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Removing and Replacing the Side Panel in HP Pavilion 500 Desktop PCs

This document applies to HP Pavilion 500 desktop computers.
 HP Pavilion 500 desktop computer

Before you begin

  • Remove any discs from the CD or DVD drive.
  • Turn off the computer, and then disconnect all cables. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable before disconnecting the power cord.
  • Move 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.
  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 noncarpeted 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 article.
note:
For best quality on dial-up connections, wait until the video has fully loaded before viewing.

Removing and replacing the side panel

Remove the side panel to access the hard drive and most internal components.
Removing the side panel
Use these steps to remove the side panel:
Step 1
Loosen the screw securing the side panel to the computer.
Removing the side panel screw
Step 2
Grasp the handle on the panel and pull towards the back of the computer.
Sliding the side panel
Step 3
Lift the panel off the computer.
Lifting the side panel
Replacing the side panel
Use the following steps to replace the side panel:
Step 1
Find the tabs on the top, bottom, and front edges of the side panel.
Tabs on the side panel
Step 2
Find the slots on the top and bottom edges of the computer. Also, find the front lip of the computer.
Finding the slots and lip
Step 3
Align the tabs on the panel with the slots on the top and bottom edges of the computer.
Sliding the panel forward
Step 4
Slide the panel forward until the front of the panel is flush against the front lip of the computer and the panel locks into position.
Sliding the panel into position
Step 5
Replace the screw to secure the side panel to the computer.
Removing the side panel screw

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