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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the motherboard in the Dell XPS 13 9350.

  1. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the central flap. Remove #0 Phillips screw behind the flap in center of bottom panel.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the central flap.

    • Remove #0 Phillips screw behind the flap in center of bottom panel.

  3. Lift up the back cover using both hands.
    • Lift up the back cover using both hands.

  4. Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket. Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket. Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket.
    • Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket.

  5. Remove the black standard flat connector by lifting the tab up with your hand. Remove the black standard flat connector by lifting the tab up with your hand.
    • Remove the black standard flat connector by lifting the tab up with your hand.

  6. Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the motherboard. Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the base of the computer.
    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the motherboard.

    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the base of the computer.

  7. Use your right hand to lift up the larger section of the motherboard, closest to the fan. Use your left hand to pull the fan at a 30-degree angle out from underneath the motherboard.
    • Use your right hand to lift up the larger section of the motherboard, closest to the fan.

    • Use your left hand to pull the fan at a 30-degree angle out from underneath the motherboard.

  8. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.
    • Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.

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  10. Use tweezers to remove the white connector from its socket by pulling it to the right. Use tweezers to remove the white connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.
    • Use tweezers to remove the white connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.

  11. Place a plastic opening tool underneath one side of the speaker and lift up. There are speakers located to the left and to the right of the battery. Use your hand to lift up the speaker.
    • Place a plastic opening tool underneath one side of the speaker and lift up.

    • There are speakers located to the left and to the right of the battery.

    • Use your hand to lift up the speaker.

  12. Use tweezers to detach the rainbow cable connector from its socket by pulling it towards the battery. Use tweezers to detach the rainbow cable connector from its socket by pulling it towards the battery.
    • Use tweezers to detach the rainbow cable connector from its socket by pulling it towards the battery.

  13. Use your hands to gently lift up the battery. Use your hands to gently lift up the battery.
    • Use your hands to gently lift up the battery.

  14. Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips #0 screws from the motherboard. Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips #0 screws from the motherboard.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips #0 screws from the motherboard.

  15. Locate the red and black cable connector at the bottom right of the motherboard. Use tweezers to slowly detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right and up. Use tweezers to slowly detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right and up.
    • Locate the red and black cable connector at the bottom right of the motherboard.

    • Use tweezers to slowly detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right and up.

  16. Use tweezers to flip open the Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector. Use tweezers to detach the ribbon cable from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself. Use tweezers to detach the ribbon cable from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.
    • Use tweezers to flip open the Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the ribbon cable from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  17. Use tweezers to flip open the white ZIF connector. Use tweezers to detach the ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself. Use tweezers to detach the ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.
    • Use tweezers to flip open the white ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  18. Use tweezers to flip open the ZIF connector. Use tweezers to detach the orange ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself. Use tweezers to detach the orange ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.
    • Use tweezers to flip open the ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the orange ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  19. Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right. Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.
    • Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.

  20. Use tweezers to gently detach the black and white cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right. Use tweezers to gently detach the black and white cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right. Use tweezers to gently detach the black and white cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.
    • Use tweezers to gently detach the black and white cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.

  21. Locate the connector at the top right of the motherboard. Use tweezers to detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.
    • Locate the connector at the top right of the motherboard.

    • Use tweezers to detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.

  22. Locate the last black cable connector. Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right. Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.
    • Locate the last black cable connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.

  23. Use your hands to lift up the motherboard.
    • Use your hands to lift up the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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