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ALIENWARE® M17x
SERVICE MANUAL
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Notes, Cautions, and Warnings
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better
use of your computer.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or
loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.
WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage,
personal injury, or death.
The contents herein are subject to change without notice.
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Rev. A00 MAY 2009
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Before Working Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Removing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Replacing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Removing the Compartment Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Replacing the Compartment Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Removing the Hard Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Replacing the Hard Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Removing the Processor Thermal Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Replacing the Processor Thermal Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Removing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Removing the Memory Module(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Replacing the Memory Module(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
CHAPTER 8: CENTER CONTROL COVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Removing the Center Control Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Replacing the Center Control Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
CHAPTER 9: KEYBOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Replacing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
CHAPTER 10: PALM REST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Removing the Palm Rest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Replacing the Palm Rest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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CHAPTER 11: BRACKETS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Removing the Brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Replacing the Brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Removing the Mini-Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Replacing the Mini-Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
CHAPTER 12: MAGNESIUM COVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Removing the Magnesium Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Replacing the Magnesium Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Removing the Processor Heat Sink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Replacing the Processor Heat Sink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Removing the Display Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Replacing the Display Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Removing the Display Back Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Replacing the Display Back Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Removing the AlienHead Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Replacing the AlienHead Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Removing the Graphics Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Replacing the Graphics Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Removing the Graphics Card Fan(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Replacing the Graphics Card Fan(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
CHAPTER 14: INPUT/OUTPUT BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Removing the Input/Output Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Replacing the Input/Output Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
CHAPTER 20: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Removing the Graphics Card Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Replacing the Graphics Card Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Removing the Optical Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Replacing the Optical Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Removing the System Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Replacing the System Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
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CHAPTER 22: SPEAKERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Removing the Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Replacing the Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
CHAPTER 23: CONSUMER IR BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Removing the Consumer IR Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Replacing the Consumer IR Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
CHAPTER 24: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Removing the Battery Latch Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Replacing the Battery Latch Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
CHAPTER 25: FLASHING THE BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Flashing the BIOS from a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Flashing the BIOS from the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
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CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN
CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN
CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN
This section provides procedures for removing and installing the components
in your computer. Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the
following conditions exist:
•
•
•
You have performed the steps in “Turning Off Your Computer” on page 7 and
“Before Working Inside Your Computer” on page 8.
You have read the safety information that shipped with your computer.
A component can be replaced or—if purchased separately—installed by
performing the removal procedure in reverse order.
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Recommended Tools
The procedures in this document may require the following tools:
•
•
•
•
Small flat-blade screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Processor extraction tool
BIOS upgrade CD
Turning Off Your Computer
CAUTION: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all
open programs before you turn off your computer.
1. Save and close all open files and exit all open programs.
2. In Microsoft® Windows Vista®, click Start (Windows Vista® logo), click the
arrow , and then click Shut Down.
The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process
finishes.
3. Ensure that the computer and any attached devices are turned off. If your
computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you
shut down your operating system, press and hold the power button for at
least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off.
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Before Working Inside Your Computer
Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential
damage and to help to ensure your own personal safety.
WARNING: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow
the safety instructions that shipped with your computer. For additional
safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance
Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the
components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges. Hold a
component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins.
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is
not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its
pull-tab, not on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking
tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking
tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep
them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before
you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented
and aligned.
1. Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover
from being scratched.
2. Turn off your computer (see “Turning Off Your Computer” on page 8).
3. If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the
documentation that came with your docking device for instructions.
CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from
your computer and then unplug the cable from the network device.
4. Disconnect all telephone or network cables from the computer.
5. Press and eject any installed cards from the ExpressCard slot and the 8-in-1
Memory Card Reader.
6. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical
outlets.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, you must remove
the battery from the battery bay before you service the computer.
CAUTION: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery
designed for this particular Dell computer. Do not use batteries designed
for other Dell computers.
7. Remove the battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
8. Press the power button to ground the system board.
CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, perform the following steps
before you begin working inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK
CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK
CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK
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CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK
Battery Pack
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
WARNING: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer,
disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer,
disconnect the modem from the wall connector and the computer, and
remove any other external cables from the computer.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 2: BATTERY PACK
Removing the Battery Pack
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
Turn the computer over.
Slide the battery latch to the unlock position as shown.
The battery pack will pop up.
Remove the battery pack.
1
2
3
Replacing the Battery Pack
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1. Align the battery pack tabs with the slots in the battery bay.
2. Slide the battery pack into the battery bay until the battery pack clicks into
place.
1
battery pack
3
battery pack tabs (3)
2
battery latch
4
battery bay
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CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR
CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR
CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR
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CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR
Compartment Door
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
WARNING: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer,
disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer,
disconnect the modem from the wall connector and the computer, and
remove any other external cables from the computer.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 3: COMPARTMENT DOOR
Removing the Compartment Door
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1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Loosen the two captive screws and remove the compartment door.
