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beamracer_installation [2020/10/16 04:05] (current)
silverdr [Preparing the computer]
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 While BeamRacer installation is a relatively easy task, requiring neither specialised skills nor equipment, a few preparation steps need to be taken in order to properly conduct the process. The assumption is that the person performing the installation does not have access to a specialised electronic workplace but is still comfortable with using common household tools. While BeamRacer installation is a relatively easy task, requiring neither specialised skills nor equipment, a few preparation steps need to be taken in order to properly conduct the process. The assumption is that the person performing the installation does not have access to a specialised electronic workplace but is still comfortable with using common household tools.
  
-Please read this document in full before proceeding with the installation - it's always better to know what lies ahead.+Please read this document in its entirety before proceeding with the installation - it's always better to know what lies ahead.
  
 <fc #cd5c5c>NOTE: When installing, we strongly suggest following the order presented in this document</fc>: <fc #cd5c5c>NOTE: When installing, we strongly suggest following the order presented in this document</fc>:
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   - Final, pre-installation check that the machine still powers up without problems   - Final, pre-installation check that the machine still powers up without problems
  
-If you are not familiar with the innards of your Commodore 64, we shall try to provide you more thorough instructions on the [[computer_opening|Computer Preparation]] page+If you are not familiar with the innards of your Commodore 64, we shall try to provide you more thorough instructions on the [[computer_preparation|Computer Preparation]] page
  
 ===== Removing VIC-II from the mainboard ===== ===== Removing VIC-II from the mainboard =====
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   - Check and align orientation notches on both the BeamRacer top socket and the riser socket   - Check and align orientation notches on both the BeamRacer top socket and the riser socket
   - Make sure that all the downward facing BeamRacer board pins fit well inside the riser socket openings   - Make sure that all the downward facing BeamRacer board pins fit well inside the riser socket openings
-  - Align the socket pins to form a straight line with the BeamRacer board pins. There is a bit of play so it is important keep the two aligned against each other +  - {{::installation_align_pins.jpg?direct&200|}} Align the socket pins to form a straight line with the BeamRacer board pins. There is a bit of play so it is important keep the two aligned against each other 
-  - Double check that all pins fit with no bend-ins or bend-outs +  - {{::installation_check_all_pins_fit_inside.jpg?direct&200|}} Double check that all pins fit with no bend-ins or bend-outs 
-  - Press gently but firmly the two together using a stiff straight object. It is OK to do it one side at a time. Be prepared to apply considerable amount of force (it has to sit very firmly) but re-check everything if you feel like an excessive force is already at play! +  - {{::installation_press_the_two_together.jpg?direct&200|}} Press gently but firmly the two together using a stiff straight object. It is OK to do it one side at a time. Be prepared to apply considerable amount of force (it has to sit very firmly) but re-check everything if you feel like an excessive force is already at play! 
-  - Make sure that there are no gaps left either of both sides+  - {{::installation_make_sure_no_gaps_are_left.jpg?direct&200|}} Make sure that there are no gaps left either of both sides
   - {{::installation_recheck_pins.jpg?direct&200|}} Re-check that no socket pins were bent. Straighten gently if any of them got misplaced   - {{::installation_recheck_pins.jpg?direct&200|}} Re-check that no socket pins were bent. Straighten gently if any of them got misplaced
  
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