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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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How to plug power/reset buttons from case to motherboard leads?

I have a motherboard I salvaged from a pre-assembled computer. Except now I'm trying to use it in my own custom build. The problem is, this motherboard doesn't have any documentation because it was ...
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Is it possible for “cruddy” computers cases to have faulty on/off buttons?

I can't quite pinpoint this problem. About 6 months ago I purchased an incredibly cheap computer case, and an incredibly cheap power supply from NewEgg. After I overloaded the powersupply 'til the ...