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Installing cd drive

I was trying to install another cd drive computer. I am able to remove the front bezel but there is still a piece of metal blocking the 5.25 bay. Anyone knows how to remove that?

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I am preparing to install a 2nd DVD burner in the E380, and have done quite a bit of research and prep, and called tech support about how to remove the metal piece.

First, remove bothe sides of the case. Then remove, carefully, the front panel which is snapped on. There are three tabs on each side holding it. With a flat screwdriver pop each tab loose. There are wires attached to the data posts which don't need to be messed with, just swing the front panel aside. This gives you total access to the drive bay, which is covered by a piece of metal that has been punched through and still held in place at two spots in the middle of each side of the slot for the drive.

The tech guy said, after asking someone, that you wiggle that plate up and down, piveting it back and forth until it snaps off. I used a pair of needlenose pliers and it was suprisingly easy. After wiggling it 6 or 7 times it came right off.

So I'm now waiting for the drive to arrive by UPS and I'll be ready to go.

Good luck!

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Hey there beisong,

In many desktop computers you need to install the drive from inside the case and slide it outward along the runner. The piece of metal you are possibly referring to, will prevent it from sliding out too far from the inside. Alternately, but less likely, there may may some quick locking mechanism on the side of the bay drive which is in place and preventing your further movement inward. In this case simply remove, usually by twisting to one side or the other to release. It may be advisable to remove both side panels to ensure there is not one on the opposite side.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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2) FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out
(Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer.

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One towards the Top, one towards the Bottom. Along that edge. There is another screw on the bottom, below the screw on the edge, and towards the middle somewhat.

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If there is no manual override hole, you'll have to disconnect the power cable, and data cable, and remove the optical drive's mounting screws.
Then remove the small case cover screws for the optical drive, and remove the disk.

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All-In-One desktop computers are nice to have, but a pain in the keister when you have to work on them, or upgrade, if you are not a computer tech.

With the Acer Veriton Z290G you have to remove the LCD assembly, in order to access the Ram Memory.

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Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Once you remove the LCD assembly you right in the middle of hardware 'heaven'.
You can easily static shock the Processor, or a number of other hardware components.
I would recommend buying an inexpensive ESD wrist strap, and connect it's alligator clip to a good ground source, before beginning.

[Average cost of an ESD wrist strap is around $5. They are available in most stores that repair computers, or online ]

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You can also connect to an unpainted surface of a metal table leg, if the table you're working on has metal legs.

Barring none of the above applies, at least place a large metallic object on the table, and connect to it. (Unpainted)
Perhaps a metal serving tray, or metal knickknack.

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If no multi-compartment container is available, you can substitute with a clean egg carton.
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2) Remove the Computer Stand.
I would suggest laying a towel on a table, then lay the computer face down on it.
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There are 3 screws in a triangle pattern to remove.
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3) Remove the Side Bars
Looking at the back of the computer, there is a screw to remove in each outside Bottom corner.

Once the two screws are removed, slide each Side Bar down. This disengages the bar's inner tabs from the chassis.
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4) Remove the Front Bezel.
(The plastic thin frame that surrounds the LCD screen, and is in front of the LCD screen. Resembles a picture frame)

Computer laid on it's front, the Front Bezel is 'popped' off.
The Bezel is attached to the chassis with small plastic protrusions, formed out of the Bezel.

There are four on one side, and four on the other side.

These plastic tabs snap into place when the Bezel is installed.
The procedure is to CAREFULLY use a flat tipped Jewelers screwdriver, and ease along the Bezel, in-between the Bezel, and the back cover.
{Better is to use a plastic computer spud tool,

http://www.accessorygeeks.com/2-pry-tool-for-cell-phone.html }

This will be the hardest part of the procedure.

The tip is eased in, and NOT very far in depth.
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