2
1
Replacing the Compartment Door
1. Align the compartment door tabs with the slots on the base of the
computer.
2. Place the compartment door and tighten the two captive screws.
3. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
1
compartment door tabs (3)
2
compartment door
3
captive screws (2)
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CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
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CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
Hard Drive(s)
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
WARNING: If you remove the hard drive from the computer when the
drive is hot, do not touch the metal housing of the hard drive.
CAUTION: To prevent data loss, turn off your computer (see “Turning
Off Your Computer” on page 7) before removing the hard drive. Do not
remove the hard drive while the computer is on or in Sleep state.
CAUTION: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling
the hard drive.
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard
drives from sources other than Dell or Alienware.
NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell or
Alienware, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities
on the new hard drive.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
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CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
Removing the Hard Drive(s)
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Loosen the four captive screws that secure the primary hard drive (HDD0).
5. Using the pull tab, slide the primary hard drive (HDD0) towards the back of
the hard drive bay and lift it out.
6. If your computer has a secondary hard drive (HDD1):
a. Loosen the four captive screws on the secondary hard drive (HDD1).
b. Using the pull tab, lift the secondary hard drive (HDD1) out of the hard
drive bay.
Primary Hard
Drive (HDD0)
3
Secondary Hard Drive
(HDD1)
2
1
3
2
1
1
pull tab
2
captive screws (4)
3 primary hard drive (HDD0)
1
pull tab
2
secondary hard drive (HDD1)
3
captive screws (4)
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CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
7. Remove the four screws that secure the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.
8. Slide the hard drive out of the hard drive bracket.
3
9. Remove the interposer from the secondary hard drive (HDD1), if applicable.
Secondary Hard Drive (HDD1)
2
2
1
1
1
screws (4)
3
hard drive
1
interposer
2
secondary hard drive (HDD1)
2 hard drive bracket
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CHAPTER 4: HARD DRIVE(S)
Replacing the Hard Drive(s)
1. Remove the new drive from its packaging.
Save the original packaging for storing or shipping the hard drive.
CAUTION: Use firm and even pressure to slide the drive into place. If you
use excessive force, you may damage the connector.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Connect the interposer to the secondary hard drive (HDD1), if applicable.
Slide the hard drive into the hard drive bracket.
Replace the four screws that secure the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.
Place the hard drive in the hard drive bay.
a. If your computer has a secondary hard drive (HDD1), align and tighten
the four captive screws that secure the hard drive to the hard drive bay.
b. Align and and tighten the four captive screws that secure the primary
hard drive (HDD0) to the hard drive bay.
6. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
7. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
8. Install the operating system for your computer, as needed.
9. Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed.
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CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN
CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN
CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN
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CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN
Processor Thermal Fan
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 5: PROCESSOR THERMAL FAN
Removing the Processor Thermal Fan
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Loosen the three captive screws that secure the processor thermal fan to
the computer.
5. Disconnect the processor thermal fan cable from the system board
connector.
6. Lift the processor thermal fan off the computer.
3
2
1
Replacing the Processor Thermal Fan
1. Place the processor thermal fan on the computer base.
2. Connect the processor thermal fan cable to the system board connector.
3. Tighten the three captive screws that secure the processor thermal fan to
the computer base.
4. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
processor thermal fan cable
connector
2 captive screws (3)
3
processor thermal fan
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CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY
CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY
CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY
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CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY
Coin-Cell Battery
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 6: COIN-CELL BATTERY
Removing the Coin-Cell Battery
2
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board connector.
5. Lift the coin-cell battery off the computer base.
Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery
1. Place the coin-cell battery in the slot on the computer base.
2. Connect the coin-cell battery cable to the system board connector.
3. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
1
coin-cell battery cable connector
2
coin-cell battery
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CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)
CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)
CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)
You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on
the system board. See the specifications in your Mobile Manual or in the
Comprehensive Specifications at support.dell.com for information on the
memory supported by your computer. Install only memory modules that are
supported by your computer.
NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your
computer warranty.
Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM sockets that can be accessed
from the bottom of the computer.
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Memory Module(s)
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)
Removing the Memory Module(s)
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Loosen the captive screw and slide the memory module door out of the
computer base.
2
1
CAUTION: If you need to remove memory modules from both connectors,
remove the memory module in the upper connector before you remove
the module in the lower connector.
1
memory module door
2
captive screw
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5. Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the spring-locks on the memory
module connector until the module pops up.
6. Remove the memory module.
5
4
3
Replacing the Memory Module(s)
CAUTION: If you need to install memory modules in two connectors,
install a memory module in the lower connector before you install a
module in the upper connector.
