Remove the Cover Screws
(Warning: To avoid cuts, keep your hands clear of the metal edges on the chassis)
Most computers have between 3 to 5 screws holding the cover
onto the chassis. If you're not sure which screws in the back of your computer are the
cover screws, they are the screws totally surrounded by the cover.
It's a good idea to have a small container ready to drop the
screws into as you remove them. These screws are small and can become easily lost. It's
amazing how many times they become lost inside of the computer. This is not a situation
you want to find yourself in. A loose screw inside of a computer can have devastating
effects. If the screw gets in the right place, it can short out the motherboard or if
lodged in a fan, can cause the CPU to overheat and possibly burn itself out.
A power screwdriver can come in handy. A power screwdriver can
remove and install screws a whole lot faster than you can do it by hand. It's a time-saver
that's well worth investing in.
Dell Dimension computers use thumbscrews rather than regular
screws. This means that no screwdriver is necessary to remove the cover on a Dell
Dimension computer. Thumbscrews are captive, meaning it stays in the cover when loosened.
You don't have to worry about losing a thumbscrew or dropping one inside of the computer.
If you are working on a Dell mini tower, lay the computer on
its' right side with the chassis foot off of the edge of the table so that the computer is
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