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Motherboard Removing

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#1 owfx


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Posted 08 December 2007 - 07:23 AM

I have a dell dimension 4600 (http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-dime...7-30529709.html but i have upgraded to 1.5gb ram an extra 250gb hdd dvd rw and nvidia fx5200 gfx card). i want to buy a new case http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115479/show_product_reviews but i cant seem to remove my motherboard out of my dell. i have pulled out all thevisible screws on the motherboard but i am unable to pull out the processor and heatsink and it feels as if, underneath that, there is an extra screw or even the motherboard is glued on :S

can someone help me solve this? thanks

ps please dont say dont buy a dell or any of that :S

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 07:47 AM

Here's Dell's instructions on it: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...sm/sysboard.htm
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 08:36 AM

that link John furnished shows
4 screws in the heat sink base, they look nonstandard to me/propritary(not open architecture?)

it appears to be a very good design tho, sturdy as all heck but does your new case have the places for standoff posts there?

those 4 screws should be under the heat sink


Edited by DaChew, 08 December 2007 - 08:39 AM.


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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:01 AM

Dell often will use screws to secure the heatsink to the metal tray. Try a Torx screwdriver. HP uses that as well. :thumbsup:

Dell also uses some plastic fasteners on their heatsinks. You will see 4 white plastic discs in the four corners of the heatsink. You need to carefully pry up the little plastic disc from its base, with a flat blade of some sort, preferably non-conductive. :flowers:

Then, you need to turn the board over and using needle nose pliers, squeeze the tips of the plastic fasteners that protrude through while puching them up. You should then be able to remove them from the front side of the board.

Good luck.


Edited by rigacci, 08 December 2007 - 09:02 AM.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:57 PM

one problem will be if he can find a case that has the exact same mount points as the dell.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 01:45 PM

If they take their time and mark the chassis carefully they should be able to drill the necessary holes and use standoffs to attach the board. Where there is a will there is a way. :thumbsup:

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