were wrong.
And here is the motherboard installed. Again, don't bother tightening any of the screws, because trust me, you will have to change things around as you go. I hadn't put in sliders in several spots and had to backtrack at this point.
The AGP video card, as well as the PCI cards are held into place by a horizontal bar braced between the two corner pieces. This is fairly tricky. You have to place the bar in, but screw it in lightly. Then you pop in a couple cards. You raise the crossbar to the proper level and then tighten everything up. You use the small L brackets to secure the cards to the crossbar.
The annoying thing is that you have to find a way of holding the crossbar, the slider and the screw all at the same time.
I used the end of a small flathead screwdriver. It worked best, as it was fairly easy to steady, and left my other hand free to screw everything into place. The sliders are loose in the bars though, and easily slip around causing mild distress. They also slide out if you are adjusting the bars for whatever reason. I had to bend over to pick up sliders off of the LAN room floor several times during this install.
You'll notice the Band-Aid from the second deep cut.