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Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

Q: Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I press the power button, the power button light turns amber, I hear some fans spinning, and the CD drive spinning. However, it never gets to the boot screen (or any screen). If I open the case and press the power button, however, the power button turns green and the computer works fine (loads all the way up and functions like normal). If I close the case after it has started, it continues to run fine. I'm guessing / hoping it's not the mother board or power supply that has directly gone bad... but maybe there is a connection or something? that changes from when it's closed to when it's open. I've heard of something like... the motherboard is shorting out by touching the case... but I'm not really sure where to look for that / how. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

A: Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

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Ok, now I have a new build that has All new parts, brand new case and everything, it works fine when it's partially screwwed in or outside the case, but once I put everything else in (pci devices) it doesn't turn on? What could be the problem?

A:HELP!! The new build that worked fine out the case doesn't work in the case!

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Hey gang,

I have a very big SuperMicro case. It has tons of fans in it. My question is, in the back along one side are slots for airflow. Would it help increase or decrease case cooling if I covered the slots to let more forced air get moved out by my YS Tech fan and power supply blowing air out ??

I have 3 fans sucking air in and 2 blowing out, one stock 80 mm and one hipo 60 mm ys tech ??

A:Case holes. Open or closed ??

What the experts say to do is strive for "balanced" airflow. Not pressurizing or vacuuming. Another option is to use filter material over the holes. I think we touched on this subject in Cooling and Modding Forum.

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But it boot's outside the case just fine. I have done everything I can to get it fixed but nothing.


Antec 900
Asus P5Q-E
Pentium 4 541
Sapphire 2600XT
2 160GB WD HDD's
1 Sony DVD Burner
OCZ DDR2 800 Memory

I Checked to see if it was the PSU but it wasn't and I fount out through a shorting trick (took a twist tie and put it in the top where the green wire is, and plugged it into a black wire beside it).

Not the motherboard because I tested this outside the case and it turned on a ran with the P4 (so that also states its not the CPU).

Any other options? I don't want to take it to a computer shop but this situation is getting closer to that decision.

Help please!!!

A:Solved: computer doesn't boot inside the case

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hi all ,

i have a desktop

i changed my broken case to a new case like

i removed the HDD and the motherboard and the CD-rom ..etc and installed them to a new case

but when i press the switch button it works normally , and the screen display normally and there are no beeps , but after like 20 second my computer turns off automatically ! ,

what may cause this issue ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?

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I have an Acer Aspire X1700 (Details
It's about 2 1/2 years old now. Came with Windows Vista, I upgraded it to Windows 7. Also has a newer video card than what came with it.

Anyway, The PSU fan is getting really obnoxious, it gets really loud (more or less like a lawn mower). I have taken the thing apart and have tried every suggestion given to quiet it down, which it does for a whole week or two. This is a small form factor PC, so to even take the power supply out you have to basically take out everything else just to get to it. I have looked for replacements but they are very obsolete. It's only 220W anyway, so i'd like something a little more powerful.

What I want to do is get a larger case that I can use the same hardware is (motherboard, drives, etc) and purchase a larger power supply for that case. 220W really limits the PC. The small case holds a lot of heat even with all fans cleaned and working properly. Even just taking a CD/DVD out that was in it is very hot. I want a case with better airflow than this one.
I really am not sure what kind of case to get that will meet my needs. I don't want anything really fancy. If possible I'd like to get it off

Any suggestions would be great.

A:Solved: Replacing Small Form Factor Case with bigger case / new PSU

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I would like to know if it is possible to configure outlook 2003 to automatically change lower case i to auto upper case I whilst typing my emails

It does it on my pc at work (could be cos its a better version of outlook)but I would love to know if I can have the same facility on my home pc

I'm using Vista and windows 7

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Auto change lower case to upper case

Look at the Auto Correct options.

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sorry, I Just fixed the problem.

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my friend was working today and the chick who house he was workin on got a new pc and gave him her old one so he had no use for it and gave it to me...i need to get in it to see how everything is and what not...
it says Planet systems on front case...i dunno how to open last old pc u just unscrew 4 screws and case poped off....this 1 has many screws and there directly on back...i dunno if the holding the fan and stuff in place or what....any1 every dealt with one of those be4?

A:How do I open this computer case ?

If it's an old PC, is it a vertical or horizontal position one? I've got an old horizontal one that you had to unscew 5 or 6 screws on the back and the top and sides came off very carefully. Just make sure you don't unscrew the Power Supply screws!!!!

And since it's an old one that you just want to tinker with, at least you don't have to worry about messing anything up too bad

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Hello. This may sound like a very stupid question, but I just got this computer for a great deal but the guy forgot to give me the key so I can't open it to upgrade it. Is there a simple way to pick the lock or perhaps a universal tool I can buy? From what I know, only the really old computers required keys, but I guess I was wrong. I tried to look this up on google, but once I typed in the word "key" into any sentence, all I got was threads about how to crack programs and stuff.

A:Can't Open Computer Case - I Don't Have the Key!

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I have a Presario S3000T Compaq with Windows XP. I want to open it up to see if it has a place for an AGP video card. I tried to figure it out myself and didn't get very far. I looked online for tutorials but none of the pictures resembled what I have, at least as far as I can tell. How do I open this thing up without ruining it?

A:How to open computer case safely

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Just bought a HP Kayak XA Computer. Need to install a modem? How does the case open on this type of computer?

A:How do I open the case on HP Kayak Computer?

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Hello. I found a Compaq Peresario 4704 in the garbage yesterday. I wanted to use it after some internal inspection/evaluation and hardware augmentation (if needed). Unfortunately I can't open it. There are unconventional screws-heads on it that prevent me from opening it. This is the second time I've seen this on a computer. If my preliminary data from past experience is true this was a "show room" system.

Has anyone else encountered this? What tool do I need to remove these restraints? Where can I obtain one? The last one I encountered (wasn't my comp) went to a repair shop. Can anybody assist? By the way does anybody know the specs on this system? I looked, but couldn't find anything. I plan to wipe it and run windows 2000 professional edition service pack 4!

Thanks alot people!

A:Found Computer In Garbage, Can't open case, uncommon screws, help please!

