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Tech Lending Program: Complete Kano Computer Assembly

Assembling the Kano Computer

When you check out the Kano computer you will need to first assemble it prior to using it.  These instructions will show you how to quickly assemble the computer and make it ready to use.

Below is a list of components that will be used in your Kano computer's assembly.  Additionally, since the each component is color coded to make it easier to identify, each components color is also listed.

Component Name Color
1. keyboard (wireless/Bluetooth) Orange
2. HDMI Cable Yellow
3. Power Plug and Cable Red
4. Kano OS Micro SD (2 pieces includes SD adapter) Purple & Red
5. USB Dongle Green
6. DIY Speaker Clear
7. Raspberry Pi Model B+ (Motherboard) Green
8. Custom Case (2 parts) Clear
9. Case Cards (2 cards) Orange & Clear









1. The first thing you want to do is assemble the case for your Kano computer.  Take the two clear halves of the case and slide them together around the Raspberry Pi motherboard.

2. Next you need to add the operation system to the Kano computer.  First remove the micro card from the SD adapter.

3. After removing the micro card from the adapter, slide it into the appropriate slot located on the bottom of the assembly.

4. After connecting Kano's Operating System, it is time to install the computer's speaker.  The first step in installing the speaker is to connect the speaker to a power terminal.  After picking up the clear panel with the built in speaker attach the black plug to the pins as shown.  Make sure you connect it to the second and third pins down on the right hand side with the red wire connecting to the second pin and the black wire connecting to the third pin (as shown below).


5. After hooking up the power, it is time carefully snap to the speaker panel into the top of the assembly and to connect the blue data cable to the round speaker port on the side of the assembly (as shown below).


6. Now it is time to connect the computer to a video source.  Take the yellow HDMI cable and plug one end into the computer's HDMI port (the trapezoidal port located next to the speaker port).

7. Next plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your television's HDMI port.

8. Now it is time to hook-up the computer's wireless.  Simply plug the green dongle into one of the computer's USB ports (be sure to remove the cap first).

9. Next to connect the a keyboard to the Kano computer, turn over the orange keyboard and remove the white adapter by sliding it out of its storage slot.

10. Next take the white adapter and plug it into one of the computer's USB ports.

11. It is now time to supply your computer, first assemble the power adapter by sliding the wall plug into the adapter until it clicks.

12. Next attach the power cable by plugging the USB end of the cable into the power adapter.

13. Finally, you need to plug the other end of the power cable into the kano computer's power input jack (located next to the HDMI jack).

14. You can now plug the power adapter into a wall outlet and your Kano computer should start working.  You will see it starting up on your television's screen.