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Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC

Second Boot

We now have the minimum set of core components installed to have a real, live, working computer so it will be very exciting if everything checks out ok.

Connect the monitor, mouse, keyboard, and power cord to the back of the computer (if you haven't done so already from following the previous Connect The Speaker page). As with the first boot, turn the monitor on and give it 10 seconds to warm up. And still leave the computer case cover off.

What we'll do is enter the BIOS when the computer boots. The Gigabyte P55A-UD4P BIOS is entered by pressing the "Delete" key while the BIOS header screen is displayed. To make sure that my pressing of the key does not go undetected by the computer, I typically tap the "Delete" key at the rate of about twice a second while the BIOS header screen is displayed until the "CMOS Utility Menu" is displayed. Recall that the BIOS header screen is displayed immediately after the computer emits the single beep, so you can start tapping the "Delete" key as soon as you hear the beep. Note that different motherboards may use different keys to enter the BIOS.

Flip the power switch in back of the computer to the on position (set to 1 - one). This is it! Press the power button on the front of the computer case.

The computer should boot just as it did for the first boot. Enter the CMOS Setup Utility by pressing, or in my case tapping, the "Delete" key after the single beep is emitted. The main menu is shown on entering the CMOS Utility Menu. Cursor down to the "Standard CMOS Features" option. Press the "Enter" key.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

The "Standard CMOS Features" menu is displayed. Notice that both the Sony Optiarc optical drive and the Western Digital hard drive are shown as devices. The cursor is on the month field of the "Date". The values for the date and time can now be set. Use the up/down arrow keys to navigate between the fields in the "Date" and "Time". Use the numeric keypad plus "+" and minus "-" keys to change the values within each field, and use arrow keys to change fields.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

Now the date and time are correct. Notice that the setting for "Legacy Diskette A", which is the floppy drive, shows a value for the floppy drive. Use the down arrow to navigate to this field.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

Using the plus "+" and minus "-" keys on the numeric keypad, change the value of the field to "None".
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

Use the down arrow to cursor to the entry for the hard drive. Press the "Enter" key.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

The characteristics of the hard drive are shown.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, BIOS Main Menu CMOS Setup Utility

Pressing the "Escape" key once gets back to the "Main" menu.

Common Problems

As I mentioned under first boot common problems, if something goes wrong with any installation of hardware then first you should double-check your install and verify that you did what you meant to do. Check that everything is plugged in, including the power connections for the devices. Verify that the First Boot setup, meaning without any of the drive devices connected, still works.

If the computer is getting power, meaning that the fans are spinning, but it's not getting to the BIOS header screen then try a Second Boot again, but having only one drive connected, either the SATA hard drive or the DVD RW drive. With each drive connected by itself, you should reach the BIOS header screen. If you do with one drive connected but not with the other drive connected then you know which drive is the one introducing the problem. It's possible that the drive itself or even the motherboard is faulty.

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  Parts List
  Computer Case and Power Supply
  Processor, CPU Cooler and Thermal Compound
  RAM - System Memory
  Video Card
  Keyboard and Mouse
  Hard Drive
  Install the Processor onto the Motherboard
  Install the CPU Cooler
  Install the RAM - System Memory
  Install the Motherboard into the Computer Case
  Install the Video Card
  Connect the Power Supply to the Motherboard
  Connect the System Panel Cables
  Ready the Monitor
  Ready the Keyboard and Mouse
  First Boot
  First Boot Common Problems
  Install the SATA Hard Drive
  Install the DVD RW Drive
  Connect the Speakers
  Second Boot
  Configure the BIOS Parameter Settings
  Test The Hard Drive
  Install the Operating System - Windows 7
  Driver Installation
  Speed Test - Windows Experience Index

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