1. Align the notch on the memory module with the tab on the memory module
connector.
2. Insert the module into the memory module connector at a 45-degree angle,
and press the module down until it clicks into place. If you do not hear the
click, remove the module and reinstall it.
CAUTION: If the memory module door is difficult to close, remove the
memory module and reinstall it. Forcing the memory module door to
close may damage your computer.
NOTE: If the memory module is not installed properly, the computer may
not boot.
1
2
1
memory module
4
tab
2
spring locks (2)
5
notch
3
memory module connector
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3. Replace and tighten the captive screw that secures the memory module
door to the computer base.
4. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
6. Turn on the computer.
As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically
updates the system configuration information.
To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start (Windows
Vista® logo) > Help and Support > Dell System Information.
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CHAPTER 8: CENTER CONTROL COVER
CHAPTER 9: CENTER CONTROL COVER
CHAPTER 8: CENTER CONTROL COVER
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Center Control Cover
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 8: CENTER CONTROL COVER
Removing the Center Control Cover
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Remove the two screws that secure the center control cover to the
computer base.
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5. Turn the computer top side up, and open the display as far as it will open.
CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing the center control cover.
The center control cover along with the cable that attaches it to the
system board connector are very fragile.
7. Turn the center control cover as shown in the illustration.
8. Release the connector latch to disconnect the cable from the center control
cover connector.
9. Lift the center control cover off the computer.
6. Pry the center control cover up with a flat blade screwdriver until you
see the cable that attaches the center control cover to the system board
connector.
1
3
2
1
1
center control cover
cable
2 connector latch
3
1
center control cover
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Replacing the Center Control Cover
1. Slide the cable into the center control cover connector and pull down the
connector latch to secure the cable to the connector.
2. Align the center control cover with the computer and snap the cover in
place.
3. Turn the computer over and replace the two screws that secure the center
control cover to the computer base.
4. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 9: KEYBOARD
CHAPTER 10: KEYBOARD
CHAPTER 9: KEYBOARD
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Keyboard
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 9: KEYBOARD
Removing the Keyboard
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the five screws that secure the keyboard to the computer.
CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing the keyboard. The
keyboard along with the cables that attach it to the system board
connector are very fragile.
5. Slide and lift the keyboard towards the display until the tabs come out of
the slots on the chassis.
3
2
1
1
tabs (7)
3
screws (5)
2 keyboard
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6. Turn the keyboard over.
7. Release the connector latches and disconnect the keyboard cable and
keyboard light cable from the respective system board connectors.
8. Lift the keyboard off the computer.
Replacing the Keyboard
1. Slide the keyboard cable and the keyboard light cable into the respective
system board connectors and pull down the connector latches to secure the
cables to the connectors.
2. Align the tabs on the keyboard with the slots on the chassis.
3. Replace the five screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base.
4. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
3
2
1
keyboard
2 keyboard light cable
1
3
keyboard cable
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CHAPTER 10: PALM REST
CHAPTER 8: PALM REST
CHAPTER 10: PALM REST
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Palm Rest
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 10: PALM REST
Removing the Palm Rest
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the three screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base.
2
1
1
screws (3)
2
battery bay
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4. Turn the computer over and slide the palm rest out as shown in the
illustration.
CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing the palm rest. The palm
rest along with the cable that attaches the touch pad to the system
board connector are very fragile.
5. Ease the palm rest up until you see the cable that attaches the touch pad to
the system board connector.
6. Turn the palm rest over and pull the tab on the touch pad connector to
disconnect the cable from the touch pad connector.
7. Lift the palm rest off the computer.
4
3
2
2
1
1
1
palm rest
2
tabs (5)
1
palm rest
3
touch pad cable
2 touch pad
4
tab on the touch pad connector
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Replacing the Palm Rest
1. Slide the touch pad cable into the touch pad connector and push the
connector tabs to secure the cable to the connector.
2. Align the tabs on the palm rest with the slots on the computer.
3. Slide the palm rest into position.
4. Turn the computer over and replace the three screws that secure the palm
rest to the computer base.
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 11: BRACKETS
CHAPTER 11: BRACKETS
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CHAPTER 11: BRACKETS
Brackets
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 11: BRACKETS
Removing the Brackets
3
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Loosen the four captive screws that secure the left and right brackets to the
computer base.
6. Lift the left and right brackets off the computer.
2
Replacing the Brackets
1. Replace the left and right brackets on the computer base.
2. Tighten the four captive screws that secure the left and right brackets to the
computer base.
3. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
4. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
1
captive screws (4)
3
right bracket
2 left bracket
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CHAPTER 12: MAGNESIUM COVER
CHAPTER 11: MAGNESIUM COVER
CHAPTER 12: MAGNESIUM COVER
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CHAPTER 12: MAGNESIUM COVER
Magnesium Cover
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 12: MAGNESIUM COVER
Removing the Magnesium Cover
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Disconnect the antenna cables from the respective Mini-Cards and remove
these cables from their routing guides.
7. Disconnect the display cable and the camera cable from the respective
system board connectors.
4
3
2
1
1
magnesium cover
2 Mini-Card antenna cables
3
display cable
4
camera cable
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8. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
9. Remove the ten screws that secure the magnesium cover to the
computer base.
10. Lift the magnesium cover off the computer.
Replacing the Magnesium Cover
1. Replace the magnesium cover on the computer base.
2. Replace the ten screws that secure the magnesium cover to the computer
base.
3. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
4. Route the Mini-Card antenna cables into the routing guides and connect
them to the respective connectors.
5. Connect the display cable and the camera cable to the respective system
board connectors.
6. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
7. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
8. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
9. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
2
1
1
magnesium cover
2
screws (10)
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CHAPTER 12: DISPLAY
CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY
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CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY
Display
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the
main battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before
working inside the computer.
Display Assembly
Removing the Display Assembly
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover”
on page 50).
CAUTION: To avoid damage to the display, you must not disassemble
your Edge-to-Edge display assembly in the field.
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8. Remove the four screws (two from each hinge) that secure the display
assembly to the computer base.
9. Bend the display assembly towards the computer base at a 45-degree angle
and lift the display assembly off the computer.
2
1
1
1
screws (4)
2
display assembly
1 display assembly
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CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY
Replacing the Display Assembly
1. Align the screw holes on the display hinges with the computer base.
2. Replace the four screws (two on each hinge) that secure the display
assembly to the computer base.
3. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
4. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
5. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
6. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
7. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
8. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY
Display Back Cover
1
Removing the Display Back Cover
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
8. Remove the display assembly (see “Removing the Display Assembly” on
page 53).
9. Remove the two screws that secure the display back cover door to the
display assembly.
2
1
screws (2)
2
display assembly
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10. Slide the display back cover door out and lift it off the display assembly.
11. Remove the two screws that secure the display back cover to the display
assembly.
12. Disconnect the AlienHead cable from the connector.
13. Slide the display back cover up and lift it off the display assembly.
1
2
3
1
1
display back cover door
1
display back cover
2 screws (2)
3
AlienHead cable connector
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CHAPTER 13: DISPLAY
Replacing the Display Back Cover
1. Align the display back cover with the back of the display assembly and slide
it into position.
2. Connect the AlienHead cable to the connector.
3. Replace the two screws that secure the display back cover with the display
assembly.
4. Slide the display back cover door in place.
5. Turn the display assembly over and replace the two screws that secure the
display back cover door to the display assembly.
6. Replace the display assembly (see “Replacing the Display Assembly” on
page 55).
7. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
8. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
9. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
10. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
11. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
12. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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AlienHead Board
Removing the AlienHead Board
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
8. Remove the display assembly (see “Removing the Display Assembly” on
page 53).
9. Remove the display back cover (see “Removing the Display Back Cover” on
page 56).
10. Turn the display back cover over.
11. Remove the screw that secures the AlienHead board to the display
back cover.
12. Lift the top of the AlienHead board and slide the bottom portion down to
detach it from the tab that holds it in place.
13. Lift the AlienHead board off the display back cover.
3
2
1
1
AlienHead board
3
display back cover
2 screw
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Replacing the AlienHead Board
1. Align the AlienHead board with the tab on the display back cover and slide it
into position.
2. Replace the screw that secures the AlienHead board to the display back
cover.
3. Replace the display back cover (see “Replacing the Display Back Cover” on
page 58).
4. Replace the display assembly (see “Replacing the Display Assembly” on
page 55).
5. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
6. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
7. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
8. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
9. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
10. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 14: INPUT/OUTPUT BOARD
CHAPTER 13: INPUT/OUTPUT BOARD
CHAPTER 14: INPUT/OUTPUT BOARD
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CHAPTER 14: INPUT/OUTPUT BOARD
Input/Output Board
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
Removing the Input/Output Board
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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8. Release the connector latches on both ends of the ExpressCard cable and
remove the cable.
2
9. Disconnect the speaker cable, right speaker light cable, and audio cable from
the respective connectors on the system board and remove the cables from
the routing guides.
5
1
4
3
2
1
1
input/output board
2
ExpressCard cable
1
speaker cable connector
4
2 right speaker light cable connector 5
3 input/output board
earthing cable
audio cable connector
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10. Remove the three screws that secure the input/output board to the system
board and remove the earthing cable.
