Well i had the same problem... i got a new pentium 4 board but it could not get fitted in the casing.... so what do you do is take the casing to a welder.... he will cut off a piece of metal which is resisting the mother board... The maximum loss is that 2 slots of CD ROMS will become obsolete and i think you dont need that....so have fun
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These general instructions are intended to supplement or simplify some of the information in your motherboard manual
Make sure to read the manual that came with the motherboard - instructions differ for each one.
Ground yourself with any professional grounding equipment you have. Otherwise, ground yourself by touching the computer power supply.
Place motherboard on its anti-static bag.
Configure motherboard: Set jumpers or DIP switches for CPU, voltage(s), and bus speed, if necessary. If your motherboard is configured by software, you will need to configure it after you complete the physical installation.
Position motherboard in case. Line up holes in board with holes in case.
Insert spacers, plastic stand-offs, washers and screws, as necessary. Tighten screws carefully, but securely.
Make sure motherboard is not touching metal anywhere.
Make sure slots and connectors fit into openings on back of case.
Connect motherboard to power supply.
Connect CPU fan, if you have one, to power supply.
Connect reset and power switches to power supply.
Connect LED indicators to power supply.
Connect case speaker to motherboard.
Check all connections.
Test motherboard (and configure in CMOS if necessary) before installing other components of computer system.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
If possible, do installation in an uncarpeted area.
Be careful not to touch any chips. Handle board by its edges. Static damage (and even oil damage) may cause a failure months after the incident.
If you do not understand these instructions or you lack good manual dexterity, have a qualified technician install the motherboard for you
If you mean that your processor pins does not fit in your motherboard, then they are not compatible. The processor pins must be exactly fit the motherboard. Besides, the processor type must be supported by the motherboard (If the motherboard is supporting P4, Core Dou, Quad, Celeron, Athlon, etc). You have to install the right processor for a particular motherboard. You have to know what particular processor is supported by your motherboard.. In your case, I believe it supports Pentium 4, but I cannot give you the exact speed in Ghz, as well as the clock speed. You can ask the dealer about it.
there isnt always a specific place for them just find a port that it will fit into i believe the ones that fit it are on the bottom right edge of the board if you have the case standing up and looking from the side
You could be touching that and shocking them with ESD (Electro Static Discharge) This time of the year is bad for it and many people do it. I have never once have heard of 20 of the same Mainboards failing and ASUS at that. Try touching the metal of the case itself before your press the power button. This will keep you grounded.
If you have not removed the old motherboard from the case, then you can identify the various front panel connectors as you disconnect them and label them. Some front panel connectors have labels printed on the connectors which makes it easy for you to identify its purpose. If you have already removed the old motherboard then you will need to trace each of the leads to the front panel to see what they are connected to (eg. the LEDs and switches etc).
You will also need to identify on the new motherboard the various connectors for each function, eg power LED, hard drive LED, reset switch, power on switch, internal speaker etc. If you are lucky It may be printed on the motherboard, if not you will need to refer to the manual.
NOTE the LEDs are polarity sensitive, if the LED does not light, then swap the connector around the other way.
Of course it could make a difference. Any contact between an active voltage on a motherboard and the metal of the case will fry the motherboard and possibly the P/S. There are different sizes of standoffs to fit different cases and motherboards. Sometimes if a person doesn't use a sufficient number of standoffs, one corner or another of the motherboard can be inadvertently bent toward the case ground causing a short. Even the raised mounds you speak of need standoffs of some type if the surface of the raised mound encrouches upon a surface of the motherboard that has voltage on it.