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Annoying compaq case, PLEASE help! :)

By supz ·
Ok I will make a REALLY long story short. This computer I am working on is an older, probably about 600 MHZ Compaq Presario desktop. I have done some "intense troubleshooting" on the HDD and I have deemed that the HDD is dead. I need to get inside the machine, however this "darn" machine is sealed with 'rivet' style bolts. does ANYONE know how to extract these w/o doing any of the following...

1. hitting it with a hammer damaging the case
2. taking it to my computer guy and say "here, you do it"
or 3. trying to prod an object underneath the case...it wont work.

if anyone can help me I will reward you somehow.
HERE ARE 2 PICTURES OF THE RIVETS...

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL1010/4185401/8755728/119700724.jpg

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL1010/4185401/8755728/119700718.jpg

in these pictures you can see the rivets lining the case on the way down.
thank you so much

In regards to reward or answer I am also available on AIM at "Ox8" even if I am mobile.
Thank you again

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Annoying compaq case, PLE ...

From these pictures I can?t see the way of assembled, maybe you must open it from front side or upper side.

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by myplums In reply to Annoying compaq case, PLE ...

Do not drill out the rivets....there WILL be a servicable and easy way into this box. Have you tried to pull off the front plastic cover?

More pictures please, and if you can give exact model number it would be a help.

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by FrogSnot In reply to Annoying compaq case, PLE ...

Those rivets shown in the picture do not need to be touched. On the back of your PC where the ports are there are I beleive (can't remember) three screws that need to be removed. One at the bottom of the case and two the top. Once you have removed the screws with the hexagon heads, you can then grab the bent piece of metal on the back of the PC (sort of looks like a handle) and pull the chasis out of the case. That will allow you to get to everything inside.

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mostly correct..thank you!

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mostly correct..thank you!

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by ugadata In reply to Annoying compaq case, PLE ...

It doesn't open from the bottom of the case and you don't need to remove any rivets. The screws (of which there are mostly likely 5) are on the back of the case. There is a sub frame that will pull (slide) out from the outer shell.

In your picture, I can see the fifth screw that is located at the bottom of the back side of the case (just below the peripheral cards cut out area)

I have a simliar case. I am unable to take a picture of it now (as I write this but I can do so later on when I get home)

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