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How do i remove the front panel to change CD/DVD drive? I do not have a manual for my desktop - I can remove the side panel but not the front panel. thanks you

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You need to remove the side and then remove the front. The front is connected by latches which are on the top bottom and opposite side of the machine. Once you do that the drive should slide out the front of the machine. You may need to use a flat head screw driver to get the panel off.

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Figure 1: Possible location of manual release hole
Picture showing possible location of manual release hole
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