ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review :: Setup and Installation

02-02-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Setting up a computer is second nature to me by now, with the literally hundreds of computer systems I've built over the years. I feel, however, it is important to discuss the setup of a motherboard as sometimes there are problems with the installation or hardware that would show up an issue that the manufacturer did not anticipate.

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After mounting the motherboard on the open-air test bench we use for testing, I proceeded to screw in the screws and standoffs to secure the motherboard. The screw hole placement on a mini-ATX board is slightly different than that of a Med-ATX board so be sure to adjust the standoffs accordingly.

The remainder of installation went without a hitch, and in fact, the installation of the board was very easy. One minor nitpick is the non-inclusion of a SATA RAID driver floppy to install a new operating system. ASUS's Driver CD has a Create Floppy option which allows you to create a driver floppy before booting into Windows. I always do a "first boot" install first with a single stick of DDR2 memory, the CPU, and the video card to ensure the motherboard POSTs without issue.