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Can I drill holes for expansion slot covers?


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#1 yellowdog5

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:38 AM

I just got a Windows 7 computer that a computer guy here in town put together from used parts. It is missing some covers,  some of the expansion slots are open. I have covers for the expansion slots, but the holes for the screws (on the back of the computer) are just indentations. is it OK to drill them out with a battery operated drill?


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:44 AM

Hi, as long you carefully drill it out and not damage the original size of the hole then it should be fine.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:45 AM

The risk would be getting metal shavings inside the computer. Even one could cause a disaster.

 

Might want to consider covering the open slots with tape.



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:48 AM

The risk would be getting metal shavings inside the computer. Even one could cause a disaster.

 

Might want to consider covering the open slots with tape.

As long there is no metal shavings in any of the fans, nothing to worry about.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:03 AM

I will cover holes, just to be sure.   This is a picture of the back of my computer, you can see the openings next to the expansion slots and around the ports.  Also there is nothing behind the grill below the power supply fan, but there are 4 open holes at the corners of the grill.  What should I cover, and how should I do it? (picture is sideways, click on it for a better view.)  dzyc.jpg


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:11 AM

I do believe it is unnecessary to cover those expansion holes as it will not affect performance or cause any issues.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:15 AM

I have been told that they need to be covered in order to ensure proper air flow and cooling.  Opinions??



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

It may be possible that the slots are locked down with a different mechanism and do not need screws.  That bar on the back should release so that you can install the covers.  While these being open will not be a show stopper anyone who has taken their CompTIA A+ certification will tell you that they should be covered.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:37 PM

Hi, Your case is missing the part that holds the slot covers in place. There is supposed to be a L shaped piece of metal that fits in above the slots and holds the slot covers in place.

 

That other opening, the four screw holes are to hold a fan blowing out the back.

 

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 02:04 PM

i have open slots on the back of my case, i just shove air filter material in them to allow air flow, while blocking perilous dust from entering.


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:37 AM

I have been told that they need to be covered in order to ensure proper air flow and cooling.  Opinions??

It wouldn't have a minor or huge effect on the airflow and cooling of the system.


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