Introduction

Here you can fix common problems like keyboard replacement, clean vent and replace thermal paste

I'm not responsible for damages that may be caused. This is for informational purposes only, follow at your own risk.

This is my first guide so please be kind.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Alienware M11x, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: This teardown is valid for all M11x, including R1 & R2, and mine(R3)
  • Welcome to how to disassemble an Alienware M11xR3, below, I will describe the tools, you also can see the pictures

  • This teardown is valid for all M11x, including R1 & R2, and mine(R3)

    • 1x Phillips #1 and #00 Screwdriver

    • 1x Flathead Screwdriver

    • 1x Small Needle Nose Pliers or Tweezers

    • 1x Thermal Paste and Some Finger Stalls or in my case small water balloons (to spread thermal paste without getting dirty)

    • 1x Anti-Static Mat

    • It's recommended to read about Static electricity and how it can damage electronic components.

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  • Remove these screws with a Phillips #1 Screwdriver

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  • Lift the bottom cover as shown and remove it.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew screws shown Image 2/3: Unscrew screws shown Image 3/3: Unscrew screws shown
  • First, remove the battery cable on the plate by pulling vertically.

  • Unscrew screws shown

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  • Remove the battery.

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Image 1/2: Pull out HDD like the picture. Image 2/2: Pull out HDD like the picture.
  • Remove HDD by removing these three screws.

  • Pull out HDD like the picture.

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Image 1/3: Don't forget remove the SATA adapter to put in your new HDD. Image 2/3: Don't forget remove the SATA adapter to put in your new HDD. Image 3/3: Don't forget remove the SATA adapter to put in your new HDD.
  • To remove the HDD remove 4 screws.

  • Don't forget remove the SATA adapter to put in your new HDD.

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Image 1/3: Carefully pull the RAM module to remove. Image 2/3: Depending of the configuration that you have on your alienware, there may be another RAM module. Image 3/3: NOTE: if you want to upgrade RAM memory please read the manual about which modules are compatible, here  are some specs:
  • Pull the tabs away from RAM as shown in the picture.

  • Carefully pull the RAM module to remove.

  • Depending of the configuration that you have on your alienware, there may be another RAM module.

  • NOTE: if you want to upgrade RAM memory please read the manual about which modules are compatible, here are some specs:

    • Number of Sockets: 2

    • Max memory: 16384 MB (16GB)

    • Memory Comments: PC3-10600 1333Mhz DDR3 SDRAM SO DIMM 204-pin

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Image 1/3: Remove vertically with a Tweezer or Small Needle Nose Pliers. Image 2/3: Once you remove the aerials, extract the screws. Image 3/3: Remove the WLAN card.
  • Depending of your Alienware configuration it can have 3 aerial cables.

  • Remove vertically with a Tweezer or Small Needle Nose Pliers.

  • Once you remove the aerials, extract the screws.

  • Remove the WLAN card.

  • On USA models near WLAN card may have WWAN do the same to extract it

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Image 1/3: Keyboard screws are marked with red circle. Image 2/3: Keyboard screws are marked with red circle. Image 3/3: Keyboard screws are marked with red circle.
  • Chassis screws are marked with yellow circles.

  • Keyboard screws are marked with red circle.

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  • Remove chassis screws

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  • Remove the bottom chassis screws.

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  • The screw marked with a yellow circle is near the HDD bay.

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  • Remove screws from keyboard

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Image 1/3: Next, use your finger as a lever to extract it. It has tabs to release. Image 2/3: In the next step I show you tab locations. Image 3/3: In the next step I show you tab locations.
  • Use a small flat screwdriver to lever the cover.

  • Next, use your finger as a lever to extract it. It has tabs to release.

  • In the next step I show you tab locations.

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  • Clamping tabs

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Image 1/2: Wait for the next step to remove the keyboard, there are some bus data cables Image 2/2: Wait for the next step to remove the keyboard, there are some bus data cables
  • Remove 2 screws to release the keyboard

  • Wait for the next step to remove the keyboard, there are some bus data cables

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Image 1/3: The thin orange cable is the RGB led keyboard retro illumination. Image 2/3: Lift the tab to vertical position to free the bus cable as shown. Image 3/3: Lift the tab to vertical position to free the bus cable as shown.
  • There are 2 bus data cables

  • The thin orange cable is the RGB led keyboard retro illumination.

  • Lift the tab to vertical position to free the bus cable as shown.

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Image 1/3: Remove the keyboard to replace it, it have some pressure points like the previous cover Image 2/3: If the keyboard fail, the best option it's replace it for a new one original Image 3/3: If the keyboard fail, the best option it's replace it for a new one original
  • Free the keyboard bus data cable the same as you did for the RGB bus data cable.

  • Remove the keyboard to replace it, it have some pressure points like the previous cover

  • If the keyboard fail, the best option it's replace it for a new one original

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Image 1/3: First one to the left of the RGB bus data cable. Image 2/3: Second one at bottom near the touchpad, Image 3/3: third one on the right edge of the latop.
  • Continue taking out the chassis by unscrewing the 3 shown screws.

    • First one to the left of the RGB bus data cable.

    • Second one at bottom near the touchpad,

    • third one on the right edge of the latop.

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  • Lift the tab to disconnect the touchpad data bus.

