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Windows 7: Anyone familiar with older IBM tower cases?

15 Aug 2011   #1
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 
Anyone familiar with older IBM tower cases?

I'm helping setup a computer training lab for a local school. There are some older IBM tower PCs donated by the local government (used).

I thought I was familiar with most PC cases, but these are really unusual. I'm trying to remove the hard drive & have noticed that the hard drive mount tilts from inside the case & the drive must slide out of the front of the case! Strange.

Anyway, I cannot get the front panel completely off. The top part refuses to budge & I'm afraid I will break it if I try any more. The front cover is not flush with the top of the case. It extends about an inch above & seems to serve as a "handle" to pick it up.

I currently don't have the exact model, but it is along the A51 style of cabinet. I have been unable to find directions how to completely remove this front panel through online searches.

Any IBM techs out there? This is really embarrassing!


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15 Aug 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Take the side panel off and look around for a latch of some kind to release it. The old HP I have has one and two other pieces to push aside too. There also may be screws holding it from the inside which may be hard to see.
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16 Aug 2011   #3
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Can you post some pictures? even phone camera ones should jog the memory of us older techs.
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16 Aug 2011   #4
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Can you post some pictures? even phone camera ones should jog the memory of us older techs.

Good idea...

I should have thought of that! I'll see if I can post some pics sometime later today.
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16 Aug 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try this

Anyone familiar with older IBM tower cases?-captureibm.png

or try downloading the manual from here:
Lenovo Support - User Guides and Manuals (US)?


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16 Aug 2011   #6
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, theog, but the HD is mounted vertically - directly behind the front of the case. I'll get some pics later.
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16 Aug 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

The picture is from one of the A51 manuals, from Lenovo Support.
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17 Aug 2011   #8
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I finally got it off without breaking it. I apologize for no pictures in the beginning, but not necessary now. Sometimes you've just got to leave a problem alone after several attempts & come back the next day with a different approach!
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17 Aug 2011   #9
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

This reminds me of when I had issues figuring out the case of my old Dell Optiplex GX280. I ended up looking up a PDF manual for it which allowed me to get it open.
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18 Aug 2011   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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That is good news.
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