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First post, by anetanel

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I need some help finishing repairing this computer.
It contains a socket 7 Delhi -III motherboard with Pentium 233 mmx.
On boot it shows the eMachines logo.
It was dirty beyond believe. Took everything apart, cleaned, lubricated the fans and put it back together and it is working great. Running dos 7.1 and wfw 3.11 with LAN.

Two last issues are with the case.
As you can see, the doors for the cd and the usb/audio do not close.
Where can I get the... thingy.. that hold the expansion door close? What is it even called? It seems worn out and would not hold the door close.
The CD door is another issue. I have no idea how it is supposed to be closed. Maybe there is a missing spring somewhere?
If there is anyone with a similar case it would be helpful if they could take a picture of the inside of the cd door.
Thanks 😀

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Reply 1 of 10, by anetanel

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I was able to find the catch/latch thingy on ebay:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacement-Catch-Co … re/163950863327

I would really appreciate some help with the cd door.
Googling around seems that there are some other cases with similar mechanisms, but I could not find a good picture of the inside of the front panel.
Like this Soltek EQ3901A case:
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Reply 2 of 10, by SSTV2

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The closing mechanism of this bay cover probably is implemented differently, but perhaps it'll give you some ideas.

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Reply 4 of 10, by aha2940

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anetanel wrote on 2020-11-10, 09:16:

Thanks.
Indeed it is a different mechanism. I don't see any place a spring could be placed on my door :\

In the upper hinge of your door there seems to be space for a spring like this one, taken from a Dell machine:

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Reply 5 of 10, by anetanel

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aha2940 wrote on 2020-11-10, 17:21:

In the upper hinge of your door there seems to be space for a spring like this one, taken from a Dell machine:

Can you point to the place you mean? I was not able to find what you mean..

Reply 6 of 10, by Warlord

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for the usb door id probably just remove the black snappy thing, so the door would close. Then I might looks to see if its possible to change the door to use magnet to close, like how modern cases use magnets to hold doors and flaps in. I mean u could just cut off that thing on the door put square magnent there and glue a metal square on the inside.

Reply 7 of 10, by aha2940

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anetanel wrote on 2020-11-17, 16:13:
aha2940 wrote on 2020-11-10, 17:21:

In the upper hinge of your door there seems to be space for a spring like this one, taken from a Dell machine:

Can you point to the place you mean? I was not able to find what you mean..

Sorry, after a more careful review of the pic, it seems I mistakenly thought the mechanism used to press teh CDROM button was some part of the hinge, but it's not. It's really strange that there is no logical place where the spring would be. I guess you could use some ingenuity to try to put something there to keep the door closed, however i understand if you want to keep it original, I know I would want that.

Reply 8 of 10, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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anetanel wrote on 2020-11-10, 09:16:

Thanks.
Indeed it is a different mechanism. I don't see any place a spring could be placed on my door :\

This is a pic of the inside bezel on my Iwill XP4 EVO (similar but smaller than the Soltek case, which luckily spends most of its life in bits!)

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In your case I'm guessing a similar spring lever may have gone here

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or possibly a concealed spring lever might have been located between an inner and outer bezel (does the outer silver bezel actually detach as marked?)

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Reply 9 of 10, by anetanel

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PC Hoarder Patrol wrote on 2020-11-18, 06:08:
In your case I'm guessing a similar spring lever may have gone here […]
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In your case I'm guessing a similar spring lever may have gone here

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or possibly a concealed spring lever might have been located between an inner and outer bezel (does the outer silver bezel actually detach as marked?)

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I think you are right. upon closer inspection there seems to be some scuff marks where you suggest a spring could be.

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And yes, the silver panels are detachable. There is an enormous amount of plastic in this case 😀 cleaning it all up was a task.

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