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So I bought all the parts to build a new computer.
Slapped the bad boy together, tried to turn it on, NOTHING.
No lights, no fans, no noise.

Troubleshooted for awhile, Figured out that maybe it was the power switch on the new case. So I decided to put it into another case. It booted up just fine, ran it all night. No problems what so ever.

So I really want to use this new case. And thought that maybe I would try the reset switch plug in on the power plug in on the motherboard that's in the OLD case. Boots up just fine. So I think to myself ok great, so I'll just use the reset button as the power button no big deal., didn't work out that way.

So I plug everything back into the NEW case, use the reset switch plug on the power pins on the motherboard. NOPE. Same thing as before, won't boot up at all, no fans no lights nothing.

So at this point I'm pretty steamed So I pull everything out of the new case, and put it on a piece of cardboard, plug everything in the way it's suppose to be. Only thing I have are the ram, cpu/heatsink in the unit.

So everything runs fine placed into a different case, runs fine outside of the case, but will not run in the case. The only thing I can think of is something inside the case is shorting it out.

What could be causing this?

Thanks for any help.

A:Computer won't boot inside of case, but will outside

Hello and welcome to TSG!!

Be sure none of the mounting standoffs are in a bad location for your motherboard. Sometimes cases will have optional locations to accommodate other boards, but one of those locations may intefere with circuitry on some boards. Verify very carefully the location of each metal standoff. Ensure that the area around each is clear. Often you will get plastic washers that can be used if a particular location looks a little iffy, or for extra safety (though they can be hard to work with, especially trying to use more than one or two!).

There should be no other part of the case that could interfere with the mounting, but look around thoroughly to be sure there is nothing contacting the board.

Are you sure the power supply in the new case is working? You can always connect the old one to test.

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I recently swapped my computer to a new case which didnt work so had to put it all back in the old one, now i labelled all the wires and connections so i knew where everything went. BUT when i switch the computer on it goes into the black screen that tells you what connected and weather evrything is in order and it is telling me that it cant boot up and that we need to put the system bootup disk in! what is this can anyone help?

A:Computer won`t boot after case swapping and back again.

Its doin one of two things. Not recognizing the OS, or you have the boot order wrong. Go into bios and make sure that the hard drive with your OS is set first in the boot order menu.

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We recently bought a new case for our computer. Everything was working perfectly fine when the computer was in the old case, but now (in the new case) for some odd reason it won't finish booting

When you turn it on the computer beeps once and runs through the BIOS normally, then just before it's 'supposed' to switch over to the operating system it stops. No error messages, nothing... it just stops with a flashing cursor on the side of the screen (like with DOS).

Any idea on what we should check/look for that might cause something like this?

Any programs that we can download to for diagnostic purposes?

A:Solved: New case = no boot

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I created a list of companies & phone #'s etc. in access 2000. The letters are upper case. How do I change upper case listings to lower case?

A:Access 2000- Change upper case to lower case

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Reference the above mentioned thread closed in April 2008:

This was helpful but I found how to access all panels for Sony Vaio PCV - RX and PCV-RZ:

Remove left panel per manual instructions. Right panel can be removed in the same manner, Don't worry about motherboard as the right panel is just a cover and the case is solid metal on the right side.

Now you need to remove the top. To do this there are six tabs. To reach them you need to slide a screw driver in the top slots that the panels slide into. The center ones are straight ahead and visible. The front and back ones are at a slight angle.

Once you remove the top the front pane can be removed by pressing tabs on either side of the front panel. Now you have access to the CD/DVD/floppy drives.

Just reverse the order to put all the panels back. The snap into place easily and are snug when done.

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Does anyone know how to open a Sony TXN case? My harddrive is dying, the system is out of warrantee, and I have a new toshiba zif drive on the way.

But I can't see how to open the case?

If anyone knows how to get the case open I'd greatly appreciate some advice!



A:Solved: How do I open a Sony TXN case to replace hard drive

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I recently bought a Fujitsu Siemens ESPRIMO E5925 small form factor pc from Here's the details:

Anyway, I've been meaning to connect my old IDE hard drive up to it to transfer some data and I need to open the case! I have no idea how it opens though, anyone with something similar to this know how it works??

Please help me out or I'll probably have to end up wasting money on a hard drive enclosure or something.

A:Solved: How do I open my Fujitsu Siemens ESPRIMO E5925 case?

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Hi Gang,

I have a Sony Vaio PCV-RX650 PC DESKTOP PC. I can't open the case. It needs cleaning badly. There are no screws to it, or that I can find. How do I open it?


A:Solved: How Do I Open Sony Vaio PCV-RX650 Desktop Case?

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this is my case and i want to get a motherboard that is compatible with a Intel Core I5-4460 3.2GHz (Quad Core)

list all of them and there price thx

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My new build works outside the case, but I still can't get it to even power up inside. I'm convinced something is causing a short, but I can't determine the cause.

Stats because this is my first post:

Case: Cooler Master HAF912
Fans: CM Megaflow 200mm (2x front & top), CM 120mm (rear)
PSU: CM eXtreme Power Plus RS500 500W
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA1155
CPU Cooler: CM V6GT
RAM: Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600
GPU: ZOTAC ZT-20313-10L GeForce 210 1GB
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SATA III SSD
Optical: Samsung 22x DVD Burner SH-222BB/BEBE
Wireless: Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G Adapter
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit

All the internal parts aside from the wireless card are brand new, and work completely fine outside of the case. The only thing I can think of is that the motherboard isn't screwed into all the standoffs, only the outer four. Does this actually matter?

A:Solved: New build won't boot in case: what am I missing?

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I am not sure if this is a software or hardware problem but here is goes.

I am using a "made by a friend" computer with windows98. Motherboard is a Iwill xp333-r. The other evening I turned on the computer, it booted up just swell, windows seem to load up fine. When the main screen appeared all that was there was the wall paper (really really big) and no icons, nothing, zilch, nada.
I pressed alt,ctrl,delete and not a single program was listed as running.
I tried safety mode and again nothing was running.
I open the cover, blew out the dust and checked all the connections. Getting power, normal single beep from the motherboard.
At this point I could make some stupid guesses which would require me using the term thingy, so I won't.
Hope someone can help before I write my life story.
( Did I mention that my car mechanic hates me because I tend to use the word gizmo alot?)

