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LEGOManiac
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:06 pm

I just received my LP Alpha 864 with touch screen, titan case and Win10 Pro, purchased via kickstarter.

Some initial questions:

1) How do I assemble the case? Do I attach the LP to the top of the case or the bottom? I don't see any external screw holes, which was what I was expecting. Alternatively I expected to screw the LP to the case from the inside and snap the top of the case on but the top doesn't seem to snap on. Perhaps I'm just missing the obvious.

2) Is there anything that I need to supply or is it ready to go right out of the box?

3) The two antennas; I'm guessing one is Bluetooth and the other Wifi? the have adhesives at one end. I see where I uplug the wire to, but where am I expected to attach the adhesive? To the inside of the upper side of the case? Is there a specific point that's recommended? How far apart should the antennas be?

4) I've plugged in the supplied power supply and powered on for 3 seconds and waited for the blue light to become steady, but I have no video on the HDMI cable. I was expecting at least a POST screen. Is this normal? Am I missing something?

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LEGOManiac
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:07 pm

5) While I'm at it, I note that the fan is not running. Is this also normal for an idling LP?

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NefCanuck
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:29 pm

Based on the construction, I believe you have to assemble the Alpha by screwing it to the bottom of the Titan case and then "snap on" the top of the case.

My concern is that the standoffs that came with the board don't make that possible and I'm unsure it's safe to just use the provided screws to attach the Alpha MB to the case.

So I'm in the same boat as you, unsure whether they didn't provide us needed parts or if the instructions are just unclear.

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Boring
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:04 pm

Take off the two covers covering the gpio headers. There are four holes for screws.

Insert the LPA in the top part. Put the bottom ( if you want to attach the screen, do this before attaching the bottom). Use for screws to fix the top to the bottom and put back the covers over the gpio headers.

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NefCanuck
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:25 pm

Thanks for the help regarding the case, now just one last question before I fire the Alpha up:

How do you actually attach the antennas to the motherboard? I see what looks like the physical connection points, but I can't seem to get the antenna leads to attach to them on the board itself (I'm leery of damaging the board by using too much force to get the antenna leads attached)

Would I actually need the antennas attached in order to use the wifi / BT on the Alpha?

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Boring
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:40 pm

Yes, you need to attach the antennas, otherwise your signal strength is rubbish.

In the docs section is small video where they make it look easy. Unfortunately for me it was a bit of a struggle. Big fingers and small connectors do not go well together

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MichaelNZ
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Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:10 am

Boring wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Yes, you need to attach the antennas, otherwise your signal strength is rubbish.

In the docs section is small video where they make it look easy. Unfortunately for me it was a bit of a struggle. Big fingers and small connectors do not go well together
I had this trouble too -- a very tight fit. What fixed it for me was to put a 3mm piece of wood right under the board antenna connector, and then use another small piece of wood to press hard on the antenna connector. Actually, I used barbeque-sized (about 80 mm long) matches!

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