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Dell™ XPS™ 8500
Owner's Manual
Regulatory model: D03M
Regulatory type: D03M005
w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m / m a n u a l s

Summary of Contents

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    Dell™ XPS™ 8500 Owner’s Manual Regulatory model: D03M Regulatory type: D03M005 w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m / m a n u a l s...

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    A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. ____________________ © 2012 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Trademarks used in this text: Dell™, the DELL logo, and XPS™ are trademarks of Dell Inc. ® ® Microsoft , Windows , and the Windows start button logo are either trademarks or registered ®...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before You Begin ....Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices ..Safety Instructions ....Recommended Tools .

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    Removing Memory Module(s) ....Replacing Memory Module(s) ....Postrequisites ..... . Front Bezel .

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    PCI-Express x1 Card(s) ....Prerequisites ..... . . Removing the PCI-Express x1 Card(s) .

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    Postrequisites ..... . 13 Hard Drive(s) ..... Prerequisites .

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    Prerequisites ..... . . Installing a Secondary Optical-Drive ..Postrequisites ..... . 15 Media-Card Reader .

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    18 Front USB Panel ....Prerequisites ..... . . Removing the Front USB Panel .

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    Replacing the Processor Fan and Heat-Sink Assembly ......Postrequisites ..... . 22 Processor 101 .

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    25 System Board 115 ..... Prerequisites 115 ..... . Removing the System Board 115 .

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    Contents...

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    Contents...

  • Page 13: Before You Begin, Turn Off Your Computer And Connected Devices, Safety Instructions

    Use the following safety guidelines to protect your computer from potential damage and ensure your personal safety. 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 dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Before you Begin...

  • Page 14: Recommended Tools

    Recommended Tools The procedures in this document may require the following tools: • Small Phillips screwdriver • Hex nut driver • Flash BIOS executable update program available at support.dell.com Before you Begin...

  • Page 15: After Working Inside Your Computer

    After Working Inside Your Computer After you complete replacement procedures, ensure the following: • Replace all screws and ensure no stray screws remain inside your computer • Connect any external devices, cables, cards, and any other part you removed before working on your computer • Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets CAUTION: Before turning on your computer, replace all screws and ensure that...

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    After Working Inside Your Computer...

  • Page 17: Technical Overview

    Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Technical Overview...

  • Page 18: Front View Of Your Computer

    Front View of Your Computer Technical Overview...

  • Page 19: Back View Of Your Computer

    media-card reader light media-card reader optical-drive covers (2) USB 3.0 ports (2) optical-drive eject buttons (2) power button accessory tray headphone port microphone port USB 2.0 port USB 2.0 port with PowerShare Back View of Your Computer power port network port USB 2.0 ports (4) USB 3.0 ports (2) VGA port...

  • Page 20: Inside View Of Your Computer

    Inside View of Your Computer front bezel primary hard-drive graphics-card bracket (optional) secondary hard-drive system board card retention clamp power supply primary optical-drive secondary optical-drive Technical Overview...

  • Page 21: System-board Components

    System-Board Components 4 5 6 7 8 20 19 18 17 16 15 Technical Overview...

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    chassis fan connector power connector (PWR2) (SYS_FAN 1) processor socket processor fan connector (CPU_FAN) memory module connector memory module connector (DIMM3) (DIMM1) memory module connector memory module connector (DIMM4) (DIMM2) main power connector 10 password reset jumper (PSWD) (PWR1) mSATA slot (MSATA1) SATA 2.0 (3 Gb/s) drive connector (SATA 2) SATA 2.0 (3 Gb/s) drive connector...

  • Page 23: Computer Cover, Removing The Computer Cover

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Ensure that sufficient space exists to support the computer with the computer cover removed—at least 30 cm (1 ft.) of desk top space.

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    thumbscrew computer cover Computer Cover...

  • Page 25: Replacing The Computer Cover

    Replacing the Computer Cover 1 Connect all the cables and fold the cables out of the way. 2 Ensure that no tools or extra parts are left inside the computer. 3 Align the tabs at the bottom of the computer cover with the slots located along the edge of the chassis.

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    Computer Cover...

