2009 Picard Build
- May 15, 2010: Ubuntu LTS 10.04 Server 64-bit edition
- Original: Ubuntu LTS 8.04 Server 64-bit Edition
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Motherboard and CPU
- First off, this motherboard is "small", uATX, not sure if it is the same as Micro ATX.
- On motherboard, install CPU. The alignment is indicated by the small triangle both on the edge of the socket and on CPU chip.
- Install CPU heat sink and fan. With AMD heat sink, you put sink hook over on the bracket on the CPU socket of MB, then push it into the place. A level labeled "A" is then pushed sideways into 90 degree to secure everything in place.
- Install memory, the GS Kill memory feels very solid.
- Now you can put in the motherboard, 8 standoff to screw in. Before you do that, the I/O shield needs to be put in first.
Connecting Power to Motherboard
- There are two powers to connection: 24-pin EATXPWR and 4-pin ATX +12V (if you don't connect this 4-pin ATX power, system won't boot up)
- There are two fans working in this case: CPU fan and fan the back. One thing to note is these fans are noisy!!! I truly miss the Antec quite.
Connecting DVD Drive and Hard Drive
Right now, the DVD drive and Hard Drive has common characteristics - there are two cables to connect: one is SATA power cable (with PSU), the other one is SATA data cable (with motherboard).
- The computer case (with PSU) comes with a SATA power cable, that is used with DVD drive.
- I used a SATA power cable coming with the motherboard and connect it to PSU first, then to the hard drive.
- Though this motherboard has 5 SATA data connects, but you can't really have 5 hard drives, since DVD drive will use one of them. So upgradability wise, you at most have 4 3 1/2 inch SATA disks.
- I am on the verge of returning this case - the hard drive (the bottom two) are way too stupid. I didn't have confidence to try it on with 1.5TB drive. After two day's hesitation, I found an old 80GB drive and tried again: the two intruding clips actually have their use, what a surprise. Both should get inserted to one of holes on the hard drive, but to do that, you have to expand (with finger or something) the sides a bit wider to fit in! You can see how far an engineering kludge can go to make it work. To show how less of confidence I have to remember how I fit it in, I left the 80GB drive in one of empty bay just to remind myself the pain.
- I didn't connect front panel AC97 (from computer case) to 10-1 pin AAFP on motherboard, though obviously you should if this machine is to run windows or used as desktop.
- There is no Power LED connector to used with Q-connector on ASUS motherboard. The one sticking out with 2 pin in a power cable is bit wired. I don't know how to interpret it. The first time I connect it with a power outlet from PSU, the front panel LED works. Then it stops functioning. Is it burned? I don't know and it doesn't really matter with so much LED flashing on this box.
- 4x 1GB laptop memory are put in the Gigabyte motherboard box
- 160GB notebook hard drive was put in this box as well.
- printed manual also went there.