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OptiPlex 980 Small Form Factor (SFF) Teardown removal guide for customer replaceable units (CRUs)



These guides will take you step by step through the safe removal of what are considered to be the Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) parts of a OptiPlex 980 Small Form Factor (SFF) Chassis system. (CRUs are the parts of the system that shouldn't need an engineer to remove or replace.) The guides will also include pictures to reference what's involved. (Just reverse the steps to fit a part instead.)


Table of Contents:

  1. CRU Removal Guide
  2. Removal Instructions

1. Removal Guide

If these guides do not cover what you are looking to do, then you will want to reference your System Manual.

The article below provides information on safe practises to take into consideration before working with electrical equipment.


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2. Removal Instructions

Note : Please click on the title of the section you want to open below, in order to see the contents.

Required Tools

1 Small Phillip's head screwdriver 2 Plastic Scribe
3 Small Flat head screwdriver

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the System Cover :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Pull the cover release latch away from the rear of the system.

  1. Grip the cover with both hands and lift away from the chassis.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Front Bezel :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Gently unlatch the three latches holding the front bezel to the front of the chassis.

  1. Remove the front bezel from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Optical Drive (CD-ROM, DVD) :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Disconnect the Optical Drive data cable and the Optical Drive power cable.

  1. Press the release latch down and slide the Optical Drive towards the rear of the system.

  1. Slide towards the rear of the chassis and lift the drive up to remove the Optical drive from its bracket.

  1. Remove the two screws on the side of the drive.

  1. Remove the screw on the other side of the drive.

  1. remove the bracket from the optical drive.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Media Bay Drive :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover and Optical Drive

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  1. Disconnect any cables connected to the back of the media bay drive.

  1. Press down on the drive release catch.

  1. Slide the drive towards the rear of the system.

  1. Lift the edge of the drive closest to the centre of the system upwards.

  1. Pull the drive out in the same direction.

  1. Lift up the back edge of the drive.

  1. Rotate the drive around to disengage it from the guide rails.

  1. Remove the media bay drive from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the HArd Disk Drive (HDD) :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover

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  1. Press in on the two blue securing tabs on each side of the hard drive cage and slide the cage up and out of the chassis.

  1. Disconnect and unthread the cables at the rear of the hard drive.

  1. Remove the hard drive cage from the system.

  1. Lift up the two blue tabs upward to remove the hard drive.

  1. Release the two screws from the first hard drive.

  1. Remove the hard drive from the bracket.

Note: Repeat steps 7 and 8 for a second drive if fitted.
  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Expansion Card(s) :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover

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Note: For Half Height cards there are two slots to the right rear of the chassis. There are no slots for Full Height cards.
  1. Lift up the expansion card retaining tab.

  1. For PCI-E x16 cards, press the securing lever at the rear of the card.

  2. Lift the card upwards and remove from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Memory :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover, Optical Drive and Hard Drive Cage

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Gently Spread the securing clips away from the memory.

  1. Remove the Memory from the system.

Note: Repeat steps 3 and 4 if there are more than 1 memory DIMM to be removed.
  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Coin Cell Battery :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover and the Hard Drive

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  1. Press on the retention clip until the coin-cell battery pops up.

  1. Remove the coin-cell battery from the motherboard.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Internal Speaker :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover, Hard Drive Cage and Processor Fan

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Disconnect the speaker connector from the Motherboard.

  1. Release the speaker securing tabs from the front of the chassis, then remove the entire speaker assembly from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Chassis Intrusion Switch :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover and the Hard Drive Cage

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  1. Disconnect the Intrusion Switch cable from the Motherboard.

  1. Slide the switch down the side of the chassis and remove the switch from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the System Fan :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Remove the System Cover, Optical Drive, Hard Drive Cage and the Wireless Module

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Disconnect the fan connector from the Motherboard.

  1. Remove the four screws from the processor fan shroud.

  1. Remove the processor fan from the heatsink.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Power Supply Unit (PSU) :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Remove the System Cover, Optical Drive, Hard Drive Cage and the Processor Fan

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Remove the two screws securing the power supply to the rear of the chassis.

  1. Remove the SATA cable from the cable tidy on the PSU.

  1. Disconnect the power cables running from the power supply.

  1. Push the power supply towards the drive bay.

  1. Remove the power supply from the system.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Wireless Module :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Remove the System Cover and Hard Drive Cage

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Lift the wireless antenna port release tab and then push the assembly towards the power supply.

  1. Unthread the wireless antenna cable from the fan shroud.

  1. Release the securing tab to remove the wireless module from the Motherboard.

  1. Remove the wireless module cover.

  1. Disconnect the two antennae.

  1. Release the WLAN card from the securing tab.

  1. Remove the WLAN card from the socket.

  1. Complete.

  1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the THermal Sensor :

    1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly

    2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer

    3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

    4. Please remove the System Cover, Hard Drive Cage, Internal Speaker and Processor Fan

  2. Establishing image.

  1. Disconnect the thermal sensor cable from the Motherboard.

  1. Release the hook to remove the thermal sensor from the front of the chassis.

  1. Complete.


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