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Noisy-part 2 I wrote a little while ago and you guys were kind enough to answer. I am trying to open the tower to clean the dust. I looked on the back and there are 2 big screws that come off by hand---but then the side does not come off. There are other screws that are smaller and will need a screwdriver. so....I'm not sure which side comes off (opposite the motherboard except I'm afraid I don't know what that is) and which screws . I am hesitate to start taking off screws. any other ideas?

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    I am using my computer in a safe mode with networking. Since I switched to safe mode my engine sounds like a jet taking off and never stops running at such a high speed. I did check the back and the fan is full of dust. If I go out of safe mode I end up with 35 trojans at my door. So what do I do?


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Look at the rear of the pc. the motherboard will be on the side all the connectors are off centered. so if all the connections are on the left, open the right side. if the fingerscrews are off.... slide the side toward the rear of the PC and it will let go. There are little tabs holding it in place.

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