Introduction

Shows how to remove/replace any part on a Dell Vostro V13 laptop.

Remove the two (2) dummy cards from the laptop. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the six (6) screws from the bottom of the laptop. Unscrew the two (2) screws from the back of the laptop, located at the extreme left and right of the back panel.
  • Remove the two (2) dummy cards from the laptop.

  • Using a Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the six (6) screws from the bottom of the laptop.

  • Unscrew the two (2) screws from the back of the laptop, located at the extreme left and right of the back panel.

  • Slide bottom cover forward and lift upwards to remove. You may need to use a strong spudger to force a gap along the base edge from the ethernet port on the right, to the kensington port on the left.

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Unscrew the four (4) screws from the battery.
  • Unscrew the four (4) screws from the battery.

  • Carefully remove the battery connector. It is a ribbon cable that is clamped down. Flick the black clamp up using the edge nearest the battery. The ribbon cable is now free to move for the next step.

  • Lift the battery upwards, to remove.

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Unscrew the four (4) screws from the hard drive enclosure. Gently lift the hard drive at a small angle upwards and slide backwards to remove.
  • Unscrew the four (4) screws from the hard drive enclosure.

  • Gently lift the hard drive at a small angle upwards and slide backwards to remove.

  • To avoid damaging the port, GENTLY lift the hard drive at a SMALL angle upward, when removing it!

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Using a plastic opening tool, pry open the top panel, with the power switch, starting with the right bottom edge closer to the keyboard. Unclip and remove the ribbon from the panel.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, pry open the top panel, with the power switch, starting with the right bottom edge closer to the keyboard.

  • Unclip and remove the ribbon from the panel.

  • Always be careful when removing ribbons! Try not to unnecessarily bend them and pull them with excess force!

When you're prying this off it might resist a little more than you'd think it should near where it's held by 2 pressure clips near the center.

Brett Hoop - Reply

Unscrew the two (2) screws from the keyboard. Gently lift the keyboard upwards and push towards the screen to remove.
  • Unscrew the two (2) screws from the keyboard.

  • Gently lift the keyboard upwards and push towards the screen to remove.

  • Remove the ribbon from the board.

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Remove all the ribbons from the board. Always be careful when removing ribbons! Try not to unnecessarily bend them and pull them with excess force!
  • Remove all the ribbons from the board.

  • Always be careful when removing ribbons! Try not to unnecessarily bend them and pull them with excess force!

  • Unscrew the one (1) screw from the audio card and lift upward to remove.

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Unscrew the six (6) screws from the memory card reader. Make sure that a hand is placed underneath to hold the memory hand reader while unscrewing, so it would not fall.
  • Unscrew the six (6) screws from the memory card reader.

  • Make sure that a hand is placed underneath to hold the memory hand reader while unscrewing, so it would not fall.

  • Remove the cable from the CMOS battery.

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Using a small plastic opening tool, gently lift and remove the two (2) antenna cables from the wireless card.
  • Using a small plastic opening tool, gently lift and remove the two (2) antenna cables from the wireless card.

  • Unscrew the one (1) screw.

  • The wireless card should pop up.

  • Gently slide the card forward to remove.

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Unscrew the six (6) screws from the motherboard. Unscrew the two (2) screws from the fan.
  • Unscrew the six (6) screws from the motherboard.

  • Unscrew the two (2) screws from the fan.

  • Gently lift the motherboard upward and then slide forward to remove.

  • Be extremely careful with the motherboard! Damage to any of the components on it would cause the laptop to malfunction!

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Press the two (2) metal clips on the side.
  • Press the two (2) metal clips on the side.

  • The RAM will pop up.

  • Pull forward to remove.

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Unscrew the four (4) screws from the heat sink.
  • Unscrew the four (4) screws from the heat sink.

  • Unscrew the one (1) screw from the fan.

  • Pull the heat sink with the fan upward to remove.

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Conclusion

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

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Kevin Dookharan

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is the CPU removable?

Trevor Vuong - Reply

No, it's not. All laptops have soldered ballpoint CPUs and GPUs.

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