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Dell™ Vostro™ 3500 Service Manual
Working on Your Computer
Specifications
Removing and Replacing Parts
System Setup
Diagnostics
Notes, Cautions, and Warnings
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates potential damage to hardware or loss of data if instructions are not followed.
WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
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Audio Board
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Removing the Audio Board
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive assembly.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the screw that secures the audio board to the palm rest.
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Disconnect the speaker cable from its connector on the audio board.
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Lift the audio board up and away from the computer.
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Open the clip that secures the audio board data cable to the audio board.
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Disconnect the audio board data cable from its connector on the audio board.
Replacing the Audio Board
To replace the audio board, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Base Cover
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Removing the Base Cover
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the screws that secure the base cover to the computer.
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Lift up the base cover and remove it from the computer.
Replacing the Base Cover
To replace the base cover, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Battery
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Removing the Battery
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Flip the computer over.
Slide the battery release latch to the unlock position.
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Slide the other battery release latch to the unlock position.
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Slide the battery and remove it from the computer.
Replacing the Battery
To replace the battery, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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System Setup
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Overview
Entering System Setup
System Setup Screens
System Setup Options
Overview
Use System Setup as follows:
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To change the system configuration information after you add, change, or remove any hardware in your computer
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To set or change a user-selectable option such as the user password
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To read the current amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed
Before you use System Setup, it is recommended that you write down the System Setup screen information for future reference.
CAUTION: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for this program. Certain changes can cause your computer to work
incorrectly.
Entering System Setup
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Turn on (or restart) your computer.
When the blue DELL™ logo is displayed, you must watch for the F2 prompt to appear. Once this F2 prompt appears, press <F2> immediately.
NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can appear very quickly, so you must watch for it to display and then press
<F2>. If you press <F2> before you are prompted, this keystroke will be lost.
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If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then, shut down your
computer and try again.
System Setup Screens
Menu — Appears on top of the System Setup window. This field provides a menu to access the System Setup options. Press < Left Arrow > and < Right
Arrow > keys to navigate. As a Menu option is highlighted, the Options List lists the options that define the hardware installed on your computer.
Options List — Appears on the left side of the System
Setup window. The field lists features that define the
configuration of your computer, including installed
hardware, power conservation, and security features.
Options Field — Appears on the right side of Options List
and contains information about each option listed in the
Options List. In this field you can view information about
your computer and make changes to your current settings.
Scroll up and down the list with the up- and downarrow keys. As an option is highlighted, the Options
Field displays the option's current and available
settings.
Press <Enter> to make changes to your current settings.
Press <ESC> to return to the Options List.
Help — Appears on the right side of
the System Setup window and
contains help information about the
option selected in Options List.
NOTE: Not all settings listed in the Options Field are
changeable.
Key Functions — Appears below the Options Field and lists keys and their functions within the active system setup field.
Use the following keys to navigate through the System Setup screens:
Keystroke
Action
< F2 >
Displays information on any selected item in the System Setup.
< Esc >
Exit from current view or switch the current view to the Exit page in the
System Setup.
< Up Arrow > or < Down
Arrow >
Select an item to display.
< Left Arrow > or < Right
Arrow >
Select a menu to display.
– or +
Change existing item value.
< Enter >
Select the sub menu or execute command.
< F9 >
Load setup default.
< F10 >
Save current configuration and exit System Setup.
System Setup Options
Main
The Main tab lists out the primary hardware features of the computer. The table below defines the function of each option.
Main
System
Displays the computer model number.
Dell Bios Version Name
Displays the BIOS revision.
System Date
Resets the date on the computer's internal calendar.
System Time
Resets the time on the computer's internal clock.
Processor Type
Displays the type of processor.
Processor Cores
Displays the number of processor cores.
Processor ID
Displays the processor ID.
Processor Speed
Displays the speed of the processor.
Processor Minimum Clock Speed
Displays the minimum clock speed of the processor.
Processor Maximum Clock Speed
Displays the maximum clock speed of the processor.
L2 Cache Size
Displays the processor L2 cache size.
L3 Cache Size
Displays the processor L3 cache size.
System Memory
Displays the total computer memory.
