Step 14: Connectivity Center

Not every computer has a connectivity center, but most new ones do.

Like I said in step 11, "The connectivity center is the area on the front of the computer where there is many input sections, like usb, firewire, microphone, headphones, video, etc.". But this time, I will remove the whole component, not just unplug the cables\wires!

First thing, unscrew the single screw holding it in place. There might be a different amount of screws, in different locations on your computer, but just unscrew them all! One the screw[s] are removed, the whole component should slide into the inside of the computer, which can then be removed.

Just like every other step, refer to the pictures if you are confused!
So.. I have a question. Is it possible to dismantle my current tower and throw it in a new case for the sake of saving space? My desktop tower is huuuge and i kinda wanna streamline everything.
<p>Yes. The case for a computer is not needed actually, as long as you have all the parts. It's really just for aesthetics/ease of access for ports and buttons. You can even put it in a milk carton if it fits. But there lies the problem in getting a new case, size. As long as all the the internals fit, and preferably have holes in the case for outside access, it should be fine.</p>
<p>any students from ap shah </p>
It would have been much wiser to buy a new mainboard and replace it...
Nah, I got a new <em>super computer</em>. 9GB of RAM! But, I used all of the parts from this computer, and hooked it up to another mainboard I have.<br/>
<p>9 GB OF RAM i have 7</p>
<p>9 GB OF RAM i have 7</p>
<p>i dont believe you</p>
<p>so how did that work out for ya?</p>
&quot;<em>this computer</em>&quot; as in the disassembled one.<br/>
Not my new one!
9GB of ram? Run cpuz and put the memory tab, take a screenshot and upload it here, I want to see proof...
CPUZ, Here is the direct download link.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpuz/cpuz_151.zip">http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpuz/cpuz_151.zip</a><br/>
And open the memory tab, The tab that is labled memory, and click it...
<p>thx it worked</p>
<p>Didn't you remove the CPU?</p>
<p>Great job!! It helped me out considerably, I'm not terribly computer savvy but I do enjoy taking anything apart that I can to learn how it works. You said your mother board is fried, is that a Bios code or will the computer just not function? Also my computer is having a continuous beep, its done that before and I manage to push some cables back in and get it to work ,however not this time so I'm wondering if it's the motherboard or CPU..maybe someone can help? Thanks!!</p>
<p>I had the beep before, I took it to Fry's and they fixed it.</p>
<p>no its not like that</p>
<p>wassup </p>
<p>LOL!Too bad my mother won't allow me to do this though...</p>
<p>Thanks so much for your help! You really helped me make my science project at school; this took all my stress away. Thanks a million!</p><p>God bless you</p>
<p>Fantastic illustrations,I suggest that you may use arrows point at some features in the diagram</p>
<p>Very good instructional manual. Detailed step by step instructions. I love the Pictures. The only thing I can suggest is that you include a list of tools needed.</p>
<p>great instructions....my hp m7250n is loud and reboots without warning...would like to clean it well and rebuild it. It is 10 years old and I have already replaced the power supply a few years ago. (Could I; Would I; Should I) replace any components or add things to it before I rebuild it?</p><p>I noticed that the tv card will not pick up the new digital channels from my over the air antenna; it did when they were analog. Trying to cut the cable (Direct Tv) and use this computer for a DVR in the living room. Is this possible?</p><p>Thanks again for the instructions!!</p>
<p>thank you for your help. I really needed it.</p>
Thank you so much for such good info. My computer is shot so I want to remove any important info before I take it to recycling. It won't turn on so I can't use any &quot;wipe-out&quot; software. Thought I'd have to run it over with the lawn mower, but this method is much more civilized.
<p>i find that a sledgehammer is much more effective</p>
Haha! More civilized to the lawn mower.
<p>this is omar farooq the tuttie man</p>
many thanks 4 the info, as i wish to set up a training school in india for COMPUTER, TV ETC RECYCLING where we will teach unemployed science students this work so they can set up small workshops(1-5 EMPLOYEES) on the city outskirts to take the parts apart &amp; sell the plastic, aluminium,copper &amp; melt the costly metals to be given to big recyclers. also removing the pvc from all electric other than from the computer wires by mechanical means.please let me know the size of the shredder in inches for the mother board. any info u can give on any aspect will be welcome as i am still in the learning stage. <br>many thanx &amp; awaiting your reply <br>balbir singh
Thanks for the tutorial. This just happens to be the same computer I needed to take apart.
I realize this guide was posted May, 2009. But thanks to author for showing how to remove the heatsink fan ONLY. Most online guides focus on removing fan, heatsink and processor. (Removing a heatsink on a Celeron D can cause processor pin damage and new thermal paste is needed if the heatsink shifts even slightly). And thermal paste ain't cheap. <br> <br>I nearly unlocked the two metal levers on the heatsink, thinking these are part of the fan locking mechanism. Due to Arbitor's guide, it's obvious fan screws just screw into the metal heatsink itself. In my case, I'm just cleaning heatsink fins for better heat dissipation.
Great guide to salvaging <a href="http://www.sync-computers.com/">pc parts</a> from a computer thanks!
&quot;No disassemble&quot; - johnny 5 lol :)
Preferably not a carpet, they can cause static build up which kills components. Best to be on some kind of desktop work surface or antistatic mat, using an antistatic wrist band.
This is true. I saw how he was disassembling it on a carpet and thought: lots more dead components.
I constantly grounded myself, by touching a ground wire. Also, my mobo is already fried, so I didn't bother with it. All the other components should be fine, as I have done this many times before on other computers on carpet. Those computers are still running.
I did not read ALL the comments, did I miss where it's mentioned where you get the copper to recycle? Someone mentioned they used to do that where they worked, and someone else mentioned it is too time consuming or toxic. ??
You have Been Lucky,Sadly,I Killed 2 main boards and 4 peices of ram with carpet. If you ground yourself,your not doing anything,you are just grounded,but not the carpet
I'm surprised! All the other computers I disassembled were all on the same carpet... It must be some non-static carpet, if there is a thing!
Well you'r Lucky,Very Lucky,Do NOT think that that is a myth,it is NOT,And it is a VERY common problem,Why do you think they sell those stuff in antistatic bags?
It turns out it is an anti static carpet... It has wires woven in the bottom which are grounded.<br />
I fried my built in video card because i disassembled it on carpet... I haven't bothered to get a new one because i have another computer, luckily, and there wasn't much good things on there anyway.
Well that is proof.

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