11. Tilt the input/output board at an angle and lift it out of the computer base.
3
2
1
Replacing the Input/Output Board
1. Place the input/output board in the computer base.
2. Replace the earthing cable and the three screws that secure the input/
output board to the system board.
3. Route and connect the speaker cable, right speaker light cable, and audio
cable to the respective system board connectors.
4. Slide the ExpressCard cable into the connector and pull down the connector
latches at both ends of the ExpressCard cable to secure the cable to the
connectors.
5. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
6. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
7. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
8. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
9. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
10. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
screws (3)
2 input/output board
3
earthing cable
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CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE
CHAPTER 14: OPTICAL DRIVE
CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE
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CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE
Optical Drive
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
Removing the Optical Drive
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
8. Remove the input/output board (see “Removing the Input/Output Board” on
page 62).
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CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE
9. Remove the two screws that secure the optical drive to the computer base.
10. Release the connector latch and disconnect the optical drive cable from the
system board connector.
11. Remove the five screws that secure the optical drive bracket to the optical
drive.
3
2
4
3
1
2
1
1
optical drive cable
2 screws (2)
3
optical drive
1
optical drive
4
connector latch
2 optical drive bracket
3
screws (5)
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CHAPTER 15: OPTICAL DRIVE
12. Disconnect the optical drive cable from the optical drive and remove the
cable.
1
2
1
optical drive
2
optical drive cable
Replacing the Optical Drive
1. Connect the optical drive cable to the optical drive.
2. Replace the five screws that secure the optical drive bracket to the optical
drive.
3. Place the optical drive in the computer base.
4. Slide the optical drive cable into the system board connector and pull down
the connector latch to secure the cable to the connector.
5. Replace the two screws that secure the optical drive to the computer base.
6. Replace the input/output board (see “Replacing the Input/Output Board” on
page 64).
7. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
8. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
9. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
10. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
11. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
12. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
If you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already
installed.
Your computer has two Mini-Card slots:
•
•
one Full Mini-Card slot
one Half Mini-Card slot
The types of Mini-Cards supported are:
CHAPTER 15: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
•
•
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) — Half Mini-Card
Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) or Internal Card with Bluetooth®
Wireless Technology — Full Mini-Card
NOTE: The WLAN slot supports a half Mini-Card.
NOTE: Depending on the configuration of the system when it was sold,
one or more of the Mini-Card slots may not have Mini-Cards installed in
them.
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CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
Wireless Mini-Card(s)
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
Removing the Mini-Card(s)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card.
Pull back the securing clips to release the Mini-Cards.
3
3
2
4
2
1
1
4
1
system board connector
2 WLAN Mini-Card
3
antenna cables (2 or 3)
1
system board connector
3
clips (2)
4
clips (2)
2 WPAN/Bluetooth Mini-Card
4
antenna cable
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CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
6. Lift the Mini-Card at an angle and remove it from the system board
connector.
CAUTION: When the Mini-Card is not in the computer, store it in
protective antistatic packaging. For more information, see “Protecting
Against Electrostatic Discharge” in the safety information that shipped
with your computer.
2
2
1
1
1
system board connector
2
WLAN Mini-Card
1
system board connector
2
WPAN/Bluetooth Mini-Card
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CHAPTER 16: WIRELESS MINI-CARD(S)
Replacing the Mini-Card(s)
1. Remove the new Mini-Card from its packaging.
CAUTION: Use firm and even pressure to slide the card into place. If you
use excessive force, you may damage the connector.
2. Insert the Mini-Card at a 45-degree angle into the appropriate system board
connector. For example, the WLAN card connector is labeled WLAN and so
on.
3. Press the other end of the Mini-Card down into the slot on the system board
until it clicks into place.
4. Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the Mini-Card you are installing.
The following table provides the antenna cable color scheme for the MiniCard supported by your computer.
Connectors on the Mini-Card
6. Secure the unused antenna cables in the protective mylar sleeve.
7. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
8. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
9. Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as required.
NOTE: If you are installing a communication card from a source other than
Dell or Alienware, you must install the appropriate drivers and utilities.
Antenna Cable Color Scheme
WLAN (2 or 3 antenna cables):
Main WLAN (white triangle)
white
Auxiliary WLAN (black triangle)
black
MIMO WLAN (gray triangle)
(optional)
gray
WPAN (one antenna cable):
WPAN
blue
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CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
CHAPTER 16: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
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CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
Processor Heat Sink
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
Removing the Processor Heat Sink
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
6. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
7. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
8. Loosen the six captive screws that secure the processor heat sink to the
system board.
9. Lift the processor heat sink off the system board.
1
2
1
processor heat sink
2
captive screws (6)
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CHAPTER 17: PROCESSOR HEAT SINK
Replacing the Processor Heat Sink
1. Peel the backing off the thermal cooling pads attached to the new processor
heat sink.