Memory Speed
Displays the memory speed.
Memory Channel Mode
Displays the channel mode (single or dual channel).
DIMM A Size
Displays the size of memory installed on the DIMM
slot A.
DIMM B Size
Displays the size of memory installed on the DIMM
slot B.
Internal HDD
Displays the model number of the hard drive.
Fixed Bay Device
Displays the model number of the drive in the fixed
bay.
Video Controller
Displays the model number of the video card installed
on your computer.
Video BIOS Version
Displays the BIOS version of the video card.
Video Memory
Displays the video memory size.
Panel Type
Displays the display panel type.
Native Resolution
Displays the native resolution of the display.
Audio Controller
Displays the type of the audio controller installed on
your computer.
WWAN
Displays the type of wireless wide area network card
installed on your computer.
Bluetooth Device
Displays the type of the Bluetooth® card installed on
your computer.
Wireless Device
Displays the type of wireless card installed on your
computer.
AC Adapter Type
Displays the type of the AC adapter.
Advanced
The Advanced tab allows you to set various functions that affect the performance of the computer. The table below defines the function of each option and its
default value.
Advanced
System Configuration
Integrated NIC
Enable or disable the power supply to the on–
board network card.
Default: Enabled
SATA Mode
Change the SATA controller mode to either ATA or AHCI.
Default: AHCI
External USB ports
Enable or disable the external USB ports.
Default: Enabled
PC card or IEEE 1394 port
Enable or disable the IEEE 1394 port.
Default: Enabled
eSATA Ports
Enable or disable the eSATA port.
Default: Enabled
Module Bay
Enable or disable the module bay.
Default: Enabled
Fingerprint Reader
Enable or disable the fingerprint reader.
Default: Enabled
ExpressCard
Enable or disable the ExpressCard slot.
Default: Enabled
Camera
Enable or disable the camera.
Default: Enabled
Audio MIC Function
Enable or disable the microphone.
Default: Enabled
Hybrid Graphic
Enable or disable the hybrid graphics function.
Default: Hybrid
Performance
EIST
Allows the clock speed of the processor to be
dynamically changed by software while minimizing
power draw and heat dissipation.
Default: Enabled
Execute Disable Bit
Allows increased protection against buffer overflow
attacks.
Default: Enabled
Intel® Virtualization
Technology
Allows a platform to run multiple operating systems
and applications in independent partitions, allowing
Default: Disabled
one computer to function as multiple virtual
computers.
Power Management
USB Wake Support
Allows USB devices to wake-up the computer from
standby. This feature is enabled only when the
AC adapter is connected.
Default: Enabled
Wake On LAN
Allows the computer to be remotely turned on. This feature is enabled only when the AC adapter is
Default: Enabled
connected.
Post Behaviour
Adapter Warnings
Enables or disables adapter warnings.
Default: Enabled
Fast Boot
Allows the System Setup to skip certain tests
during power on self test (POST) which decreases
the amount of time needed to boot the computer.
Default: Enabled
Keyboard Click
Enable or disable the keyboard sound.
Default: Disabled
Internal Bluetooth
Enable or disable the Bluetooth module.
Default: Enabled
Internal WLAN
Enable or disable the wireless LAN module.
Default: Enabled
Internal WWAN
Enable or disable the wireless WAN module.
Default: Enabled
Wireless
Security
The Security tab displays the security status and allows you to manage the security features of the computer.
Security
Service Tag
Displays the current service tag of the computer.
Asset Tag
Displays the asset tag.
Unlock Setup Status
Specifies whether a setup password has been
assigned.
Admin Password Status
Specifies whether an admin password has been
assigned.
Admin Password
Allows you to set an admin password.
System Password Status
Specifies whether a system password has been
assigned.
System Password
Allows you to set a system password.
Password on Boot
Enable or disable authentication every time your
computer boots.
Password Bypass
Allows you to bypass the system and hard drive
passwords when your computer restarts.
However, you must enter the passwords if you are
turning the computer on from the shutdown state.
Password Change
Enable or disable the password change feature.
Computrace
Enable or disable the Computrace feature on your
computer.
HDD Password Configuration
Allows you to set a password on the computer's
internal hard drive (HDD). The hard drive password is
enabled even when the hard drive is installed on
another computer.
