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Old 06-01-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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i had the classic take off effect happen,

i got a new mobo and when i went to change it over i couldnt get it out,

i got this drive off ebay as none of mine would fit

https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=370184204507

but still no luck, what size / type will i need?

thanks
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:26 PM   #2
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Good old Dell...The standard Torx size is 8.



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Old 06-02-2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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thanks for your help!

you wouldnt believe the amount of grief dell has caused me, could you link to the right part so i don't order the wrong bit again like a donut
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:47 AM   #4
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ignore my last post, ive tried an 8 and it was way too big, does anyone have any other suggestions?

thanks for your help
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:43 AM   #5
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Next small er is a 6. You could probably get a set of cheapy Torx bits at Auto Zone-Parts Plus-Pep Boys or any of the chains that sell cheap parts and tools.



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i've tried a 6 and 7 and a 6.5!

a friend of mine recommended:
you need to remove the fan first, by uncliping it. then the whole tray that the board sits on should slide back and out (to the right in the pic) https://dennisjudd.com/albums/General-Pics/IMGP3735.jpg

if its an older model, then you will fist have to unscrew the 4 screw holding the heatsing chassis.
this is simple, first remove the green clips, then unlatch the heatsink, and then just use a standard phillips


think mine is a different model but will try this tonight :S never buying a dell again
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Hey brakes i have a 8400 as well with a 9800gt DDR3 card 1024mb

im looking to change the mobo and processor, can you help me figure out the right size for the case and have any recommendations for me? motherboard wise?
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