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Removing the left panel of a desktop computer is an important skill to have for repair and troubleshooting purposes. The left panel must be removed before any repairs can be performed on the inside of the computer. In addition, computers with heating problems could benefit from having the left panel removed.

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  1. Unplug the computer from the power supply before any maintenance or disassembly.
    • Unplug the computer from the power supply before any maintenance or disassembly.

    • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case. You only need to remove the screws that hold down the panel.

    • These screws can usually be removed by hand.

    • Be sure to wear an anti-static bracelet or use an anti-static mat to ensure important components are not damaged by static electricity.

    This depends on the model of system. Some systems have a lever/latch to pull to release the cover. Many Dell and HP models use latches to open the covers (no tools required to open the system). Some systems need a screwdriver to remove the screws. Some are Phillips screws, others may be Torx.

    Dave Ellefson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This is correct.

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  2. Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. Slide the panel towards the back of the computer and lift it up to remove. If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
    • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. Slide the panel towards the back of the computer and lift it up to remove.

    • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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What is the name of the case used in this tutorial?

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I would also like to know, I saved one of these from a junk pile but not sure what it is? Was able to fit a full ATX board with gtx570 and a little breathing room so not too shabby for how small it is.

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I have this same case in black and want to know what model it is.

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