NOTE: If the processor heat sink is replaced, the thermal cooling pads will
be attached to the new processor heat sink. Do not reuse the old thermal
cooling pads.
2. Place the processor heat sink on the system board.
3. Tighten the six captive screws that secure the processor heat sink to the
system board.
4. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
5. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
6. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
7. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
8. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
9. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
CHAPTER 17: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
Your computer may have a single graphics or dual graphics configuration. The
graphics card on the left is the primary graphics card and the graphics card on the
right is the secondary graphics card.
In a single graphics configuration, your computer will only have a primary graphics
card.
In a dual graphics configuration, your computer will have a primary graphics
card, a secondary graphics card, and a graphics cable connecting the primary and
secondary graphics cards.
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CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
Graphics Card(s)
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
Removing the Graphics Card(s)
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. To remove the secondary graphics card, if applicable:
a. Remove the right bracket (see “Removing the Brackets” on page 47).
b. Disconnect the graphics card cable from the connector on the primary
graphics card.
c. Remove the two screws that secure the secondary graphics card to the
system board.
d. Lift the secondary graphics card at an angle and remove it from the
system board connector.
1
3
2
1
screws (2)
3
graphics card cable connector
2 secondary graphics card
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CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD(S)
6. To remove the primary graphics card:
a. Remove the left bracket (see “Removing the Brackets” on page 47).
b. Remove the two screws that secure the primary graphics card to the
system board.
c. Lift the primary graphics card at an angle and remove it from the
system board connector.
2
1
Replacing the Graphics Card(s)
1. To replace the primary graphics card:
a. Insert the primary graphics card at a 45-degree angle into the system
board connector.
b. Replace the two screws that secure the primary graphics card to the
system board.
c. Replace the left bracket (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
2. To replace the secondary graphics card, if applicable:
a. Insert the secondary graphics card at a 45-degree angle into the system
board connector.
b. Replace the two screws that secure the secondary graphics card to the
system board.
c. Connect the graphics cable to the connector on the primary graphics
card.
d. Replace the right bracket (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
3. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
4. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
5. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
primary graphics card
2
screws (2)
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CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
CHAPTER 18: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
Your computer may have a single graphics or dual graphics configuration. The
graphics card on the left is the primary graphics card and the graphics card on
the right is the secondary graphics card. The primary graphics card will have a
primary graphics card fan and the secondary graphics card will have a secondary
graphics card fan.
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CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
Graphics Card Fan(s)
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
Removing the Graphics Card Fan(s)
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the left bracket (see “Removing the Brackets” on page 47).
6. Remove the primary graphics card (see “Removing the Graphics Card(s)” on
page 80).
7. Remove the right bracket, if applicable (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
3
NOTE: If your computer has two graphics cards, then your computer will
have two graphics card fans.
8. Remove the secondary graphics card, if applicable (see “Removing the
Graphics Card(s)” on page 80).
9. Loosen the three captive screws that secure the graphics card fan to the
computer base.
10. Disconnect the graphics card fan cable from the system board connector.
11. Lift the graphics card fan off the computer base.
2
1
1
primary graphics card fan
3
primary graphics card fan cable
2 captive screws (3)
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CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD FAN(S)
Replacing the Graphics Card Fan(s)
1. Place the graphics card fan in the computer base.
2. Tighten the three captive screws that secure the graphics card fan to the
computer base.
3. Connect the graphics card fan cable to the system board connector.
4. Replace the primary graphics card (see “Replacing the Graphics Card(s)” on
page 81).
5. Replace the left bracket (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
6. Replace the secondary graphics card, if applicable (see “Replacing the
Graphics Card(s)” on page 81).
7. Replace the right bracket, if applicable (see “Replacing the Brackets” on
page 47).
8. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
9. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
10. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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CHAPTER 20: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK
CHAPTER 19: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK
CHAPTER 20: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK
If your computer has a dual graphics configuration, the secondary graphics
card is already installed on the right side of the computer base (to remove and
replace the graphics card see the instructions in “Graphics Card(s) on page 78”
and “Graphics Card Fan(s) on page 82).
If you do not have a secondary graphics card, your computer will have a graphics
card blank instead.
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CHAPTER 20: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK
Graphics Card Blank
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 20: GRAPHICS CARD BLANK
Removing the Graphics Card Blank
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
4. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
5. Remove the right bracket (see “Removing the Brackets” on page 47).
6. Loosen the three captive screws that secure the graphics card blank to the
computer base.
7. Lift the graphics card blank off the computer base.
1
Replacing the Graphics Card Blank
1. Place the graphics card blank in the computer base.
2. Tighten the three captive screws that secure the graphics card blank to the
computer base.
