Question about HP Media Center M370N (DM163A#ABA) PC Desktop
Install power supply
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HP Support > HP Media Center m370n > Manuals,
Left-click on the file name - Part Replacement Instructions.
This is a PDF file. It may take up to 30 seconds before you see the first page come up, and additional time for the file to full download.
Suggest you let the file download all the way, before looking through it.
Opening the computer case is on Page 1. (Item 3)
Replacing the Power Supply is on Page 4.
For more clarity, on where the various power cables from the Power Supply connect to, I am going to list information.
I would also like to detail the procedure involved, and Anti-Static precautions.
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the hardware components inside a computer.
Power Supply, (Computer), unplugged from power, computer case open. (Work on a table)
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case to relieve your body of Static.
Should you have to leave, in the middle of working on your computer, upon your return be sure to Touch the metal frame again.
Power cable identification, and the various area/s each type of power cable plugs into:
A) You will see a power cable with many wires. For the Media Center a1540n, this is a 20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector.
This is an example,
This is where it plugs into on the motherboard,
On this page I would like to to scroll down to the motherboard photo, and the illustration underneath the photo.
Looking at the photo, you will see the ram memory slots. Two vertical Black long slots, and two vertical Blue long slots.
The 20-pin ATX main power cable, plugs into the White vertical connector that has 2 rows of 10 socket holes, (20 total), to the right of the ram memory slots.
On the illustration this connector is labeled ATX Power Connector.
(To the right of ram memory slot 4.
DDR DIMM4 (64/72 bit, 184-pin module)
Looking at the Playtool link, the photo to the far left shows an example of the connector on the motherboard, without the 20-pin ATX main power cable plugged into it.
Note the protrusion, or 'bump' on the side of this connector.
Looking at the photos in the middle, and far right, you will note the connector for the 20-pin ATX main power cable, has a Lock on the side of it.
This plastic Lock is hinged in the middle. Works like a see-saw on a playground.
The top of the Lock is squeezed in, and this makes the bottom of the lock come away from the protrusion.
Then the 20-pin ATX power cable connector, can be gently wiggled side to side, and removed.
[ ALWAYS pull on the connector, and not on the wires for all power cables ]
B) On the motherboard illustration, below where it states Socket 478, is where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in.
On the motherboard it is a White square connector, that has 4 socket holes.
This is an example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and it's respective connector. This power cable is power for the Processor, and Must be plugged in.
It also has a Lock.
[Not related to the Power Supply power cables, are two connectors on the motherboard I feel I should address.
The Chassis (Computer Case) Fan, and the Processor Fan.
On the motherboard illustration, the computer case fan connects to connector - CHA_Fan1.
The Processor fan connects to connector - CPU_Fan1 ]
C) The Harddrive, and Optical drives (CD/DVD drive/s) use a 4-pin Peripheral power cable,
Continued in a Comment.
Posted on Jun 19, 2010
Relative easy. Open up the case and be careful to see what wires are connect. Replace each one carefully. There is the big wire that containes a bundle. This goes to the motherboard. There is only one way to install it. There is a 4 prong molex wire that goes to the hard drive. There are extra wires just in case you need to add another hard drive for example. There shoudl be 4 screws holding the power supply in place. Remove them from the back of the PC
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