CA306 MSI Wind Desktop-MSI

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CA306 MSI Wind Desktop
Homebuilt barebones MSI Wind desktop. Used for home multimedia center.

Step 1. – Gather components

Step 2. – Remove top cover

Step 3. – Remove front panel and drive assembly

Step 4. – Install RAM

Step 5. – Bolt drives into drive assembly

Step 6. – Snap drive assembly back in

1. Turn the assembly so it is resting face down in front of the computer, with the underside of the assembly facing into the computer
2. Carefully re-attach the umbilical to the motherboard
3. Lower / tilt the assembly back onto the case – there are slots/tabs on the upper edge of the case that take the assembly. Make sure the SATA cables are not wedged under assembly
4. Snap the assembly back in to the slots by pushing back carefully, and replace the two front screws.
5. Attach the SATA cables to the drives. SATA has two components, data and power. I used the blue pair for the HDD and the red pair for the ODD. I didn’t like the way they lay by default, so I twisted them a bit in their clips. The connectors should just snap in easily to the back of each drive.
6. The front panel then snaps back on (push out the blank cover for the ODD), and the top panel slides back on, with the two back screws replaced.

I get some shots of it up and running on our LCD TV, though it more-or-less looks like the original box.

MSI
MSI

CA304 MSI Wind Desktop
Homebuilt barebones MSI Wind desktop. Used for home multimedia center.

Step 1. – Gather components

Step 2. – Remove top cover

Step 3. – Remove front panel and drive assembly

Step 4. – Install RAM

Step 5. – Bolt drives into drive assembly

Each drive (the Hard Disk Drive = HDD and Optical Disk Drive = ODD) is held in place by four screws on the bottom of the drive assembly (noted above). Not a big deal but keep in mind:

1. If you have not done so already, you probably want to disconnect the umbilical
2. You’ll have the assembly upside down – make sure the drives are properly positioned such that when the assembly is in place they are right side up, the exposed part of the ODD will be flush with the front of the case, and the back of both drives faces the motherboard.
3. 3.5" and 5" drives use very similar looking screws, but they have always used different threads (quite obnoxious). MSI helpfully includes the screws in two different bags marked "ODD" and "HDD" – they will only work for the appropriate mounting.
4. Always a good idea with any bolted / screwed object to first attach all points loosely, then (carefully) snug them all up once all are in place.

Step 6. – Snap drive assembly back in

MSI
MSI

CA299 MSI Wind Desktop
Homebuilt barebones MSI Wind desktop. Used for home multimedia center.

Step 1. – Gather components

Step 2. – Remove top cover

Step 3. – Remove front panel and drive assembly

The front panel snaps off, I would advise being gentle… There’s two nasty gotchas here:

1. The manual does not tell you that you need to remove two phillips head screws. They’re indicated with notes above.
2. CAUTION – after the screws are out, the assembly slides back slightly then tips over. DO THIS SLOWLY – there is a small umbilical cable providing connection between the mother board and the front panel.

Step 4. – Install RAM

Step 5. – Bolt drives into drive assembly

Step 6. – Snap drive assembly back in

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