Now that your computer has been assembled, it is time to power it up and it’s first boot. Before you power on your pc for the first time, make sure all the components are connected to both your motherboard and power source. You will also want to attach a monitor and perhaps some speakers and a keyboard before proceeding. Check to see that your computer is plugged into a power outlet and turn on your monitor and speakers.
The purpose of the first boot is to make sure all the hardware is functioning. Go ahead and push the power button. Check to see that all your fans and components are receiving power and functioning. All fans should be spinning and the light in the front of your pc case should be on if everything has been installed correctly.
You will see text being displayed on your monitor shortly, usually with a posting of memory and a message stating that the OS or first boot device needs to be installed. If you see this message, your first boot is successful.
Now it is time to move on to your BIOS setup. Immediately after turning on the power to your newly built computer, the BIOS can be entered by holding down the “Delete” key on your keyboard. Although this is the case with most motherboards, some may require a different key to be held. Please refer to your motherboards manual to find the correct key to push to enter your BIOS.
Once in your BIOS, you will want to navigate to the boot sequence section in your BIOS. This should be straightforward, for any additional help, simply refer to your motherboard’s manual. Once you find the appropriate section of your BIOS, you will want to change the first boot device to your ROM drive. Whether it is the CD/DVD or BD ROM drive. The reason for this is that you want your computer to read off your ROM drive for OS installation.
Once all of this is complete it is time to install your operating system.