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Electronic Theatre Controls Inc

How To Open An Element



This procedure is used to open an Element console. The common reasons to open the console are to check the hard drive connections and to re-seat the memory. You may require an additional person or tool to hold up the face panel while you work inside of the console. If additional issues arise, contact ETC Technical Services for more information.

Tools Required

  • #2 Phillips Screwdriver


  1. Disconnect power and other connections from the console before performing any service work.
  2. Place the unit on a clean, stable surface.
  3. Place the console upside down on a flat stable surface and remove the (7) circled screws. There are (3) on the front bottom lip and (2) on each side.


  4. Carefully open the console and hold or prop open.


  5. If you have been experiencing boot issues with your console, please reseat the RAM, check internal cables for any loose connectors, and (if necessary) dust out the inside of the console (compressed air works very well).
  6. After verifying repaired console is functional, reverse these steps for re-assembly.
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