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Can't get tower cover off

It used to be so easy! What's the trick for removing the tower cover? I need to switch out DVD drives because mine won't open and need to backup files to put on yet a 3rd computer. Your advice will be greatly appreciated!
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  • Claudia5 Apr 16, 2008

    Iqbal - Thank you so much - I did figure it out - found it on Dell's website. Decided to just buy a new computer rather than change out the fans and DVD drives and still be stuck with a slow computer! I really appreciate your quick response! - Claudia

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    How do I get the cover off my Dimension 2400?

  • fbruced Apr 08, 2009

    How do i get the cover off my old dell dimension 4600?


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Thanks. Got the cover off. Now got to find the right fan to replace, as the CPU fan is not detected.

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  • goto dell site
  • get free registration giving your service tag number
  • then search 'how to open cover'
  • You can find video for that
try out and please post your feed-back


Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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Some have a tiny hole, right under the tray that comes out. Use a paperclip in the hole to manually open the tray.

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Read the big label that the manufacture has put on your DVD drive, you need information regarding Master and Slave jumper positions.

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Install the drives by removing an available 5.25" plastic drive cover on the front of your PC tower case. Now secure the new DVD drive to the chassis with the included M3 mounting screws.

Use two screws on each side to ensure that the drive is secure.
Insert both the SATA power and Data connections into the drive and the SATA data connector into an available SATA connector on the mainboard.

Once completed power on your computer and enter the BIOS/CMOS by tapping the delete key as soon as your computer powers on.

Your will get to the BIOS/CMOS screen where you need to find the heading for Master and Slave drives. You should see your primary hard drive and both DVD drives.

Enter into the DVD drive settings and set the one to master and other to slave.

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It sounds as if there is either still some obstruction within the CD tray mechanism or path, or else the CD drive itself has failed and should be replaced.

I would recommend replacing the CD drive, especially if it has already caused one CD to break into fragments.

Replacing a CD drive should be reasonably easy if you have a tower computer and are happy to open the case.

Depending on the design, there are normally only 2 screws on each side of an optical drive and 2 cables on the rear to disconnect (3 cables if you have a direct sound connection from the drive to the motherboard).

Some case may have a quick release method for removing the optical drive. You should consider replacing the CD drive with a combination CD R/W DVD drive unless you already have a second DVD drive installed.

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Very easy to do. Just remove one of the side panels or maybe removing both will make your job a lot easier, now you should see some little plastic hooks that come inside of the tower from the front cover, just press them and the front cover should come right off. To reinstall, just press front cover against the holes on the tower.. Let me know if this answers your question and good luck..

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I had a dvd break when I was trying to load the program and I can't get the pieces out of the hard drive and the hard drive won't shut.

well this is a fix that involves removing the drive from the case. there are several screws to remove to remove the cover, but if you are patient, this is actually easy. please read the entire post before proceeding!!!!
  • remove the rear cables(power and interface) from the drive. gentle pulling will do the trick. make sure to pull straight out on the cables and not at an angle as not to damage the pins(considering the possibility that this is more than likely a 40 pin eide drive.)
  • remove the retaining screws/brackets from both sides of the drive. then remove the drive from the front of the case. (some e-machines are a little tricky because you have to remove the front cover facade first. be gentle because some models have 4 screws holding the facade on and trying to remove without removing these screws will permanently damage the facade)
  • once the drive is out, (this will void the drive warranty but if your careful you shouldn't have a problem.) remove the screws in the cover for the drive. there should be a total of 4. once these screws are out the covers should come of and you will see the internal working area of the drive.
  • at this point you will want to be careful not to scratch the laser "eye". this is the heart of the drive and if scratched, you will be buying another drive. i do not suggest inverting the drive to remove the old pieces at this point for that reason.
  • with a pair of plastic tweezers (available at any dollar/dime store) remove all the pieces you can up to anything over 2 cm in size. use a shopvac if needed to remove any remaining pieces. now you can turn the drive upside down and tap lightly to make sure you have gotten all of the failed disc out.
  • the final step before reassembly would be to gently clean the lens with a lint free cloth and a little residue free alcohol. (your alcohol wipes from the first aid kit not advised)
thats it. reinstall in the reverse order and make sure since you have te case open, if you need to upgrade your video card/memory, do that now and use a can of air to dislodge any dust and vacuum that out before closing the case.
Now with that said, if you think you can afford a newer DVD/Blue ray drive: buy it and upgrade your dvd drive.
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