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Gateway dx4320. want to install sata card. have side panel off but the metal tab for the card opening is not screwed in like older computers but seem to still be attached by small connections to the rear panel

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I found a picture of the rear of the case and it looks as if there's 2 screw that hold the right side of the case on, if you're looking at the back of the case.
I really wish manufacturers would put thumb screws on the cases instead of actual screws.

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USB 3.0 upgrade


You might need to upgrade you graphics card.

USB 3.0 is the newest connection port upgrade, arriving on the market in 2010.
The cable port connection is far superior to the USB 2.0 port, as it is able to transport up to 5 gbps (gigabits per second), instead of the previous version's max speed of 480 mbps (megabits per second).

However, most computers do not yet have this connection port installed, in which case you are left to upgrade your own computer system to the newer, faster connection method.

Turn off your computer, then disconnect all of the cables running into the computer.
Remove the Phillips screws from the back side of the computer.

WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.

Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards.

This unlocks the case, allowing you access to the interior of the system.
Slide open the computer case.

Inside the middle is a longer circuit board.
This is the motherboard of the computer.

On the back side of the motherboard, facing the rear of the computer, are PCI card slots.
These allow you to install additional hardware onto the computer.

Slide the USB 3.0 connection port into one of the open PCI card slots, then push down the plastic levers along each side of the slot to lock the card into place.

Close the computer cover, then tighten the Phillips screws and reattach the cables.
Power on the computer, then insert the driver installation CD into the disc drive of the computer.

Once the installation wizard loads, follow the prompts of the wizard to install the drivers.
Restart the computer once finished and the USB 3.0 connection ports are ready for use.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/186566/usb_30_finally_arrives.html
Compatible graphics cards for Gateway Computers

Just as a processor handles data and a sound card outputs sound, your computer's video card is responsible for processing graphics and displaying them on your monitor.

The video cards manufacturers build into computers typically have enough power for the average user, but it may be necessary to upgrade your video card for better performance in games or graphics heavy applications.

Understand which types of video cards are compatible with your Gateway computer and learn about all your options.
PCI Express Graphics Cards

Many newer Gateway computers have a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express slot in which you can add any PCI Express compatible video card.

These devices range from budget cards suitable for everyday tasks to high end models for gaming that cost hundreds of dollars.

AGP Graphics Cards

Older Gateway computers likely have an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot for AGP compatible cards.

The AGP bus provides sufficient bandwidth for high performance graphics cards, but the technology is no longer in use and AGP cards are difficult to find.

PCI Video Cards

Nearly all Gateway computers should have at least one PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) slot regardless of age.

This slot has enough bandwidth to support a wide range of peripherals like sound cards and modems, but is not suitable for high end video cards.

You can find a number of low and mid-range cards for PCI slot computers, however.

USB Video Cards

USB video cards are also compatible with Gateway computers sporting USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

These external cards sit outside the computer and allow you to connect additional monitors to your system.

They are a good option for people who feel uncomfortable working inside computers.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371083,00.asp
How to buy a video card

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/support/default.aspx
Gateway Support
Upgrade My Video Card on My Gateway Desktop

Gateway desktops are affordable computers, but they often do not come with top-of-the-line video cards.
Computer games may run slowly or not at all on your Gateway desktop.

One way to solve this problem is to upgrade the video card.
Video cards come in PCI, PCI-E and AGP interfaces, so you should be able to find a video card upgrade no matter what Gateway desktop model you have.

Click "Start" and right-click "My Computer."
Select "Properties" from the menu that appears.

Go to the "Hardware" tab.
Choose "Device Manager."

Click the plus sign next to the Device Manager entry listed "Display Adapters."
Find your graphics card in this list.

Double-click it.
Go to the "Drivers" tab and click "Uninstall Drivers."

Click "OK" to confirm the uninstallation process.
Shut your Gateway desktop down.

Pull the power cable out of the back.
Look at the back of the Gateway computer tower for screws on the right side panel or on top of the case for a cover release handle.

Nov 29, 2013 | Gateway DX4200-09 PC Desktop

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Replacing a power switch on a gateway tower


The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009566/1009566nv.shtml

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

Outside view,

http://support.gateway.com/s/CASES/GERSHWIN/8016200R/8016200Rmv.shtml

Rear View,

http://support.gateway.com/s/CASES/GERSHWIN/8016199R/8016199Rrv.shtml

-> 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,

http://support.gateway.com/s/CASES/GERSHWIN/8016038R/8016038Rmv.shtml

Me?
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,

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=atx+power+switch

Direct link to Hardware Reference Guide,

http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8512041.pdf

Let\'s see if it works.

If not here is the Gateway Support page for it.

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009566/1009566ul.shtml

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

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

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 19, 2013 | Gateway GM5472 PC Desktop

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DX4300-05 How to open Gateway panels


1) Jaws of Life.

2) Acetylene torch

OH, I'M JUST KIDDIN'!

