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Thanks for the excellent pics, wish hardware reviewers did as good.
Start with the HDD LED, look on the back of the plug, you will see a very small arrow, = +, positive, goes on pin 1, the other, negative, goes on pin 3.
The two separate power LED plugs, + positive, goes on pin 2. - negative, goes on pin 4.
Reset sw, any way around, goes on pins 5&7.
Power sw, any way around, goes on pins 6&8.
When you have the system up and running, check that the HDD LED is blinking, if it remains solid, shut down, reverse the HDD LED plug, test.

The case manual was a single sheet, have enlarged the relevant graphic.
I was really surprised at how feature rich the MB is.


Hah, poor quality pics isn't going to help you help me :lol: Glad you liked them.
OK, so I'm about to plug the front panel header in per your instructions. Looks pretty simple from here now. Once done, I will have all hardware plugged into the MB. My question now is this; can I now boot the computer and what should I expect? I believe I have to do something with the BIOS. I did set the BIOS jumper so that upon start-up, the Power-On Self-Test (POST) runs, the BIOS displays the Maintenance Menu and I can use this to clear passwords. I thought I may need to do this since it is a used Motherboard. Is that a good idea? Seems that way I won't have to deal with any old passwords.
Also, upon successful boot-up, is my next step to install the OS, then connect to the Internet and d/l all drivers?
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Ready for lift of after final check. Your questions are answered as you follow instructions. Another separate manual, Download BIOS Glossary Ver, 19 from this page, > http://www.intel.com...b/CS-020304.htm

CPU fan plugged in.
2 power cables for the MB.
2 sticks of RAM installed to the blue slots, locking tabs each each end are engaged.
GPU has PCI-E cable/s, if required.
All other cables secured.
Connect a keyboard,
Connect a monitor.
connect to the internet.
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Clearing the Password and loading default BIOS setting is a bit different on this MB, so please follow the instructions to test the hardware first.
Switch on the PSU, you should see a small red light, it is also there to remind you the board is live. MB Manual (W)
Press the power on button. (when you power on and POST starts, you should see the lights on the keyboard flash also the strip of diagnostic lights on the MB will light up in sequence and some will light solid green. MB manual (PP)
You MB has a system speaker and you should hear one beep with a successful boot. The screen should display a message, No OS detected, or similar.
Turn off the computer by pressing and holding in the power on button for about 6 seconds.
If everything OK, please continue.
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Clearing the password and loading default setting.
Switch off the PSU, red light on the MB should go out.
Locate the BIOS Configuration Block, MB manual (JJ)
You will need to follow the instruction on pages #58 & #59. NB while in the BIOS, please check time, date are correct.
If everything OK, you should now be back at the No OS detected screen. leave the computer on.
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Software installation.
insert the Windows OS disk, leave the tray open.
Press the reset button and look for the on screen prompt, "Press any key to boot from CD" If you miss it, restart and try again.
After OS has finished installation, you arrive at the desktop, > remove the OS disk, > insert the MB Driver disk, leave the tray open.
Restart the computer, > Press any Key to boot from CD, > follow instructions, > remove the MB installation Disk. > restart the computer, you will boot to the desktop.
Insert the video card driver disk and follow the instructions . > restart the computer. (do not update the video card driver at this time, I will explain later.)
Update the OS.
Update IE.
Update drivers. You may wish to look at this method,
To update MB drivers, + other resources, go this page, > http://www.intel.com...oards/db-dz68bc Click on link, "Automatically detect drivers, etc. " then, on the page that opens, > click the Auto Detect blue bar, > then follow the instructions. there is also an update for Audio drivers which I would leave for the moment.

When completed and I recommend before installing any other software, Using Windows backup, please create a drive image and recovery media.

Install anti virus program, I use Avast! free, but the choice is yours. > http://www.intel.com...b/CS-020304.htm >click Download, > Click Anti Virus Free.
Please let us know if there is anything that is not clear.

NB edit to add instruction for the video card.




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Software installation.
insert the Windows OS disk, leave the tray open.
Press the reset button and look for the on screen prompt, "Press any key to boot from CD" If you miss it, restart and try again.


Sorry for the delayed response. I was out of town over the weekend.
I have followed your instructions up to the point of inserting/installing the OS disk. Up to this point, all seems fine. I cleared Bios passwords, reset the jumper to its normal position, powered on PC and got the following message:

PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable

I'm not sure if I'm getting that error message due to an incorrect boot order (which I can change in boot setting) or if that means my HDD is bad. Another message after the above error message says:

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

That message makes me think I just need to reset the boot order selecting the optical drive to boot first, then insert the OS disk into optical drive and go from there.

I don't want to proceed until I know for sure though. What do you think?

Edit: OK, I got it figured out. Disabled the Network/LAN in the boot order and rebooted. Everything started up fine and OS has been installed.
I do no have a MB driver disk. I believe I can d/l the MB drivers onto a flash drive and install them that way can't I?

Edited by Webslinger64, 21 October 2013 - 03:04 PM.

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Gday.
That was a heart stopper first, but great you got it sorted.

I do no have a MB driver disk. I believe I can d/l the MB drivers onto a flash drive and install them that way can't I?


Yes you can. You will need to change the boot order to boot from USB or Flash drive, change back when you have finished.

