Introduction

Use this guide to help you replace the display assembly on a Dell Inspiron 1525.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Locate the battery release switch on the bottom of the laptop.
    • Locate the battery release switch on the bottom of the laptop.

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  2. Slide the battery release switch away from the lock symbol until you hear the battery click.
    • Slide the battery release switch away from the lock symbol until you hear the battery click.

    • Slide the battery towards the back of the laptop until it comes free.

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    • Remove the two 4.00 mm Phillips #1 screws from the battery tray.

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    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the slot on the right side of the central control cover and pry it up.

    • Carefully pull the central control cover up along its edges.

      • Do not attempt to completely remove the cover, as it is still attached via a ribbon cable.

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    • Peel back the silver tape securing the ribbon cable to the cover.

    • Pull the small brown latch on the ribbon cable connector out.

    • Disconnect the ribbon cable to completely free the central control cover.

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    • Remove the two 5.75 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the keyboard to the laptop.

    • Gently slide the keyboard towards the display until the tabs on its front side are free.

      • Do not force the keyboard too far forward or attempt to remove it yet, as there is still a ribbon cable connected to it.

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    • Use a spudger to gently lift the ribbon cable retaining flap.

    • Disconnect the ribbon cable.

    • Shift the keyboard sideways enough to free one side from it's retaining tab. Then lift the keyboard away from the laptop.

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    • Remove/loosen the eight 4.80 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the bottom panel.

      • The screws may only need to be loosened, as they are generally retained by plastic washers.

    • Remove the bottom panel.

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    • Disconnect the five antennas from their respective cards.

    • De-route the antennas from their routing retainers.

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    • Remove the two 5.70 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the display assembly to the bottom case half.

      • The screw holes will be denoted by an embossed "D" by the hole.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the camera connector out of its socket. Alternate pushing on either side to evenly remove the connector.

    • Carefully release the connector from its retaining tabs.

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    • Push the antenna wires up through their hole in the bottom case half.

    • Release the antennas from their retaining tabs on the upper case.

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    • Disconnect the flat LCD ribbon cable by pulling it up by the tab.

    • Free the ribbon cable from its retaining clips.

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    • Remove the four 3.45 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the display assembly to the laptop chassis.

      • Support the display assembly as you remove these screws to prevent damage to the screw and hole threads.

    • Remove the display assembly from the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi There,

Thanks for the great article. Can you please advise what is the part number (LCD number). For example I have LTN156AT17-101 for my Inspiron N5110. I am actually planning to use the screen from 1525 to replace the one in N5110. Are they both same connector type? Thanks.

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