  • Page 27: Memory Module(s), Prerequisites, Removing Memory Module(s)

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 28: Replacing Memory Module(s)

    Dell. If possible, do not pair an original memory module with a new memory module. Otherwise, your computer may not start properly.

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    1 Align the notch on the bottom of the memory module with the tab on the memory-module connector. 1 memory module 2 notch 3 tab 4 cutouts (2) CAUTION: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the memory module straight down into the connector while you apply equal force to each end of the memory module.

  • Page 30: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 2 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. Memory Module(s)

  • Page 31: Front Bezel, Prerequisites, Removing The Front Bezel

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

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    front bezel front panel slots (3) front bezel tabs (4) front bezel clamps (3) front panel 4 Set aside the front bezel in a secure location. Front Bezel...

  • Page 33: Replacing The Front Bezel

    Replacing the Front Bezel 1 Align and insert the front bezel clamps into the front panel slots. 2 Rotate the front bezel towards the computer until the front bezel tabs snap into place. front bezel front bezel tabs (4) front panel slots (3) front bezel clamps (3) front panel Front Bezel...

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 2 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. Front Bezel...

  • Page 35: Graphics-card Bracket (optional), Prerequisites, Removing The Graphics-card Bracket

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 36: Replacing The Graphics-card Bracket, Postrequisites

    screws (2) graphics-card bracket Replacing the Graphics-Card Bracket 1 Align the screw holes on the graphics-card bracket with the screw holes on chassis. 2 Replace the screws that secure the graphics-card bracket to the chassis. Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25.

  • Page 37: Graphics Card, Prerequisites, Removing The Graphics Card

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The system board of your computer is equipped with one PCI-Express x16 connector to install graphics card.

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    screw card-retention bracket 3 Locate the graphics card (PCI-Express x16 card) on the system board. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. NOTE: Your graphics card may have power-cable connectors. 4 Press the releasing clips on the power-cable connectors and disconnect the power cable from the graphics card, if applicable.

  • Page 39: Replacing The Graphics Card

    PCI-Express x16 connector graphics card securing tab power cable Replacing the Graphics Card 1 Align the graphics card with the PCI-Express x16 card connector on the system board. 2 Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is firmly seated in the slot.

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    5 Replace the screw that secures the card-retention bracket. screw guide clamps (2) card-retention bracket alignment bar alignment guide filler bracket guide notches (2) Graphics Card...

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the graphics-card bracket, if applicable. See "Replacing the Graphics-Card Bracket" on page 36. 2 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 3 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. Graphics Card...

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    Graphics Card...

  • Page 43: Pci-express X1 Card(s), Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 44: Removing The Pci-express X1 Card(s)

    Removing the PCI-Express x1 Card(s) 1 Remove the screw that secures the card-retention bracket. 2 Lift the card-retention bracket and set it aside in a secure location. screw card-retention bracket PCI-Express x1 Card(s)

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    3 Locate the PCI-Express x1 card on the system board. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. 4 Disconnect any cables connected to the card, if applicable. 5 Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector. PCI-Express x1 card slot PCI-Express x1 card PCI-Express x1 Card(s)

  • Page 46: Replacing The Pci-express X1 Card(s)

    Replacing the PCI-Express x1 Card(s) Place the PCI-Express x1 card in the slot on the system board and press down firmly. Ensure that the PCI-Express x1 card is fully seated in the slot. PCI-Express x1 card slot PCI-Express x1 card 2 Replace the card-retention bracket, ensuring that: •...

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    screw guide clamps (2) card-retention bracket alignment bar alignment guide filler bracket guide notches (2) PCI-Express x1 Card(s)

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the graphics-card bracket, if applicable. See "Replacing the Graphics-Card Bracket" on page 36. 2 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 3 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. PCI-Express x1 Card(s)

  • Page 49: Wireless Mini-card, Prerequisites

    (see "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" in the safety instructions that shipped with your computer). NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for Mini-Cards from sources other than Dell. If you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already installed.

