Image 1/1: Turn it upside down and locate the battery release switch.
  • Make sure that the computer is turned off and is disconnected from external power source.

  • Turn it upside down and locate the battery release switch.

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Image 1/2: If you plan to work on any internal laptop components, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. This will dissipate any residual charge on the motherboard to prevent electrical shock when you begin to handle it. Image 2/2: If you plan to work on any internal laptop components, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. This will dissipate any residual charge on the motherboard to prevent electrical shock when you begin to handle it.
  • While holding the switch in the open position, lift out the battery.

  • If you plan to work on any internal laptop components, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. This will dissipate any residual charge on the motherboard to prevent electrical shock when you begin to handle it.

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Image 1/2: These screws hold the hard drive tray into the hard drive compartment. Image 2/2: These screws hold the hard drive tray into the hard drive compartment.
  • Remove the two Phillips #1 screws on the left side of the computer, just above the battery compartment.

  • These screws hold the hard drive tray into the hard drive compartment.

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Image 1/1:
  • Slide the hard drive tray out of the hard drive compartment.

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Image 1/1: It is labeled with a lock symbol
  • Locate and remove the screw shown

    • It is labeled with a lock symbol

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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Use the screwdriver to gently push the optical drive out

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Image 1/1: You may also need to remove the central screw next to the lock icon.
  • Remove the 12 Phillips #1 screws from the edges of the lower case.

  • You may also need to remove the central screw next to the lock icon.

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Image 1/3: Use the plastic opening tool to carefully pry the panel out as shown in the pictures Image 2/3: Remove the plastic panel carefully. Image 3/3: Remove the plastic panel carefully.
  • Turn the computer back over and tilt the screen open.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to carefully pry the panel out as shown in the pictures

  • Remove the plastic panel carefully.

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Image 1/3: Gently lift the keyboard up and rest it just below the screen as shown in the picture. Image 2/3: The keyboard will still be connected to the motherboard. Image 3/3: The keyboard will still be connected to the motherboard.
  • Use the small Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws circled in red.

  • Gently lift the keyboard up and rest it just below the screen as shown in the picture.

  • The keyboard will still be connected to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Once the keyboard has been disconnected, remove the keyboard completely. Image 2/2: Once the keyboard has been disconnected, remove the keyboard completely.
  • Before removing the keyboard completely, use the plastic opening tool to gently lift the clamp connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

  • Once the keyboard has been disconnected, remove the keyboard completely.

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Image 1/3: Carefully unplug the connections shown. Image 2/3: Don't forget the display cable.  It is slightly to the right of the Dell logo at the top. Image 3/3: Also, the wireless cables on the right side may prevent moving the upper case out of the way.
  • Using a Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screws shown in the image. They all have the letter "P" next to them.

  • Carefully unplug the connections shown.

  • Don't forget the display cable. It is slightly to the right of the Dell logo at the top.

  • Also, the wireless cables on the right side may prevent moving the upper case out of the way.

  • Once the screws have been removed and the connections unplugged, use the plastic opening tool to gently separate the panel from the lower case.

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Image 1/1: For the motherboard the optical drive will be removed already. However for the lower case it is not necessary that it be taken out.
  • Remove the plastic case by gently bending back towards the screen. You can bend the screen all the way back if that helps.

  • For the motherboard the optical drive will be removed already. However for the lower case it is not necessary that it be taken out.

  • If you are having trouble removing the upper plastic case (and LCD) from the lower case, there may still be a wire connected to the Wi-Fi adapter. Turn the laptop over, open the Wi-Fi module access panel and remove the + and - leads for the Wi-Fi antenna.

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Image 1/1: Screws will not come out all the way.
  • Unscrew the 4 screws shown in the picture.

  • Screws will not come out all the way.

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  • Remove the heat sync gently

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Image 1/3: Remove the 4 screws indicated in the first picture Image 2/3: Screws will not totally come out. Image 3/3: Gently lift up the videocard and heat sync from the motherboard.
  • The right heat sync is connected to the videocard. To remove the heat sync requires also removing the videocard.

  • Remove the 4 screws indicated in the first picture

  • Screws will not totally come out.

  • Gently lift up the videocard and heat sync from the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Remove the screws in the photos to remove the fans. Image 2/3: Remove the screws in the photos to remove the fans. Image 3/3: Remove the screws in the photos to remove the fans.
  • Remove both fans from the computer. This will make it easier to remove the motherboard.

  • Remove the screws in the photos to remove the fans.

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Image 1/1: Remove the shown screws from the motherboard
  • Unplug the shown leads by gently pulling them up.

  • Remove the shown screws from the motherboard

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Image 1/3: Once the motherboard is free, flip it over, towards the screen of the laptop and gently remove the black and white wire from the wireless card. Image 2/3: Once the wires are disconnected, pull them through the hole and completely remove the motherboard from the computer. Image 3/3: Once the wires are disconnected, pull them through the hole and completely remove the motherboard from the computer.
  • Gently remove the motherboard from the laptop by simultaneously lifting and pulling away from the sides.

  • Once the motherboard is free, flip it over, towards the screen of the laptop and gently remove the black and white wire from the wireless card.

  • Once the wires are disconnected, pull them through the hole and completely remove the motherboard from the computer.

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  • Your computer should look like the computer in the photo without the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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