Boot
The Boot tab allows you to change the boot sequence. Exit
This section allows you to save, discard, and load default settings before exiting from System Setup.
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Bluetooth® Card
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Removing the Bluetooth Card
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the audio board.
Lift the Bluetooth card up and away from the audio board.
Replacing the Bluetooth Card
To replace the Bluetooth card, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Camera
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Removing the Camera
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the display bezel.
Disconnect the camera cable from the display assembly.
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Lift the camera up and away from the computer.
Replacing the Camera
To replace the camera, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Coin-Cell Battery
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Removing the Coin-Cell Battery
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board.
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Gently pry the tabs that secure the coin-cell battery to the system board away from the coin-cell battery.
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Lift up the coin-cell battery and remove it from the computer.
Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery
To replace the coin-cell battery, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Diagnostics
Dell™ Vostro™ 3500 Service Manual Device Status Lights
Battery Status Lights
Battery Charge and Health
Keyboard Status Lights
LED Error Codes
Device Status Lights
Turns on when you turn on the computer and blinks when the computer is in a power management mode.
Turns on when the computer reads or writes data.
Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status.
Turns on when wireless networking is enabled.
Turns on when a card with Bluetooth® wireless technology is enabled. To turn off only the Bluetooth wireless
technology function, right-click the icon in the system tray and select Disable Bluetooth Radio.
Battery Status Lights
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the battery light operates as follows:
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Alternately blinking amber light and blue light — An unauthenticated or unsupported non-Dell AC adapter is attached to your laptop.
Alternately blinking amber light with steady blue light — Temporary battery failure with AC adapter present.
Constantly blinking amber light — Fatal battery failure with AC adapter present.
Light off — Battery in full charge mode with AC adapter present.
Blue light on — Battery in charge mode with AC adapter present.
Battery Charge and Health
To check the battery charge, press and release the status button on the battery charge gauge to illuminate the charge-level lights. Each light represents
approximately 20 percent of the total battery charge. For example, if four lights are on, the battery has 80 percent of its charge remaining. If no lights appear,
the battery has no charge.
To check battery health using the charge gauge, press and hold the status button on the battery charge gauge for at least 3 seconds. If no lights appear, the
battery is in good condition and more than 80 percent of its original charge capacity remains. Each light represents incremental degradation. If five lights
appear, less than 60 percent of the charge capacity remains, and you should consider replacing the battery.
Keyboard Status Lights
The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:
Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.
Turns on when the Caps Lock function is enabled.
Turns on when the Scroll Lock function is enabled.
LED Error Codes
The following table shows the possible LED codes that may display in a no-POST situation.
Appearance
Description
ON-FLASH-FLASH
Next Step
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No SODIMMs are installed
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Install supported memory modules.
If memory is already present, reseat the module(s) one at a
time in each slot.
Try known good memory from another computer or replace the
memory.
Replace the system board.
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Reseat the processor.
Replace the system board.
Replace the processor.
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FLASH-ON-ON
System board error
FLASH-ON-FLASH
Display panel error
OFF-FLASH-OFF
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Reseat the display cable.
Replace the display panel.
Replace the video card/system board.
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Install compatible memory modules.
If two modules are installed, remove one and test. Try the
other module in the same slot and test. Test the other slot
with both modules.
Replace the memory.
Replace the system board.
Memory compatibility error
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ON-FLASH-ON
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Memory is detected but has
errors
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Reseat the memory.
If two modules are installed, remove one and test. Try the
other module in the same slot and test. Test the other slot
with both modules.
Replace the memory.
Replace the system board.
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Reseat the modem.
Replace the modem.
Replace the system board.
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Replace the system board.
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Reseat the device.
Replace the device.
Replace the system board.
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Reseat the hard drive and optical drive.
Test the computer with just the hard drive and just the optical
drive.
Replace the device that is causing the failure.
Replace the system board.
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Replace the system board.
OFF-FLASH-FLASH
Modem error
FLASH-FLASH-FLASH
System board error
FLASH-FLASH-OFF
Option ROM error
OFF-ON-OFF
Storage device error
FLASH-FLASH-ON
Video card error
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Display Assembly
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Removing the Display Assembly
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Flip the computer over and release the antenna cables from their routing guides on the computer.
