Solved dell desk top model mcm remove back panel

March 29, 2019 at 11:50:11
Specs: Windows 10
I am unable to find the latch(s) to be able to remove the back panel from the PC.
serial ID G6JXK11
MODEL mcm
MFG ON 062802

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March 29, 2019 at 17:12:01
These links mention yet another style of case release; the first says there is/maybe a lever at the rear...

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Dell+D...

this one mentions two buttons...

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/...

If the Dell is a non tower system - i.e. it sits flat on the desk...; then possibly there are two buttons - one on each side at the rear. These are depressed to release the top cover which then may either be slid forward to remove, or simply hinges up and towards the front.

Dell sold a lot of tower systems in the Optiplex series with XP installed. Also of course a lot in the Dimension range (I think the 4000, 4400, 4600 models are from that vintage?)



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March 29, 2019 at 12:10:24
"MCM" doesn't reference any specific Dell model. Sure there isn't some other designation (Optiplex, Latitude, etc.?). You may find more information by visiting Dell's support website and selecting "Detect PC" from the menu:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/u...

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March 29, 2019 at 12:29:55
This is what is on the label on the bottom of the case. Dell has no record of this service number. This is my father's old WinXP computer that he abandoned to me some years ago. I want to re-use the case for a low profile PC that needs more space to install a full-size video card into it. The Dell is a medium size and the other is a mini so Motherboard size is not an issue. The existing Dell Motherboard is held in place by metal clips that come thru the holes and clamp on the soldered edges of the MB. The work to re-assemble it just to get the model hardly seems worth it since cases are advertised online for $20 or less. It's the delay to get one shipped to me that prevents me from ordering one - plus there is some emotional linkage since it's my fathers last PC that he had.

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March 29, 2019 at 12:52:57
"I want to re-use the case for a low profile PC that needs more space to install a full-size video card into it."

Realize that some power-supplies with Dell machines are proprietary, so be prepared to be willing to replace that as well if needed. As far as finding a match for the machine, that's not enough information to match to any known machine. Perhaps if you uploaded a photo(s) to a public site (no way to upload them here) and posted the link(s), there would be some way to figure out how to get it open. The more photos the better.

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March 29, 2019 at 16:08:24
If this is tower system,some Dell towers had a couple (one on each side) places which one pressed in to release the case outer shell, which then - usually with a little effort - slides backwards...

My very “olde...” Dell tower has those clip releases at the top each side at the rear. Some had them on the bottom rear corner of each side. Some had them at the front corner on each side.

They are very stiff but flexible nonetheless...

As already suggested photos of the case, showing each side; the rear panel - showing top and bottom areas especially; front panel. These will also be helpful here.


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March 29, 2019 at 17:12:01
✔ Best Answer
These links mention yet another style of case release; the first says there is/maybe a lever at the rear...

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Dell+D...

this one mentions two buttons...

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/...

If the Dell is a non tower system - i.e. it sits flat on the desk...; then possibly there are two buttons - one on each side at the rear. These are depressed to release the top cover which then may either be slid forward to remove, or simply hinges up and towards the front.

Dell sold a lot of tower systems in the Optiplex series with XP installed. Also of course a lot in the Dimension range (I think the 4000, 4400, 4600 models are from that vintage?)


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March 29, 2019 at 17:50:02
Mine has a single slide lever release top center of the case. Using that releases the one side for access to the inside of the case. On the top, there is now a light green "push down" release that allows the front panel/bezel to come off. And Eureka! As I was removing the bezel I finally read the labeling on it - Dell Dimension 2200. I Found the relevant documentation and now no longer need to remove the back panel (which is good as it is not removable without serious risk of damage. The MB is held in place by a steel spring clip and as such, this case is not suitable for what I want to do...abandoning this project!

Many thanks to those who helped direct me to sources/resources - you were all appreciated!


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