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    Antec P180 Problems

    I took delivery of a P180 from Ebuyer on Monday (10/04/06) and only managed to install the motherboard and heatsink. On Thursday I received some other parts and tried to install them.

    The left panel was stuck. The top plastic hooks would come away but the bottom hooks were jammed. In the end I had to force the side panel off and the bottom hooks broke

    I thought I'd done something wrong with the installation so I took the right panel and put it on the left side of the case. This got stuck as well

    Fortunately, I managed to get the panel off this morning without breaking anything (Thank God).

    I'm not sure if the case expanded sitting next to central heating radiator.

    Has anyone else had similar problems?

    I've thought about filing the hooks or filing the rail on the case but it's less than a week old and am wondering if a RMA would be better?

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    I did not have any problems with mine which I brought from Quiet PC.

    If I was you I woulld RMA it.

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    repeat after me: they were broken when it was recieved.
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    Thank you both for replies.

    nvening - I used Powerbond (industrial) adhesive to glue them back on so I will have to break them again if I'm to say that.

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    The design of the side panel and hooks is particuarly poor IMO.

    All this supposed nonsense about having to squeeze the top and bottom of the panel of before sliding in or out, is just impractical, because I find that you have to tilt the case in order to get your fingers underneath the panel.

    Its well known that the side the panels and the door warp, but mostly its a case of the alu coming off the black plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidstone28
    The design of the side panel and hooks is particuarly poor IMO.

    All this supposed nonsense about having to squeeze the top and bottom of the panel of before sliding in or out, is just impractical, because I find that you have to tilt the case in order to get your fingers underneath the panel.

    Its well known that the side the panels and the door warp, but mostly its a case of the alu coming off the black plastic.
    I wanted to run a standard psu minus fans in the bottom chamber with the chamber fan, this and the door are the main reasons I bought the case. I was hoping to have almost fanless psu at half the cost.

    Your thread on silentpcreview about the P180 did contain valid points but at the time I didn't have the case.

    I thought the door warping had been sorted in the new stock?

    I didn't know we had to squeeze the panel so time to read the manual. Thanks for the info.

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    Someone on silentpcreview has very kindly posted the answer.

    The case ships with two different types of thumbscrews - low profile and normal ones. The low profile ones have to be used with the hard disk cages otherwise the panel will become stuck.

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    I think that the P180 appears on the cheap side sometimes (the side panels and front door)...

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    It is not of the highest quality no, but its still a top case (especially cooling wise)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    It is not of the highest quality no, but its still a top case (especially cooling wise)
    completely agree, i love my antec

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    I have nothing but love for my P180.

    Except for the fact if you're using a Hiper Type-R you cant use the supplied 120mm bottom fan because the power cable connectors take up all the space (more of a PSU fault than a case fault). All i did was just remove that fan, cant notice any cooling difference and my PSU isnt overheating so no biggy (If you could even managed to overheat a Hiper with its cooling methods).

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    How is it with tagan modular supply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    How is it with tagan modular supply?
    Do you have a Tagan modular or know the dimensions?

    I can measure up the psu chamber dimensions if you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidstone28
    The design of the side panel and hooks is particuarly poor IMO.

    All this supposed nonsense about having to squeeze the top and bottom of the panel of before sliding in or out, is just impractical, because I find that you have to tilt the case in order to get your fingers underneath the panel.

    Its well known that the side the panels and the door warp, but mostly its a case of the alu coming off the black plastic.
    Agreed. You can't slide the side panel back, then tilt the panel down and off like in a normal case. (This shouldn't reeeaaally be done in a normal case either, but normally the latches are thin enough that it won't cause a problem.
    It's all about tipping the case slightly and then just sliding the panel back, and lifting the panel off of the side, rather than letting the panel come off at an angle. It's hard to explain exactly, but any other way is just asking for trouble.

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