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How to replace the base (bottom) cover on a Dell XPS 15 L521X.

The information and pictures in this guide have been taken from the service manual from this device, listed on the product page. If you need any additional information on disassembling this device, please consult the service manual.

  1. After turning off the computer, turn over the laptop and lift up the system badge (#2).
    • After turning off the computer, turn over the laptop and lift up the system badge (#2).

  2. Unscrew the six Torx screws (#1) along the base cover's edge and the two Philips screws (#2) under the system badge.
    • Unscrew the six Torx screws (#1) along the base cover's edge and the two Philips screws (#2) under the system badge.

  3. Snap the system badge back into place so that it can be removed along with the base cover.
    • Snap the system badge back into place so that it can be removed along with the base cover.

    • Using the spudger (or some other prying tool), pry the base cover away from the rest of the system.

  4. Remove the battery indicator cable (#3) from the white connector by lifting up the connector latch (#1) pulling on the tab (#2).
    • Remove the battery indicator cable (#3) from the white connector by lifting up the connector latch (#1) pulling on the tab (#2).

    • Even if you do not plan on replacing the base cover entirely, decoupling this fragile cable will ensure that it doesn't get damaged if the base cover is moved for whatever reason.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order with the replacement component.

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