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Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:20 pm

I want to recap my D4400 stock board. I can't get the black plastic cpu heatsink mounting brackets off the board and the tray won't slide out with them in. The white plastic pegs holding the black plastic brackets don't want to come out with the tray in though. Little bit of a pickle.

The Dell documentation regarding this is useless, stating 'remove screws and obstructions, then pull tab and remove tray and board together'. There are old Dell forum posts about this but all the answers were in the form of currently broken links. None of which are on archive.org.

I have all the board screws and rear port screws out. Everything is unplugged and out of the way. The tray will not move as if bolted still.

The only thing holding the board to the tray is the white pegs. Although these pegs must also be what is holding the tray in place because it still won't come out. Moving the release tab in any direction at any intensity from this point yields no results.

I have tried pulling the pegs out through the topside many times to no avail. The top of one of my pegs will soon be worn to nothing. Not sure what to do. Is there a special tool or technique that would help?
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby Tingler42DD69 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:15 pm

I found what seems to be a service manual on your Dell 4400. Maybe this can be of some help to you. It talks about removing the system board starting on page 22:

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/67838 ... =60#manual

Good luck and happy gaming Admiral!! ;) :D :D

Oh...wait...maybe you already have this. If so sorry about that. :(
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby 607jf » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:25 pm

Good luck, old dells are proprietary as fuck.
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby Tingler42DD69 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:31 pm

607jf wrote:Good luck, old dells are proprietary as fuck.



Yup!! They are definitely a big pain in the ass especially when it comes down to tracking a power supply for them since they seem to be wired differently even though they may look the same as others.
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby CurbsidePharmacist » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:55 pm

Do you have a picture?
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:41 pm

Tingler42DD69 wrote:I found what seems to be a service manual on your Dell 4400. Maybe this can be of some help to you. It talks about removing the system board starting on page 22:

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/67838 ... =60#manual

Good luck and happy gaming Admiral!! ;) :D :D

Oh...wait...maybe you already have this. If so sorry about that. :(


Thanks for trying, but that is one of the documents I was referring to as only referencing the tab that won't do anything, and making it sound easy. That's ok though, thanks!
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320GB ST3320620A 7200RPM 16MB Cache
X-DU Alpha 512KB ModChip & Toggle Switch
Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
StarTech 80 Conductor U-ATA Cable
80mm Xilence Hydro Bearing
Taiyo Yuden Clock Cap
XBMC Build 3.5.3 Dash
128MB DDR RAM
K=1.00.4817.01
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Dimension 4400:
CPU 2GHz 512KB cache 400MHz FSB
2GB DDR RAM
Dell Dimension 4700:
CPU 2.8GHz 1MB cache 800MHz FSB
4GB DDR RAM
360:
Corona V5
500GB Seagate Momentus HDD
Gelid GC-E Compound
HDD Door Vents
40mm Noctua FLX SSO2 PSU fan
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:42 pm

607jf wrote:Good luck, old dells are proprietary as fuck.


Yep, I've already got a stockpile of parts though. The trouble I'm having is getting the board out to get them in!
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My best performance Box
Spoiler:
320GB ST3320620A 7200RPM 16MB Cache
X-DU Alpha 512KB ModChip & Toggle Switch
Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
StarTech 80 Conductor U-ATA Cable
80mm Xilence Hydro Bearing
Taiyo Yuden Clock Cap
XBMC Build 3.5.3 Dash
128MB DDR RAM
K=1.00.4817.01
TSOP=X2 4983
iND-BiOS 5004
1.0 board


Systems
Spoiler:
Dimension 4400:
CPU 2GHz 512KB cache 400MHz FSB
2GB DDR RAM
Dell Dimension 4700:
CPU 2.8GHz 1MB cache 800MHz FSB
4GB DDR RAM
360:
Corona V5
500GB Seagate Momentus HDD
Gelid GC-E Compound
HDD Door Vents
40mm Noctua FLX SSO2 PSU fan
PS2:
FAT
60mm Sunon Maglev Bearing Fan
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:44 pm

Tingler42DD69 wrote:
607jf wrote:Good luck, old dells are proprietary as fuck.



