Introduction

In this guide, you will learn how to replace the fan in the Dell Inspiron M5030. To remove, clean off, and replace the thermal paste in order to remove the heat sink, please refer to the Applying Thermal Paste Guide.

Remove the fourteen 7/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the two 5/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.
  • Remove the fourteen 7/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

  • Remove the two 5/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

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Turn the laptop over and open the lid. Locate the three tabs just above the top row of keys on the keyboard (above the F1, F6, and PrntScr keys).
  • Turn the laptop over and open the lid.

  • Locate the three tabs just above the top row of keys on the keyboard (above the F1, F6, and PrntScr keys).

  • Push the leftmost tab down with the plastic opening tool, while lifting the left side of the keyboard with your other hand.

  • While continuing to lift the left side of the keyboard, push the other two tabs down, moving from left to right. This should loosen the keyboard.

for your last bullet, maybe clarify saying "push the next to tabs with the plastic opening tool…"

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Once the top edge of the keyboard is loose, gently pull up on the keyboard. Do not pull the keyboard forcefully; it is still attached to the laptop by  a ribbon
  • Once the top edge of the keyboard is loose, gently pull up on the keyboard.

  • Do not pull the keyboard forcefully; it is still attached to the laptop by a ribbon

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Locate the blue end of the ribbon seated in the connector on the motherboard. Lift up the black flap on the connector and gently pull the ribbon away from the connector parallel to the motherboard. Lift the keyboard up and off of the motherboard, detaching the blue end of the ribbon from the connector.
  • Locate the blue end of the ribbon seated in the connector on the motherboard.

  • Lift up the black flap on the connector and gently pull the ribbon away from the connector parallel to the motherboard.

  • Lift the keyboard up and off of the motherboard, detaching the blue end of the ribbon from the connector.

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Disconnect the blue tab located just above the touch pad of the laptop. Disconnect the blue tab located just above the touch pad of the laptop.
  • Disconnect the blue tab located just above the touch pad of the laptop.

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Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the plastic covering of the laptop by wedging it underneath one side of the covering and lifting up. Be careful not to lift off the cover all the way; it is still connected by two wires on the side nearest to the screen.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the plastic covering of the laptop by wedging it underneath one side of the covering and lifting up.

  • Be careful not to lift off the cover all the way; it is still connected by two wires on the side nearest to the screen.

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Disconnect the white block of wires (the right-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). Disconnect the white block of wires (the right-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). Disconnect the white block of wires (the right-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop).
  • Disconnect the white block of wires (the right-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop).

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Disconnect the wire with the blue tab (the left-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). You can now remove the plastic covering. Disconnect the wire with the blue tab (the left-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). You can now remove the plastic covering. Disconnect the wire with the blue tab (the left-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). You can now remove the plastic covering.
  • Disconnect the wire with the blue tab (the left-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). You can now remove the plastic covering.

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There is a wire attached to the fan by three strips black tape. Remove the tape from the fan, but do not remove the tape from the wire. Move the wire away from the fan (Note: there are ridges along the top of the fan to indicate where the wire should sit when you put the fan back).
  • There is a wire attached to the fan by three strips black tape.

  • Remove the tape from the fan, but do not remove the tape from the wire.

  • Move the wire away from the fan (Note: there are ridges along the top of the fan to indicate where the wire should sit when you put the fan back).

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Locate the yellow/black/red wires and find the white plastic block where they end.
  • Locate the yellow/black/red wires and find the white plastic block where they end.

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Using two fingers (one on either side of the block) or two plastic opening tools (one on either side of the block), pinch the bottom of the block and lift up to remove the block. Using two fingers (one on either side of the block) or two plastic opening tools (one on either side of the block), pinch the bottom of the block and lift up to remove the block.
  • Using two fingers (one on either side of the block) or two plastic opening tools (one on either side of the block), pinch the bottom of the block and lift up to remove the block.

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Go to the heat sink (large metal object connected to the fan) and unscrew the four screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver (You do not need to remove the screws completely from the heat sink). Go to the heat sink (large metal object connected to the fan) and unscrew the four screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver (You do not need to remove the screws completely from the heat sink). Go to the heat sink (large metal object connected to the fan) and unscrew the four screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver (You do not need to remove the screws completely from the heat sink).
  • Go to the heat sink (large metal object connected to the fan) and unscrew the four screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver (You do not need to remove the screws completely from the heat sink).

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Conclusion

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

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