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Removing the Front Cover in HP and Compaq Desktop PCs

This document pertains only to HP desktop computers with the following computer case:

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables and 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 PC.
  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 front cover

To replace the power switch, the optical drives, the front I/O panel, the hard drive, or the memory card reader, the front outer cover must be removed.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1. With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove the right side panel.
If you need assistance, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case.
Step 2. Locate the three side tabs that secure the front panel to the chassis.
Step 3. Pull each tab to unlatch the cover.
Step 4. Rotate the panel away from the computer.

Replacing the front cover

The front panel has six tabs.
The tabs fit into six slots on the computer.
Step 1. Align the tabs on the left side of the panel with the slots on the computer.
Step 2. Rotate the panel into position.
Step 3. Snap it firmly into place.

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