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Printer Ports

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#1 AhhhLeah


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Posted 16 March 2007 - 07:33 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop with XP. It has 2 printer/digital camera ports on the front which I stuck a new digital camera cord into it to download pics but, unbeknownst to me, it had a plastic piece in it which has now caused both ports to no longer work. Yes, I stuck it in both ports trying to figure out why it wouldn't work. The computer doesn't recognize either the printer or the camera plugged into it.

Unlike my EMachines, I am unable to figure out how to open my modem to see if it is possible for me to replace the port myself. I've installed other hardware a number of times on my EMachine with ease so I can't figure out why I can't even get into the modem.

Do you need a special tool to get into the modem? Is the port replaceable? If not, what are my options?

Thanks for your help.

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#2 HitSquad


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Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:00 AM

Hi AhhhLeah.

Forgive me for asking but you're not trying to insert a firewire cable in a usb port are you?
Those two ports on the front are usb ports and should have the "plastic" piece in them. The cable can only go in one way :thumbsup: Reason I ask is that many cameras use a firewire connection. You can post make and model camera if you like. I don't see what the modem has to do with any of this.

Edited by HitSquad, 17 March 2007 - 06:01 AM.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:43 AM

I have a Dell Dimension 3000 also, so maybe I could be of some help. I've taken the front panel off my computer before and those usb ports on the front look irreplaceable sorry. If you want to take a look inside your case and those ports, just take the side panel off the computer and there should be (I think two) black tabs, push those and the front cover should come off.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:34 PM

I strongly suggest that you read the manual that came with the computer!!!

Not only does it contain detailed instructions on how to take the side and front covers off, but it also tells you the precautions to take prior to removing the covers.

Dell Dimension 3000 Systems Service Manual

Before You Begin

Removing the Computer Cover

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