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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a DELL Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your DELL laptop or notebook? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures or dismantling videos, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for Adamo, Inspiron, Latitude, Precision, SmartStep, Studio, Vostro laptops and notebooks models made by DELL. If you have written a repairing guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry. Also you can publish a guide in the Laptop and Notebook Repair Wiki.



DELL 2002Re-soldering the broken power connector on the laptop.
DELL AdamoTake a look at the beautiful inner details of this tiny notebook.
DELL Inspiron [archived link]Slideshow showing step-by-step pictures how to remove the display.
DELL InspironUpgrading RAM (includes a movie clip).
DELL Inspiron 300M / Latitude X300This tutorial is for those who wish to fix the loose hinge problem.
DELL Inspiron 300MHow to remove 4 screws and the hinge covers to fix a loose hinge without taking apart the entire LCD.
DELL Inspiron 630MHow to attach an internal BlueTooth(tm) adapter.
DELL Inspiron 600MHow to take apart the laptop display completely, with many detailed pictures.
DELL Inspiron 700MHow to add internal BlueTooth(tm) support.
DELL Inspiron 700MThese laptop computers have an occasional problem with the internal speakers going dead. The drivers and audio control panels will all be working fine, and the headphone jack will work, but the speakers along the bottom edge of the screen will simply not output sound. This can be the result of the speaker wires fatiguing and breaking where they pass through the hinge from the base to the screen.
DELL Inspiron 700MYou can use this guide for replacing a damaged keyboard and replacing/upgrading RAM modules, this laptop can take up to 2GB memory total. There are two memory slots in pne of them located on the bottom of the case and another one under the keyboard. You can install up to 1GB memory in each slot, use PC2700 DDR SDRAM SODIMM memory modules.
DELL Inspiron 1100Fixing overheating problems, some pry apart pictures.
DELL Inspiron 1100"Captain Disassemble" to the rescue: how to replace the keyboard.
DELL Inspiron 1100/1150/5100/5150Keyboard removal instructions.
DELL Inspiron 1100A step-by-step painting tutorial: take apart documentation, wet sanding, priming, coating.
DELL Inspiron 1300/B120/B130The power jack started failing intermittently. The laptop started switching from AC to battery power on its own. In order to switch it back to the AC power you have to fiddle with the adapter plug and find the right position. If the laptop failes exactly the same way with another adapter, the conclusion is that the DC power jack is not making good contact with the motherboard and has to be repaired. Inside this laptop the DC power jack is soldered to the motherboard. If the jack is broken, you'll have to unsolder it and replace with a new jack.
DELL Inspiron 1420How to upgrade from an Intel 3945ABG to a 4965AGN wireless miniPCI card.
DELL Inspiron 1420 (or Vostro 1400)This complete disassembly guide is helpful for the replacement of almost all notebook spare parts.
DELL Inspiron 1440All disassembly steps could be the same or very similar for some other models of this notebook series.
DELL Inspiron 1520The notebook started to get a whining noise right under the DELL logo below the screen right in the middle. It would change pitch depending on how bright the screen was set at. The process to replace the inverter is fairly simple.
DELL Inspiron 1525Remove two screws in the battery compartment, which are securing the keyboard bezel. Now you can lift up one side of the keyboard bezel with a screwdriver. Remove the keyboard bezel with your fingers. But be careful, there is a thin ribbon cable connecting the button board to the motherboard.
DELL Inspiron 1525In order to remove the LCD screen and the inverter board you will have to take apart the display assembly.
DELL Inspiron 1545A concise notebook keyboard replacement manual.
DELL Inspiron 1545How to replace a cracked LCD screen with LED backlight: model number LP156WH2 (TL)(A1).
DELL Inspiron 1564To replace a broken screen start with separating the screen bezel from the display cover with a piece of soft plastic.
DELL Inspiron 1720/1721 (DELL Vostro 1700)Here are instructions for taking apart the laptop completely.
DELL Inspiron 1720, 1721 (Vostro 1720)Hard disk drive installation guide for the second HDD slot. This is definitely an-easy-to-do DIY project. To begin, you will need a SATA 2.5" hard drive and a "DELL 1720 caddy".
