How to Replace the Motherboard
Remove the Motherboard
- Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cord, modem cord and all external peripheral devices.
- Remove the right rear access panel.
- Remove the memory module retention bracket and the foam cover on
the lower electronics bay.
- Place the chassis gently on its left side.
- Remove all expansion cards and the memory module card from the motherboard.
- Remove the processors, the terminator cards, and the processor retention
brackets from the system board.
- Remove the plastic safety curtains between the PCI slots.
- Disconnect all cables from the motherboard, including the power cables
from the power supply. Note where the cables are connected.
- Remove the retaining screws securing the board to the electronics bay.
- Remove the motherboard and place it in an antistatic container.
Reinstall the Motherboard
- Observing electrostic discharge precautions, remove the new mother board from its antistatic container.
- Holding the mothewrboard by the edges, place it in the case by aligning
the mounting holes on the board with the standoffs (threaded) on the
electronics bay. Carefully align the I/O panel on the rear of the board
with the I/O plate on the case.
- Replace the retention screws previously removed from the motherboard,
then tighten the screws.
- Reconnect the cables that you previously removed.
- Replace the plastic safety curtains between the PCI slots.
- Reinstall the processor retention brackets, the processors, and the
- Reinstall the memory module card and other expansion cards.
- Close the case.
- Reconnect peripherals, the modem cord, and the power cord, then turn
on the system.