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Step 1:

Unplug from power. Remove all cables.

If you are not SURE where they all plug into, especially the audio cables; make a drawing, and notes before removing them.

Work ON a table, (Or workbench)
Open the computer case. Viewing the front of the computer; the Left Side Panel removes. There is a 'fingerpull' formed in the side.

Two thumb screws, pull the Side Panel back about 1 Inch; then remove straight out away from the computer tower.

Step 2:

FOLLOW 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 working inside your computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again, upon your return.

Step 3:

The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel.
Remove the Front Panel.

Look inside, and at the Front Panel, where it meets the metal frame of the computer case; towards you.
There are 3 tabs to depress, in order to remove the Front Panel.
They are plastic, and are formed out of the plastic Front Panel.

Over time, and heat; the Tabs are probably brittle. Use care as you depress/pull on them.

There is one tab towards the Top, one towards the Middle, and one towards the Bottom.
(If memory serves)

The ends of the Tabs have a hook. The tab must be gently pressed to the Inside of the computer, or gently pulled to the Outside of the computer; in order to move the hooked end towards the middle of the slot opening.

(There are rectangular slots in the metal framework of the compuyer case; that the Tabs go through)

Start with the Bottom tab. Once it's hooked end is clear of the edge of the slotted opening, (It will be in the middle of the opening), then gently pry out on the bottom of the Front Panel, JUST A LITTLE.

Now go to the Middle tab, then the Top tab.
Once the Tabs hooked ends are free, the Front panel should spin towards the other side, and come off.

Use care as there may be wires attached to the Power On switch/ Power On LED light, Harddrive activity LED light, etc.
It may, or may not just be a cover.

Believe it is set up like the eMachines ET1641,

Looking at the far side, see the two Tabs? They look like the hooked end is to the Outside edge, which means they need to gently be pushed to the INSIDE of the computer.

Step 4:

Once the Front Panel is removed, there should be a Philips head screw, or more than one; that holds the plastic Power On button assembly, to the Front Panel.

Inside the plastic housing of the Power On Button assembly, is the Power On switch.
It may resemble this generic ATX power on switch,

The plastic of the Power On Button assembly is probably hard, over time, and heat.
I use two different methods of removing the Power On switch;

1) The Power On switch is no good.

I use a bowl of water as hot as I can stand it; and place the Power On Button assembly down in it.
After a few minutes the plastic has softened.
Then G-E-N-T-L-Y pry the plastic tabs of the Power On Button assembly; so you can ease the Power On switch out.

2) I use a hair dryer. Constantly move the nozzle around, so you do not overheat just one spot. Plastic softened gently move the Tabs, and extract the Power On switch.

(You may need gloves. These old hands don't care anymore, lol!)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012


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