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Confused with my Gigabyte I/O shield

By Ed Rivera
Oct 16, 2014
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  1. Hello there,

    I finally have all the parts for my brand new PC, today I decided to start putting it together......... but ran into a problem before getting too far into it.

    Basically, I installed the I/O shield but it seems to have certain "holes" blocked off completely by a thin metal flap. It *seems* to be removable, but because these parts are all literally brand new I thought I would post-pone my build til' tomorrow and get a second opinion on this - just to be extra safe and make sure I do this correctly.

    Also, on the back-side where the hole for the ethernet is there is a flimsy metal strip protruding downwards into the case. It *seems* like it would possibly collide with the port or go into it.

    Here are some pics to "show" you why I'm confused, my whole build is on hold until I figure out what to do here.......


    Motherboard in question is:


    Case in question is "Cooler Master Elite 130":


    I'm eager to finish my build by this weekend for some gaming =-)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,360   +603

    Occasionally you have to make adjustments the I/O shield when you install it. It has happened to me before but it's not a big deal. You will have to remove the round port holes in order to allow the antenna ports to poke through. For whatever reason they neglected to do so at the factory but for your model motherboard you will have to punch them out. As for the other "tab" thing the metal is springy so you can either bend or pull the tab up slightly to clear the USB port or, when installing the motherboard at a slight angle, you can slide USB port in from underneath the tab and then up and push it home toward the back. I hope that wasn't too confusing.
    B00kWyrm likes this.

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