  • Page 50: Removing The Mini-card

    Removing the Mini-Card 1 Disconnect the antenna cable(s) from the Mini-Card. 2 Remove the screws that secure the Mini-Card to the system board. screws (2) notch Mini-Card antenna cables (2) 3 Lift the Mini-Card away from the system-board connector. Wireless Mini-Card...

  • Page 51: Replacing The Mini-card, Postrequisites

    Replacing the Mini-Card CAUTION: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. Use of excessive force may damage the connectors. CAUTION: To avoid damage to the Mini-Card, ensure that there are no cables or antenna cables under the Mini-Card. 1 Align the notch on the Mini-Card with the tab in the system-board connector.

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    Wireless Mini-Card...

  • Page 53: Mini-card Antennas, Prerequisites, Removing The Mini-card Antennas

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

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    Mini-Card antennas (2) screws (4) Mini-Card antenna cables top panel Mini-Card Antennas...

  • Page 55: Replacing The Mini-card Antennas, Postrequisites

    Replacing the Mini-Card Antennas 1 Place the Mini-Card antennas in position and replace the screws that secure the Mini-Card antennas to the top panel. 2 Route the Mini-Card antenna cables through the routing guides. 3 Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the WLAN card you are installing.

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    Mini-Card Antennas...

  • Page 57: Msata Drive, Prerequisites, Removing The Msata Drive

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 58: Replacing The Msata Drive

    mSATA drive screws (2) notch tab Replacing the mSATA Drive CAUTION: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. Use of excessive force may damage the connectors. CAUTION: To avoid damage to the mSATA drive, ensure that there are no cables under the mSATA drive.

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 2 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. mSATA Drive...

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    mSATA Drive...

  • Page 61: Hard Drive(s), Prerequisites, Removing The Primary Hard-drive

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at 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.

  • Page 62: Replacing The Primary Hard-drive, Postrequisites

    power cable data cable screws (4) primary hard-drive Replacing the Primary Hard-Drive 1 Slide the primary hard-drive into the hard drive cage. 2 Align the screw holes on the primary hard-drive with the screw holes on the chassis. 3 Replace the screws that secure the primary hard-drive to the chassis. 4 Connect the power and data cables to the primary hard-drive.

  • Page 63: Prerequisites, Removing The Hard Drive Cage

    Hard Drive Cage Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23. 2 Remove the primary hard-drive. See "Removing the Primary Hard-Drive" on page 61. Removing the Hard Drive Cage 1 If applicable, disconnect the power and data cables from the secondary hard-drive.

  • Page 64: Replacing The Hard Drive Cage

    power cable data cable screws (3) hard drive cage secondary hard-drive Replacing the Hard Drive Cage 1 Align the screw holes on the hard drive cage with the screw holes on the chassis. 2 Replace the screws that secure the hard drive cage to the chassis. 3 If applicable, connect the power and data cables to the secondary hard-drive.

  • Page 65: Removing The Secondary Hard-drive, Postrequisites, Prerequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the primary hard-drive. See "Replacing the Primary Hard-Drive" on page 62. 2 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. Secondary Hard-Drive (optional) Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 66: Replacing The Secondary Hard-drive, Postrequisites

    secondary hard-drive screws (4) hard drive cage Replacing the Secondary Hard-Drive 1 Slide the secondary hard-drive into the hard drive cage. 2 Align the screw holes on the secondary hard-drive with the screw holes on the hard drive cage. 3 Replace the screws that secure the secondary hard-drive to the hard drive cage.

  • Page 67: Optical Drive(s), Prerequisites, Removing The Optical Drive

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

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    3 Push and slide the optical drive out through the front of the computer. NOTE: Repeat steps 1 to 3 to remove secondary optical-drive, if applicable. power cable data cable screws (2) optical drive 4 Set aside the optical drive in a secure location. Optical Drive(s)

  • Page 69: Replacing The Optical Drive, Postrequisites, Secondary Optical-drive, Prerequisites

    Replacing the Optical Drive 1 Gently slide the optical drive into the optical-drive bay through the front of the computer. 2 Align the screw holes on the optical drive with the screw holes on the chassis. 3 Replace the screws that secure the optical drive to the chassis. 4 Connect the power and data cables to the optical drive.

