New computers typically have a step-by-step guide included in the computer packaging with instructions on how to set up the computer.
For all computers, consider where the computer is going to be located.
Make sure that the area has good ventilation so that the desktop or laptop computer doesn’t overheat.
- Unpack the Computer Case and Monitor from the box. Remove all protective coverings and tape.
- Locate the Monitor Cable, which is typically blue to make identification easier. Computers systems that are located within the monitor and without a computer case do not have this cable.
- Align and connect one end of the Monitor Cable to the Monitor Port on the back of the Computer Case and the other end to the Monitor. Don’t force the connection. Make sure the connection is properly aligned before tightening the plastic-covered screws (if present) by hand to secure both ends of the cable.
- The Keyboard has either a USB (rectangular) connector or a PS/2 (round) connector. If it has a USB connector, plug it into any of the USB ports on the back of the computer case. If it has a PS/2 connector, plug it into the purple keyboard port on the back of the computer case.
- The Mouse has either a USB (rectangular) connector or a PS/2 (round) connector. If it has a USB connector, plug it into any of the USB ports on the back of the computer case. If it has a PS/2 connector, plug it into the green mouse port on the back of the computer.
- A Wireless Mouse or Keyboard may need a Bluetooth dongle (USB adapter) plugged into a USB port on the computer case. If the computer has built-in Bluetooth connectivity, a dongle is unnecessary.
- A Keyboard with a built-in USB port offers direct connection to the mouse. Plug the USBconnector for the mouse directly into the Keyboard’sUSBport.
- External Speakers or Headphones connect to the green port on the back of the computer case. An external microphone plugs into the pink port and other devices plug into the blue line-in port.
- If the computer doesn’t have colored plug-ins on the back, the above items can be connected to any USB port.
- Computers, except for all-in-one computers, come with two Power Supply Cables. Plug one of the power supply cables into the back of the computer case, then into a Surge Protector. The surge protector provides protection for the system if a power outage or surge affects the home electrical wires. Plug one end of the power cable into the monitor and the other end into the surge protector.
- Plug the surge protector into a wall outlet.
- Check to make sure that the surge protector is turned on. It is highly recommended that a surge protector is used with all computers so that electrical surges do not damage the computer.
- Turn on the computer.