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Gigabyte Motherboard I/O Plate Ethernet Ports

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stanl, Nov 21, 2008.

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  1. stanl

    stanl Thread Starter

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    I am installing a Gigabyte GA EP 45c DSP3R motherboard. The ethernet ports on the rear I/O plate have metal shields covering the ports. Should they be bent back in towards the case or should they be bent forward extending from the plate? There are no instructions given in the gigabyte manual.

    What is the purpose of the shields? If they are bent into the case they will contact the metal covering on the ethernet port modules. Are they providing a ground contact?
     
  2. BG-0

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    I have always bent the shields forward, or snapped them off. I have no idea why some of them cover some port, maybe because they're propably made as the same design for multiple motherboard models, of whom some do not have that port there... Just get them out of the way you see best fit.
     
  3. JSanguancheu

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    I usually just snap them off with some pliers.
     
  4. dick471

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    These are to be bent inward toward the mobo and rest on the metal around the nic and usb ports. This is for shield grounding the ports. I removed these once on a Asus board and when on line my portable phone in the other room made lots of noise. To bend these inward you must unmount the mobo, move a 1/2 inch inward, bend the tangs inward, and remound mobo.
     
  5. stanl

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    Thanks for the advice. I bent them forward and they are resting on the ethernet module enclosures.
     
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