Set-Up Guide

So you've got your brand new Vibox, and need a little bit of help setting it up? No problem. Have a look at our set-up guide below and everything should be up and running in no time. If you need any further help, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either using our Contact Us page or by giving us a call on 0161 425 8841.

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Step 1 Wires

First, connect your monitor. If you have a graphics card (the red panel in the picture), you will need to connect your monitor here. If not, you’ll need to connect to the monitor to the motherboard (the green panel in the picture). We recommend using a DVI or HDMI connection, if possible

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Next, connect up any USB devices, such as your keyboard, mouse and wireless adapter if you have one. If not, connect your PC to your broadband router with an ethernet cable.

If you have speakers or a headset, the green port is for the audio output, and the pink port is for a microphone.

If your PC has a USB cable coming from the hole at the top right, just pop it into any available USB port. If you have a blue port (USB 3.0) then we’d recommend using that.

Finally, connect the power cable and flick the power switch on the back. Place the PC in an open, well-ventilated spot.

Congratulations - Your Vibox is set up and good to go!

Step 2 Initial Set-Up

Hopefully everything should be up and running. If you have no display on your screen, this usually means that you've plugged it into the motherboard and not the graphics card.

So, did you purchase a copy of Windows with your PC?

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Yes...

Good news, we’ve installed everything, all you need to do is activate with your Product Key, which you’ll find on the right hand side of the PC case!

No Windows

No...

In that case, you'll just need to install Windows to get started. All you need to do is pop your Windows CD in, follow the on-screen steps until you’re asked to choose between an Upgrade or Custom Install and select Custom. On the next screen, select your hard drive (if you have an SSD, select this one, it will be the smaller of the two drives) and click next. This will begin the Windows installation. Put the kettle on and let it do its thing!

Once Windows is installed, you’ll need to install Drivers (the files which tell Windows how to interact with the hardware.) We provide CDs for the motherboard drivers which should be installed first. Then, you'll need to install the graphics drivers. While some graphics cards come with driver CDs, we actually recommend downloading the latest version of the drivers from the internet, as they're updated fairly frequently. If you have an AMD graphics card or APU you can find the autodetect tool at this link, and if you have an Nvidia graphics card you can find a similar tool at this link

Step 3 Vibox Recommends...

From this point, it's up to you what you do with your new PC! But we do get a lot of questions about the best software to install, especially when it comes to security, so here is what we would recommend.

Security

Security

By far the most common request for advice we get is how to stay safe online. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to security, here's what we recommend.

NiniteNinite

Ninite should be the first website you ever visit on a new PC. It's a really useful service that allows you to select multiple programs to be installed at once. It has some of the most common apps on there, such as Chrome, Skype, iTunes and Spotify. Not only does it save time, but it's great for security, as it prevents any 'extra' software, toolbars or extensions getting bundled in.

You can select your own programs at Ninite.com, or check out the Vibox-recommended bundle at this link. With the notable exceptions of Unchecky and AdBlock, almost all of the software listed on this page can be found on Ninite.

UncheckyUnchecky

Nowadays, one of the biggest issues with computer security is bundleware. That means that when installing a legitimate app, something extra is hidden away, which leaves you with a new homepage, a toolbar pushing adverts or a search engine logging your data. The problem is, these extra installations are usually hidden amongst the terms and conditions of the software you want, so it's easy to let it slip by. Unchecky automatically stops these extras getting added, and you can install it from Unchecky.com.

AdblockAdBlock Plus

A lot of websites have banner ads which look like part of the website, but actually lead elsewhere. Sometimes it's harmless, but it can contain malicious links. AdBlock Plus removes all adverts from Chrome or Firefox. While it's legal to install this software, it's worth remembering a lot of websites depend on ad-revenue, so it's best to disable AdBlock on websites you visit frequently. You can download AdBlock from Adblockplus.org

MalwarebytesAntivirus

Although antivirus software is no replacement for being safe online, it's always worth having something installed just as an extra layer of security. One of the most common misconceptions with antivirus software is that you need to pay for good quality security. You'd be surprised at how many of the big names cause more problems than they solve. We've found that Windows' built-in software Windows Defender is surprisingly robust, but if you're looking for something a little extra, Bullguard and Malwarebytes are good third-party solutions.

CCleanerOptimisation Software

There's a lot of software out there designed to optimise your PC, speed up Windows and make everything run better.
Avoid it.

Almost every instance of this software is some sort of malware, and will in fact slow your PC down!

The closest thing to optimisation software we would recommend is CCleaner, which is good for routine maintenance and cleaning up unnecessary files. Anything else should be avoided!

Honestly, that's everything you need! Using too much security software will actually just slow your PC down, without adding any real benefits, so stick to the basics and try to stay safe online!

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Multimedia

Video

For playing videos, VLC player and Media Player Classic are the two best options. There's no need to install any additional codecs, as they're already included with the players. For converting videos, Handbrake is the best option!

Music

iTunes is the most popular music player on Windows, and can be found on the Apple Website. If you're looking to sync your music with an iPhone or iPad, this will be the best option. If you're looking to sync your music with an Android device however, we'd recommend MusicBee or Winamp. If you're looking to stream music, Spotify has good paid and free services.

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Office

Microsoft Office is the industry standard for Office software, but many don't realise that it's not actually a standard part of Windows and must be purchased separately.

If you're willing to pay for a license, it's a great piece of software to have, but there are a number of free alternatives which use the same filetypes (.docx, .xlsx, etc).

If you're looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office, we've found OpenOffice to be the best of the bunch.

PDFs

For viewing PDFs, look no further than Adobe Acrobat Reader. It's free, and it's the industry standard for viewing PDFs, but make sure you decline the "Additional offers" on the Adobe page

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Backups

It's tempting to gloss over this side of things, but there's nothing more frustrating than losing files and wishing you'd put a backup in place. We recommend installing Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. These are cloud sync services, with free and paid options, which back up your files to a secure cloud server. It stops you losing important files, and gives you access to them from any device.

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Gaming

Last but by no means least, it's a gaming PC, you'll need some games! At this point, PC games are almost exclusively sold online, rather than on discs. This means you'll always have access to your games without worrying about an installation disc going missing! The majority of PC games are purchased and played through Steam. If you're running out of space on your SSD, you can use Steam Mover to transfer installed games to your main hard drive.

Have fun!

You're all set. If you have any other questions about how to get your PC up and running, or even how to get the most out of your machine, please don't hesitate to get in touch, or take a look at our FAQ!