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Building A Pc On My Own


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#1 greenhorn

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 05:31 PM

Hi,
I'm attempting to assemble a PC myself and i've never done it before. i've bought all the components including an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ and Asus M2A-VM mobo, i should be through with the assembly by tomorrow (hoping it all goes smoothly). I plan to run Windows xp. Now my problem is that i realize that once i system is built it has to be set up properly in order to perform optimally, and its not all just plug and play but i don't really know how to do it!
I have no idea what to do the first time i power up. I don't know how to set up the BIOS, i've been told i'll have to update the BIOS (or flash it!!) :thumbsup: before i do anything else. i even went to the ASUS website but there are so many versions of the updated BIOS for the M2A-VM - dont know which one to download? The mobo user guide describes a feature called ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility which seems to be the simplest. Sorry, i could go on with this for a while here..
What i really need is some help in understanding the step-by-step procedure that i'd have to follow after i push the power button for the first time, till i'm ready to load the OS (and if there's anything else i'd have to do after that). I'm sorry i might come across as a complete bafoon right now for doing this on my own, but i thought that if i can get it right it would be a great learning. plus i don't trust most of the technicians in my town as all they'd do is put it together power it up and load the OS and tell me that it's perfect.
I'd be truly grateful if someone can help me out in this.
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 06:51 PM

The only thing you have to do in the BIOS at first, is set your date and time. boot device and possibly check you memory and CPU settings. If everything is up and running and you still have problems ,a BIOS flash might be in order, but I wouldn't make it my first priority. Are you using SATA drives? You will need the driver's disk.
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 03:40 PM

hey thanks for your advice.
Sorry for taking so long to respond i got system up and running only today. I've heard that Asus 690g mobos have a video issue that can only be resolved by a bios update, but i don't have a boot CD for XP, so how do i update the bios.
Also, on the Asus website the m2a-vm page has several bios update versions, My Bios version is 0408 so how do i choose which version to download?




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