3. Replace the right bracket (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
4. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
5. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
6. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
2
1
graphics card blank
2
captive screws (3)
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CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
CHAPTER 20: SYSTEM BOARD
CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
The system board’s BIOS chip contains the Service Tag, which is also visible on a
barcode label on the bottom of the computer. The replacement kit for the system
board includes a CD that provides a utility for transferring the Service Tag to the
replacement system board.
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CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
System Board
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
CAUTION: Handle components and cards by their edges, and avoid
touching pins and contacts.
Removing the System Board
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the battery pack (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
3. Remove the compartment door (see “Removing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
4. Remove the hard drive(s) (see “Removing the Hard Drive(s)” on page 17).
5. Disconnect the processor thermal fan cable from the system board
connector (see “Removing the Processor Thermal Fan” on page 22).
6. Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board connector (see
“Removing the Coin-Cell Battery on page 25).
7. Remove the memory module(s) (see “Removing the Memory Module(s)” on
page 28).
8. Remove the palm rest (see “Removing the Palm Rest” on page 42).
9. Remove the center control cover (see “Removing the Center Control Cover”
on page 33).
10. Remove the keyboard (see “Removing the Keyboard” on page 38).
11. Remove the left and right brackets (see “Removing the Brackets” on
page 47).
12. Remove the magnesium cover (see “Removing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 50).
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CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
13. Remove the input/output board (see “Removing the Input/Output Board” on
page 62).
14. Remove the optical drive (see “Removing the Optical Drive” on page 66).
15. Remove the Mini-Card(s) (see “Removing the Mini-Card(s)” on page 71).
16. Remove the processor heat sink (see “Removing the Processor Heat Sink” on
page 76).
17. Remove the graphics card(s) (see “Removing the Graphics Card(s)” on
page 80).
18. Disconnect the graphics card fan(s) cable from the system board connector
(see “Removing the Graphics Card Fan(s)” on page 84).
19. Remove the graphics card blank, if applicable (see “Removing the Graphics
Card Blank” on page 88).
20. Remove the five screws that secure the system board to the computer base.
21. Disconnect the consumer IR cable from the connectors on the system board
and consumer IR board.
22. Disconnect the left speaker light cable from the system board connector.
23. Lift the system board at an angle and remove it from the computer base.
1
2
5
4
3
1
consumer IR cable connector on system
board
4
screws (5)
2 consumer IR cable connector on consumer
IR board
5
system board
3 left speaker light cable connector
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CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
Replacing the System Board
1. Insert the system board at an angle into the computer base.
2. Connect the consumer IR cable to the connectors on the system board and
the consumer IR board.
3. Connect the left speaker light cable to the system board connector.
4. Replace the five screws that secure the system board to the computer base.
5. Replace the graphics card blank, if applicable (see “Replacing the Graphics
Card Blank” on page 88).
6. Connect the graphics card fan(s) cable to the system board connector (see
“Replacing the Graphics Card Fan(s)” on page 85).
7. Replace the graphics card(s) (see “Replacing the Graphics Card(s)” on
page 81).
8. Replace the processor heat sink (see “Replacing the Processor Heat Sink” on
page 77).
9. Replace the Mini-Card(s) (see “Replacing the Mini-Card(s)” on page 73).
10. Replace the optical drive (see “Replacing the Optical Drive” on page 68).
11. Replace the input/output board (see “Replacing the Input/Output Board” on
page 64).
12. Replace the magnesium cover (see “Replacing the Magnesium Cover” on
page 51).
13. Replace the left and right brackets (see “Replacing the Brackets” on page 47).
14. Replace the keyboard (see “Replacing the Keyboard” on page 39).
15. Replace the center control cover (see “Replacing the Center Control Cover”
on page 35).
16. Replace the palm rest (see “Replacing the Palm Rest” on page 44).
17. Replace the memory module(s) (see “Replacing the Memory Module(s)” on
page 29).
18. Connect the coin-cell battery cable to the system board connector (see
“Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery” on page 25).
19. Connect the processor thermal fan cable to the system board connector
(see “Replacing the Processor Thermal Fan” on page 22).
20. Replace the hard drive(s) (see “Replacing the Hard Drive(s)” on page 19).
21. Replace the compartment door (see “Replacing the Compartment Door” on
page 14).
22. Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the Battery Pack” on page 11).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
23. Turn on the computer.
NOTE: After you have replaced the system board, enter the computer
Service Tag into the BIOS of the replacement system board.
24. Insert the BIOS upgrade CD that accompanied the replacement system
board into the appropriate drive. Follow the instructions that appear on the
screen.
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CHAPTER 22: SPEAKERS
CHAPTER 21: SPEAKERS
CHAPTER 22: SPEAKERS
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CHAPTER 22: SPEAKERS
Speakers
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 22: SPEAKERS
Removing the Speakers
1.
