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HP Pavilion a1540n Desktop Tower Case - Remove Left Side Panel [Special Flat-Rounded Screws]?

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Does anyone know how to open the left side panel of a HP Pavilion a1540n desktop tower case? As in, remove the panel that lies behind the motherboard? It has these special little 'flat-rounded' silver screws with tiny screwdriver holes that don't fit with any of my screwdriver bits (and believe me, I got like every tool and screwdriver bit there is for prying hardware off) - located all around the top, left and bottom panels on the back and front of the desktop tower case. They have HowTo's to pry open the right panel and the front of the case, but you can open these using your hands. To get an idea of what I'm talking about, there are some pictures in their online HowTo FAQs instructions - though they are very low quality. I've linked those anyways, along with the actual model support page and pictures of the actual screws below:

 

Opening the PC case:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00593575&tmp_task=useCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=u...

 

Removing the front cover:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00599164&tmp_task=useCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=u...

 

Official support webpage / information:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3184140

 

I found a higher quality image online and edited it with MSPaint - so whoever helps can see the actual 'flat-rounded' screws that I'm referring to - as seen on a 'similiar' HP Pavilion desktop tower case to that of my own (uploaded to imageshack as JPG and PNG):

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/7959/h256430out3la.png

http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/5176/h256430out3la2.jpg

 

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help! I'd be much appreciated.

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Re: HP Pavilion a1540n Desktop Tower Case - Remove Left Side Panel [Special Flat-Rounded Screws]?

Have you tried Torx bits?

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Yes, I have tried Torx bits - still no go. I've tried everything I got to throw at it. I'll probably have to buy something special to get 'em off, though I'm still not sure what type of screwdriver bit(s) it actually needs.

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Can you post a close up (macro) photo of the screw head here?

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Here you go - I pulled out  my camera and took some close up shots (2 and 3MB each - they'e big in filesize with a resolution of 4000x3000):

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9356/hppavilionscrews001.jpg (Flat-rounded screws on desktop tower case)

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8320/hppavilionscrews005.jpg (Screwdriver bits)

 

Let me know if you need something clearer than those shots and I'll try to get some pictures where they're not as blurry (even though they aren't too blurry right now) - its somewhat difficult trying to focus the camera with it being so close; while keeping your hands steady for the shot(s).

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WizmaN wrote:

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8320/hppavilionscrews005.jpg


 

What!  No Robertson drivers? 

You'd never be allowed in Canada.

 

I pulled my HPE out of it's cubby and had a look.  Those thingies look like rivets to me.  Not screws.  I did not try grasping the disk with pliers to see if it would turn like a screw.  I hope you solve the issue before I have to take that side off down the road!

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Haha, yeah - that was just a picture of the screwdriver bits though. I probably have a Robertson driver around here somewhere. ;P

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives

 

Any ideas on how I might go about getting rid of rivets? I'm a techie guy, so I'm not familiar with destroying things - only taking them apart and putting them back together again. ^_^

 

EDIT: Perhaps I should use a drill bit to get rid of the steel rivets? I got quite a few drills and bits scattered around - though I'm not sure if I have any that small enough. Anyways, I was doing some research by googling online and came upon this article / tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/way_5343629_way-remove-steel-rivets.html

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WizmaN wrote:

Haha, yeah - that was just a picture of the screwdriver bits though. I probably have a Robertson driver around here somewhere. ;P

 

Any ideas on how I might go about getting rid of rivets? I'm a techie guy, so I'm not familiar with destroying things - only taking them apart and putting them back together again. ^_^

 

EDIT: Perhaps I should use a drill bit to get rid of the steel rivets? I got quite a few drills and bits scattered around - though I'm not sure if I have any that small enough. Anyways, I was doing some research by googling online and came upon this article / tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/way_5343629_way-remove-steel-rivets.html


A drill is your best option.  Try not to enlarge the hole too much when you are removing it. You can use an aluminum rivet to replace the steel one. Hardware stores sell low priced pop rivet kits that should suit your purpose.    

 

 

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Any ideas on how I might go about getting rid of rivets? I'm a techie guy, so I'm not familiar with destroying things - only taking them apart and putting them back together again. ^_^

 

 

IF they are rivets, you drill through the center.  Use a bit just large enough to cut into the sides of the rivet tube.  You don't have to go deep, just the fraction of an inch that bonds the tube to the surface washer.  It's a bit of improvisation in that loose rivets will twirl on the bit.   Those you drill while holding the disk with pliers. 

 

I wish HP would give a hint as to whether they are rivets or some weird screw.   But, this forum really doesn't have very much HP interaction on that level.

 

I haven't looked, but is there info on replacing HP motherboards? 

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I wish HP would give a hint as to whether they are rivets or some weird screw.   But, this forum really doesn't have very much HP interaction on that level.


 

I see erico posted while I was typing.  I'd trust his comments if he has bought into the rivet appearance. 

 

A couple notes while musing on this.  Use a slow speed with the drill.  If the rivets are steel, then you've got magnetically charged chips to capture.

 

I looked again at my HPE box and I wonder if the rest of the case can pull away from the motherboard side and the back plates?  The top seems to be removable, but I have not pulled the front of the case to see.

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