Introduction

We will show you how to remove the display module which will then allow you to remove the upper case.

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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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • 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 1/2: You can now pop up the upper case and replace. Image 2/2: You can now pop up the upper case and replace.
  • Remove the two screws that hold the upper case.

  • You can now pop up the upper case and replace.

I found that the "upper case" does not come loose this easily. The DELL service manual calls this piece the "palm rest" and includes several other steps, which when followed does allow the piece to be removed. For instance, following removal of the display, the directions go on as follows, with detailed directions:

3. Remove the display assembly.

4. Remove the microprocessor thermal - cooling assembly.

5. Remove the video card .

6. Remove the 13 M2.5 x 12 - mm screws from the bottom of the computer.

These instructions can be found at

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/...

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Conclusion

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

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