Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the lower case and replace it with a new one.

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: Note: You may need to pry the other side off by inserting the spludger between the hinge and the top cover. Image 2/3: Be careful of wire attached to underside of the hinge cover. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/1: The hinge cover has now been removed.
  • Pull the small black tab on the right hand side of the laptop.

  • The hinge cover has now been removed.

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Image 1/3: Do not just lift up, there is a tab underneath the keyboard that is still connected to the mother board. Image 2/3: You will need to pull out the white tab underneath the keyboard upwards until it pops out of its socket. Image 3/3: The keyboard should be easily removable at this point.
  • Remove the screws at the top of the keyboard as indicated indicated.

  • Do not just lift up, there is a tab underneath the keyboard that is still connected to the mother board.

  • You will need to pull out the white tab underneath the keyboard upwards until it pops out of its socket.

  • The keyboard should be easily removable at this point.

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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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  • Pop the upper case off, and replace.

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Conclusion

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

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