Dell Inspiron 1525 Display Assembly Replacement

Replace the display assembly on a Dell Inspiron 1525.

  • Author: Miroslav Djuric
  • Time estimate: 30 - 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the battery towards the back of the laptop until it comes free.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3 Central Control Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Central Control Cover  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully pull the central control cover up along its edges.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Pull the small brown latch on the ribbon cable connector out.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 6 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently slide the keyboard towards the display until the tabs on its front side are free.

Edit Step 6 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • 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.

1 Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Disconnect the ribbon cable.

1 Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 8 Bottom Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The screws may only need to be loosened, as they are generally retained by plastic washers.

Edit Step 8 Bottom Cover  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 9 Display Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/3: De-route the antennas from their routing retainers.

Edit Step 9 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the five antennas from their respective cards.

  • De-route the antennas from their routing retainers.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The screw holes will be denoted by an embossed "D" by the hole.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully release the connector from its retaining tabs.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Release the antennas from their retaining tabs on the upper case.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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

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

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Free the ribbon cable from its retaining clips.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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

  • Free the ribbon cable from its retaining clips.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Support the display assembly as you remove these screws to prevent damage to the screw and hole threads.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • 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.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

the flap broke? the little black piece. Now what do i do? I'm stuck at this step

daaaammon - Reply