CrystalFontz USB LCD CFA635



This is where it got a little tricky. Although I knew there was an online PDF manual I thought I'd give the unit a try without. I wouldn't recommend this for the average user but I thought I would do this as a test to see how easy it would be.

Update: Crystalfontz have said that the package usually includes a basic installation manual in the package and that this is an unfortunate ommission in this case

First I was confronted with the mass of cables you have seen in the bundle previously. A bit scary even for me. I proceeded to inspect every cable and soon ascertained that the internal USB (or WRUSBY11 as the 'helpful' sticker called it) was the one to go for. At this point I grabbed two fan header extensions and figured that the Temperature probes would daisy-chain together. As the USB wire supplies the power to the unit I assumed that this was all the power I would need.

Hooked up:

CFA635 Connecters hooked up

Quite a mess of wires. At least my case has a lot of space behind the motherboard tray.

Installing into a case

Now it is the time to get the LCD into the case. I won't show you the entire installation process (involving the four screws provided) but suffice to say that the bracket fitted into the case exactly. There is a slight gap (1mm either side) between the case and the LCD, but I think that this is due to the oversize Coolermaster Stacker, rather than the Crystalfontz.

CFA635 first install

You can see the mass of wires hanging down in the already fairly crowded drive bay area. I simply routed them through the back of the motherboard and to the spots where I wanted them.

The finished install - not yet powered up

CFA635 fully installed

Onto Powering up and Software...
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