Gateway Support > DX4300 series of Desktop PC > Main Support page,

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/s/desktop/2009/gateway/dx/dx4300/DX4300nv.shtml

http://support.gateway.com/s/desktop/2009/gateway/dx/dx4300/DX4300rv.shtml

Looking at the Front of the computer, is how you determine Right side, and Left side.
The Right side removes with two screws, as far as I can see.

The Left side is a little harder to tell.

Gateway Support is of no help on this one. At least that I have found. Not in User Manual, because it's generic. One size fit's all.

However looking at the Rear View, it looks like the usual style to me.
Hard to make out though, because it's painted Black.

ON the back edge of the Left Side Panel, appears to be a Thumbscrew.
Even with centerline of Power Supply fan.

But there also appears to be a type of flip lock.
Or should state; push over to the inside; a little.

Then using the Fingerpull molded handle on the Left Side Panel, pull the side panel back.

Usually there are Slots in the metal frame, of the computer case.
The side panel has Tabs that stick out, with hooked end.
Along the top, and/or along the bottom.

You pull the side panel back until it stops, then move back forward about an inch, or so. Then bring the side panel straight out.

No?
Then post back what you see, and we'll try to figure it out together.

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Mar 22, 2013 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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How does one remove the right side panel from a Gateway DX4840-11e Desktop?


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.

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/78976-disassembling-gateway-dx4300-case.html

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 18, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Replace power button gateway sx 2311


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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113140

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,

http://support.gateway.com/s/CASES/3501975/3501975faq6.shtml

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,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 19, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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How to remove disk drive


The front of your computer is the Front Panel. The Front Panel needs to be removed, along with the Side Panel, to replace an optical disk drive. (CD/DVD drive)

Gateway Support > LX6810-01 Desktop PC > Main Support page,

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=2308

In the list click on -> User Guides
In this list click on the blue -> Gateway Hardware Reference Guide
This is a Zip file. If you do not know how to 'unzip' a Zip file, please state in a Comment, and I will guide you.

Page 45: Opening the case

FIRST <-
A) Unplug the computer from power.
B) 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.

Looking at the Front of the computer the LEFT Side Panel removes.
There are two Philips head screws along the edge of the Side Panel, on the back. One towards the Top, one towards the Bottom.
These are removed.

The Side Panel is then slid back with the 'finger bump' on the panel, until it stops. Then the top is brought out, and the Side Panel removed.

Removing the Front Panel: Page 47
Look towards the inside, and towards the Front.
See the 3 black plastic tabs, sticking in slots of the metal framework?

One towards the Top, one in the Middle, and one towards the Bottom.
These tabs are gently squeezed in towards the inside. Towards the motherboard.

These tabs are formed out of the plastic of the Front Panel. They have a hook on the end. The hooked end catches on the side of the slot, in the metal framework of the computer case.

Once the hooked end is moved to the center of the slot, the tab is free.
Ease the Top tab in, then follow with the Middle tab. The Front panel should start to come off.
Now move the Bottom tab in.
The Front Panel will now swing towards the Right.

USE CARE as it is NOT stated, or shown, if the main wires are going to the Front Panel, OR the Front Panel is merely a cover.

You DO NOT want to pull the wires off of the Front Panel header, on the motherboard.
If the Front Panel has wires attached, and is not just a cover, use care, and set it to the side.

[The Front Panel header, is the area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires from the Front Panel connect to ]

You will see two Philips head mounting screws, along the rail in the optical drive bay cage, that hold the optical drive in, that you wish to remove.

Remove these screws, keep track of them. (They like to roll off of the table, lol!)
Slide the drive forward a little, then holding onto the drive, remove the power cable, and data cable. If it is the main optical drive, (And you have two drives), you may also have to remove a small audio cable.

Now slide the drive out of the front.

Harddrive removal: Page 52
Remove the power cable, and the data cable.

[For a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, you just ease the connector out,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

BY THE CONNECTOR, and NOT the wires.
For a SATA power cable there may be a small lock tab on top, that you depress down with a thumbnail,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata ]

The Harddrive has a metal 'box' cage around it. The harddrive cage.
On the back of the cage, (Towards back of computer), there is a thumbscrew located at the top of the cage.

This thumbscrew is removed, and the Harddrive cage is slid out, towards the back of the computer.
Remove the screws that hold the Harddrive in the harddrive cage.
Then remove the Harddrive.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Aug 14, 2012 | Gateway LX6810-01 PC Desktop

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My gateway profile 4 all in one has a totally white screen with no display. Rebooted with normal


before thinking about replacing the video card

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA

the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they might be faulty


if its a 40 pin flat ribbon type it will be the first to fail


make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty


even something as small as a faulty electrical fan and its lead can cause you problems

computers need all power and data to continue through every working device and to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error


make sure your graphics card is securely seated with no dust built up or in the socket

if you remove your graphics check the socket to make sure its dust free


restart your computer then reinstall it this should activate found new hardware wizard

if you need to replace the video card it will be attached to the rear of the vga lead inside your computer usually in a pga slot


Remove your computer's cables.

Turn your computer around so the back faces you.