2.
3.
4.
Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
Remove the system board (see “Removing the System Board” on page 90).
Remove the speaker cables from the routing guides.
Lift the speakers off the computer base.
Replacing the Speakers
1
1. Place the speakers on the computer base.
2. Route the speaker cables into the routing guides.
3. Replace the system board (see “Replacing the System Board” on page 92).
2
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
1
speakers (2)
2
speaker cables
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CHAPTER 23: CONSUMER IR BOARD
CHAPTER 22: CONSUMER IR BOARD
CHAPTER 23: CONSUMER IR BOARD
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CHAPTER 23: CONSUMER IR BOARD
Consumer IR Board
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 23: CONSUMER IR BOARD
Removing the Consumer IR Board
1.
2.
3.
4.
Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
Remove the system board (see “Removing the System Board” on page 90).
Remove the speakers (see “Removing the Speakers” on page 95).
Remove the two screws that secure the consumer IR board to the computer
base.
5. Lift the consumer IR board off the computer base.
Replacing the Consumer IR Board
1
1. Place the consumer IR board on the computer base.
2. Replace the two screws that secure the consumer IR board to the computer
base.
3. Replace the speakers (see “Replacing the Speakers” on page 95).
4. Replace the system board (see “Replacing the System Board” on page 92).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
2
1
screws (2)
2
consumer IR board
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CHAPTER 24: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY
CHAPTER 23: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY
CHAPTER 24: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY
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CHAPTER 24: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY
Battery Latch Assembly
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
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CHAPTER 24: BATTERY LATCH ASSEMBLY
Removing the Battery Latch Assembly
1. Follow the instructions in “Before You Begin” on page 6.
2. Remove the system board (see “Removing the System Board” on page 90).
3. Press and push the plastic clip on the battery release latch to release it from
the battery latch assembly.
4. Using a screwdriver, remove the latch spring from the hook on the battery
latch assembly.
5. Lift the battery latch assembly out of the computer base.
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Replacing the Battery Latch Assembly
1. Push the plastic clips on the battery release latch into the hole on the
battery latch assembly to secure the battery release latch.
2. Place the battery latch assembly in the channel in the computer base.
3. Using a screwdriver, place the spring over the hook on the computer base.
Ensure that the newly installed latch moves smoothly and freely when
pushed and released.
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4. Replace the system board (see “Replacing the System Board” on page 92).
CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may
result in damage to the computer.
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battery latch assembly
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spring
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CHAPTER 25: FLASHING THE BIOS
CHAPTER 24: FLASHING THE BIOS
CHAPTER 25: FLASHING THE BIOS
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CHAPTER 25: FLASHING THE BIOS
Flashing the BIOS
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety
information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a
wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal
surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on
your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™
is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main
battery (see “Removing the Battery Pack” on page 11) before working
inside the computer.
If a BIOS upgrade CD is provided with the new system board, flash the BIOS from
the CD. If you do not have a BIOS upgrade CD, flash the BIOS from the hard drive.
Flashing the BIOS from a CD
1. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in and that the main battery is
installed properly.
NOTE: If you use a BIOS upgrade CD to flash the BIOS, set up the computer
to boot from a CD before inserting the CD.
2. Insert the BIOS upgrade CD, and restart the computer.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. The computer continues
to boot and updates the new BIOS. When the flash update is complete, the
computer will automatically reboot.
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Press <F2> during POST to enter the system setup program.
Select the Exit menu.
Select Load Setup Defaults to reset the computer defaults.
Remove the BIOS upgrade CD from the drive.
Select Exit Saving Changes to save configuration changes.
The BIOS upgrade finishes and the computer restarts automatically.
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CHAPTER 25: FLASHING THE BIOS
Flashing the BIOS from the Hard Drive
1. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in, the main battery is properly
installed, and a network cable is attached.
2. Turn on the computer.
3. Locate the latest BIOS update file for your computer at support.dell.com.
4. Click Drivers & Downloads→ Select Model.
5. Select the type of product in the Select Your Product Family list.
6. Select the product brand in the Select Your Product Line list.
7. Select the product model number in the Select Your Product Model list.
NOTE: If you have selected a different model and want to start over again,
click Start Over on the top right of the menu.
8. Click Confirm.
A list of results appear on the screen.
9. Click BIOS.
10. Click Download Now to download the latest BIOS file.
The File Download window appears.
11. Click Save to save the file to your desktop.
The file downloads to your desktop.
12. Click Close if the Download Complete window appears.
The file icon appears on your desktop and is titled the same as the
downloaded BIOS update file.
13. Double-click the file icon on the desktop and follow the instructions on the
screen.
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