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Hi,

Recently, I installed my CPU/RAM/Heatsink/CPUFans on my motherboard, and then, managed to put it into the case.
I have some questions now

1- Motherboard standoffs - Seems my IO shield (ASUS R4E) has some sort of padding behind it (some kind of foam behind the IO shield), which makes some resistance when trying to align correctly the motherboard holes with the standoffs. I think it's due to that IO shield.

Would you think it is okay to push the motherboard a bit (with my muscles) and get someone else to screw it while I keep the holes aligned? I don't want to damage the standoffs... has anyone experienced this kind of thing too? (the bottom screws are perfectly aligned, it's really those at the motherboard top, at the IO shield height). It's quite some resistance, I have to deploy quite some force to make it perfectly aligned...

2- Sliding the motherboard on the standoffs... When dropping (slowly and carefully) my motherboard in the case, the holes were not aligned at first. Had to slide the MB to make it fit. The thing is... I see there are some of the metallic pins of the components sticking out a bit out of the back of the MB. Is it dangerous to slide the MB on the standoffs... I mean... can the standoffs break the welds on those electronic components on the front of the MB?


Thanks!
post #2 of 5
I had to slide my motherboard over the standoffs abit, and I also had to use some muscle to get it aligned, but not alot.

I did end up snapping one of the screw my screwing it in too hard -__- but that was an easy fix.
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put the i/o shield in before the motherboard. it should stay in the slot by itself then kinda align ports to it then use a little force not much to put at least 2 screws in to hold it in place.
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1. I've had the exact same problem with both of my Asus boards. You do need to use quite a bit of force to align the board, it is best to push on the back of the IO connector blocks otherwise you are transferring the force through the board and some solder joints.

2. It is unlikely that you will do any damage to the board so long as you are not pushing the board around too much. There is usually a bit of space around the holes to allow for a little movement when aligning the board.
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I can always put off the M/B since, to drop it carefully, I attached some light twine to two of the M/B screw holes descend it precisely. The twine is still there... but still would be a pita to eject it and besides, I doubt it'll change something.

Otherwise, I really won't see what causes that lol... The backplate is well inserted, when I put it there it did the typical clip sound and I pushed further to make sure it was OK...

The thing is, when I stop holding putting pressure on my M/B, it comes back not aligned anymore (not perfectly aligned let's say). So if I screw the M/B while pressuring it and ask say my gf to screw it while I maintain it, there will be some tension left of the M/B hole and screw... is that problematic?

Thanks!
Edited by Yannick - 9/9/12 at 11:44am
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