Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the top case of the Dell Inspiron 8600.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/1: Please click on the following link for further instruction on how to remove the battery. [guide|4599]
  • 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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Image 1/3: Use a spudger to lift up and remove the blue panel. Image 2/3: Caution: The hinge cover is still connected to the interior of the computer by a small black tab. Image 3/3: Caution: The hinge cover is still connected to the interior of the computer by a small black tab.
  • Locate the small opening at the upper left of the top blue panel which houses the power button.

  • Use a spudger to lift up and remove the blue panel.

  • Caution: The hinge cover is still connected to the interior of the computer by a small black tab.

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Image 1/1: You should now be able to completely remove the hinge cover.
  • Locate the black tab at the upper right corner of the keyboard, and gently pull the black tab to the left to disconnect the hinge cover.

  • You should now be able to completely remove the hinge cover.

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Image 1/2: Flip the laptop back over. Image 2/2: Find the two places where the display module is attached to the base of the computer.
  • 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.

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

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  • The display module has been removed.

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Image 1/3: Next, remove all screws using a #1 Philips screwdriver. Image 2/3: Pull apart top case from the lower case. It will be quite difficult to separate. Image 3/3: Pull apart top case from the lower case. It will be quite difficult to separate.
  • First, remove all tabs using a flat head/ finger.

  • Next, remove all screws using a #1 Philips screwdriver.

  • Pull apart top case from the lower case. It will be quite difficult to separate.

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Image 1/3: There all several screw on each side of the LCD. Remove all. Image 2/3: There all several screw on each side of the LCD. Remove all. Image 3/3: There all several screw on each side of the LCD. Remove all.
  • Remove all screws on the top of the lcd

  • There all several screw on each side of the LCD. Remove all.

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Image 1/1: The top case will be what remains.
  • LCD should remove smoothly.

  • The top case will be what remains.

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Conclusion

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

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