A:Solved: Computer boots up fine but no one's home

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Is there some way to make a recovery disk (1.44 floppy) in case of a crash ?I do not have my CD rom for win98 se as it was lost at a computer repair shop. Therefore I would like to make a manual recovery disk and if possible what files do I have to add to the floppy in order to reboot and have access to my CD Rom Drive to add all my files back to the hard drive.

i have an amd athlon 800 128 m win98 se 10mb hard drive with plenty of room left.

A:[SOLVED] Need a recovery disk in case of emergency boot up.

You can download the program to create a bootdisk(and use it for troubleshooting). Download the exe file, insert a floppy into the Floppy Drive. Run the program(exe), the files should be extracted to the floppy. Thats it, you've the bootdisk ready!

Download the Windows 98 SE(better than other versions) OEM bootdisk program from this link -

Windows Boot Disks

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I want to reopen my case Case ID - [edited] which was raised for last month. It was assigned to a very unprofessional service agent who has rescheduled twice and not yet solved the issue and closed the case. 
Please escalate the issue and reopen my case.
Very poor service by hp

A:Reopen a Support case Case ID - [edited]

This is not the place to do that. Your message is not going to HP Support folks who can do anything with your case.  

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I want to reopen my case Case ID - 4773952302 which was raised for last month. It was assigned to a very unprofessional service agent who has rescheduled twice and not yet solved the issue and closed the case.  Please escalate the issue and reopen my case.  Regards,MayureshVery poor service by hp

A:Reopen a Support case Case ID - 4773952302

This is not the place to do that. Your message is not going to HP Support folks who can do anything with your case.  

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Now another question comes up regarding modifying the cooling of my case/ computer etc.

I was wanting to carve two 3 1/2" holes in the top of my case, for two 12cm fans. Now I know fully how to do this, however, I was wondering which direction the air flow should go. Should the fans blow into my case? (Like I suspect) Or should I have them blow out?

The orange highlights are the fans I wish to add. Which direction should I have the air flow setup?

A:Case airflow question before modifying case

I would have them sucking air out. Hot air rises, and the side panel fan will hit the VGA's mb, etc and spread out, also they are right next to the PSU. You wont have any really big difference either in or out , but I would have those two pulling the hot air that manages to make it to the top of the case out. and negative pressure tend to run a bit cooler overall.

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So, I'm replacing my computer case (because my old one has no fans in it cept the one I mounted myself, and I believe i am having problems with overheating.)

So, any suggestions on a max $150 case that has decent airflow and cooling, and can fit a 9800 GTX+ card (I had problems with one case where the hard drive bay on the bottom of the front blocked it from going in cause its really long.)

If no suggestion on an actual case what are some good quality brands for cases with good cooling?

Specs on Comp:

ASUS M3A78-CM Mobo
Windows XP SP 3
Nvidia 9800 GTX +
AMD Althlon X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0 GHZ
4 GB of Ram (shows as 3.25)
Onboard Sound

A:Solved: Computer Case

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I want to buy a new computer case, one with a clear side or the whole thing completely see through so i can put in LED fans and light up cables and so on. I don't know where to begin to look because i don't want something that all my computer things wont fit into. I was talking to my friend and he said i had to check my power supply or something for ATX or EATX or something like that and i don't feel like taking it apart because there is a fan exhaust tunnel in the way. I have a Dell Dimension 3000. Ive looked for specs about this on websites but cant seem to find any. Any info on my computer and or sites with such cases would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Computer case.

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Hi everyone,
I have a unique problem that I hope some of the gurus out there will help me sort out: I used Clonezilla to clone my old SATA hard drive (160 GB) to a Toshiba 1 TB SATA HD. On the old drive I have Win XP and Linux Slackware64 14.1. I noticed that after the cloning was completed and I took out the old drive and installed the new one in my laptop, I cannot boot into Win XP. I am getting a BSD with the following stop hex codes: 0x0000007B, 0xBA4CF524, 0XC00000030, 0X00000000,0X00000000, and the machine just goes into reboot. However, I can boot into Linux without any issues and in fact I am typing this message from my Linux box. I tried using fixmbr from the Windows Recovery console but that did not help. Since I don't have a floppy in my laptop, I cannot use a disaster recovery disk. I tried fdisk from a Win 98 disk that I placed on a USB flash drive and got the error about incompatible version or something like that.

I have what is called 'Advanced Format' on the new 1 TB Toshiba HD. Here is the result of 'fdisk -l'. I want to use dd to clone the old HD to the new one but until I correct the partition error reported below, I suspect that dd will not help me.

Laptop specs: HP Pavilion dv9410us 1.8 GHz, 2 Gib of RAM, AMD Turion64 X2.

[email protected]:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (lo... Read more

A:Solved: Win XP won't boot after cloning to a larger hard drive, Linux boots fine

After a long a painful search, I found that old Win XP cannot support hard drives with Advanced Format. Microsoft says so and it warns that even if you succeed in getting Win XP to boot from one of these drives, you will run into errors and possible data corruption. So, I will forget about Win XP and move on. The only reason I am using Windows is because of my obligation to Uncle Sam every April 15. However after this year I will make sure to find an alternative in order not to be tie to Windows (any version) for any of this yearly task. Live and learn - cheers

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I have a gaming computer which is slightly past warranty. A while ago, I got a new motherboard and found out that it could not be attached to the case. Since then, I have been using the computer without the components all being attached. This has recently caused it to start vibrating, which I assume is bad. I know that I need a new case, but I'm not sure how to start.
Basically, do all cases work for all computers? I have a 750w power supply. Do I need a special case for that? Will my motherboard fit in any case? I have a crossfire video card setup. Will any case have enough slots for that? Thanks.

A:Solved: Buying a computer case

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I have a really big question, our cat has once again gotten her claws stuck in our case. We have this one

She's gotten them stuck both in the front holes and side ones. Is there anything I can put over those fan covers that will prevent her from doing it? I'm not worried about the top one as it has much larger holes in comparison to the front and side ones. I've thought about possibly cutting up a window screen? Or, I know this one will sound weird but panty hose? Since it's thin..

