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How do i access the ram slots on a Dell Dimension 4700 there are NO buttons on the side to depress I have replace RAM in many computers but I cannot find how to get into this darn box!!!

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Removing the Computer Cover Dell Dimension 4700 Series Service Manual

how do i access the ram slots on a Dell Dimension - caution.gif CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide. caution.gif CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before opening the cover.

  1. Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin".

  2. Lay your computer on its side with the computer cover facing up.

  3. If your computer cover has a cover latch, slide and hold the cover latch.

  4. Grip the indents on the computer cover, and slide the computer cover toward the back of the computhow do i access the ram slots on a Dell Dimension - cvrop3.jpg

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  1. Place the computer cover on a level surface.

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    Installing Memory




    CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide.




    NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.


    1. Follow the procedures in "Before You Begin."


    2. Lay the computer on its side so that the system board is on the bottom of the inside of the computer.


    3. Press out the securing clip at each end of the memory module connector

    4. Align the notch on the bottom of the module with the crossbar in the connector.


      1. Insert the module into the connector until the module snaps into position.



    5. If you insert the module correctly, the securing clips snap into the cutouts at each end of the module


    6. Close the computer cover

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From the manufacturer's web-site:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4700/

select the "language" that you can read (English?)

Then, select "Service Manual".
Then, select "View" or "Download".
Then, read the "Removing the Computer Cover" section,
or just look at the pretty diagrams that show you how.


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They aren't that difficult onced you've done one. Open the pins and pull the one out. With both side flaps open slide the ram in its a little tricky but make sure its snug. When you get the module in snug you will be able to snap the pins closed. They wont close until you have the module in correctly though.

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This is a service manual for the unit, how to get to cover off ect
http://supportapj.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4700/sm/index.htm


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