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#1 MattShizzle

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:43 PM

I just got a graphics card to replace the Intel Integrated one so I can play certain games. I can't open my computer. A few of the screws came out, but a few absolutely won't budge. Any ideas?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:47 PM

any idea what model of computer it is? Dell/Hp/Acer/Etc.. Aslo check on the front and back and read off any distinguishing numbers

Most newer pcs in the last few years all tend to have one side pannel that will remove and leave the other 4 sides in place. You can tell by which one has the handle on it. Now some are tricky .. some Older dell cases have latches and buttons on the top/bottom and they unfold or slide open (I hate those things)


Make sure to keep track of all the screws and where they go for later so you can put it back together.


Edit I just saw the "Gateway DX4831-01e" Checking

Edited by Crazy49er, 01 March 2011 - 01:48 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:48 PM

It's a Gateway DX4831-01e. I put it in the description but it's easy to miss.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:55 PM

Gateway is pretty lacking on views of the rear panel but is this it?

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If I were to guess I'd say it opens by pushing the vented (air holes) panel back (towards the rear of the machine, where the plugs are) and then lifting up/out

you may have to fiddle with it a bit, sometimes they dont go without some effort but Rule of thumb if you're applying enough pressure to bend/break something you're probably not doing it right.

Edited by Crazy49er, 01 March 2011 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:58 PM

Can you post the serial number to your computer?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:00 PM

That pic looks like it. The screws on that side came out and it looks like that's how it would go. Don't know the serial #.

Edited by MattShizzle, 01 March 2011 - 02:01 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:02 PM

The serial number is on the back.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:07 PM

I think I was on the right track, these next two photos should help.

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lay the desktop down on its side if you can. make sure the 1-2 large screws are taken out of that vented panel, then grab the handle pulling back towards the rear of the case, and then lift up and out.

Edited by Crazy49er, 01 March 2011 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:12 PM

I was able to open it, but that led to another issue.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:39 PM

Glad you got it opened.
All you have to do is lay it down with the motherboard side down then remove the two screws that will now be on the top & pull on the handle. It might be tight if it was never opened.

Whats the other issue?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:02 PM

Glad you got it opened.
All you have to do is lay it down with the motherboard side down then remove the two screws that will now be on the top & pull on the handle. It might be tight if it was never opened.

Whats the other issue?


he posted another topic Graphics Card




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