optiplex 360 open second side cover

Optiplex 360 tower:

How can one remove the second side cover (not the main one)?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The metal panel on the right-side of the mini-tower is riveted to the case and not designed for removal.  The case should allow you to remove everything from the left side.  if broken the right-side plastics can be replaced but you'll need to empty the case first to access all the plastic lugs holding it in place.

Why do you need to remove the right-side panel?

If you're having problems removing any individual components perhaps the Dell Service Manual for the Opti 360 MT will help.

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yes - i'm interested also as to why you want to remove it?
campinamAuthor Commented:
When installing a fan I dropped a mounting screw and it went (through a hole) in between the right metal panel and the main board support panel. But when the box is seated vertically it seems the screw falls down in that space it's rattling in, bellow the main board, so maybe it's no danger of a short circuit and I could leave it there. Anything else I can do to the rescue?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
You're probably going to ave to remove the systemboard if you think it's between that and the left panel :(

There's a false base in the MT case too that it could have fallen into but it's really unlikely to be between the metal on the left and the exterior plastics.

Once the board is out you can take a magnet to the case an try to grab the screw (and with nothing expensive inside you can also afford to give the case a good shake!!

If it's trapped between systemboard and back board then there is a risk it's going to move and short something as it falls.
in most cases, thes crew can be gotten out by shaking and turning the pc in all ways - and tapping  the fixed panel
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