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With the right side of the computer facing up, disconnect the display cable from the system board.
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Disconnect the antenna cables from their connectors on the system board.
Disconnect the camera cable from its connector on the system board.
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Release the antenna cables and the camera cable from their routing guides on the computer.
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Remove the screws that secure the display assembly to the computer.
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Lift the display assembly up and away from the computer.
Replacing the Display Assembly
To replace the display panel, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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ExpressCard Cage
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Removing the ExpressCard Cage
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the ExpressCard, if applicable.
Remove the screw that secures the ExpressCard cage to the computer.
Open the clip that secures the ExpressCard cage cable to the computer.
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Disconnect the ExpressCard cage cable from its connector on the system board.
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Lift the ExpressCard cage up and away from the computer.
Replacing the ExpressCard Cage
To replace the ExpressCard cage, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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ExpressCard
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Removing the ExpressCard
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Press in on the ExpressCard to release it from the computer.
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Slide the ExpressCard out of the computer.
Replacing the ExpressCard
To replace the ExpressCard, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Hard Drive
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Removing the Hard Drive
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer.
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Slide the hard-drive assembly towards the center of the computer.
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Lift the hard-drive assembly up and away from the computer.
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Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive.
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Remove the hard-drive adapter from the hard-drive assembly.
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Lift the hard-drive bracket up and away from the hard drive.
Replacing the Hard Drive
To replace the hard drive, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Heat Sink and Fan Assembly
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Removing the Heat Sink and Fan Assembly
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the ExpressCard cage.
Remove the system board.
Disconnect the fan cable from the system board.
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Remove the screws that secure the heat sink and fan assembly to the system board.
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Lift the heat sink and fan assembly up and away from the system board.
Replacing the Heat Sink and Fan Assembly
To replace the heat sink and fan assembly, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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IO Board
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Removing the IO Board
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the ExpressCard cage.
Remove the system board.
Remove the screw that secures the IO board the computer.
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Lift the IO board and turn it over.
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Disconnect the IO-board cable from the IO board.
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Remove the IO board from the computer.
Replacing the IO Board
To replace the IO board, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Keyboard
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Removing the Keyboard
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Flip the computer over with the right side facing up.
Using a small plastic scribe, press in on the release latches and pry the keyboard to release it.
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Flip the keyboard over and lay it on the palm rest.
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Carefully open the clip to release the keyboard cable.
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Disconnect the keyboard cable from its connector on the system board and remove the keyboard from the computer.
Replacing the Keyboard
To replace the keyboard, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Display Bezel
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Removing the Display Bezel
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Using a plastic scribe, gently pry under the display bezel to release it from the display assembly.
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Lift the display bezel and remove it from the display assembly.
Replacing the Display Bezel
To replace the display bezel, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Display Panel
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Removing the Display Panel
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the display bezel.
Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display assembly.
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Carefully lift the display panel from the display assembly.
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Remove the screws that secure the brackets and hinges to the display panel.
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Remove the hinges and brackets from the display panel.
Replacing the Display Panel
To replace the display panel, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Memory
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Removing the Memory Module(s)
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Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Push apart the memory retention clips to release the memory module.
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Remove the memory module from its connector on the system board.
Replacing the Memory Module(s)
To replace the memory module(s), perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Memory Card
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Removing the Memory Card
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2.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Press in on the memory card to release it from the computer.
3.
Slide the memory card out of the computer.
Replacing the Memory Card
To replace the memory card, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Optical Drive
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Removing the Optical Drive
1.
2.
3.
4.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the screw that secures the optical drive to the computer.
5.
Using a screwdriver carefully, gently pry the optical drive out of the computer.
Replacing the Optical Drive
To replace the optical drive, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Palm Rest
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the Palm Rest
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the rubber feet at the bottom of the computer.
7.
Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the bottom of the computer.
8.
9.
10.
Flip the computer over with the right side facing up.
Remove the keyboard.
Open the clip that secures the media-button cable to the system board.
11.
Disconnect the media-button cable from its connector on the system board.
12.
