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Screwdriver for removing Dell dimension 3000 casing

I have just bought a replacement DVD drive for a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop but when I went to remove the casing the screws holding the casing looked like rivets, upon further inspection I discovered they have very small square holes in the centre,do you by any chance know which kind of screwdriver is required as I have been al round the local hardware shops with no luck and have assorted tool kits for laptops and desktops but nothing that fits this model, I would be very grateful if you could enlighten me as it's driving me crackers, cheers, Paul.

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  • Paul Norton Jul 14, 2007

    Many thanks to everyone who posted replies to this problem, turned out that for this particular model there is a black plastic release catch for the outer casing which pushes down allowing the casing to be removed, no screwdrivers required! Paul.

  • Pat Haley Dec 29, 2008

    Hey, Im having the same problem, Can u help me?

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    Thanx, PH


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Murfsworld, You should post a new question asking for the manual. It'll keep things nice and neat and you'll get an answer sooner!

Posted on Jul 14, 2007

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    Every Dell I have seen since 1988 (all USA of course) had Phillips head screws just like ImWireless states, however, what you describe sounds like a security screw. I?ve seen them in HPs and servers but they?re always Torx (6 sided) screws, what you describe (four sided) sounds like a security screw usually used in furniture. Whatever you have if you don?t want to go off and purchase a special screwdriver set you might be able to wedge a hex key or even a small jewelers flathead screwdriver in the hole and pull it out with that. Be real careful, if you strip out the screw holes you will have a tough time getting them out even with the correct tool. Make sure you replace the screws with conventional ones if you can.




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For opening any Dell PC you would require 2 kinds of screw drivers, either a Small flat-blade screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver. For further information you can refer the service manual. good luck

Posted on Mar 24, 2007


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