View Full Version : IBM PS/2 monitor, open not!

October 15th, 2009, 02:29 AM
Hello comrades,

I have a PS/2 style, 12" vga (although it is more like 10.5 "
diagonally), IBM monitor (model 8513002) that needs some
cleaning/adjustment on its pots for intensity/contrast/wideness/etc...

BUT I cann't get the &^%*&$ thing to open!!! There is a hex
screw on the bottom, and two rectangular slots behind the
screen with no screws in them. That's it...

Any suggestions is highly appreciated and thank you for
your support.


October 15th, 2009, 10:24 PM
I used to fix 8513s in my employment many years ago.

It's been a while but a particular memory is still with me. Looking at the rear of the unit, there are two very deep holes of about 10mm diameter. At the base of each hole is a Security Torx screw. I remember that because when I first had to open an 8513, getting to the screws was a problem. Either the Security Torx tool wasn't long enough or the Security Torx tool was too wide. The company I worked for had a metal workshop and the guys in there custom built me a crude (but effective) tool.

October 16th, 2009, 06:31 AM
Thank you modem7 for your insight! I finally used brute-force method
to get the %%^&*$# open :hammermon:, and as you said it, there is
some kind of a plastic (same material as the casing) latch right where
the two slots are located.

By inserting two rectangular rods inside the two slots, and I mean
simultaneously like placing two keys into a bank vault, and pressing
hard you can barely get the two latch loose enough so that another pair of
hands (simultaneously) pull hard to separate the front screen section from the
casing!!! What a joy... I almost developed hernia trying to separte the two
sections :medic:.

ziloo :biggrin:

October 16th, 2009, 12:59 PM
So a latch, different to the Security Torx screws I knew of. In both cases, IBM was making it very difficult for people to get into the units.

October 16th, 2009, 01:39 PM
IBM seemed to have a fear of the customer getting inside of things. The PS/2 external drive boxes use 2 security Torx-head screws and 6 phillips-head screws to hold the case together. Why, I have no idea--it's not as if you can get inside of the power supply once you've got the case open (that's inside of a riveted-together shield).