How to Open the Inspiron 530 Case


Unlike many laptop computers, the Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer does not offer access to its components via convenient compartments. To access any of the 530's devices, such as the hard drive, optical drive and motherboard and power supply, you will need to open the computer. Once you have removed the computer's cover you will be able to add or remove the 530's internal components.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Shut down the computer using the Windows Start button.

  • Unplug the computer, wait a few minutes and press the power button to discharge the remaining electrical charge in the system. Disconnect anything attached to the computer such as the monitor, mouse and keyboard.

  • Position the computer so you are facing its rear panel and lay the computer on its left side. This allows for more stability while still allowing you to remove the side cover.

  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws from the rear edge of the side panel.

  • Slide the cover slightly toward the rear of the computer to disengage the cover's tabs from their slots.

  • Lift the cover straight up off the computer case.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to touch any of the computer's internal components, use an anti-static wrist strap to prevent electrostatic discharge.

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