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Inspiron 3670, video card install

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Bizarre, but for the first time ever, I can't figure out how to install a video card into the Inspiron 3670, and it has to do with those metal slot covers on the back.  When you take out the screw and rotate the card-retention bracket (that stays attached), you can remove the metal slot cover of the first one on the left easily.  But the next three seem to be part of the back?  And I need slot 2 for the video card install.

Do i have to physically break the metal cover to remove it?  Seems like it shouldn't be the case.

Picture to show better what I am talking about ....vidcardslot.jpgCover1 comes out easily, 2, 3, and 4 seem solid

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Okay, I found a youtube video of a 3650, different setup but the guy DID have to tear the metal slot cover off.  How silly, I liked the old style where once you unscrewed any retention bracket, you just pulled out the metal covers easily.

 

 

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Why haven't you read the Service Manual for the 3670?

Looks like there's a screw on the outside of the case that needs to be removed so you can install (or remove) and add-in PCI-e card. No "tearing" required!

Are you saying #1 in your pic is in front of the PCI-e x1 slot, and #2 is in front of the x16 slot where the video card goes?

Ron

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Yes, #1 is in front of the x1 slot, and #2 is in front of the x16 slot for the video card.

Manual didn't help, the one screw you remove only makes it so that the retention bracket can be pivoted downwards, but only #1 slot has the removable metal slot cover.  #2-4 have to be torn out.

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Re: Inspiron 3670 video card install

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Geez...bad terrible  design.... 

Ron

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Yes, and it's a shame too because for such a small case, it is nice and wide open to work on.  Optical drive at very top, power supply and hard drive at the very bottom... minimal cabling.  All nice and neat.  Dropped the ball on those slot covers though.

 

3670inside.jpg3670 Inspiron

 

 

 

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Re: Inspiron 3670 video card install

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Any chance you can route the video cable through the opening created when you remove #1 from the back panel, so you don't have to cut metal?

There are right-angle video cables and right-angle video cable adapters which might help with this issue...

 

Ron

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Possibly, but I may just bite the bullet and start cutting xD.  The thing is though, with just the i5-8400 cpu, 8 Gigs of RAM, and integrated HD 630 graphics, be darned if the thing isn't running snappier than heck.  So I have pressed pause for a bit... eventually the Dremel will probably make its appearance though. Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Inspiron 3670 video card install

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Well, maybe they never expected anyone to install an x16 video card if this PC runs so well with onboard Intel Graphics, and that's why the back plate in front of that slot isn't removable without surgery.

Ron

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Re: Inspiron 3670 video card install

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2, 3, and 4 have a slot in them so you can insert a flat blade screwdriver and bend them or poke them out.

That is a break away slot cover. Stick a screwdriver in one of the slots and start rocking it back and forth to break the little places where there is still some metal holding it in. It takes a bit of force and courage that you are not doing something wrong because it seems that you are breaking it-which you are, but it is designed to be broken. Just be careful not to bend the frame around the slot cover.

 

 


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