Connections for your computer are a standard set of plugs and sockets (sockets are also sometimes called ports). Assembling a computer is usually no more complicated than finding a suitable desk or table for it, and then making sure that the right plugs go into the right sockets.
If the computer comes with assembly instructions, read them first! Otherwise, usethe guide on the opposite page. There are only two rules:
Before starting to dissemble the computer, make a map where its different cables go. While most computers have a reasonably standard layout, some are most definitely non-standard!
USB and sound plugs are usually hot; you can plug them in anytime you like.Unplugging USB devices needs a little extra care though. In XP, click on the SystemTray icon before unplugging a USB device, and set the device to be safe to unplug. Amongst other things, this prevents accidental wiping of data.
First, make a map of the back of a computer (preferably your own). Pay careful attention to plug colours, and also to the little pictures or icons that some computer manufacturers put by each socket. (If this is your own computer, you might like to make it a neat map, and file it away for future use.) Next, use this map to unplug and re-plug the computer.
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