Introduction

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

Image 1/3: Using a Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the six (6) screws from the bottom of the laptop. Image 2/3: Unscrew the two (2) screws from the back of the laptop, located at the extreme left and right of the back panel. Image 3/3: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Gently lift the hard drive at a small angle upwards and slide backwards to remove. Image 2/2: To avoid damaging the port, GENTLY lift the hard drive at a SMALL angle upward, when removing it!
  • 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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Image 1/2: Unclip and remove the ribbon from the panel. Image 2/2: Always be careful when removing ribbons! Try not to unnecessarily bend them and pull them with excess force!
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Gently lift the keyboard upwards and push towards the screen to remove. Image 2/2: Remove the ribbon from the board.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Always be careful when removing ribbons! Try not to unnecessarily bend them and pull them with excess force! Image 2/2: Unscrew the one (1) screw from the audio card and lift upward to remove.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Make sure that a hand is placed underneath to hold the memory hand reader while unscrewing, so it would not fall. Image 2/2: Remove the cable from the CMOS battery.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Unscrew the one (1) screw.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Unscrew the two (2) screws from the fan. Image 2/2: Gently lift the motherboard upward and then slide forward to remove.
  • 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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Image 1/1: The RAM will pop up.
  • Press the two (2) metal clips on the side.

  • The RAM will pop up.

  • Pull forward to remove.

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Image 1/1: Unscrew the one (1) screw from the fan.
  • 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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is the CPU removable?

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