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Removing the Front Cover in HP Pavilion Media Center m1000, w1000 Series Desktop PCs

This document only pertains to HP Media Center desktop PCs with the following PC case:

Before you begin

  • You will need a flat-bladed screwdriver.
  • Turn off the PC, disconnect all cables and transfer the PC to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the PC.
WARNING: The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
CAUTION: This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

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Removing the front cover

To replace the power switch, the CD/DVD drives, the front I/O panel, the hard drive, or the memory card reader, the front outer cover must be removed.

WARNING: Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1. With all cables disconnected from the PC, remove both side panels.
For more information about removing the side panels, you can refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Step 2. From inside the PC, press the six tabs on both sides of the front cover.
Step 3. Pull the front cover off of the PC.
NOTE: All of the tabs face towards the left side of the PC when viewed from the back. Once the right side tabs are pressed, apply gentle pressure toward the right side as you pull the front cover away.
CAUTION: Be careful to not bend or break the three tabs on the right side of the front cover.

Replacing the front cover

Step 1. Align the six tabs on the front cover ...
... with the six slots on the front of the PC.
Step 2. Snap the front cover into position.

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