I'm worried that she'll do this when we're not here and possibly rip a claw out. And getting her declawed is out of the question.

Thank you for your help.

(also, I know this probably isn't your typical post, but I'm not sure who else to ask, sorry.)

A:Solved: Cat claws vs. computer case..

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Hey, Im recently installed a motherboard and in the process of connecting it to the main wires from the computer case itself. unfortunitly ive come to stump with one of the wires so im looking to see if i can find some sort of examples or perhaps a manuel of my case online.

Problem is i havent a clue what make or model of case it actually, was given to me as a present and it doesent have very many distinctive marks. On the fron there is a large logo stating eBox however after a few internet searches i found nothing.

Has anyone ever came across this make before and is there anywhere i can get support?


A:Solved: Computer Case Manufacturer

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If you look in yourr case the top of the screws on the inside of the computer (ones holding the sides and top together) the top is a circle. do I get these open?

Reason, my graphics card is upside down at the bottom, so the fan doesn't get air in properly. (Radeon HD 6990) and my record is 194F. So I thoguht why not just take the bottom off and lay the computer sideways?

A:Solved: How do you get these screws off the computer case?

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Hello I am making my own computer and then i came to a step in the Antec Nine hundred manual which stated "connect the PWR SW, the RESET SW, and the HDD LED to the Motherboard" except i have NO IDEA WHERE TO PUT THESE! I have looked in my manual for my motherboard and see nothing. My motherboard is brand new (ASUS P5K Motherboard LGA775 Intel P35 ICH9 DDR2 1066MHz 2 x PCI-E x16 , Gigabit LAN ) but I dont see those connectors labeled. Could they be called something I dont know? What should they look like? Please help me if you can!!!

A:Solved: Help Installing Motherboard To Computer Case

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I have an HP Pavillion Slimline, model # s3020n, and my problem is that my tower case is rather scratched up.

Most are minor scratches, but one or two is deep enough to be felt.
My question is twofold:

1. Will they be a problem or weaken the case integrity? For now, they just look ugly, but as long as I'm careful to avoid any rough usage or surfaces, will it get any worse or should it become a matter of concern?

2. Given that the case is black metal, my father suggested black shoe polish would cover up most minor scratches, but I was wondering if that was wise. Also, are there any other products or solutions that would be better?

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Solved: How to repair damage to the computer case

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Just picked up a 7 port USB hub.
There is no brackets or slot to secure it , so I am wondering if you think it would be ok to velcro the small 3inch square to one side of my computer case. ?
No vents in the area, it sure would be a handy spot for me..
Your thoughts please

A:Solved: Velcro USB hub to computer case side

It'd be fine as long as it doesn't cause problems with accessibility

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I am trying to put another hard drive in this dell opitplex 260x of mine. It is becoming nothing but a pain in the rear cause the case uses them stupid green sliders and the case is too small. Could I use another computer case like remove all the parts and transfer them over to the other case.

say a case like this

A:use another case instead of the dell optiplex case

thats a nice case but if ur willing to blow that kind of money i would get this its a full tower so lots of room or this this one has some of the best airflow and fan capabilities i would buy this one if u have the money
or if ur low on cash get this which is really beautiful and cheap (recomend if u dont got cash lol)

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I am posting this for my friend who is having the problem posted above.

This problem started happening all of a sudden after turning on his computer, it booted up nice and fine how it should, he can move around his desktop with his mouse and type in the start menu, BUT if he tries clicking, moving, or opening anything on his computer his mouse icon turns into the loading circle icon and his pc freezes. He has done a hard reboot, and after this has turn on normally and booted up in safe mode not getting any better. How can he fix this? Thanks

P.s. He can left and right click with his mouse without freezing, but still cannot open anything.

A:Pc boots up fine but cannot open any programs

Go through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Some of the steps require that you open up your system, so before doing any of the re-seating and connection checking steps, answer these two questions: Are you still under warranty? Does your warranty allow you to open up the machine to check hardware? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, contact your system manufacturer. WARNING: Some steps in that tutorial involve removing the system case or system panels and can void your warranty!!!
The steps specifically related to the warning are steps 8, 10, and 11.

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Hi, I have a Lexmark X3470, scanner, printer fax thing and a few days ago it decided to tell me that the case was open, even though i'd closed it after replacing the ink cartridge which i'd just bought. now, i cant turn it off or use any of its functions, the only way to turn it off is to unplug it.. is this a common problem? do i just scrap the printer? or anything in particular? its on the device itself, and when printing/scanning is attempted, it gives me a 'printer busy' error for scanning and a 'please close the printer case' for printing.


A:Case open?

Did you close any inside covers or levers after putting the ink in?
I know my canon has several parts I move to change the ink, and if I forget to put one back in place it gives an error.

Try redoing the ink change process, but just reuse the same new ink tank.

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It's a Gateway.

Anyone know how to open this case? I have removed every screw I can find and pried and pushed and pulled; but, I just can't figure it out?

A:Anyone know how to open this case?

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I was being helped by Gringo_pr, but he hadn't heard from me for 5 days and my case was closed. I was hoping for one of your tech savvy saints would assist in restoring my HP Envy 4 back to health. Below is the thread of how far we've gotten, his last post said things are looking pretty good, but we still have a ways to go. I'm not out of the woods yet, please help me. Thank you.

A:Please Re-Open My Case

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
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My system at work is getting a new a new video card and I don't see anything obvious on how to open my ssystem's case. it is a HP Server - ProLiant ML330 G3.
How do I get access inside?

I don't see any srews, but the back has rivets, except for the right-hand side panel.

A:How I open my case?

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I have an older compaq presario 5410 that I want to open the case & clean. I am unable to figure out how. On the internet when I looked up opening the case it gave me a thing about taking out 1 screw and removing 1 side. This one has 3 screws and it slides back somehow and pulls off. The front design is holding it in and I can't figure out how to remove the front. Thanks for any help. This one is called the peoplepc.

A:how to open case on compaq

Remove all the screws around the sides of the back, including the top and bottom of the back. Then grab hold of the sides from the front, and lift up.. The whole PC, sans the case sides, should slide out the back.

