Introduction

Users will be able to remove the motherboard from the Dell Inspiron 3542 laptop and replace it.

Image 1/2: Remove the battery from the computer. Image 2/2: Remove the battery from the computer.
  • Slide the latches on both sides of the laptop outward to unlock the battery.

  • Remove the battery from the computer.

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Image 1/2: Slide down the access door and remove it. Image 2/2: Slide down the access door and remove it.
  • Remove the screw. (1 x M2 x 3mm)

  • Slide down the access door and remove it.

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Image 1/3: Move the hard drive to the open area and remove it. Image 2/3: Move the hard drive to the open area and remove it. Image 3/3: Move the hard drive to the open area and remove it.
  • Remove the screw. (1 x M2 x 3mm)

  • Move the hard drive to the open area and remove it.

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Image 1/3: Remove the screw. (1 x M2 x 3mm) Image 2/3: Remove the wireless card from the laptop. Image 3/3: Remove the wireless card from the laptop.
  • Unplug the black and white antenna cables from the wireless card.

  • Remove the screw. (1 x M2 x 3mm)

  • Remove the wireless card from the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Turn over the laptop and open it. Image 2/2: Turn over the laptop and open it.
  • Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop. (10 x M2.5 x 5mm)

  • Turn over the laptop and open it.

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Image 1/2: Lift the keyboard. Image 2/2: Unplug the cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop.
  • Use the plastic prying device to release the keyboard.

  • Lift the keyboard.

  • Unplug the cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop.

  • Remove the keyboard.

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Image 1/3: Remove the screws. (3 x M2.5 x 5mm) Image 2/3: Remove the screws. (3 x M2.5 x 5mm) Image 3/3: Remove the screws. (3 x M2.5 x 5mm)
  • Unplug the touch pad cables located on the palm rest.

  • Remove the screws. (3 x M2.5 x 5mm)

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Image 1/2: Remove the palm rest. Image 2/2: Remove the palm rest.
  • Carefully unsnap the palm rest from the rest of the laptop.

  • Remove the palm rest.

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Image 1/1: Remove the DC jack from the laptop.
  • Unplug the cable that connects to the motherboard.

  • Remove the DC jack from the laptop.

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  • Loosen the cables on the antenna.

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Image 1/2: Unplug the circuit board from the rest of the computer. Image 2/2: Unplug the circuit board from the rest of the computer.
  • Remove the screws. (1 x M2 x 3mm)

  • Unplug the circuit board from the rest of the computer.

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Image 1/1: Unplug the display cable.
  • Loosen the tape on the left side of the laptop.

  • Unplug the display cable.

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Image 1/2: Remove the screws. Image 2/2: Remove the cable on the right side of the motherboard. (3x M2.5 x 5mm)
  • Unplug the cable on the bottom part of the mother board.

  • Remove the screws.

  • Remove the cable on the right side of the motherboard. (3x M2.5 x 5mm)

  • Remove the motherboard from the laptop.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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