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Can't get inside.

I'm trying to open up the computer to insert some more memory into it but the sides won't budge even when I've unscrewed them. How do I get to the inside?

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Well on some computers both sides and the top are one piece so have you tried unscrewing the screws connected to these parts then lifting it up and off as one piece

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How do I open my sony pcv-v1

1. Ground Yourself
2. Unplug everything and press the power button for 10 sec to
discharge any residual power.
3. Place PC face down on bench with base over edge.
4. Swing PC unit forward and unscrew the case retaining screw on both
sides of the PC unit, swing unit other way and remove other two
5. Case can be loosened, pull large cover up and remove both sides.
Parts are then exposed.
6. A shiny metal box covers the memory on the left side of the PC unit. 7. Remove tape that retains it,slide and lift off from the edge facing you.
8. Memory slots are then exposed....insert and reassemble PC.

Good Luck!

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How to take apart a tower computer

<ol> <li> <p>Unplug everything. Unplug all of the wires, computer cables and power plugs from the outside of the tower. After this, it's a good idea to pick up the tower and put it on a clean flat workspace, on its side.Open the case. Discharge any static electricity. If you are worried you may have a lot of static electricity, you can use an ESD strap to discharge it. Remove the sides of the tower by unscrewing the screws in the back of the case that hold them on. This is usually two screws on either side, but may be more. On the side where the computer parts are removed, the side may be screwed in with thumbscrews. Lay the computer down so that all of the components are exposed.Remove the cards. The cards usually consist of, the sound card, video card, network card and maybe a few others. Some of these devices are now integrated on the motherboard, so you may have few or no cards at all. You can remove the cards by unscrewing them from the back of the computer. They usually only have one Phillips screw holding them in. Remove the card by pulling it slowly and carefully; you will have to apply some force though.Take out the drives. The drives are in bays in the front of the tower and are screwed into the framework of the tower or in removable bays. You will need to unscrew several screws from this side of the tower and you will need to flip the computer over and unscrew the drives from the other side as well. Unplug all of the power cables and computer connections from the back of the drives. Pull the hard drives out of the back work area. Floppy and optical drives can now be pushed out the front. Some computer cases, such as certain Dells, have a system for the optical drives to come right out by pushing in releases on the sides of the drive and no unscrewing is required.Disconnect the brains of the computer. Remove the memory by unlocking the white end clips and pulling up on the memory carefully and unsnapping it from the connection. Remove the CPU fan by unsnapping it from its connection to the motherboard. Unlock the CPU holder by unlatching the small metal clip. Lift up and remove the CPU.Remove the power supply. Never open the inside of the power supply, as it may cause severe injury. Simply unplug the power supply from the motherboard. This is usually connected by a long white rectangle and requires a clip to be pinched to let it loose. Make sure the power supply is not connected to anything else inside. All that's left is to unscrew four screws on the back of the case that hold the power supply in place. Lift out the power supply.Detach the motherboard. The motherboard should be screwed in with between 6 and 9 screws, simply unscrew them and lift the motherboard out at a good angle so that it fits out the side of the computer. The motherboard may have to be pulled out of the back of the case with some pressure, where the connections for the computer cables are. You should now have an empty tower.<br /></li></ol>

on Dec 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My computer turns on but my screen doesnt how do i turn on the screen.

have you try to check your vag cable connector?. It is located from the monitor going to the cpu. Or try to open your side panel and detach the memory card then clean it by the use of eraser on the pins the brush a paint brush on the memory slot then re-insert the memory card. (Take note be carefull to insert the memory on a proper way, it might burnt the card once you have wrongly insert it.) Hope it helps. THanks

Sep 12, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

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I have an IBM NetVista PC model #830781U and want to install additional memory...1GB chip... How do I do it??

Ok, first of all before installing the ram, you want to make sure the ram you are installing into your computer if the motherboard support the type of ram chip you are installing it in. For your model it is ddr184 pin After this, you can take out your case panel which is the left side by unscrewing the 2 screws in the backside of the panel. Carefully take the panel apart from the computer and set it aside. What you want to located is the RAM slot on your motherboard which typically is 2 slot next to the cpu which has the big fan. Most likely one of the slot or both of the slot is already accompanied by the old memory chip. There are two hinges one on each side, bottom and top. Push these pins down and it would loosen up the memory chip that is already installed on. Replace the new memory chip and make sure you align the golden tooth pins extacly to the memory socket and then push down on the chip until it clicks. Test your computer if it works, if not. You computer may not support the memory chip.

