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How do I remove case gateway dx4380?

Trying to remove case without breaking plastic tabs

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yes you need to pull ALL parts HDD, dvd drive,....
then turn it over and pry loos the cover above the keyboard you should then be able to remove the keyboard

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The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel

Slip this off to access the Power On Button assembly, which has the Power On switch inside it,

Outside view,

Rear View,

-> FOLLOW Anti-Static Procedures -> BEFORE reaching inside, your unplugged from power, computer.
If you do not know, post back in a Comment

Now look at the Rear view of the Front Panel again.

The LEFT Side Panel removes.

Looking at the Rear view of the Front Panel; note that the LEFT side of the Front Panel, is towards the Bottom.

See the three TABS sticking up along this edge?
One at the Bottom, one in the Middle, and one at the Top.

Flat plastic TABS formed out of the Front Panel itself.

Another point of view.......
The metal framework you see that the CD/DVD drive/s are in, is the Optical Drive Bay.

Look at the Optical Drive Bay, and towards the Top/FRONT.
See that flat TAB sticking in from the Front Panel?

Now come down to the Middle of the Front Panel.
See how out at the bottom of the Optical Drive Bay, there is a TAB sticking in from the Front Panel?

See the TAB at the Bottom?

They hook on the metal framework of the computer case.
They go through SLOTS in the metal framework.

The Tabs are pressed to the Inside of the computer case, OR to the outside of the computer case.

This action brings a hooked end on the end of the TAB, to the Middle of the slotted hole it\'s in, and then the Tab is free.

Suggest start with the Bottom TAB, press on it when hooked end is free of slot; then do the same for the Middle TAB.
Now perform this on the Top TAB.

The TABS are pressed to the inside, or to the outside, and pressure is put against them towards the Front Panel.
Push on the Tabs, to push the Front Panel away from the computer case.

Once all three TABS are free, the Front Panel will swing out, and remove.

Power On switch is mounted to this metal case,

I would open that case, and take the Power On switch itself, out.
Then see if I could find a replacement, or one that I could live with,

Direct link to Hardware Reference Guide,

Let\'s see if it works.

If not here is the Gateway Support page for it.

8512041 - Gateway Hardware Reference Guide (5-Bay uATX Case)

Go to Pages 37, and 38. (Top of Adobe Reader in page number box)

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May not be exact, just posting info I know;

If memory serves you remove the Front Panel. This allows access to tab,s that are depressed, and allows the removal of the Right/Upper metal part of the case, (After removing rear Philips screws, 'natch)

I also seem to remember that there are plastic 'Tabs' on the top plastic cover, that protrude down into the top metal frame of the computer case. Once the wires are disconnected, the tabs are depressed, and this allows the plastic top to slide off.

Direction? Memory fading. Can't remember if you slide to the Front, or Rear. Looking at those plastic tabs should reveal this.

Also cannot remember if the plastic Top needs to be removed first, THEN the 'fairing'.

Awaiting your reply. Post back in a Comment.
Perhaps together, as you work on disassembling the case, we can solve this problem.
Remove the Front Panel, then tell me what you see.

Post back in a Comment.


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Computer unplugged from power, FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.

1) Remove the Side Panel.
Viewing the computer from the Front; the Right Side Panel removes. Remove screw, pull Side Panel to the rear of the computer.

Click on the large main photo.
There are 9 smaller views shown. 3 across, and 3 rows.
Bottom row, click on the photo in the Middle.
Shows Rear view of computer.

Along the back edge of the Side Panel, is a finger pull handle formed out of the Side Panel. There also looks to be two screws. One above the pull handle, one down towards the bottom.

2) Remove the Front Bezel.
Click on the Middle row/middle photo.
Also look at Middle row, 3rd photo. (Photo all the way to right)

There are 3 Black tab locks, formed out of the plastic of the Front Bezel. One towards the Top, one in the Middle, and one towards the Bottom.

If memory serves these tabs are gently pulled to the outside, to release the Front Bezel. Ease the Top tab out a little, and Middle tab.

Start easing the Front Bezel away from the metal framework, of the computer case, a little. Then release the Bottom tab.
Front Bezel should swing, and then come off.

Not your Gateway model of computer case, but this Gateway model shows the plastic Tabs to release,

The Power On Button is an assembly. The plastic housing of the Power On Button assembly, has a Power On switch inside.
I gently heat the plastic with a hair dryer, moving the hair dryer back, and forth at it.

Once the tabs of the plastic, of the Power On Button assembly, is softened; then I remove the Power On switch.

