Re: Advice on Building a PC (Perhaps somewhat offtopic)

One thing I had thought of before that might need a little bit of sighted assistance as well, if it still works the same way is that you need to tell a hard drive if it will be the master or slave on an IDE port/channel/cable if you plan to connect more than one drive to that port/cable, and this was generally either a little slider switch, or a set of like 3 pins where you had to put a tiny little connector plug onto the combination of the correct two as such.


Most motherboards would have had two IDE cable connectors/channels though, so if it was just one hard drive and a CD-Rom or DVD drive you wanted there, you'd just need to make sure the hard drive was on channel0, so that it would be the primary boot option as such by default.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
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'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bryan Schulz" <b.schulz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: Advice on Building a PC (Perhaps somewhat offtopic)


hi,

the terms are 3-pin or fan header, usb header is a row of 5 pins above 4 pins, the sata for hard/dvd drives is a block of 4 rectangle holes with a blade inside, older ide for dvd is a long rectangle of plastic surrounding two rows of about 24 pins, main power is 2 rows of 12 holes usually next to ram slots and front panel pins are usually at the lower right corner.

Bryan Schulz
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----- Original Message ----- From: "John G" <jglists0@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: Advice on Building a PC (Perhaps somewhat offtopic)


How easy is it to locate the right connection point for those components (e.g. hard drive, DVD drive etc. ) on the motherboard? I've noticed a few spare sockets on my motherboard. some of them are very similar (maybe even identical) to those connected to the fans and other bits and pieces.
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John

At 15:52 16/01/2011, you wrote:
hi,

researching parts/deciding what you want to include is the easy part.
the most nervous part is grounding yourself and getting the chip in correctly then examine where holes are located on the board, putting the studs in the right spots and bolting it in the case. it is really easy to slide the dvd/hard drives in and bolt the power supply in. it will be pretty obvious where cables plug in and the irritating items that take sighted assistance are the front panel plugs and reading bios screens.

Bryan Schulz

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----- Original Message ----- From: "John G" <jglists0@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:54 AM
Subject: Advice on Building a PC (Perhaps somewhat offtopic)


Dear All
Apologies if this falls outside the scope of the list.
I am considering building a PC, so i was wondering if any of you had experience of building a PC with no sight and, therefore, any advice for a newbe like me. i wonder, is there a list dedicated to the topic of internal PC hardware and general electronics for the blind?
many thanks in advance for your help.
Regards
John

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