DELL Inspiron 1750How to replace a broken keyboard.
DELL Inspiron 1750It is very easy to disassemble the display panel on this notebook and the entire LCD screen replacement process takes about 30 minutes.
DELL Inspiron 3x00, 4x00, 8x00Modifying your Inspiron to work in a Latitude C/Port or C/Dock.
DELL Inspiron 3000How to resurrect an old laptop as a digital picture frame.
DELL Inspiron 3700/3800Keyboard replacement tutorial.
DELL Inspiron 4100A New Lease Of Life For Laptop, replacing the display hinges.
DELL Inspiron 4100A motherboard replacement, with instructions and some pictures.
DELL Inspiron 5100How to clean and replace the heatsink to fix a thermal problem which caused unexpected shutoffs.
DELL Inspiron 5150/1100How to repair a bad power jack on for under 20.00USD.
DELL Inspiron 5150/110This slideshow provides good quality pictures of the power jack repair process. The cause which broke the power cord is too much wiggling.
DELL Inspiron 5160How to take apart the case and replace a dead heat sink / fan (cooling unit).
DELL Inspiron 6000Overclocking instructions.
DELL Inspiron 6000How to install RAM and hard drive in a notebook.
DELL Inspiron 6000How to exchange a broken or lost laptop keyboard key.
DELL Inspiron 6000How to fix a wobbly display hinge.
DELL Inspiron 6000To get the screen replaced start by removing the six screw covers from the screen bezel.
DELL Inspiron 6000 (1505, 1525)This guide shows the start and cure of typical hinge problems, the plastic seperates because the hinge is loose inside.
DELL Inspiron 6400How to use a ready-made frame to put before an old laptop, ask a carpenter to build a box to fit behind the frame, now open the laptop and detach the screen so that it can be pasted on the back. To make space remove the battery, DVD drive, keyboard, trackpad and other components.
DELL Inspiron 6400 (E1505)The purpose of this repair is removing and replacing the cooling fan which started making lots of noise. The fan is mounted inside of laptop case, so the whole machine has to be disassembled.
DELL Inspiron 6400/E1505This guide is made just to show you a step by step tutorial on how to disassemble this laptop completely. Advices taken there are taken at your own risk. We take no responsibility if you break any of the hardware and lose your warranty.
DELL Inspiron 6400 (E1505)Even if you didn't order Bluetooth in the Build-To-Order (BTO) laptop configuration, you can add it after the fact, here's how to install an internal Bluetooth module.
DELL Inspiron 7500How To Change the LCD Screen.
DELL Inspiron 8000Disassembly picture gallery.
DELL Inspiron 8100Install the GeForce4 440 graphics card.
DELL Inspiron 8100 [archived link]Project OxCart: How to replace a broken TSB41AB1 FireWire chip.
DELL Inspiron 8100Upgrading a laptop: RAM and hard disk change explained.
DELL Inspiron 8200 [archived link]A little tour around the inside of the laptop.
DELL Inspiron 8200ALPS to Synaptics mod guide explaining a touchpad and trackstick conversion.
DELL Inspiron 8500Upgrading of the video card.
DELL Inspiron 8500An illustrated autopsy.
DELL Inspiron 8500/8600Adding an extra USB port.
DELL Inspiron 8500/8600Mod To Prevent Video Card From Over Heating.
DELL Inspiron 9100/8600/8500/D800/M60/XPS [archived link]This is an easy to follow tutorial to fix the "flex" in the keyboard.
DELL Inspiron 8600 [archived link]How to install LEDs into your laptop.
DELL Inspiron 8600 [archived link]How to paint a laptop.
DELL Inspiron 8600Replacing LCD Backlight Inverter: an illustrated step-by-step take apart and repair assistance [PDF].
DELL Inspiron 8600How to fix a loose power flex cable connector, which prevents the notebook to power on.
DELL Inspiron 9100Overclocking manual with take apart pictures.
DELL Inspiron 9300How to replace your existing 533FSB CPU with a 400FSB CPU. A hands on guide with pictures for doing the pinmod and applying thermal compound to the GPU.