Open the clip that secures the touchpad data cable to the system board.
13.
Disconnect the touchpad data cable from its connector on the system board.
14.
Open the clip that secures the audio-board data cable to the system board.
15.
Disconnect the audio-board cable from its connector on the system board.
16.
Open the clip that secures the fingerprint reader cable to the system board.
17.
Disconnect the fingerprint reader cable from its connector on the system board.
18.
Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the front of the computer.
19.
Gently pry along the edges of the palm rest to release the palm rest.
20.
Lift the palm rest up and away from the computer.
Replacing the Palm Rest
To replace the palm rest, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Removing and Replacing Parts
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Battery
Memory Card
ExpressCard
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card
Base Cover
Memory
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Coin-Cell Battery
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) Card
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card
Keyboard
Palm Rest
Audio Board
Bluetooth Card
Power-Button Board
Speaker
Display Assembly
Display Bezel
Display Panel
Camera
ExpressCard Cage
Heat Sink
Processor
System Board
I/O Board
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Processor
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the Processor
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the ExpressCard cage.
Remove the system board.
Remove the heat sink and fan assembly.
Using a flat-blade screwdriver, rotate the cam screw counterclockwise to release the processor from its socket on the system board.
15.
Lift the processor up and away from the system board.
Replacing the Processor
CAUTION: While replacing the processor, ensure that the cam lock is in the fully open position before seating the processor module. A processor
module that is not properly seated can result in an intermittent connection or permanent damage to the microprocessor and ZIF socket.
To replace the processor, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Power-Button Board
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the Power-Button Board
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the tape that secures the power-button cable to the power-button board.
9.
Remove the screw that secures the power-button board to the palm rest.
10.
Open the clip that secures the power-button cable to the power-button board.
11.
Disconnect the power-button cable from the power-button board.
12.
Lift the power-button board up and away from the computer.
Replacing the Power-Button Board
To replace the power-button board, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the SIM Card
1.
2.
3.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Press in on the SIM card to release it from the computer.
4.
Slide the SIM card out of the computer.
Replacing the SIM Card
To replace the SIM card, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Speaker
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Removing the Speaker
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the tape that secures the speaker cable to the front of the palm rest.
9.
Remove the touchpad and finger print reader data cables from the routing on the palm rest.
10.
Remove the silver tape that secures the speaker cable to the palm rest.
11.
Release the speaker cables from their routings on the palm rest.
12.
Remove the screws that secure the speakers to the palm rest.
13.
Lift the speakers up and away from the palm rest.
Replacing the Speaker
To replace the speaker, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Specifications
Dell™ Vostro™ 3500 Service Manual Communications
Processor AC Adapter
Ports and Connectors
ExpressCard
Drives
Keyboard
System Information
Video
Physical Battery
Environmental
Audio
Touchpad
Display
Memory
NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. For more information regarding the configuration of your computer, click Start® Help and Support and select the
option to view information about your computer.
System Information Chipset
Intel® HM57
DRAM bus width
64 bits
Flash EPROM
4 MB
PCI-E bus
x16 PCI Express
Processor Types
Intel Core™ i3 series
Intel Core i5 series
Intel Core i7 series
L1 cache
32 KB per core
L2 cache
256 KB per core
L3 cache
up to 4 MB shared
Memory Type
DDR3 SDRAM
Speed
1066 MHz or 1333 MHz
NOTE: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 dual-core processors
shipped with your computer support both 1066 MHz
and 1333 MHz memory modules. However, the
dual core processors will operate at 1066 MHz memory module only.
Connectors
two SODIMM slots
Module capacities
1 GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB
Minimum memory
1 GB
Maximum memory
8 GB
NOTE: Only 64-bit operating systems can detect memory capacities greater than 4 GB.
Video
Type
supports both integrated and discrete video
Controller:
Integrated
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Discrete
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Output
15-pin VGA connector
Audio Type
two-channel high-definition audio codec (HDA)
Controller
IDT 92HD81
Speakers
two
Internal speaker amplifier
2 W channel
Volume controls
media control buttons, program menus
Communications Modem
supports external USB modem only (optional)
Network adapter
Realtek RTL8111TL
Wireless
wireless local area network (WLAN)
wireless wide area network (WWAN)
worldwide interoperability for microwave access
(WiMAX)
Bluetooth® wireless
ExpressCard
NOTE: The ExpressCard slot does NOT support PC Cards.
