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HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC - Removing and Replacing the Access Panel

Introduction
This document is provided to assist in removing and replacing the Access panel for the HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC.
Minimum skill level
The End User requires no hardware-specific training to replace the defective part. The End user should have familiarity with system hardware and software requiring repair.
Parts required (part numbers are subject to change)
  note:
Part numbers are subject to change.
The replacement part number will vary depending on the Access panel that is being replaced. If a part is listed as "Yes" under "Requires Return" then the defective part needs to be returned to HP. Click here for more information on returning parts to HP.
Description
Part Number
Requires Return
CPU access panel - Removable panel, allows access to internal components
392405-001 (Modified)
No
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For customers in countries/regions with RoHS legislation* (e.g. EU, China, etc.) restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment. The use of the Original Spare part is regulated by RoHS legislation. If your unit contains a part that is labelled with the Modified Spare number, the Modified Spare must be ordered as the replacement part. If your unit contains a part that is labelled with the Original Spare number, please order the Original Spare as the replacement part. In this case either the Original Spare or the Modified Spare may be shipped which will not affect performance or functionality of the unit.
Summary of instructions
To view a video demonstrating the procedure for removing the Access panel, click on the link below. Or use the product video listing on the HP Services Media Library then select Access panel from the menu on the upper left hand side of the screen.
Click here to view the Access panel removal video (right-click on the link to open in a new window/tab).
Access panel removal
  1. Review the safety considerations before performing the steps listed below by clicking on the following link:
      caution:
    Failure to comply with the precautions could result in damage to your product or loss of data.
  2. Remove the optional cable lock and/or padlock, if one is installed.
  3. Lift the access panel release latch.
  4. While holding the release latch upright, use the handle at the back of the access panel to slide the panel back about an inch. You might have to apply considerable pressure to disengage the panel.
      note:
    Do not pry or force the access panel. The computer may be equipped with a Smart Cover Lock. If the lock is engaged, you will not be able to remove the access panel manually. To remove it, disable the Cover Lock setting on the F10 Setup Security menu, Smart Cover option.
  5. Lift the panel away from the chassis.
Access panel replacement
  1. Position the access panel against the chassis. Align the metal tabs on the access panel with the slots in the chassis guide rails.
  2. Make sure the slot on the back of the access panel is aligned with the security lock grommet on the back of the chassis.
  3. Slide the panel forward until it is flush with the front bezel and the release latch snaps into place.

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