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Removing the Back Cover in HP TouchSmart 600 Series Desktop PCs

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This document applies to HP Touch 600 computers with the following case.
HP TouchSmart 600 computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer, and disconnect all cables.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor. HP recommends that you set down a blanket, towel, or other soft cloth to protect the touch screen surface from scratches or other damage.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards and other components. HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install a component.
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.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this article.
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Removing and replacing the back access panels

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Removing and replacing the hard drive and memory cover

Use the following steps to remove and replace the hard drive and memory cover.

Removing the hard drive and memory cover

To access system memory, remove the access cover on the back of the computer.
Step 1

Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor. Place the computer with the screen face down on a soft surface.
Place the computer on a soft surface
Step 2

Flip up the access cover on the stand.
Lift the access cover on the stand
Step 3

Remove the screw for the access panel.
Remove the screw for the access cover
Step 4

Pull firmly up at the bottom edge of the cover.
Pull up on the cover
Step 5

Slide the cover down to remove it from the computer.
Remove the cover

Replacing the hard drive and memory cover

Use the following steps to replace the hard drive and memory cover:
Step 1

Find the three tabs on the top edge of the memory cover.
Find the tabs
Then find the slots near the stand that the tabs slide into. Find the slots
Step 2

Find the tab on the bottom of the hard drive and memory cover.
Find the tab on the bottom of the memory cover
Find the slot inside the unit that the tab snaps into.Find the slot inside the computer
Step 3

Align the tabs on the cover with their slots, and slide the cover up until the edges are flush.
Replace the panel
Step 4

Press the bottom and sides of the cover...
Press the bottom and sides of the cover
...to snap it into place. Slide the panel into place
Step 5

Replace the screw.
Replace the screw for the access cover

Removing and replacing the stand

Use the following steps to remove and replace the stand.

Removing the stand

Use the following steps to remove the stand.
Step 1

Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor. Place the computer with the screen face down on a soft surface.
Place the computer on a soft surface
Step 2

Remove the hard drive and memory cover.
Remove the memory cover
Step 3

Make sure the access cover on the stand is pulled up.
Lift the access cover on the stand
Step 4

Remove the four screws that secure the stand to the computer.
Remove the screws for the stand
Step 5

Pull the stand off the computer.
Remove the stand

Replacing the stand

Use the following steps to replace the stand:
Step 1

Find two small tabs on the stand.
Find the tabs
Then find the slots in the computer that the tabs slide into.Find the slots
Step 2

Insert the tabs on the stand into the slots on the computer.
Replace the stand
Step 3

Replace the four screws that fasten the stand to the computer.
Replace the screws for the stand

Removing and replacing the feet

Use the following steps to remove and replace the feet.

Removing the feet

Use the following steps to remove the feet.
Step 1

Place the computer with the screen face down on a soft surface.
Place the computer on a soft surface
Step 2

Detach the screw securing each foot to the unit.
Detach the screw
Step 3

Pull the foot off the unit.
Lift the access cover on the stand

Replacing the feet

Use the following steps to replace the feet.
Step 1

To replace either foot, push the foot back onto the unit.
Push the foot back onto the unit
Step 2

Replace the screw.
Detach the screw

Removing and replacing the back cover

To access the optical drive and other internal parts, remove the back cover.

Removing the back cover

Use the following steps to remove the back cover.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1

Place the computer with the screen face down on a soft surface.
Place the computer on a soft surface
Step 2

Remove the hard drive and memory cover, the stand, and the feet.
Remove the memory cover
Step 3

Remove the I/O cover.
Remove the I/O cover
Step 4

To remove the I/O cable clip, squeeze the larger of the two pegs holding the IO cable clip in place...
Squeeze the larger of the two pegs on the I/O clip
...and pull the clip off the pegs.Pull the clip off the pegs
Step 5

To remove the side rear trim, pry up on the bottom of each panel.
Remove the side rear trims
Step 6

Pry off the optical drive cover.
Pry off the optical drive cover
Step 7

If the computer has the game console installed, press in on the side tab of the game console cover to remove the cover.
Remove the game console bezel cover
Step 8

To remove the back cover, remove the 13 screws holding it in place:
Remove the 13 screws
three screws under each side panel...Three  screws under each side panel
... three screws near the ports section,Three screws in the I/O area
...two screws at the bottom of the back cover...Two screws at the bottom of the back cover
...and two screws by the optical drive.Two screws by the optical drive
Step 9

After removing all 13 screws, pull up on the bottom edge of the cover and remove the cover from the computer.
Image showing release of the back cover from the PC

Replacing the back cover

Use the following steps to replace the back cover.
Step 1

Find the tabs on the top edge of the back cover.
Find the tabs on the back cover.
Step 2

Then find the slots at the top of the computer that the tabs fit into.
Slots at the top of the computer
Step 3

Align the tabs into the slots at a 45 degree angle, and lower the cover onto the computer.
Align the tabs into the slots
Step 4

Press along the edges of the cover to snap it into place.
Snap the cover into place
Step 5

Replace the 13 screws for the back cover.
Replace the 13 screws
Step 6

If the computer has the game console installed, replace the game console cover.
Replace the game console  cover
Step 7

Snap the optical drive cover back into place.
Replace the optical drive cover
Step 8

Find the hook at the top of the rear side trim piece...
Hook at the top of the rear side trim piece
...and then find the slot in the back cover that the hook fits into.Image of the memory door being aligned
Step 9

Find the tabs on the side trim piece...
Tabs on the side trim piece
...and then find the slots in the back cover that the tabs fit into.Tabs on the side trim piece
Step 10

To replace the side trim, align the top hook of each side panel into its slot, and then press the rest of the tabs into their slots.
Replace the side trim piece
Step 11

Snap the I/O cable guide back into place.
Replace the  I/O cable guide
Step 12

Replace the I/O cover.
Image showing the I/O cover being replaced
Step 13

Replace the feet, the stand, and the hard drive and memory cover.
Press the bottom and sides of the cover