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Image 1/3: If you computer doesn't power on check to make sure this cable is plugged in. Image 2/3: Always lift tabs to free cables. Image 3/3: Always lift tabs to free cables.
  • Extract the bus cable with your needle nose plier by lifting the tab and pulling it away.

  • If you computer doesn't power on check to make sure this cable is plugged in.

  • Always lift tabs to free cables.

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Image 1/3: Don't extract it now, there is another cable on the superior left corner that must be removed to fully extract Image 2/3: Don't extract it now, there is another cable on the superior left corner that must be removed to fully extract Image 3/3: Don't extract it now, there is another cable on the superior left corner that must be removed to fully extract
  • No mystery here, just lift with your fingers, look the pictures

  • Don't extract it now, there is another cable on the superior left corner that must be removed to fully extract

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Image 1/2: Pull the cable to the right. Image 2/2: Pull the cable to the right.
  • This is the cable that I mentioned in the previous step.

  • Pull the cable to the right.

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  • Top and a bottom view of the board with power on switch and LED status.

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  • Bottom view of the touchpad.

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Image 1/2: Pull the cable off. Image 2/2: Pull the cable off.
  • Remove the screw.

  • Pull the cable off.

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  • This is the BIOS Battery for internal configuration and clock, if you have problems with it remove it by disconnecting it from the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Remove the 3 screws and lift as you see in the picture Image 2/3: Pull the board a little to the left while lifting to prevent damaging the two attached USB 3.0 ports. Image 3/3: Pull the board a little to the left while lifting to prevent damaging the two attached USB 3.0 ports.
  • Pull the speakers connector towards you from the I/O board.

  • Remove the 3 screws and lift as you see in the picture

  • Pull the board a little to the left while lifting to prevent damaging the two attached USB 3.0 ports.

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Image 1/3: Lift using the plastic tab, see the image. Image 2/3: Lift using the plastic tab, see the image. Image 3/3: Lift using the plastic tab, see the image.
  • Remove the display connector by pulling vertically.

  • Lift using the plastic tab, see the image.

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Image 1/3: Make sure you are holding the monitor while unscrewing to prevent dropping and damaging the screen. Image 2/3: After that, you must see the next step to extract the WLAN aerials. Image 3/3: After that, you must see the next step to extract the WLAN aerials.
  • Unscrew the screws in the correct order by using the numbers near the holes.

  • Make sure you are holding the monitor while unscrewing to prevent dropping and damaging the screen.

  • After that, you must see the next step to extract the WLAN aerials.

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Image 1/2: Pass the cable from the bottom of the laptop through the hole carefully. Image 2/2: Remember depending on your Alienware configuration you may have 2 or 3 aerials and USA users may also have the WWAN aerials
  • The WLAN cable is the same as in step 9.

  • Pass the cable from the bottom of the laptop through the hole carefully.

  • Remember depending on your Alienware configuration you may have 2 or 3 aerials and USA users may also have the WWAN aerials

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Image 1/3: Now lift the motherboard slowly up while moving it to the right. Removing it this way prevents damage to your ports. Image 2/3: As you see on the picture ,the I/O board and screen connector wasn't here, they must be removed before to extract the motherboard, not like the bluetooth board or coin-cell battery Image 3/3: As you see on the picture ,the I/O board and screen connector wasn't here, they must be removed before to extract the motherboard, not like the bluetooth board or coin-cell battery
  • Remove the four screws to remove the motherboard.

  • Now lift the motherboard slowly up while moving it to the right. Removing it this way prevents damage to your ports.

  • As you see on the picture ,the I/O board and screen connector wasn't here, they must be removed before to extract the motherboard, not like the bluetooth board or coin-cell battery

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Image 1/2: You must extract it to remove the heatsink Image 2/2: To replace the vent it's not neccesary remove the heatsink, you must do this step and in the next step I marked you in green the 3 screws that you need to remove
  • Remove the vent connector

  • You must extract it to remove the heatsink

  • To replace the vent it's not neccesary remove the heatsink, you must do this step and in the next step I marked you in green the 3 screws that you need to remove

  • To perform a good ventilation please clean with compressed air

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Image 1/3: With the motherboard out, turn it upside down on a static free surface. Image 2/3: To remove the heatsink and replace thermal paste remove the screws in the correct order (marked with a number on the heatsink). Image 3/3: Clean old thermal paste with isopropyl-alcohol. Ensure that after applying thermal paste it doesn't leak onto the motherboard (if it's on the green square, it's fine).
  • If this is your first time applying thermal paste I recommend using a good thermal paste like Arctic Silver and reading a guide here on iFixit.

  • With the motherboard out, turn it upside down on a static free surface.

  • To remove the heatsink and replace thermal paste remove the screws in the correct order (marked with a number on the heatsink).

  • Clean old thermal paste with isopropyl-alcohol. Ensure that after applying thermal paste it doesn't leak onto the motherboard (if it's on the green square, it's fine).

  • When putting the heat sink back on, try to have the screw holes align on your first try. This is to maintain an even spread of the thermal paste.

  • Rescrew in the correct order (refer to the numbers on the heat sink).

  • Torque each screw one at a time to end up with good heat dissipation.

On the topic of thermal paste, just put a line from one end of the cpu to the other, and it will be good

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