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Laptop has been popping at te hinge. the casing comes apart at the seam on the right side corner. Its very difficult to close the case. Its affecting the functionality of my laptop. Its under warranty. Its really a designing problem, has to be sufferred by customers. I am looking support  from the HP itself.  

A:Case open at hinge



I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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Hi Folks,

My Thinkpad T23 screen has been giving trouble for months. Flickering etc. Now finally it is dead bar a brief shade change.

I am trying to open the case to see if it is just a loose connection as a little tap previously fixed the problem.

I have removed every screw, but to no avail. Can anyone tell me or direct me to a website that explains how to remove this case without damaging it??!!!

I think the keyboard needs to come off, but it's very fragile looking.

All help much appreciated


A:Thinkpad T23 How to open the Case?!!!

Here's the Thinkpad T23 Service Manual. It should tell you how to take apart the laptop.

I hope you know what you're doing because taking apart a laptop tends to be more risky than taking apart a desktop -- once something goes wrong, it's more expensive to fix than a desktop.

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USB card I bought requires avaiable PCI slot. Is there a way I can find out if I have one without opening the case? If I have to, I can bring the one back that accepts 5 USBs and exchange it for a combo USB/IE1394 to replace my present IE 1394. Windows XP on 399Mz PC.

A:Find if have open PCI slot -not open case?

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Can someone please explain to me how to open my Dell Demension E310 Computer case? I seem to have lost my owner's manual.


A:How to open my DELL E310 CPU Case

on the newer Dells they have a black lever on the top at the back. if you push or pull it to the back of the machine the side will just open up.

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Dell 2350 case How do you open it? Looking at the back it has rivits
instead of screws on 3 sides. I don't want to drill out the rivits so there
must be a way to get into it without tearing it up. How do I do that.

Thank you,

A:Dell 2350 case How do you open it?

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I've salvaged several WinBook laptops from the trash pile at work. I have enough working bits to make one or two good ones from the pieces. There are the usual things that users are meant to access like the HDD, DVD/CD, modem, memory etc but swapping the floppy and certain other guts require opening the main case.

How do you get inside the case of one of these laptops besides using a hammer or a saw?

Ive unscrewed all the screws and gently pried around the edges until I've become convinced that there must be a massive glob of glue holding the whole thing together in the middle.

Can anyone give me a clue or direct me to websites or forums where such things are described or discussed?

A:How to open up a (WinBook) laptop case

Well, normally, after you unscrew all the screws, there should be a flex in the plastic.

And, then, it might open.

But, what is the brand of computer? You can probably find all of the info you need on
their site...

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I was using cd creator package on my compaq presario I was recording a cd and using the jewel case creator package at the same time...yes i know doh!! Anyway surprisingly(not) my system crashed and I couldn't turn it off so I ctrl+alt+del and restarted the comp....however when I tried to access jewel case creator after that it does not let me and comes up with the error message:

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down...please contact administrator

Please help ....... Quite desperate as have only just discovered the wonders of pc and would like to create some cd cases

A:cannot open cd jewel case creator

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PC was originally shipped with defective DVD.  Replacement DVD installed and works ok to record a disk from the save as software command, but no APPARENT way to simply open the tray to add a DVD of any kind-music, data, etc.from any kind of physical button on the front panel, case, or even missing a button on the front panel of the DVD device itself.Thanks for any help.

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How do I open Dell optiplex gx270 case

A:How to open Dell Optiplex case?

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I have to upgrade my clients all in one desktop pc, with an ssd drive and another ram stick, how do I open this model of pc, I have found no tutorials on youtube or google.

A:How to open the Medion MD 8806 Case

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I just purchased a used Dell dimension 8100, I want to open the box to install a PCI card but it does not have any screws holding the case and I can not find where the clips are. Any help is appreciated.

A:How to open a Dell Dimension case

This is how to open the 8200 case,I`m thinking it might be only one button for yours.-

"You open the case by laying it on its side, pressing two buttons, and folding it open like a book.We found it awkward to simultaneously press two large release buttons and lift the case open, and we encountered some uncomfortable resistance in swinging it all the way open."

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I have 2 Packard Bell Models (882 and 7800) that have the same case style. I added memory to both and a 2nd hard drive to one but cannot remember how to open the case(s)! Oh well, they say the memory is the second thing to go. Thanks in advance.
Peace, MartyLSD

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I need help opening my Dell case. I have tried absolutely everything! email me! Thanks so much! Oh the serial number on the case is BB2BM01

A:Urgent! Can't get dell case open!

What model numbe is your Dell? You should be able to go to Dell's web site and navigate to your model. There should be instructions there as to how to open the case.

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I'm trying to speed up a slug of a crappy computer at work. I've determined it needs a ram upgrade in a big way (runs 128 pc133 should run 256 pc3200) but I can't get the case open. Like the title says, Dell Dimension 2300. There is no online or downloadable manual at Dell's support website. Someone here must know what I'm up against. I remove the thumb screw on the back of the side panel and the side panel starts to slide off like a normal side panel, but only goes about 2mm. I don't see any other retainers holding it back. I was thinking the sawsall might cut a hole big enough to trade ram chips, and create a cool side window

A:Can't open case on Dell Dim2300

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It has no screws along the edge or places to squeeze to release the top or sides. It has one screw in the back middle done about and inch from the top.
I took it out hoping it would release the top and I could slide the top back, but I cant budge it on any of the 3 whale willy here at the shop. I want to install some more ram but I need inside. Any ideas? Help.

A:how do i open a whale willy case?

Looks like the whole cover should come off in ONE piece (i.e. both sides AND the top).
That one screw at the back holds it in place.
Carefully put a thin screwdriver between the front-panel and the top and try to pry it open.
Have you checked the bottom of the case for more screws?

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PC was originally shipped with defective DVD.  Replacement DVD installed and works ok to record a disk from the save as software command, but no APPARENT way to simply open the tray to add a DVD of any kind-music, data, etc.from any kind of physical button on the front panel, case, or even missing a button on the front panel of the DVD device itself.Thanks for any help.