DELL Inspiron 9300Notebook overclocking guide explaining the 400MHz to 533MHz Front-Side-Bus - FSB pin modification trick.
DELL Inspiron 9300This guide show in detail how to upgrade memory (RAM) in this laptop. This model has two memory slots available for upgrades and both slots are accessible from the bottom of the laptop. Even inexperienced users can upgrade memory, let's do it step-by-step.
DELL Inspiron 9300 (E1705)How to repair the laptop hinges for less than $10. This guide shows the start of typical hinge problems, the plastic seperates because the hinge is loose inside. The problem actually stems from the fact that the hinge is steel, the screws are steel, however the mount with the threaded holes is aluminum. So, as you open and close the lid, you wobble the screws and stress the aluminum and the screws get loose.
DELL Inspiron 9400GeForce Go 7900GS graphics chip overclock and GSX mod (in Italian).
DELL Inspiron 9400How to exchange the LCD screen and inverter board from the laptop.
DELL Inspiron 9400/E1705Would you like to replace a damaged keyboard in your laptop? This is relatively easy even for inexperienced users.
DELL Inspiron XPS2Benefits of upgrading notebook memory from 512MB to 2GB.
DELL Inspiron XPS 15ZHere comes a selection of internal photos showing how the manufacturer has managed to achieve this amazingly thin notebook.
DELL Inspiron XPS M170 Gen2Logic board repair to cure these symptoms: The laptop would say an incorrect AC Adapter was installed. The laptop would charge the battery but not boot from AC. The remedy: the cracked solder joints on PL2 and PC3 were refitted and the damaged Maxim MAX1987 Power Supply controller was replaced.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1210This guide will explain how to take this laptop apart and clean its dirty guts.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1210This laptop has two memory slots, one of them can be easily accessed from the bottom of the case, but the second one is hidden under the keyboard. You can install up to 2GB (DDR2-533 PC2-4200 or DDR2-667 PC2-5300) memory modules into each slot. These instructions are also helpful for keyboard substitution.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1330Take the innards out from this laptop for a complete cleaning.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1530This set of instructions explains how to remove the LCD screen and inverter board. You can disassemble the display panel without removing it from the laptop.
DELL Inspiron M1530The cooling fan can be accessed from the door on the bottom of the laptop and the replacing or cleaning procedure takes only around ten minutes.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1530A complete step-by-step take apart and maintenance manual.
DELL Inspiron XPS M1710If you want upgrade or replace your laptop LCD screen, you must know the original manufacturer (OEM) part number. How to know the laptop LCD screen part Number? For the most part, laptops are constructed quite similarly and therefore have a similar process for screen removal.
DELL Inspiron B120This article tells about keyboard key replacement.
DELL Inspiron B130Replacing and Upgrading a Notebook LCD Screen.
DELL Inspiron B130, 15.4''Step-by-step LCD screen replacement manual with pictures.
DELL Inspiron E1505Want better performance from your laptop? The conventional wisdom has long held that you should simply buy a new one. You can put such conventional wisdom aside: upgrading a laptop may not be for the timid or the impatient, but if you're handy with a screwdriver, and the sight of a circuit board doesn't scare you, an upgrade can be a far more affordable solution. Upgrades covered: RAM from 1GB to 2GB, HDD from a 5400RPM, 120GB drive to a 7200RPM, 200GB model, miniPCI wireless card from 802.11b to 802.11a/b/g, BlueTooth card added, optical drive, LCD screen with better resolution or matte instead of glossy, CPU from a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo to a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200, graphics card nVidia 7300 with a more powerful ATI X1400.
DELL Inspiron E1705How to upgrade the graphics card, includes a step-by-step take apart tutorial.
DELL Inspiron E1705 (9400)One of the most frequently asked questions about laptops is: what is required to replace the video card? Well, it depends. In general, it is not possible at all. This is a major difference to desktop computers. Even dedicated GPUs are usually soldered to the main board. However, there are some exceptions, e.g., notebooks manufactured by DELL. Detailed information about changing the video card from NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 to NVIDIA Geforce Go 7900 GTX can be found here.
DELL Inspiron E1705 (9400)How to fix a damaged notebook screen hinge.