Jan 13, 2011 | IBM NetVista PC Desktop

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Monitor says no signal

No Signal = No video signal.
The monitor isn't receiving a video signal from the computer.

1) If your monitor has a detachable monitor cable, try another monitor cable, if available.

2) Computer off, unplug your computer from power.

Suggest you detach all cables going to the computer.

(If you are not perfectly sure where all the cables go, suggest you make yourself a drawing, and notes before you detach the cables)

Lay a towel on a table, and lay the computer on it's side, Side Panel up, that removes.
Remove the Side Panel.

Follow Anti-Static Precautions before you reach inside the computer.
Remove all ram memory module/s.

Use a can of compressed air for computers, and clean the inside of the computer out, as well as the inside of the Power Supply.

For areas that are built-up with thick 'gunk', you may want to use Q-tips to break the 'crust', then follow with the can of air.

('Gunk' = Dust, dirt, hair, dead bugs, etc.)

It may take more than 1 can of air.
There is a plastic 'straw' provided with the can of air. Insert it into the can of air's nozzle.
Use the can of air as a painter would use a paint gun.

Start at the inside top corner of one side, go across to the top corner of the other side.
Press the trigger of the can of air in all the way as you start, let go of the trigger as you reach the other side.

Drop down a space, go across again. Spacing is up to you, as to how far you drop down.
Generally 1 to 2 inches is what I use.

Keep going across in rows, and dropping down, until you reach the bottom of the computer case.
Tip the computer case top towards you, then use the air to remove all the 'gunk' at the bottom of the computer case.

Pay special attention to the Processor fan, and the Heatsink under the fan.

You may find that using Q-tips on the fan's blades, center hub, and surrounding shroud, will help break the 'crust' loose, so the can of air can remove this 'gunk'.

The fins of the Heatsink need to be clean as possible.
When using the can of air on the Processor fan, try to use Short Bursts of air.
Squeeze the trigger in all the way, then let go.

You do Not want to spin the fan faster than it was designed for, as this can lead to premature failure of the fan's bearings.
Short bursts, Q-tips.

Make sure the computer case fans are clean, also.
Use the plastic straw, to insert part way into a ventilation hole of the Power Supply's case. (Inside the computer)
Start at the top, work your way down.

Hold onto the plastic straw when inserted into a ventilation hole, with one hand, use the other hand to hold the can of air.
The plastic straw can shoot off, and wind up inside the Power Supply, if you don't.

The 'gunk' will be moved towards the back of the Power Supply, where the fan is.
Make sure the Power Supply fan blades, center hub, and surrounding cage are clean.
Again, Q-tips can help before using the can of air.

One more time inside the computer case, towards the bottom.

Make sure you use the air on the ram memory slots.
Now clean the gold plated contact pins on each ram memory module.
(Module = 'Stick'. Ram memory module = ram memory stick)

Use a pencil eraser to clean the contact pins.
If you are not using a solid eraser, and are using an eraser on the end of a pencil, refrain from letting the metal near the eraser touch the contact pins.

Hold the ram memory module by the body.

(The body of the ram memory module is where the black rectangular objects are. The body is coated with a see-through protective plastic.
{The black rectangular objects are DRAM chips)

This example is a close-up view of a typical ram memory module. It is DDR Sdram ram memory. (At 266MHz, or also stated as PC2100)
(Has 184 contact pins. 92 on each side)

Here you can see the DRAM chips I have referenced to, and the gold plated contact pins. (You can enlarge the photo by left-clicking on it)

Rub the eraser on the contact pins. Side to side motion, and/or up and down.
The contact pins can develop corrosion after time.
Corrosion on the contact pins = bad contact.

The corrosion isn't all that readily visible to the untrained eye.
After you have cleaned a few of the contact pins, you may notice they are a bit brighter, than the one's that haven't been cleaned yet.

Use air to remove the eraser dust.
You can use air from a can of compressed air for computers, or air pressure from your mouth will be sufficient.

Reinstall the ram memory module/s.

Close the computer case, sit the computer back into it's normal position, reinstall all cables.

Computer still unplugged from power, press the Power On button in, and hold it in.
Hold the Power On button in for a full count of 5 seconds.
Let go of the Power On button.
Do this procedure TWO more times.

What you are doing is clearing CMOS Error Codes, and resetting BIOS back to the factory default settings.

Now plug the computer back into power.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

If this does not solve the problem, we will diagnose the Power Supply next.
State in a Comment, if the above does not solve your problem.