  • Page 70: Installing A Secondary Optical-drive

    Installing a Secondary Optical-Drive 1 Insert a screw driver and twist it to remove the break-away metal plate. 2 Pull the break-away metal plate away from the chassis. break-away metal plate Gently slide the secondary optical-drive into the optical-drive bay through the front of the computer.

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 2 Replace the front bezel. See "Replacing the Front Bezel" on page 33. Optical Drive(s)

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    Optical Drive(s)

  • Page 73: Media-card Reader, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 74: Removing The Media-card Reader

    Removing the Media-Card Reader 1 Remove the screws that secure the Media-Card Reader to the front panel. The screws are located below the Media-Card Reader. 2 Disconnect the Media-Card Reader cable from the system board connector F_USB1. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. 3 Slide and lift the Media-Card Reader to remove it from the top panel.

  • Page 75: Replacing The Media-card Reader, Postrequisites

    Media-Card Reader guides (2) slots (2) top panel Media-Card Reader screws (2) front panel Replacing the Media-Card Reader 1 Gently slide the Media-Card Reader guides into the slots in the top panel. 2 Replace the screws that secure the Media-Card Reader to the front panel. 3 Connect the Media-Card Reader cable to the system board connector F_USB1.

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    Media-Card Reader...

  • Page 77: Top Cover, Prerequisites, Removing The Top Cover

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 78: Replacing The Top Cover

    slots release tab top-cover tabs top panel top cover Replacing the Top Cover 1 Align the tabs on the top cover with the slots on the top panel. 2 Press and slide the top cover towards the back of the computer, until it clicks into place.

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the optical drive. See "Replacing the Optical Drive" on page 69. 2 Replace the front bezel. See "Replacing the Front Bezel" on page 33. 3 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 4 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer"...

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    Top Cover...

  • Page 81: Top I/o Panel, Prerequisites, Removing The Top I/o Panel

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

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    screws (2) top I/O panel top panel Top I/O Panel...

  • Page 83: Replacing The Top I/o Panel, Postrequisites

    Replacing the Top I/O Panel 1 Align the screw holes on the top I/O panel with the screw holes on the top panel. 2 Replace the screws that secure the top I/O panel to the top panel. 3 Connect the top I/O panel cables to the system board connectors, F_USB3 and F_AUDIO1.

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    Top I/O Panel...

  • Page 85: Front Usb Panel, Prerequisites, Removing The Front Usb Panel

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 86: Replacing The Front Usb Panel

    front USB panel clamp slot clamps (2) front USB panel screw Replacing the Front USB Panel 1 Align and slide the front USB panel clamps into the front USB panel clamp slot. 2 Replace the screw that secures the front USB panel to the front panel. 3 Connect the front USB panel cables to the system board connector F_USB2.

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the front bezel. See "Replacing the Front Bezel" on page 33. 2 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 3 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. Front USB Panel...

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    Front USB Panel...

  • Page 89: Power Button Module, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 90: Removing The Power Button Module

    Removing the Power Button Module 1 Disconnect the power button module cable from the system board connector, F_PANEL. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. 2 Press the power button module tabs and lift the power button module to release it from the top panel. cable power button module power button module tabs (4)

  • Page 91: Replacing The Power Button Module, Postrequisites

    Replacing the Power Button Module 1 Align and push the power button module tabs into the slots on the top panel. 2 Connect the power button module cable to the system board connector, F_PANEL. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. Postrequisites 1 Replace the top cover.

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    Power Button Module...

  • Page 93: Chassis Fan, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 94: Removing The Chassis Fan

    Removing the Chassis Fan 1 Disconnect the chassis fan cable from the system board connector SYS_FAN1. See "System-Board Components" on page 21. 2 Remove the screws that secure the chassis fan to the chassis. 3 Slide and lift the chassis fan away from the computer as shown in the illustration.

  • Page 95: Replacing The Chassis Fan, Postrequisites

    Replacing the Chassis Fan 1 Align the screw holes on the chassis fan with the screw holes on the chassis. 2 Replace the screws that secure the chassis fan to the chassis. 3 Connect the chassis fan cable to the system board connector SYS_FAN1. See "System-Board Components"...