ExpressCard connector
ExpressCard slot
Cards supported
34 mm ExpressCards
Ports and Connectors Audio
microphone connector, stereo headphone/speakers connector
Video
15-pin VGA connector
19-pin HDMI connector
Network adapter
RJ-45 connector
USB
three USB 2.0-compliant connectors
one eSATA/USB 2.0-compliant connector
Memory card reader
8-in-1 memory card reader
Mini-Card
PCI-E half-mini card support for WLAN
PCI-E full-mini card support for WWAN
PCI-E 6250 half-mini card support for WiMax
Drives
Hard drive
SATA 2 HDD
SATA 2 Mobile HDD
Optical drive
DVD+/-RW
Blu-ray
Display Type
15.60-inch anti glare (AG), true life (TL), high
definition low cost (LC), white light emitting diode
(WLED)
Active area (X/Y)
344.232 mm X 193.536 mm
Dimensions:
Height
209.50 mm (08.25 inches)
Width
359.30 mm (14.15 inches)
Diagonal
396.24 mm (15.60 inches)
Maximum resolution
1366 x 768 at 262 K colors
Maximum brightness
200 nits
Operating angle
0° (closed) to 135°
Refresh rate
60 Hz
Viewing angles:
Horizontal
40/40
Vertical
10/30
Pixel pitch
0.252 mm
Keyboard Number of keys
United States: 86 keys
United Kingdom: 87 keys
Brazil: 87 keys
Japan: 90 keys
Layout
QWERTY/AZERTY/Kanji
Touchpad Active area:
X-axis
81.0 mm
Y-axis
42.0 mm
Battery Type
4-cell "smart" lithium ion (2.6 AHr)
6-cell "smart" lithium ion (2.6 AHr)
9-cell "smart" lithium ion (2.8 AHr)
Charge time with computer off
approximately 4 hours (on a fully discharged battery)
Operating time
battery operating time varies depending on operating
conditions and can significantly reduce under certain
power-intensive conditions.
Life span
approximately 300 charge/discharge cycles
Depth:
4-cell/6-cell/9-cell
57.80 mm (2.27 inches)
Height:
4-cell/6-cell
20.80 mm (0.81 inch)
9-cell
40.15 mm (1.58 inches)
Width:
4-cell/6-cell/9-cell
255.60 mm (10.06 inches)
Weight:
4-cell
250.00 g (0.55 lb)
6-cell
340.00 g (0.75 lb)
9-cell
504.50 g (1.11 lb)
Voltage:
4-cell
14.80 VDC
6-cell/9-cell
11.10 VDC
Temperature range:
Operating
0 °C to 35 °C (32 °F to 95 °F)
Storage
–40 °C to ~65 °C (–40 °F to ~149 °F)
Coin-cell battery
3 V CR2032 lithium coin cell
AC Adapter Input voltage
100 VAC–240 VAC
Input current (maximum)
2.5 A
Input frequency
50 Hz–60 Hz
Output power
65 W or 90 W
Output current:
65 W
4.34 A (maximum at 4-second pulse)
3.34 A (continuous)
90 W
5.62 A (maximum at 4-second pulse)
4.62 A (continuous)
Depth:
65 W
57.80 mm (2.27 inches)
90 W
70.00 mm (2.75 inches)
Height:
65 W
28.30 mm (1.11 inches)
90 W
22.60 mm (0.88 inches)
Width:
65 W
137.20 mm (5.40 inches)
90 W
147.00 mm (5.78 inches)
Temperature range:
Operating
0 °C to 35 °C (32 °F to 95 °F)
Storage
–40 °C to 65 °C (–40 °F to 149 °F)
Physical Depth
250.00 mm (9.84 inches)
Height
22.90 mm–31.90 mm (0.90 inch–1.25 inches)
with a 6-cell battery and out-of-battery area
Width
375.00 mm (14.76 inches)
Weight
2.30 kg (5.07 lb)
with a 4-cell battery and media drives
Environmental Temperature range: Operating
0 °C to 35 °C (32 °F to 95 °F)
Non-operating
–40 °C to ~65 °C (–40 °F to ~149 °F)
Relative humidity (maximum):
Operating
10 % to 90 % (noncondensing)
Non-operating
20 % to 95 % (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration:
Operating
0.66 Grms (2 Hz–600 Hz)
Non-operating
1.30 Grms (2 Hz–600 Hz)
NOTE: Vibration is measured using a random-vibration spectrum that simulates user environment.
