Introduction

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

Parts

No parts required.

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

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

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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.
  • 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.

Remove all screws on the top of the lcd There all several screw on each side of the LCD. Remove all. 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.

LCD should remove smoothly.
  • LCD should remove smoothly.

  • The top case will be what remains.

Conclusion

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

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