Message Edited by WinGenAdv on 08-07-200601:42 AM
WinGenAdv: First of all, let me say thank you for replying with a suggestion - I appreciate it very much, and any of the following frustration / sarcasm is not intended for you.
Unfortunately, I have already seen Dell's wonderful "opening cases for dummies" diagrams and they don't seem to help. Maybe I am interpreting the instructions wrong - it seems to me that there are 2 critical steps in getting the case open:
1. Push in buttons on both sides2. Lift up
Trust me, I tried to visualise a much more complex procedure, but it's just that simple. As I said, my personal computer case works exactly the same and I've been able to get it open.
When you push in the plastic buttons on the top and bottom of the computer, those plastic pieces hit a little metal "button" that pushes in and releases the other half of the computer so that it can be lifted up and separated from the motherboard half of the computer.
However, I assume that my top latch (the metal part inside the plastic case) is messed up, as I actually peeled off a bit of the plastic to see to the metal, and the little metal "button" that pushes in to release the other half of the computer is pushing in and moving, but not releasing for some reason - only problem is I can't see the other side of the latch because the power supply is in the way so I can't diagnose the real mechanism problem.
Any other suggestions?
Thank you for the advice. Fortunately I have someone here who has been helping me, and we will try that to see if it works.
I will let you know how it goes :)
Sooo...I tried doing all that in every which way I could imagine, but that top latch is just being extremely stubborn - it's not even coming close to opening or moving up any - I would almost swear that the metal is fused together and won't budge, but I suppose that's not the case, hehe.
After trying that for a while and after several skin indentations and inappropriate verbage, we decided to move on...
I was able to pull away the large piece of plastic on the side a little, as well as some of the plastic on top, so that I could see the metal case interior, and there is clearly a little metal lever that pushes in and out. I tried pushing the metal lever myself up and down, left and right, and in and out, and it doesn't seem like anything I do to that lever is even remotely releasing the second half of the computer case. Clearly this magical little lever is supposed to open up the computer case, but now I worry this is a message from above warning me not to open Pandora's box - I don't know.
Either way, I shall take a break and check back later...
Ah, Case closed! er....open, heh.
After hours of struggling, I FINALLY managed to get the case open. My friend (Case victim #2) eventually forced the top latch open after lifting up the bottom half and twisting and turning the case up to the top half. Thank you very much for your suggestions
Message Edited by WinGenAdv on 08-07-200601:41 AM