DELL Inspiron N5010 (15R)An almost full disassembly has to be achieved in order to access and remove the hard drive which is mounted deep inside the laptop below the keyboard and top cover.
DELL Inspiron N.N.Cracking open a laptop hard drive: here is a complete disassembly of the Hitachi Travelstar mobile hard disk. This model sported a 5400rpm motor, ATA interface and 40GB of data storage.
DELL Inspiron Mini 9Unscrew the two small screws holding down the STEC SSD in place. Without the screws it should pop up at a 45 degree angle. Now pull it out and replace it with 32GB RunCore SSD and screw it into place. To get the RAM upgraded flip out the tabs on the side of the memory stick to remove the DDR2 512MB stick and replace it with the DDR2 2GB stick.
DELL Inspiron mini 9Want to add a GPS receiver to the netbook but don't want to have to use a dongle or other external device.
DELL Inspiron mini 9How to add a real hard disk LED light to the UMPC.
DELL Inspiron mini 9 [PDF]Instructions for adding a touchscreen to the netbook.
DELL Inspiron mini 9Ten ways to upgrade your netbook. Due to their diversity, netbooks don't share common upgrade paths as typical desktop PCs do. Here are instructions for: battery replacement, rearranging the keyboard keys, upgrading the solide-state drive, adding more RAM, overclocking the processor, improving the Wi-Fi from 802.11g to 802.11n, adding a touchscreen, adding a GPS receiver as well as adding a drive-activity light.
DELL Inspiron mini 9A plastic wedge allows you to pry open the case without damaging it. The so called Octopus hub is small enough to fit inside the WWAN space, leaving enough space for additional USB devices like a 16GB PNY Attache Premium USB Flash drive. In order to add an SSD activity light, you need to tap into pin 52 on the standard STEC SSD.
DELL Inspiron mini 9Upgrading to a 32GB RunCore Solid-State-Disk SSD.
DELL Inspiron mini 10There is no easy access to the hard disk drive from the bottom of the netbook, it is mounted inside the case, under the keyboard. Use this guide either for removing/replacing the keyboard or for removing/replacing/upgrading the HDD.
DELL LatitudeA complete illustrated overhaul.
DELL Latitude 300Take apart and re-use an old laptop as a digital picture frame.
DELL Latitude 2100Here are some pictures of all the touchscreen notebook internals.
DELL Latitude C540/C640How to remove and replace broken laptop display hinges.
DELL Latitude C6xxTake apart instructions to get the LCD screen removed.
DELL Latitude C600Legnatile: how to make a wooden laptop.
DELL Latitude C600Fixing mouse drift with a sledgehammer.
DELL Latitude C640Dual Dragon Mod: How to replace the manufacturer logo with two dremeled dragons.
DELL Latitude C810/840How to fix the black backlight by adding a capacitor before the input of the MP1010 Monolithic Power Systems MPS circuit (in German).
DELL Latitude C840Improving wireless reception by replacing the Dell 1150 miniPCI card with an aftermarket model (Netgate 5354MP) and the addition of a 2nd antenna.
DELL Latitude C840How to add an external antenna SMA connector.
DELL Latitude C840How to install an internal wireless miniPCI card into an older laptop.
DELL Latitude C840How to upgrade the DVD/CD-RW with a DVD Super Multi Drive.
DELL Latitude C840The keyboard removal and replacement procedure is pretty much straightforward and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.
DELL Latitude CPiHow to add memory: an illustrated walkthrough manual.
DELL CPiHow to Swap the Drives in Dell Latitude Laptops: This information on how to swap the drives in Dell Latitude Laptops covers the method by which to change the Modular CDROM drive and the Modular Floppy drive in the Modular Bay.
DELL Latitude CPxAdding internal USB BlueTooth.
DELL Latitude CPxThe Ultimate DELL 8IK Keyboard Fix: how to replace the original laptop keyboard with a small USB keyboard.
DELL Latitude CPxKeyboard replacement guide.
DELL Latitude CPx [archived link]There is a problem with some of Dell's notebook/laptop computers periodically or permanently a diagonal row of keys 8 i k , will stop functioning. Here is a simple but unofficial method of repairing a laptop that had the dreaded 8ik keyboard flaw.
