Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove and replace the processor unit.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the battery from the bottom of the laptop.
  • Remove the battery from the bottom of the laptop.

  • Please click on the following link for further instruction on how to remove the battery. Dell Inspiron 9100 Battery Replacement

  • It is important to remove the battery so that you will not be electrocuted while working with the computer's hardware.

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Insert a spludger into the notch at the far left side of the top blue panel and pry hinge cover off. Note: You may need to pry the other side off by inserting the spludger between the hinge and the top cover. Be careful of wire attached to underside of the hinge cover.
  • Insert a spludger into the notch at the far left side of the top blue panel and pry hinge cover off.

  • Note: You may need to pry the other side off by inserting the spludger between the hinge and the top cover.

  • Be careful of wire attached to underside of the hinge cover.

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Pull the small black tab on the right hand side of the laptop.
  • Pull the small black tab on the right hand side of the laptop.

  • The hinge cover has now been removed.

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Flip the laptop over and remove the indicated screws. Flip the laptop back over.
  • Flip the laptop over and remove the indicated screws.

  • Flip the laptop back over.

  • Find the two places where the display module is attached to the base of the computer.

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Disconnect the video card from the display module by gently lifting upwards on the black tab.
  • Disconnect the video card from the display module by gently lifting upwards on the black tab.

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Lift the display module directly upwards from the base of the computer. Lift the display module directly upwards from the base of the computer.
  • Lift the display module directly upwards from the base of the computer.

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The display module has been removed.
  • The display module has been removed.

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Locate and remove the top two screws and all the screws on the underside holding the top case down. Gently pop off the top plastic case from the unit. Gently pop off the top plastic case from the unit.
  • Locate and remove the top two screws and all the screws on the underside holding the top case down.

  • Gently pop off the top plastic case from the unit.

  • Gently pop off the top plastic case from the unit.

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Remove the copper heat sink that is housing the CPU by removing the four securing screws. Gently lift and remove the heat sink. Gently lift and remove the heat sink.
  • Remove the copper heat sink that is housing the CPU by removing the four securing screws.

  • Gently lift and remove the heat sink.

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Gently loosen but do not remove the screw, and lift the CPU. You will have to remove and replace the How to Apply Thermal Paste on the CPU base.
  • Gently loosen but do not remove the screw, and lift the CPU.

  • You will have to remove and replace the How to Apply Thermal Paste on the CPU base.

  • You may now replace the CPU.

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Conclusion

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

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you can actually Simplify this a Lot by removing the fan on the bottom shown in Step 1 upper Right side then once you get to step 8 you only have to remove the screws for the processor heatsink and then bam your processor is able to be removed or replaced

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