Should you need guidance in opening your computer, and removing/reinstalling the ram memory module/s, please state so in a Comment.
State what Model Number of eMachines you have.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components, inside a computer.
You may not even see it, or feel it.

Computer unplugged from power, computer case open. (On a table), TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action alone will relieve your body of Static.

If you get up, and walk away from your computer in the middle of working on it, upon your return be SURE to touch the metal frame again.

A better method is to use an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to the metal frame of the open computer.
(Electro Static Discharge)

An example of an ESD wrist strap,

Jul 20, 2010 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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When i turn on computer it says memory modules are detected, but memory failure has occured

remove your memory sticks and wipe them with a soft dry cloth.
reinsert them and try again. if still say same you will have to reload your computer sorry.
hope this helps.

Apr 24, 2010 | Dell XPS 420 PC Desktop

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How do you open a compaq presario sr1630nx computer to install memory upgrades

Viewing the back of your computer, you will see a large thumb screw, on the right side of the computer case.

It's to the right of that round ventilation opening. (Round shape with multiple holes in it)
Unscrew the thumb screw to the Left, to loosen it.

The side panel that the thumb screw is in, pulls back towards the rear of the computer.
If you look, there is a place to put your fingers at the end of the side panel.
(Raised 'Hump' in the sheet metal of the panel)

Hold the top of the computer case with one hand, pull the side panel back with the other hand.

The computer MUST be unplugged from power before proceeding!

Not only is there a possible issue for Your safety, but also the computer's!
You will fry out the Ram Memory stick/s if you remove, or install with the computer plugged into power.

Also,......there is an Anti-Static issue that needs to be addressed, BEFORE you reach inside your computer

Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out the hardware components inside a computer.
(In a Flash!)

Work on a table. Computer unplugged from power, computer case open. TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case BEFORE you reach inside.

TOUCH the metal frame Before, you take those ram sticks out of their protective antistatic bags.

Should you get up for any reason, walk away, then return, Touch the metal frame again.

Refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins, on the bottom of the ram stick.
You can handle the ram stick anywhere, but on those contact pins.
The ram stick is coated with a see-through plastic.
The contact pins are not.

Should you need advice on how to remove, and install ram memory, please state so in a comment. (Top right of page)

This is HP Support, and the download page for the -
Upgrading and Servicing Guide, for the Compaq Presario SR1630NX,

On this page scroll down to - Upgrading and Servicing Guide.
Left-click right on the name.
This is a PDF file download. Give it a few seconds.
After you see the first page, you will note there is a download progress bar.
Let the file download all the way Before looking through it.

Should you wish to save this file to your computer, please come back, and state so in a comment.

The Upgrading and Servicing Guide has illustrations, and instructions for;
1) Opening the computer case. (Side panel)
2) Removing the Front Panel
3) Locating hardware components inside the computer
4) Removing and Adding a Drive. (Harddrive and Optical Drive)
5) Adding Memory
And a host of other information you may find useful.

Jan 06, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR1630NX PC Desktop

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How to install added memory on dell 2400--snp j0203c/1g

Well first off you need to make sure that the memory speeds are compatible with your motherboard... to do that compare the specs on the package for your memory with the stats for your motherboard found on the manufacturers website. If they are compatible, power down your pc... unpolug the power cable as an extra precaution to make sure no power surges are possible... as long as you have to memory slots, you should be able to just remove the present memory sticks and insert the new ones. It's pretty hard to put them in the wrong way as the slots are designed to be inserted only one way. make sure the clamps on either side are locked in once u press them in... don't force them in but make sure they are snuggly inserted. If you have a static strip or bracelet, use those if not... just make sure not to touch anything metal on the memory sticks to avoid any chance of static discharge.. when holding the memory sticks try to touch the back of your hand to either another person or something well grounded to release any static you may have built up in your own body. once you have them in, simply plug in your pc and power it up... windows should find em automatically and you are all set!

Mar 14, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Unplug everthing and place PC face down on bench with base over edge. Earth yourself.
Swing pc unit forward and unscrew the case retaining screw on both sides of the pc unit, swing unit other way and remove other two screws. Case can be loosened, pull large cover up and remove both sides. Parts are then exposed. A shiny metal box covers the memory on the left side of the PC unit. Remove tape that retains it,slide and lift off from the edge facing you.

Memory slots are then exposed....insert and reassemble PC.

Ten minutes tops....good luck, much better performance.

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