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Opening the PC Case in HP Pavilion Slimline s5000 Series Desktop PCs

This document pertains only to HP Slimline computers with the following computer case:
Image of the computer

Before you begin

  • You need a flathead screwdriver.
  • Remove the Pocket Media Drive, if it is present.
  • Turn off the computer, and then disconnect all cables. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable before disconnecting the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  warning:
The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
  caution:
This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a non-carpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this document.

Removing the side panel

To access most components, remove the side panel.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1
Loosen the side panel thumbscrew on the back of the computer.
Image of removing the side panel thumbscrew
Step 2
Grasp the handle and pull the side panel toward the back of the computer to release it.
Image of pulling the side panel toward the back to release it
Step 3
Tilt out the top of the side panel, lift it off the computer, and set it aside.
Image of tilting out the top of the side panel, and then  lifting the panel from the computer
With the side panel removed, you have access to the front panel and parts inside the PC.
Image of the side of the computer

Replacing the side panel

Step 1
Insert the tabs on the bottom of the side panel into the slots in thecomputer rail, and then swing the panel ontothe computer.
Image of inserting the tabs on the side panel into the computer rail slots
Step 2
Slide the side panel toward the front of the computer untilthere is no gap.
Image of sliding the side panel toward the front of the computer
Step 3
Tighten the side panel thumbscrew on the back of the computer.
Image of tightening the side panel thumbscrew

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