Yup!! They are definitely a big pain in the ass especially when it comes down to tracking a power supply for them since they seem to be wired differently even though they may look the same as others.


Lucky me I found a pristine one on amazon. Just put a new 80mm Noctua fan in it too! That paired with the CPU fan this beast is silent.
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My best performance Box
Spoiler:
320GB ST3320620A 7200RPM 16MB Cache
X-DU Alpha 512KB ModChip & Toggle Switch
Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
StarTech 80 Conductor U-ATA Cable
80mm Xilence Hydro Bearing
Taiyo Yuden Clock Cap
XBMC Build 3.5.3 Dash
128MB DDR RAM
K=1.00.4817.01
TSOP=X2 4983
iND-BiOS 5004
1.0 board


Systems
Spoiler:
Dimension 4400:
CPU 2GHz 512KB cache 400MHz FSB
2GB DDR RAM
Dell Dimension 4700:
CPU 2.8GHz 1MB cache 800MHz FSB
4GB DDR RAM
360:
Corona V5
500GB Seagate Momentus HDD
Gelid GC-E Compound
HDD Door Vents
40mm Noctua FLX SSO2 PSU fan
PS2:
FAT
60mm Sunon Maglev Bearing Fan
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:46 pm

CurbsidePharmacist wrote:Do you have a picture?


I'll try to get a pic or two soon. On desktop right now trying to reset my pass to get at it from my phone.
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My best performance Box
Spoiler:
320GB ST3320620A 7200RPM 16MB Cache
X-DU Alpha 512KB ModChip & Toggle Switch
Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
StarTech 80 Conductor U-ATA Cable
80mm Xilence Hydro Bearing
Taiyo Yuden Clock Cap
XBMC Build 3.5.3 Dash
128MB DDR RAM
K=1.00.4817.01
TSOP=X2 4983
iND-BiOS 5004
1.0 board


Systems
Spoiler:
Dimension 4400:
CPU 2GHz 512KB cache 400MHz FSB
2GB DDR RAM
Dell Dimension 4700:
CPU 2.8GHz 1MB cache 800MHz FSB
4GB DDR RAM
360:
Corona V5
500GB Seagate Momentus HDD
Gelid GC-E Compound
HDD Door Vents
40mm Noctua FLX SSO2 PSU fan
PS2:
FAT
60mm Sunon Maglev Bearing Fan
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Re: Dell Dimension 4400 board tray removal proceedure

Postby AdmiralShlong » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:42 pm

Here's a couple pics. The light will show the exact white peg chodes, and you can even see the blighted CPU caps in one. The release tab won't do crap from this point. I just want the board off the tray or the tray off the case. Both are still locked down.

I'm beginning to think the underside of the tray might have rotted and fused with the case. Although unlikely considering the condition of the rest of it.
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My best performance Box
Spoiler:
320GB ST3320620A 7200RPM 16MB Cache
X-DU Alpha 512KB ModChip & Toggle Switch
Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
StarTech 80 Conductor U-ATA Cable
80mm Xilence Hydro Bearing
Taiyo Yuden Clock Cap
XBMC Build 3.5.3 Dash
128MB DDR RAM
K=1.00.4817.01
TSOP=X2 4983
iND-BiOS 5004
1.0 board


Systems
Spoiler:
Dimension 4400:
CPU 2GHz 512KB cache 400MHz FSB
2GB DDR RAM
Dell Dimension 4700:
CPU 2.8GHz 1MB cache 800MHz FSB
4GB DDR RAM
360:
Corona V5
500GB Seagate Momentus HDD
Gelid GC-E Compound
HDD Door Vents
40mm Noctua FLX SSO2 PSU fan
PS2:
FAT
60mm Sunon Maglev Bearing Fan
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