How to Open a Dell Flat Panel Monitor E172FPB

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How to Open a Dell Flat Panel Monitor E172FPB
Opening the Dell E172fpb is a fairly straightforward process. (Monitor image by Caila from

The Dell E172FBP was one of the most widely used LCD monitors in 2004. Dell provided several desktop PC combos that featured the Dell E172FBP as a full package. The monitor has a high resolution of 1280x1024 and an adjustable stand. Opening the Dell E172FBP is a fairly straightforward process, requiring only a few tools. You'll need a standard Phillips screwdriver for all the screws on the motherboard's base. You'll also need a flathead screwdriver or a plastic spudger (a plastic mini-chisel-like tool made of softer materials than the monitor) to pop open the base.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver (standard sized)
  • Flathead screwdriver (optional)
  • Plastic spudger (optional)

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  1. 1

    Unplug all the cables from the back of the monitor.

  2. 2

    Lay the monitor facedown on a clean, dust-free surface.

  3. 3

    Using the Phillips screwdriver, remove the four screws at each corner of the monitor's base that hold the monitor stand in place.

  4. 4

    Tilt the base in your direction and pull up gently to remove it. Set it aside.

  5. 5

    Flip the monitor upside-down from its standing position.

  6. 6

    Insert your flathead screwdriver or plastic spudger into the left notch where the front portion of the monitor meets the back cover. Pop open the monitor by gently pushing against the front face of the monitor. Repeat this step for the notch located on the right side.

  7. 7

    Loosen the monitor's front bezel from its back cover by sliding your flathead screwdriver or plastic spudger around the monitor's sides.

  8. 8

    Remove the back cover from the monitor, then unplug the power cord from the front case of the monitor.

  9. 9

    Turn the monitor facedown, then remove the two screws on the left and right ends of the monitor. The Dell E172fpb is now open.

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