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  1. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement, Cooling Fan: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Caution: Ensure your laptop has been powered down.

    • Close the laptop, flip the laptop over, and pop off the back small panel with a flathead screwdriver. The panel will be hanging by the hinges once open.

  2. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws along the edge of the bottom cover.

    • Use a magnetic board if possible to keep track of screws.

    • Open the center cover and use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove single screw.

  3. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully remove the back cover.

  4. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Caution: Be mindful of static electric charge across the battery port. Usage of an antistatic strap is recommended but not required.

    • Disconnect the battery to prevent electrical shock.

    • If battery replacement is desired then the battery may be removed at this point via removal of the battery's perimeter screws.

  5. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect yellow-colored ribbon cable from its port which sits at the bottom left of the fan housing.

  6. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Dislodge the CMOS battery.

    • Unplug CMOS cable.

    • This step is not completely necessary, it allows extra room to maneuver the fan in and out during replacement.

  7. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to loosen the screws that secure the heat sink's heat spreader.

    • Screws cannot be fully removed from heatsink.

  8. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Grip the heat sink from the sides and carefully lift it up to remove it.

    • Heatsink is a device used for absorbing heat and necessary to remove to reach the fan.

    • At this time there will be a whitish powder between the heatsink and the CPU. This powder below the heat spreader is degraded thermal paste. DO NOT wipe away this powder unless the thermal paste will be replaced upon reassembly.

  9. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two cooling fan screws.

  10. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Unplug the fan cable.

  11. Dell XPS 12 9Q23 Fan Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • The cooling fan can now be removed and a new one can be installed.

Conclusion

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

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