How to Mount a Computer Under a Desk

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      Get a tape measure and measure the actual size of your computer console or CPU (central processing unit) and backup battery/UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to see if they will actually fit under your desk. Note the three dimensions (depth, width and height) of your computer console and backup power supply. Check the measurements against the space under your desk to give you a pretty good picture of how much leg space will be left after you actually mount your computer.

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      Locate the power source or wall outlet that will supply the electricity to your computer. If there is no wall outlet within 3 feet of the computer then you will need to get an extension cord that will be plugged to the nearest wall outlet. Measure the distance from your computer to the wall outlet using the tape measure, be sure to include the bends and turns along wall corners.

    • 3). Place the computer console under your desk together with the UPS. Do not plug the UPS to any electric source. Provide at least an inch of clear space between your console and any wall beside it to allow the air to circulate and go through any vents in the console. Leave at least 3 inches of clear space at the back of your console in order to accommodate the plugs and wires that will connect to the console.

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      Place your monitor on top of the desk along with the mouse and the keyboard. Make sure to allow some slack on the wires so that the mouse and keyboard can be moved around with ease.

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      Get the power supply cord of your computer and plug the female end to the back of your console where you will find the 3 pronged recessed copper plug. Plug the male end to the computers backup battery or UPS. Do not plug it to the wall outlet.

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      Get the VGA (Video Graphics Array) cable of the computer monitor and plug the female end to the monitor and the male end to the VGA jack at the back of the console. The VGA cable is the one that is used to connect the monitor and the computer console, it transmits video signals from the CPU or console to the monitor. Do not force the plugs into the jacks, make sure that the position of the male plug will be the same as the position of the female jack in order not to bend or dislocate the pins once you push it in.

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      Get the power supply cord of the monitor and plug the 3 pronged male end to the UPS under the desk. Plug the other end to the back of the monitor. Monitor power supply cords typically have a regular 3 pronged plug on one end and a long cylindrical low voltage plug on the other end.

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      Get the mouse and connect the end of the mouse cable to the console. A regular wired mouse will connect to the mouse port at the back of your computer console, this is usually colored the same as the color of the mouse plug at the end of the cable. Wireless mouse have a USB plug that can be plugged to any USB port either in front or behind the console.

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      Connect the keyboard cable to the keyboard port behind the console. Allow enough slack to avoid any accidental pulling of the keyboard cable as this may lead to loose connections that may interrupt your work later.

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      Check all the connections twice to make sure that all connections are secure and correct. Go through all the steps again to check and verify each connection. Once you are confident that everything is set, plug the backup battery or UPS to the extension cord or wall outlet and turn on your computer. If all the connections were properly and completely made, then your computer should work just fine.

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