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Old 09-05-2004, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question IO Plate... Its Purpose !?

What is the purpose of a motherboards IO Plate !?

I just realized my MOBO came with an IO Plate (my case had one that didn't fit), and I've already installed the MOBO and plugged in every cable.

Just wondering if I should go ahead and forget about the IO Plate, or, go through the trouble of unplugging everything, un-mounting the MOBO...etc.

Whatcha' think ?
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Old 09-05-2004, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I/O shield acts as structural bracing more than aesthetic appeal. If you made a mistake than take the motherboard off and put the shield in place. This is something you shouldn't get lazy about. You could get away with not using it, but I would not recommend that
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Old 09-05-2004, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the excellent explanation. Much appreciated.

*Sigh... off to undo everything I've just done
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