Remove the two screws on the computer holding the right side of your computer to the case.

On many models of gateway computers, you only need to remove the screws with your hand. Remove the right side of the case to expose the interior.


Unscrew the metal plate of your old graphics card holding it to your computer's case. Remove the card by sliding it out of the motherboard.

Slide your new graphics card into the slot from where you removed the old one. Screw the metal plate to your computer's case.
Reassemble your computer and connect its cables
hope this helps

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After system restore sound card wont work


Removing the sound drivers In Windows XP, click Start , and right-click My Computer .In indows 95, 98, and Me, right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.Click Properties from the list that appears.In Windows XP, click the Hardware tab, then the Device Manager button.In indows 95, 98, and Me, click the Device Manager In Windows XP, click Uninstall (the small picture of a computer overlaid by an X In Windows 95, 98, and Me, click Remove .Click OK when a warning window appears.Continue to remove sound devices that relate to the audio card brand (not Legacy) until all have been removed. If the device is a combination sound-modem card, remove devices related to the brand name listed under Modem as well.Close all programs and turn off the PC.Back to top Step 2: Disabling on-board sound Skip this step if the PC does not have onboard sound. If PC does have onboard sound, do the following to disable it Turn on the PC and press the F1 key repeatedly at the first logo screen. "Entering Setup" should appear on the screen.In the Setup screen, press the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys to highlight Advanced. Press the DOWN ARROW key until Onboard Audio , Onboard Audio Options , or I/O Device Configuration is highlighted, press ENTER .If another menu appears, press the DOWN ARROW key until Onboard Audio codecs or Audio Codec is highlighted, press ENTER .Press the DOWN ARROW key until Disabled is highlighted, press ENTER .Figure 2: Example of one possible Onboard Audio BIOS setting Press F10 , then the Y key, to save the settings and exit.Turn off the power and continue to Step 3.The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.Unplug all cables except for the power. Write down each cable location if you do not already know where it connects.Unplug the power cable and with the power cable removed press the Power button on the front of the PC.Remove the screws on the rear of the PC.Figure 3: Side Panel screws (your PC may be different Slide the side panel off from the rear of the PC.Figure 4: Side Panel removal (your PC may be different Step 4: Removing the sound card Use this section to remove the sound card. If the PC was using onboard sound and you do not have to remove it, skip to Step 5 .Locate the sound card inside computer case. Use the speaker connections on the back as a reference. Disconnect any cables that are plugged into the back and sides of the sound card. Carefully note where each cable was installed.Remove the one screw that holds the sound card to the chassis. If a metal plate covers up the screw, then remove this plate first.Figure 5: Screw that attaches card to case Grasp the sound card by its edges and slide it out of its slot.Figure 6: Card removal If the sound card is a combination sound-modem card, disconnect all cables from the modem and remove it in the same way that the sound card was removed.5: Installing the sound card Insert the new sound card into an open compatible slot. If you have a sound-modem ombination card, insert the new modem card into an open slot as well. Attach the card or cards with one retaining screw. Replace the metal plate if it was used.Connect all the cables back to their original positions : Replacing the cover Replace a side panel by matching the side panel tabs with the tab openings in the case. Figure 7: Side Panel tabs (your PC may be different Insert the side panel and slide it forward.Figure 8: Side Panel insertion (your PC may be different Fasten the screws to secure the side panel.Figure 9: Side Panel screws (your PC may be different Installing the software and drivers for the new card s Connect all cables and turn on the PC Use the software installation instructions that came with the new sound card to install the software. Normally a CD is inserted after Windows finds the new hardware and displays a message.If the new sound card is a replacement for an original card that came with the PC, Windows should find and install the software automatically. If needed, you can install/reinstall the sound software using the HP Application Recovery software that came with your HP or Compaq PC.Original and updated drivers may also exist on the HP Website. After installing the original driver, go to Software and Driver Downloads site and enter your PC model number to find software and driver downloads.f a window appears stating that it needs help finding particular files, place the driver disc from the soundcard manufacturer into a disc drive. If this does not help, browse to the following pathnames, one at a time, until the file is found: C:indows\inf
C:\Windows\options\cabs
C:\Windows\system
C:\Windows\system32
If the files under these pathnames do not appear, open the C:\ from My Computer . Click Tools , Folder Options , and click the View tab. Remove the checkmarks from Hide protected operating system files , and select Show hidden files and folders . Click OK .Restart the PC and test for sound.

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I want to open the back of the case to install a sound card


Hello you only need to remove two screws at the back on the right side cover of the tower when you are facing the back of your desktop


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after removing two screws.. slide the side cover all the way to the direction of the back of your desktop.

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Once remove, you can access the slot where sound card is installed and simply pull up the sound card (assuming you are not using your onboard sound card and you are using a pci sound card)

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How remove DVD From desktop Compaq Presario


have to be a little more clear with the question depends on where you want them removed if the computer oh intalar system for a non-dvd if the system goes to control panel and look for oction says oh add remove program
if you want to put a DVD without need only to plug the computer and remove the cable and put the other one wants to

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