DELL Latitude CPx J650GTComplete disassembly instructions with pictures.
DELL Latitude CSxBuilding a WallTop: How to put a laptop inside a regular frame and hang it on the wall.
DELL Latitude CSxPoor wine into your laptop and get away with it. This tech-savvy guide will show you all you need to know to recovery from spilled beverages.
DELL Latitude CSxH 500MHzFunny and very detailed digital picture frame creation "tour". Frame gets pictures wirelessly from the web. Frame hangs on the wall and looks awesome!
DELL Latitude (unknown model)Take apart and password recovery instructions.
DELL Latitude XPi 133ST [archived link]How to replace your backlight tube or LCD.
DELL Latitude [archived link]Nightvision: Adding two blue LED headlights.
DELL LatitudeIllustrated how to replace a notebook backlight and LCD.
DELL Latitude D500In a this laptop the power jack is soldered to the motherboard. If the laptop looses power intermittently when you wiggle the power plug, most likely the power jack is damaged and has to be repaired. In order to repair the power jack you will have to remove the motherboard.
DELL Latitude D500This guide explains how to remove and replace the motherboard in this laptop. Also, you will see how to access and replace all other internal parts in this laptop.
DELL Latitude D500How to open the sealed main battery of this laptop with a guitar pick. It had to be taken apart because the locking mechanism on the battery was broken. You can fix it by using the locking mechanism from another similar dead battery.
DELL Latitude D520How to access the memory module installed into the internal slot under the keyboard. You can use this guide for substituting the keyboard as well.
DELL Latitude D600The case of an overheated laptop: this guide explains how to fix a sudden shutdown and overheating problem by taking apart the laptop and removing the dust from the heatsink and fan.
DELL Latitude D600The cooling fan in this model is buried deep inside the laptop under the top cover. You can use this guide for cleaning the cooling module and removing dust from the heat sink and fan. If your laptops shuts down on its own without any warning, most likely it happens because of overheating. Make sure the cooling fan works and the heat sink is not clogged with dust. Replace the fan if it failed or clean the heat sink if it is clogged.
DELL Latitude D610Taking apart and repairing instructions to fix a notebook LCD screen with water damage.
DELL Latitude D610This guide explains how to access both memory modules and upgrade the laptop to 2GB.
DELL Latitude D610This guide will give a detailed step by step sequence on how to dismantle and clean the laptop.
DELL Latitude D620This guide will explain a detailed step by step way on how to dismantle the notebook and clean it from the inside.
DELL Latitude D620This set of instructions will help you to remove and replace the laptop keyboard. After you have removed the keyboard, you will be able to access the memory module installed into the internal slot. And you will be able to clean the cooling fan and heatsink, too.
DELL Latitude D620These LCD screen removal steps will be very similar for many other laptops from this manufacturer.
DELL Latitude D630The RAM slots are in two places, under the keyboard and under the laptop. This guide gives assistance to upgrade both slots.
DELL Latitude D830How to replace or upgrade memory (aka RAM) in the notebook.
DELL Latitude E5400/E5500Using this guide you do not need to call Doctor Laptop to replace the screen and the inverter board. The best way to find a compatible replacement screen is searching by the screen model number (LTN141AT07 in this particular example) or manufacturer part number (0HT326 in this particular example), Both numbers are printed on a sticker on the backside of the LCD.
DELL Latitude L400Illustrated memory upgrade guide (in Japanese).
DELL LatitudeA quick fix to run a laptop from a DC-DC convertor. The only trouble is, the laptop has an odd square plug and the convertor only has round plugs. An in-line adaptor made from a pen barrel solves the problem.
DELL Latitude X300This page will visually guide you through completely disassembling the laptop. If one wants to take apart this machine, this is what you need.
DELL Latitude N.N.The first challenge for getting into this notebook and checking connections replacing the screen or backlight is to find the screws. This machine has four screws hidden under rubber pads at the corners of the screen. Once the screws securing the plastic bezel are removed, you still have to unsnap it from the body of the lid. Once the screws are removed, put the LCD assembly on the keyboard while removing the connectors. The first connector to remove is a simple ribbon cable which delivers the digital video signals (addressing for the LCD matrix) to the screen.