Maximum shock:
Operating
110 G (2 ms)
Non-operating
160 G (2 ms)
NOTE: Shock is measured with hard drive in head-parked position and a 2 ms half-sine pulse.
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System Board
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the System Board
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Remove the hard drive.
Remove the optical drive.
Remove the wireless local area network (WLAN) card.
Remove the wireless wide area network (WWAN) card.
Remove the memory.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove the palm rest.
Remove the display assembly.
Remove the ExpressCard cage.
Remove the coin-cell battery.
Remove the screws that secure the system board to the computer.
15.
Gently lift the system board up and away from the computer.
Replacing the System Board
To replace the system board, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the WLAN Card
1.
2.
3.
4.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Disconnect the antenna cables from the WLAN card.
5.
Remove the screw that secures the WLAN card to the system board.
6.
Pull the WLAN card away from its connector on the system board and remove it from the computer.
Replacing the WLAN Card
To replace the WLAN Card, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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Working on Your Computer
Dell™ Vostro™ 3500 Service Manual Before Working Inside Your Computer
Recommended Tools
Turning Off Your Computer
After Working Inside Your Computer
Before Working Inside Your Computer
Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to help to ensure your personal safety. Unless otherwise noted,
each procedure included in this document assumes that the following conditions exist:
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You have performed the steps in Working on Your Computer.
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.
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: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as
authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not
authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
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: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal
mounting bracket. Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins.
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.
NOTE: The color of your computer and certain components may appear differently than shown in this document.
To avoid damaging your computer, perform the following steps before you begin working inside the computer:
1.
2.
3.
Ensure that your work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from being scratched.
Turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer).
If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked) such as the optional Media Base or Battery Slice, undock it.
CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug the cable from the network device.
4.
5.
6.
Disconnect all network cables from the computer.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets.
Close the display and turn the computer upside-down on a flat work surface.
CAUTION: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery before you service the computer.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Remove the main battery (see Battery).
Turn the computer top-side up.
Open the display.
Press the power button to ground the system board.
CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before opening the display.
CAUTION: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back
of the computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate static electricity, which could harm internal
components.
11.
12.
Remove any installed ExpressCards or Smart Cards from the appropriate slots.
Remove the hard drive (see Hard Drive).
Recommended Tools
The procedures in this document may require the following tools:
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Small flat-blade screwdriver
#0 Phillips screwdriver
#1 Phillips screwdriver
Small plastic scribe
Flash BIOS update program 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.
Shut down the operating system:
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Click Start
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, then click the arrow in the lower-right corner of the Start menu as shown below, and then click Shut Down.
In Windows® XP:
Click Start → Turn Off Computer → Turn Off.
The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process is complete.
2.
Ensure that the computer and all 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 about 6 seconds to turn them off.
After Working Inside Your Computer
After you complete any replacement procedure, ensure you connect any external devices, cards, and cables before turning on your 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.
1.
Connect any external devices, such as a port replicator, battery slice, or media base, and replace any cards, such as an ExpressCard.
CAUTION: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device and then plug it into the computer.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Connect any telephone or network cables to your computer.
Replace the battery.
Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets.
Turn on your computer.
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Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) Card
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practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
Removing the WWAN Card
1.
2.
3.
4.
Follow the procedures in Before Working Inside Your Computer.
Remove the battery.
Remove the base cover.
Disconnect the antenna cables from the WWAN card.
5.
Remove the screw that secures the WWAN card to the system board.
6.
Pull the WWAN card away from its connector on the system board and remove it from the computer.
Replacing the WWAN Card
To replace the WWAN Card, perform the above steps in reverse order.
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