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I want to clean dust from inside tower, do i pull straight out on cord that has blue plug? it seams really in there

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    that worked ,thanks so much



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Does it look like a VGA plug?

If so, you'll have to back out the screws on either side to take it out. Just do it with your fingers, or if they're too tight, use a flat screwdriver to do them (some even allow use of a phillips screwdriver). Just be careful as sometimes the screws want to take the screws that they're mounted in with them (they hold the VGA port in place).

If that isn't it, where is the plug and what shape is it?

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