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Just ordered this computer for a client and, as a habit, I like to familiarize myself with all the tech info I can get; but the down-loadable manual does not have any instructions for removing the case cover or even any schematic for the mainboard. Normally I wouldn't suggest purchasing a machine with such a dearth of reference material, but she liked the way it looked and was in a hurry. This is the model ordered:

If you have any experience with this model, I would really appreciate your information on getting to the inner components and being able to do upgrades (like RAM). I could not find any references or resources in Asus forums or in any of the URLs linked to their company.

Thank you!!!

A:How Do You Open Case of Asus BP6320?

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Have hard drive failure and can't get case open... Any suggestions?

A:How do I open AZC-606-ES20 case to change hard dri...

to reach the HDD you must unscrew the backpanel screws and slide off your DVD drive. about HDD failure, if you received a message about "missing boot device", probably is a SATA cable issue and need to be replaced with part number 50.U86D5.002 by the way i suggest you to contact Acer support service if in warranty or a computer shop to have it serviced, replacing this cable is not the easy thing to do.

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DUMB QUESTION do you open the case without getting MAD and bend the metal? I want to open the case an remove the disk for testing! Non-Pro messing around! Thanks!

A:How do you open the case for Dell desktop Serial No. DNF P71

I don't know what that number is supposed to be, but please post the model/model number of your computer.

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Does anyone know how to open the Medion AIO P2010 MD 8806? I'm trying to replace a failed hard drive.

A:Medion AIO P2010 MD 8806 - can't open case

see previous advice here
It is just about impossible to do and it needs to go to an authorised median repair centre who has the special tools needed

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I would like to open the case of a Western Digital media center combo without destroying it. It appears to be designed with tabs and slots to snap together. There are no visible screws or rivets. I'm sure a knowledgeable service tech could pop it open easily given a few hints. WD tech support is unhelpful. Does anyone in this forum know the trick?

A:Open WD external hard drive case

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I would like to know how to open the CD/DVD drive when Windows is not loaded. I can find no button to open the drive in case  I had to insert a disk to reinstall the operating system. The only way I have found to open the drive is by using Windows.

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Hi, I'm new thank you. I have two question if it's possible. I have a Compaq desk pro and I can't get the case off. It has two buttons on the side I thought it would open by pushing them in , but nothing. 2nd question. I picked up some Boston digital BA735 speakers connected them to my computer they are not working. My sound-card is analog does this have anything to do with it. Someone told me I need a digital card. What do you recommend.

A:How to open compaq case and upgrading sound card

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The problem, in short: something is stealing a smidge of network bandwidth every thirty seconds or so. I have no idea what it could be. Little help?

More verbose: I play online games, mostly First-Person shooters, and have never had a problem before. I went to fire up Day of Defeat: Source today, and noticed that every 20-30 seconds, everything would hang for a second or so. I exited DoD:S and closed any and all programs running -- including AVG Anti-Virus, Spybot, the printer software I use ... everything! I went to play another game, Counter-Strike: Source and noticed the same thing was still happening. I quit and brought up the task manager and killed every non-necessary process (including my custom Litestep shell) and brought up Call of Duty 2. Same issue, every 20-30 seconds everything would hang.

I went back to the Task manager and brought up the Networking tab. For a screenshot of what I see, please open the attached jpg. (The smaller peak in the middle is me using the internet. The other six peaks are the problem.) I even created a new user with no start-up programs and the minimum of services and still I'm jumping!

Since I've killed everything possible, what is causing the spike, why has it only happened now, and what can I do to fix it?

I use XP Pro SP2, run virus- and spyware-checkers nightly, and am at my wit's end. Little Help?

A:Case Mysteriously Open: Wireless Network Hog -- But I can't find it!

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I have a WinBook X1 with a dead internal LI battery. How do I open the case to replace the battery? I called WinBook and they said I would have to return it ($$) to have the battery replaced. I have thech savy to replace it, but don't want to force the case open. Can anyone point me to the magic spot to open the case?

A:Laptop Winbook X1 ROM Battery replacement (How do I open the case?)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

click on the link it may just help you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hi, I'm getting an odd message when I start up an old Gateway GP6 350 machince with Win XP.

It reads: Boot Failure, Insert BOOT diskette in A:, press any key to continue

Performing a control+alt+delete restarts and boots with no problem.

anyone know how to remove this message? I have tried changing the order of the boot drives and removing all but the HD to no avail.

A:Boot Failure, restart then boots fine

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Yes,my friends, you read it right! I am placing before you the highly rated Hiren's Boot CD! Hiren's BootCD 13.0 - All in one Bootable CD ?

I have Googled innumerable times to catch hold of a safe and reliable website to download the hiren's Boot CD and till now i am unsuccessful! If i have to give a comparitive bootCD, there may be many, but what immediately springs to mind is the Ultimate Boot CD a.k.a the UBCD. Link to download the UBCD : Ultimate Boot CD - Download the UBCD Hiren's Boot CD is many times features-filled, making you wonder,how did Hiren and Pankaj pack so many into a "downloadable".ISO file,which you can burn to a CD or DVD!

The sole reason for this post is ,if anyone has downloaded the 13th edition (the latest) of this CD, may they be kind enough to point me in the right direction. I sincerely look forward to the replies and will be thankful for all the educative suggestions and sites!


A:The case of an eusive boot cd!

Why cant you download it from the official website?

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Hi, so whenever I boot up my PC, the fan next to the IO port rattles. I usually fix this by tapping the back of the case. Do I have to remount the fan or is there another way to fix it.
I have an NZXT S340. Thanks

A:Case Fan rattles when I boot up

Originally Posted by SnowSmasher

Hi, so whenever I boot up my PC, the fan next to the IO port rattles. I usually fix this by tapping the back of the case. Do I have to remount the fan or is there another way to fix it.
I have an NZXT S340. Thanks

When you boot up, the fans are usually revved up full speed.
Could be a loose bracket...but
Most likely you have a baring going bad.

Fans are really cheap now a days.
Best to replace.

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Just bought a nice Xion II Modder's Case for my PC. I slowly removed all the parts from the old case, and carefully replaced them into the new case.

However, on boot up, depending on what IDE drive is connected, I get:

a.) a blank screen
b.) A bios screen with no memory check but instead a message simply stating "Memory...T"
c.) Differing amounts of memory (varies between 25000K(ish), and 3584K), even though my usual memcheck is over 1.25GB (1 x 1GB RAM stick, 1 x 512MB RAM stick)

I've tried every combination of IDE connection, including simply unplugging everything and plugging solely the HDD into the IDE1 port.