Try first, see if this will work. the Auto Detect and Download, click on the link in the first page and then click on the blue bar. > http://www.intel.com...oards/db-dz68bc
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Gday.
That was a heart stopper first, but great you got it sorted.

I do no have a MB driver disk. I believe I can d/l the MB drivers onto a flash drive and install them that way can't I?


Yes you can. You will nedd to change the boot order to bott from USB or Flash drive, change back when you have finished.


Try first, see if this will work. the Auto Detect and Download, click on the link in the first page and then click on the blue bar. > http://www.intel.com...oards/db-dz68bc


Heya, OK, so I hardwired the PC to my network and I am online. I have installed Avast antivirus and have clicked on the link you provided for Intel's website to automatically detect, d/l and install relevant drivers for this MB. I have clicked on the blue bar you indicated "Check your system for updates", and when it tries to d/l it crashes. Have tried several times. I went ahead and d/l then installed:
LAN: Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver for Windows 7 64-bit
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Driver for Boards with 2nd Gen Processors.
Chipset: Intel Chipset Device Software for Intel Desktop Boards with 6 Series Chipset
Intel ME 8: Management Engine Driver for Intel 6 Series Chipset-Based Desktop Boards
USB 3.0: Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Driver

I have not installed any RAID drivers or Audio drivers yet. I hope I've done the right ones so far.

Edited by Webslinger64, 21 October 2013 - 04:47 PM.

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Gday.
Was not usre if the Auto detect would work, try it again after you have intalled all the drivers.
Looks good so far.
You do not need to install RAID drivers.
Yes to instilling the Audio drivers from the Intel page.
Are you using the integrated graphics at the moment?
Can you boot to the OS yet?

Going out, soo will be offline for the rest of the morning.
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Gday.
Was not usre if the Auto detect would work, try it again after you have intalled all the drivers.
Looks good so far.
You do not need to install RAID drivers.
Yes to instilling the Audio drivers from the Intel page.
Are you using the integrated graphics at the moment?
Can you boot to the OS yet?

Going out, soo will be offline for the rest of the morning.


Yes, I can boot to OS. I will install audio drivers and leave RAID alone. I am using integrated graphics.
Edit: Tried to install audio driver Audio: Realtek* ALC Audio Driver for Windows 7* from Intel site. It appears to be a zip file. Anyway, thought I had it right, but there is no sound at all. I have plugged audio cable into back of monitor and I/O shield (green plug in), but nothing. Any ideas? Thanks.

Edited by Webslinger64, 21 October 2013 - 07:27 PM.

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Gday.
Thanks for the update.
Try this page first, > http://www.intel.com...b/CS-020642.htm
Window 7 sound, > http://www.7tutorial...ng-audio-device
This may come in useful.> http://blog.tabinda....anel-solutions/
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Gday.
Thanks for the update.
Try this page first, > http://www.intel.com...b/CS-020642.htm
Window 7 sound, > http://www.7tutorial...ng-audio-device
This may come in useful.> http://blog.tabinda....anel-solutions/


Thanks for the links. They were very helpful. Sound is up and running. Everything seems to be working as it should thus far. I'm not sure what else there is to do. You did mention the following in an earlier post, "...When completed and I recommend before installing any other software, Using Windows backup, please create a drive image and recovery media."
I have not done this before. Is there a reason to create a drive image and recovery before installing other software? Can this be done after installing software and should it be done periodically?
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Gday.
Good to hear everything going well.

Is there a reason to create a drive image and recovery before installing other software? Can this be done after installing software and should it be done periodically?


Creating an image now of your pristine updated Boot drive gives you exactly that should you need to start again. You may wish to use the image, not because of corruption or failure but to have a completely different OS style. Then create you restore media.
When you have instilled the rest of your programs and have the OS as you want it, you can create another image, which I would put on separate media.
I don't create more images, just backup importnt files and folders.
> http://oakdome.com/k...tem-imaging.php
> http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/
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Creating an image now of your pristine updated Boot drive gives you exactly that should you need to start. You may wish to use the image, not because of corruption or failure but to have a completely different OS style. Then create you restore media.
When you have the of your programs and have the OS as you want it, you can create another image, which I would put on separate media.
I don't create more images, just backup important files and folders.
> http://oakdome.com/k...tem-imaging.php
> http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/


Alright then, drive image and system repair disc have been created. Everything looks good and I believe my first attempt at a PC build is a success :popcorn: :pepsi:
Many thanks to iammykyl, phillpower2 and nic777 for your assistance, recommendations and extreme patience. If not for your encouragement, I would have never attempted to do this in the first place.
Unless there is anything else I am unaware of that needs to be done to officially complete this build, I believe this thread can be closed.
BTW, this PC build was for my wife. A test run if you will as to whether or not I could do it. Now that I know I can, I will soon start another build for myself. I will undoubtedly post about that as well, more so for hardware recommendations and such.
Thanks again! :cheers:
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Congratulations Webslinger64 Posted Image
We do not close topics, so this is still here if you have any problems. Please do start a new topic for a new build and we will see if we can persuade you to spend twice as much as on this onePosted Image

Some tips.
Stay away from programs that promise to make your system go fast/optimize/fix errors, especially those that alter the registry like CCCleaner. They usually end up causing more problems than fixing an issue.
When downloading programs, look for the hidden extras like search bars/download managers etc and when first starting decide if you want it to start with windows and if it should update when it starts. Control's usually under, options/tools/help.about.

Your welcome, Posted Image



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