Modify 8400 front usb ports and phone jack to make them accessible?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by David Ellis, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. David Ellis

    David Ellis Guest

    The computer sits on the floor under a table. To plug into the
    headphone jack I have to get on the floor and use a mechanic's mirror.
    I can't use an extension because the inserted plug mutes line-out. If
    the jack pointed up instead of down that might help.

    The USB ports have surrounding plastic that prevents the insertion of
    any of my USB connectors. Did an engineer actually get paid to design

    Has anyone succeeded in modifying the 8400 to make these jacks
    accessible? What did you do?

    David Ellis, Feb 20, 2005
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  2. How about an external switch box for headphones/speaker?
    CyberGuys(.com) carries such a beast.
    Yeah, Dell really fell down on some of their front USB port designs.
    The Optiplex GX270 not only had them at an angle, but "upside-down" as
    well. Get an extension cable or a small hub.
    William P.N. Smith, Feb 20, 2005
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  3. David Ellis

    tellme Guest

    I got a hub.
    tellme, Feb 20, 2005
  4. David Ellis

    tellme Guest

    What a wonderful question. I am awaiting the answer. Ever since Dell
    decided to make this wonderful exercise equipment I have to stand on
    my head to get to it hence don't even bother to use it.
    tellme, Feb 20, 2005
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