Simply put, when I first connected the PC back up in the new case I copied it EXACTLY as the old case.

In addition, the bios check screen is not as crystal clear as it normally is. There are strange symbols/artefacts littered around the screen.

I have a keyboard and nothing else plugged in, although the BIOS setup utility does not appear if I press F1 or DEL.

Any help is extremely appreciated!!


Chris O

A:PC Case Change - Now PC won't boot up!

Did you install the motherboard standoffs (risers) in the new case?

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Hi, so whenever I boot up my PC, the fan next to the IO port rattles. I usually fix this by tapping the back of the case. Do I have to remount the fan or is there another way to fix it.
I have an NZXT S340. Thanks

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Left hinge broke and computer came open! I didn't do anything to cause this to happen. I need to travel with my laptop and I am afraid something bad will happen due to this problem. Opening and closing the broken hinge causes the case to open a little more.

A:Left side of case coming open and hinge seems broken


  I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details). If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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Anyone know how to crack open a Belkin Router Case - Model: F5D7234-4 v3
Need to open the router case, in order to attach pigtails for external replacement antennas. Have not yet found any screws, any suggestions anyone?

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Need to open the router case, in order to attach pigtails for external replacement antennas. Have found two screws under model label, which appear to be the only screws, but still cannot snap open case.

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I am running DualBoot on a MacBook with a base operating system of OS X version 10.4.11. My other operating system, which I installed myself, is Windows Vista. When my laptop starts up, I usually hold down the ALT key and then I can choose to run either OS X or Vista.

My problem is that startup of Windows Vista no longer works. I am able to start OS X just fine and run it without problems, which suggests that this is not a hardware issue. But when I try to run Windows Vista, the system loads for a few seconds and then restarts. I have tried running Vista in safe mode, but encounter the same problem. The inability to start in safe mode began when I was attempting to do a system restore from safe mode and my battery ran out. The system restore never completed and now Vista-side will not start at all.

My instinct is that I will have to reinstall or at least repair Vista to get it working again. There are files on the Windows side that I currently cannot access and which would be painful to lose. Is there any way that I can repair the Vista side of things without losing my data? If not, does anyone know how to do a repair/reinstall in a DualBoot situation such as this?

A:Vista on DualBoot MacBook won't boot up, OS X boots fine...

Originally Posted by Setrett

I am running DualBoot on a MacBook with a base operating system of OS X version 10.4.11. My other operating system, which I installed myself, is Windows Vista. When my laptop starts up, I usually hold down the ALT key and then I can choose to run either OS X or Vista.

My problem is that startup of Windows Vista no longer works. I am able to start OS X just fine and run it without problems, which suggests that this is not a hardware issue. But when I try to run Windows Vista, the system loads for a few seconds and then restarts. I have tried running Vista in safe mode, but encounter the same problem. The inability to start in safe mode began when I was attempting to do a system restore from safe mode and my battery ran out. The system restore never completed and now Vista-side will not start at all.

My instinct is that I will have to reinstall or at least repair Vista to get it working again. There are files on the Windows side that I currently cannot access and which would be painful to lose. Is there any way that I can repair the Vista side of things without losing my data? If not, does anyone know how to do a repair/reinstall in a DualBoot situation such as this?


Might be something as simple as a boot loader issue. Which OS did you install first? I suspect it was OSX. There is a built in app to repair it and a tutorial in the tutorial section. Its called BCDedit.

Let us know if you nee... Read more

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I have a Seagate Free Agent HDD that just quit on me. First I had several errors, going to the deadly I/O error and to the point that neither of my laptops recognize the drive. I've tried almost everything to get my files back (same'ol story: all my pics and music are stored there). As last resort I'm thinking of opening the case and plug it as a slave/secondary HDD straight into my Dell Inspiron Laptop but I don't know if that can even be done.
PS. If you can believe my bad luck this happened just a WEEK after I bought another external HDD to back up all my data.

A:How to open a Seagate Free Agent HDD case and plug it as an internal HDD in Dell LT

you tube
that is how i found to open my wd passport

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I installed an HP P450 motherboard, pulled from HP D530 SSF Desktop, in a mini-tower case to build a new server, but when I power it up I get a black screen with the D450 SSF Desktop ID and boot options at the bottom. The boot options are ''F9>Boot Menu..F10>Setup...F12>Network Service Boot'', however none are accessible from this screen; I have to hit the key before the screen appears. When I do press the appropriate key I go to another black screen, only now it will have whatever key option I selected printed at the bottom, i.e. "Boot Menu". Still I have nothing else on the screen to select or change.

I have installed a SATA hard drive with an OS, but since I can't access the boot options nothings happens. Has anyone seen this problem before or have any suggestions about how to get past this point and get the motherboard to load to the new OS. Thanks in advance.

A:Can't get HP D530 SSF motherboard to boot to in new case

Have you tried taking the components out of the case, laying them on a static resitant surface; and connecting it all outside of the case? (you can then rule out/in the motherboard shorting to the case)

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i installed windows8 on C drive and and windows 7 on D drive..can i delete D directly by logging in windows 8 and then removing boot entry from easyBCD?

A:Removing Dual boot in My case

As D: is Logical, yes
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7

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I've got a modified case with a transparent side panel and a built in light and fan... both have their own power connection which connects to the power supply in the case itself...

The other day I wanted to boot my PC with the fan and light disconnected... however my PC would not boot from the HD, as per usual, rather it would try to boot from whatever was in my CD-ROM... I could just not get it to boot from the HD with the two components disconnected... as soon as I turned the PC off and reconnected them both, the PC boots up happy reading from the HD as before!

What exactly is the problem here and how can I get around it?

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Okay, so I have another thread going about a whole other issue here:

But along the way a new, I supose more critical, issue arose. I cleaned out my case of dust, re-seated the RAM and applied some fresh heatsink compound (as recommended in the other thread), and now it can't seem to boot into windows in any mode. It gets to "WINDOWS/System32/mup.sys" and it stops. I left it there for a few hours without any progress, so I just shut it down and let it be. I can't figure out what the problem could be. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? I don't know if it's unrelated to the other problem, or if they're some how linked.

