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Removing the Front Cover in HP Pavilion t100 Series Desktop PCs

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This document only pertains to HP desktop PCs with the following PC case:

Before you begin

  • You will need a flat-bladed screwdriver.
  • Turn off the PC, disconnect all cables and transfer the PC 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 PC.
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.

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Removing the front cover

To replace the power switch, the optical drives, the front I/O panel, the hard drive, or the memory card reader, the front outer cover must be removed.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1. With all cables disconnected from the PC, remove both side panels.

For more information about removing the side panels, you can refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
The front cover is held in place by a release latch inside the PC...
...as well as by six tabs on the front cover.
These tabs are marked with green labels and fit into matching slots on the PC.
Step 2. Pull the release latch towards the outer edge of the PC.
Step 3. From inside the PC, press the three tabs on the left side of the front cover.
Step 3. Rotate the front cover off of the PC.

CAUTION:Be careful to not bend or break the three tabs on the right side of the front cover.

Replacing the front cover

Step 1. Align the six tabs on the front cover ...
... with the six slots on the front of the PC.
Step 2. Snap the front cover into position.
Step 3. Push the release latch towards the inside of the PC to lock the front cover into position.

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