Removing Front Bezel

January 22, 2012 at 18:49:07
Specs: Windows 7
How do I safely remove the front bezel on an Acer M5641(desktop) so that I can replace my DVD drive?

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January 22, 2012 at 21:03:43
The drive is changed from the inside. Open the box, remove the screws & cables, then slide it out the front.

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January 23, 2012 at 03:17:29
Hi John,

If you go to the Acer website, there is a user Manual and Generic User Guide that can be downloaded:-

Click on documents.

If you do not have these documents, suggest you download them.

Would expect the information you require is detailed there.

Please advise back if so.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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January 23, 2012 at 05:07:35
The bezel generally doesn't need to be removed. To expand a little on what guapo wrote:

- unplug the power cord
- remove both side panels from the case
- remove the 4 screws that secure the optical drive (2 on each side)
- unplug the power & data cables from the drive
- side the drive out thru the front of the case

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January 23, 2012 at 07:21:19
Thanks one and all. The manuals do not provide the information on removing the bezel. There is only one access panel. The other side does not come off. 3 pins that hold the bezel in place on one side are easily pressed and the left side comes off. The right side as you're facing the machine cannot be accessed. I know I can snap it and break it off but that's what I want to avoid

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January 23, 2012 at 07:44:14
If only one side panel comes off, it's possible the drive is only secured with 2 screws & the opposite side is a spring loaded "pressure fit". If that's not the case, then there's probably "rails" attached to the drive & the drive is slid into "tracks" thru the front of the case (with the bezel removed) until the rails either "click in place" or are secured with screws. However, if the drive mounting screws are accessible from inside the case, it's doubtful the rail/track system was used.

Here's a few pics showing the rails:

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January 25, 2012 at 09:03:17
Thanks guys. The drive is locked in with a slide; you move the slide and the drive is either locked or removable. The new drive has to be put in from the front. The problem is rmoving the front bezel. I can only get to the tabs on the bezel that holds the bezel in place on the side of the cabinet that opens up. The tabs on the other side are not accessible. I don't want to break off the tabs but that seems to be the only way to accomplish this. HELP. ACER wants $100 to tell me what to do, absurd. Worst tech support going.

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