How to dissasemble Dell speaker model no. A215

January 22, 2014 at 13:08:08
Specs: Windows Vista
I nee to dissasemble Dell speaker model A215, there is a problem with the broken wire, which needs to be fixed.

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January 22, 2014 at 13:53:57
A lot of these "smaller" speakers are likely a snap closure assembly. The front/back snap together…; rather than use screws… Have you had a look under the base/stand itself to see if there any screw visible there?

If there are... then - ensuring you use the "correct" screwdriver head ' - you may be able to remove them and possibly the case will start to part…, or at least allow you to gently prise the front/back apart… Do NOT force anything - and if using any kind of "prying too" ideally use a plastic one.. Less likely to damage the case?

But if one hasn't seen one of these speakers in real life… it's not easy to advise more than in general?

I trawled briefly with google for a service manual - no joy; likewise any how to disassemble info - again no joy…

They are Altec Lansing (as are many of Dell speakers - rebadged to Dell). Possibly they (Altect) can help you if you contact them?

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January 23, 2014 at 17:08:28
Seems like a lot of the cheap ones are just glued together.

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January 23, 2014 at 17:13:02
Mmm or very tightly clipped together... Either way not always easy to get them apart...?

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February 13, 2014 at 22:39:19
Thanks buddy for your tries. I've been away for a while so haven't chance to respond and say thank you. Before going on-line I tried everything including web search and taking apart the speaker. In fact there is one visible screw in the bottom back of the case, but after removing it two parts (front cover & case) are still very tightly attached, somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately I couldn't see any additional screws in middle back of the case and didn't want to pry the front cover using significant force. That's why I posted my problem on-line hoping that someone might have the same or similar speakers and knows how to disassemble them. The thing is that speakers are not mine, so for that reason I want to be very careful. Thanks again for your help!

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February 14, 2014 at 02:46:22
Occasionally there is hidden screw on some kit. Invariably concealed behind a label which may have details of item printed on. It. Might be no more than safety warning too... So if there are any labels affixed... Gently probe/press them - particulaly in the centre of the labels... If there is a slight sense of "giving"... Then try to pierce with a pin or needle. If it goes through, probe a little more around that spot - will be a very local and small area. If you're lucky... That is one place for the hidden screw.

I have found this to be so on a few small bits of kit...

Equally if there is just the single screw (at the centre bottom back...) it "may" suggest the case is indeed clipped together with that screw as final/secure fixing. The presence of that screw does suggest that the case can be opened - contents accessed for servicing? Othwerwise whywould the manufacturer spend the money on the screw - and also compound the case design to accommodate it? Losts of cases - each with screw etc. as just above - would add to their overall production costs, an reduce profit margin...

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