Introduction

Removing the left panel of a desktop computer is an important skill to have for repair and troubleshooting purposes. The left panel must be removed before any repairs can be performed on the inside of the computer. In addition, computers with heating problems could benefit from having the left panel removed.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.
  • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

  • These screws can be removed by hand.

This depends on the model of system. Some systems have a lever/latch to pull to release the cover. Many Dell and HP models use latches to open the covers (no tools required to open the system). Some systems need a screwdriver to remove the screws. Some are Phillips screws, others may be Torx.

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Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

  • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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