DELL Precision M75How to upgrade the notebook's CPU, replacing the Yonah T2400 Core Duo processor with a Merom T7600 Core 2 Duo. The general description of the upgrade should also apply to the DELL Latitude D820, a notebook almost identical to the M65, aside for the GPU. The upgrade itself was really no trouble at all, thanks to the service manual and the helpful numbering of screws, especially for the heatsink.
DELL SpeedStep 250NSolving laptop random shut downs. Scrape off all the crappy thermal strip material from the CPU fan and then clean it thoroughly so no sticky residue remained. Now cover the area on the CPU fan where it meets the CPU with thermal conductive paste from the local Radio Shack.
DELL Studio 1537A complete step-by-step notebook tear down and basic troubleshooting techniques for: keyboard, memory, hard drive, cooling fan and heatsink.
DELL Studio 1555To replace the LCD screen it is not necessary to disassemble the laptop completely and remove the display panel, the LCD screen model number is BT156GW01 V.4 and the DELl part number is 01G5D3.
DELL Studio 1555Just in case you need to take apart this notebook completely this guide can be of assistance.
DELL Studio 1735/1737In order to take apart the display assembly (to replace the LCD screen) it has to be removed from the laptop base first.
DELL Studio 1737This notebook comes with a slot-load DVD drive which is mounted inside the laptop case. The DVD drive cannot be removed until you remove the top cover assembly.
DELL Studio XPS 1640/1645/1647A pictorial explaining how to add a second hard disk drive to the notebook.
DELL Vostro 1000A complete disassembly guide, which explains how to clean the laptop fan from dust to fix overheating.
DELL Vostro 1200This guide will explain step-by-step how to dismantle and clean laptop.
DELL Vostro 1220This guide explain how to remove and replace a failed hard drive which is mounted deep inside the laptop case it will also show how to access and remove other main laptop parts such as DVD drive, memory modules, keyboard, wireless card and CMOS battery.
DELL Vostro 1510You can use this tutorial for removing almost all internal parts from the notebook base.
DELL Vostro 1520/1521This guide explains how to replace a damaged LCD screen from the laptop, the LCD screen was cracked and it could not be repaired.
DELL misc. modelsHow do I install a TrueMobile miniPCI card into a laptop?
DELL N.N.Touchpad mouse mod: making a PS/2 PC interface.
DELL N.N.Spooky's Computer painting guide: how to use a spray paint pistol to achieve a professional looking paint job.
DELL N.N.Desert Camouflage Paintjob on old Laptop. The stencil/color pattern idea is from a military website which used it to pain some of their rifles.
DELL N.N.A take apart and video card replacement HOWTO.
DELL N.N.This guide explains how you can remove and replace LCD screen, video cable and inverter board on DELL laptops. These instructions should work for most DELL laptops and will be very similar for many other laptop brands.
DELL N.N.How to remove and replace the laptop keyboard? Just put the bezel aside and you will see the laptop keyboard screws.
DELL N.N.Wall mounted DIY digital photo frame: want to display your favorite pictures on the walls of your home? Framing costs and available wall space limit the number of photos that you can display at any given time, however, and inertia limits the number of times you change display prints. Digital frames are a possible solution to the problem.

Accessories and Peripherals

DELL-2SBSATA Media Bay DriveAssembly and disassembly Guide: remove the stainless steel top cover and insert the SATA hard drive into the SATA connector.

Manufacturer Information, Customer Service

Hardware Maintenance Manual, User Guide, Service Manual

DELL itself offers official Service Manuals for their laptops and notebooks. Note the manuals are available in different languages, therefore this is no deep link. On the right side of the screen under Additional Resources and under the title Technical Support by Model click on Research and find the latest solutions and help for your Dell product.

Each of the DELL laptops and notebooks has a service tag attached, which is a unique identifying number that allows you to lookup the computer on the DELL website, and find specifications, information, manuals, drivers and BIOS upgrades for your particular system.

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