A:Cant boot into Windows after case cleaning!

have you made sure that all the cables iside the pc are plugged in properly? something could have become dislodged.

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I have a Dell Latitude D620. I opened the case in order to clean the fan and change heat sink compound. Now, after turning laptop on, it shows the light for a couple of seconds and then turns itself off. CPU or fan don't even start running. Does anyone know what could be the problem? Did I disconnect something by mistake? Thanks in advance.

A:Laptop won't boot after opening the case

Re-trace your steps there is something you have missed. Otherwise clear the CMOS or remove the backup battery for 30 seconds. DELL has some sort of fail safe on their hardware.

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I have sort of a strange query. I have a modified case with a window and lighted fan in the window. The fan was going out so I went out and bought a new lighted fan.

When I first changed out the fans the computer shut down but came back without any problems. A day later it shut down on it's own while idling and would hang at "detecting IDE drives". I restarted it and it was fine for another couple days.

It did it again today but this time it wouldn't come back at all. So of of course I checked everything, replaced all the IDE cables making sure they were working and snug etc...finally I started fiddling with the power supply cords to see if maybe one had a problem.

I found the problem to be the new fan, whenever it is connected the pc will hang at that screen and will not boot. If I disconnect the fan it boots and runs jut fine. The fan runs properly and appears to be in good working order, it is brand new and I tested all the power cables and they all work fine.

My question is what could be the cause of the new fan making the computer hang like that? I can live without the fan, but it's kind of a perplexing and annoying problem. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

A:Strange boot problem and case fan

Could be an internal short in the fan. Or it's causing 'noise' on the power cables. Can you exchange it for another one?

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This problem started with a random freeze while playing a game. No recent driver changes were made to the computer, but there was an update to the game shortly before problems began.

System froze completely and had to be forced (hold power 4+ seconds) to shut down. On reboot it stalled on the "Starting Windows" screen. Linux partition that I have on the drive boots fine, but I cannot access the windows part from it. To be honest I'm not sure of thats me (I'm a nub when it comes to linux) or something else.

I reboot using the windows 7 disk and try to chkdsk on the drive.. which takes HOURS. (12+) and get things like not enough space to apply fix or file segment ##### unreadable. My apologies not the non specific descriptions there.. I neglected to write them down.

I've read through googling this may be a drive failure, though I wonder why I can still boot to linux with no problems if that's the case. I'm attempting to get the seagate drive diag tools on a USB stick to run on the drive.

I tried hooking the drive up to another computer via a USB adapter, however it didn't like that.. I suspect that would be because the drive is win7 64, and the computer I tried to hook it up to was winxp 32.

I would appreciate any thoughts on other things to check as I go about this. Thank you for your time in reading community.

A:Win7 freeze/won't boot to Windows. Linux boots fine

Got seagate tools to run. It fails all tests and repairs with bad sectors everywhere. I guess the drive IS borked. I'll try to copy my Users directory to save my stuffs and get the IT guy at my school to RMA the drive.

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Hey, I was asked by a family member to clean out their laptop, so I went ahead and downloaded malwarebytes, ccleaner and a new antivirus. Then I turned on safemode and restarted the pc.
Now the laptop starts up and goes to the windows loading bar. As soon as its done loading the screen goes black but I can see and move the mouse cursor. A few seconds after that the pc restarts. Over and over again.

Useless info:

I interrupted the process and then I was asked if I wanted to restore the pc to a earlier time. After doing that, it booted into safemode. I cleaned out the pc (put a lot of work into it etc). I turned off safemode and booted it up regulary. For some reason I couldnt install the new antivirus but the old one was deleted (not an issue for this thread). Since i was in safe mode before I figured to fix the antivirus problem i will boot it into safemode again.Click to expand...

Now Im stuck again but this time, restoring it doesnt help, I cant do a full system restore because there is no backup image and the data on the laptop is important.
Startup repair doesnt help.
I figure that I only need to be able to turn off safemode somehow. Is there any way of fixing this?
Thanks in advance, I registered on this forum because of this problem and I will try and return the favor in other threads.

Acer Asipre
Windows Vista (idk if 32 or 64, i assume 32)
SU2700 Intel Premium processor
intel GMA 4500MHD
3GB DDR3 memory

A:Laptop can not boot into safe mode, boots fine regulary


Right now, everytime I start up the laptop, it goes to systemrestore.

I'd like to get to the window where it asks me how I want to boot the system. ("Boot Windows with the last working settings" or something like that). I know that this should boot it without safemode, but i don't know how to get there...

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Hi all

Just trying to save you some work

I was messing around with vmware ESXi again on another machine - now this is quite fussy on what it installs on so I had to change the BIOS option for my SATA disks from IDE to AHCI.

esxi installed fine and I could test on that machine.

On restoring I forgot to change the Bios back again so of course it barely started the boot process before failing.

I though OK I don't want to re-set the disks back to IDE (legacy) so I tried to boot with repair option.

W7 could not repair this -- you need to RE-INSTALL again if you change the IDE option in the BIOS.

(Re-install via upgrade is fine however so it wasn't too painful an ********).

Mods what's wrong with this forum "bad language" control

unless my English is horrible what's wrong with the word E X E R C I S E - maybe too painful for a lot of people to do. There's a similar word related to devil cults etc but THIS word definitely isn't it.

Anyway the point of this post is hopefully to save you guys time if you make the same mistake I did.


A:Beware - in THIS case boot with Repair FAILS

Thanks for the advice jimbo!!

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Hi. As you can tell from my signature, I own a Windows XP Professional PC (very nice machine). Well, if any of you know me well enough, you know that I am very cautious about my machine and take just about all measures possible that are within my financial reach to protect my machine. Well, it just came to mind that a boot disk for my computer is definitely within my financial reach but I do not know the specifics about boot disks. Should I make one just in case something were to happen to my computer? What good is a boot disk anyway? Also, does it matter if I use a CD-R or a floppy for the boot disk? I really just need basic information for now and then when I know more, I'll ask more questions. Thanks in advance!

A:Boot disk good idea just in case?

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