To install an Intel Pentium 4 fan:
Make sure the 2 levers on the top of the heat sink are in their
default unlocked position. Lower the heat sink gently into the frame so that the
metal sits evenly on all sides. Push down on the plastic top
of the heat sink until the hooks on each side lock into the frame on
the motherboard. This will require some force.
Holding one side of the heat sink securely, pull the lever on the
other side over until it locks. Again, this will require some force. Repeat the
procedure for the other lever. Consult your motherboard manual for the locations
of the three-pin fan headers. There should be one close to the CPU socket. Plug
the fan power cord into the header.
To install an AMD Athlon XP fan:
Line the heat sink up so the depressed
area at the base of the heat sink matches the raised section of the CPU
socket. Attach the heat sink to the clip at the other end
of the socket first, then apply smooth, even force straight down to attach the remaining
This will require a good deal of force, so
ensure that you do not twist the heat sink while you are doing this. Consult
your motherboard manual for the locations of the three-pin fan headers. There
should be one close to the CPU socket. Plug the fan power cord into the
Now install the RAM chip(s).
Use the guidelines earlier in this article.
Ensure that the motherboard mounting area in the case is free of
obstructions and that all necessary risers have been installed. Lower the board into
the case. Screw the motherboard into the risers. Note that some forms
of risers will not require screws to be used. You can figure it
Once the board has been securely attached, plug in the
main power connector, all PCI expansion power cards, floppy and IDE cables, and
the case connectors. Double-check everything. Now power up and watch the POST
screen anxiously. If all goes well, reinstall your OS and enjoy the speed
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