I have found this ATX power on switch, fits a LOT of desktop computers,

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1) Unplug from power
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.

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 ]

Gateway Support > Gateway GT4010 Desktop PC > Main Support page,

Click on the Support Documents tab.
(Driver / BIOS / Applications / Patches / Support Documents / etc)

Click on the blue -> 5891 - Support Documents subheading
Click on Product Views.
Click on Rear View

Viewing the Front of your computer the Right Side Panel removes.
There are two Thumbscrews to loosen, shown by the letter C.
(They are supposed to remove all the way. If they do it's OK)

There is a finger-pull formed out of the back of the left Side Panel.
Pull towards the back of the computer. It should then swing out at the top, and can now be removed.

Go back one page, and this time click on - User Guides
Click on -

(This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file name it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.
Took 10 seconds just now using a medium speed DSL connection)

Go to Page 51.
Now I would like you to go to Page 52 - Removing the front bezel

The Front Bezel is the Front Panel, of your computer.
It has 6 tabs that lock it on the metal frame of the computer case.
There are 3 of these tabs that you access, from the Side Panel opening.
It is only these 3 that need to be accessed, in order to remove the Front Bezel.

Looking at the inside, of the Front Panel, and the edge that meets the metal framework of the computer case;
One tab near the Top.
One tab in the Middle.
One tab towards the Bottom.

These tabs are plastic, and are formed out of the plastic Front Bezel.
Press the Top tab IN. (Not too hard or it may break)

Gently pull the Front Bezel towards the front of the computer, JUST A LITTLE.
Now press in on the Middle tab.
Finally press the Bottom tab in.

(Each tab has a flat hooked end. The tab itself goes through a slot, in the metal framework of the computer case. The tab must be pressed in far enough, so the flat hooked end will clear the slot, and allow the tab to slide through the slot; when the Front Bezel is pulled forward)

Tabs clear of the metal framework of the computer case; right side of Front Bezel swings out a little. (Viewed from the Front; Right side)
This will allow the tabs on the other side to release from the metal framework of the computer case.

It looks as through the Power On switch is attached to the Front Bezel.
This means use CARE, and ease the Front Bezel forward a little, away from the computer case.
Wires are still attached.

IF, you pull on the Front Bezel too hard, or too far; the wires may become unplugged from the motherboard.

IF, this happens, do not worry.
Here is the pinout information for all of those wires,

Click on Product Views.
For example; The Power On switch connects to the Front Panel header, on the motherboard. For this pinout click on -
W - Front Panel connector

9-pin header.
4 pins across the Top row.
5 pins across the Bottom row.

Starting on the Left side, going towards the Right, Top row;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO Pin 10.

Starting on the Left side, going towards the Right, Bottom row;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

A) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED.
(Light. It's a Light Emitting Diode)

Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the HDD LED is dim when the Harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

B) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

C) Pin 9 is N/C. Not Connected. 5 Volt check point reserved for the factory.

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the Power On LED.
Pin 2 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
IF the PWR LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around.

E) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

F) There is NO Pin 10.

There is nothing(?) like removing a Front Panel (Front Bezel), and finding out you accidentally unplugged wires from the motherboard; and there is no pinout to connect them back.

Just makes you so HAPPY


Power On switch replacement:

The Power On Button is an assembly. Every pre-built computer manufacturer has their own design, and it can vary from MODEL to MODEL.

The main thing here is, the Power On switch usually doesn't.
This ATX power on switch is used in MANY models of Desktop PC's,

I know it's hard to see here, and I apologize for that. Best example I have found.
View what looks to be a metal square cap in the front of the view.
There is a small post that sticks out.

This post is what the plastic part of the Power On Button assembly, presses against.

Power On Button assembly may have a plastic post itself, which is returned with a coiled spring, once the Power On Button is pressed.
Or the plastic button itself, presses against that Power On switch post.

You need to soften the plastic of the Power On Button assembly, in order to remove the Power On switch.

The plastic tabs of the Power On Button assembly may break, if this is not observed. Also compounded by the fact, that the plastic of the Power On Button assembly, has been heated several times, and is now brittle. (Plus age)

I use a hair dryer set on low, (Thanks honey. I'll be right back with it, lol!), and slowly wave the nozzle of the hair dryer, back and forth across the Power On Button assembly.

Once the plastic has softened some, ease whatever tabs you need to gently move aside a little, to ease the Power On switch out.
Be aware that the plastic will cool almost instantly, and need to be softened again, before attempting to replace the Power On switch.

Or perhaps june_sells20 this is the best way to go,

Not advertising for seller, nor website. Just reference.

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