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    Chassis Fan...

  • Page 97: Assembly, Prerequisites, Assembly

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The heat sink may be very hot during normal operation. Provide sufficient time for the heat-sink to cool before you touch it.

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    3 Lift the processor fan and heat-sink assembly out of the computer. processor fan and heat-sink assembly processor fan cable captive screws (4) Processor Fan and Heat-Sink Assembly...

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    Replacing the Processor Fan and Heat-Sink Assembly 1 Clean the thermal grease from the bottom of the heat-sink. 2 Apply new thermal grease to the top of the processor, if applicable. 3 Place the processor fan and heat-sink assembly over the processor. 4 Align the captive screws on the processor fan and heat-sink assembly with the screw holes on the system board.

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    Processor Fan and Heat-Sink Assembly...

  • Page 101: Processor, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 102: Removing The Processor

    Removing the Processor 1 Press the release lever down and then pull it outwards to release it from the tab that secures it. 2 Extend the release lever completely to open the processor cover. processor cover release lever CAUTION: When removing the processor, do not touch any of the pins inside the socket or allow any objects to fall on the pins in the socket.

  • Page 103: Replacing The Processor

    3 Gently lift the processor to remove it from the socket. Leave the release lever extended in the release position so that the socket is ready for the new processor. processor socket Replacing the Processor CAUTION: When replacing the processor, do not touch any of the pins inside the socket or allow any objects to fall on the pins in the socket.

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    3 Orient the alignment notches on the processor with the alignment tabs on the socket. 4 Align the pin-1 corner of the processor with the pin-1 corner of the processor socket, and then place the processor in the processor socket. Set the processor lightly in the socket and ensure that the processor is positioned correctly.

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    5 When the processor is fully seated in the socket, close the processor cover. 6 Pivot the release lever down and place it under the tab on the processor cover. CAUTION: Ensure that the processor cover notch is positioned underneath the alignment post.

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the processor fan and heat-sink assembly. See "Replacing the Processor Fan and Heat-Sink Assembly" on page 99. 2 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 3 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. Processor...

  • Page 107: Coin-cell Battery, Prerequisites, Removing The Coin-cell Battery

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: A battery may explode if installed incorrectly. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type.

  • Page 108: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery

    battery-release lever coin-cell battery battery socket Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 1 Insert the coin-cell battery into the socket with the side labeled "+" facing up and press down the coin-cell battery in the socket. Coin-Cell Battery...

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    Postrequisites 1 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25. 2 Follow the steps in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 15. 3 Enter the system setup program and set the time and date. See "Entering System Setup"...

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    110 Coin-Cell Battery...

  • Page 111: Power-supply Unit, Prerequisites, Removing The Power-supply Unit

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

  • Page 112: Replacing The Power-supply Unit

    screws (4) power supply power supply clamps (2) Replacing the Power-Supply Unit 1 Slide the power supply towards the back of the chassis. 2 Align the screw holes on the power supply with the screw holes on the chassis. Power-Supply Unit...

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    3 Replace the screws that secure the power supply to the chassis. WARNING: Failure to replace and tighten all screws may cause electrical shock as these screws are a key part of the system grounding. 4 Connect the DC power cables to the system board and drives. See "System-Board Components"...

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    Power-Supply Unit...

  • Page 115: System Board, Prerequisites, Removing The System Board

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the computer cover. See "Removing the Computer Cover" on page 23.

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    screws (6) system board 4 Lift the system board up and out of the chassis. System-Board...

  • Page 117: Replacing The System Board, Postrequisites, Entering The Service Tag In Bios

    Replacing the System Board 1 Gently place the system board into the chassis and slide it towards the back of the computer. 2 Replace the screws that secure the system board to the chassis. 3 Route and connect the cables that you disconnected from the system board.

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    118 System-Board...

  • Page 119: System Setup, Overview, Entering System Setup, System Setup Screens

    Entering System Setup 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 2 During POST, when the DELL logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt to appear and then 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, and then press <F2>.

  • Page 120: System Setup Options

    Setup Item — This field appears on Help Screen — This field appears on the the left side of the system setup right side of the system setup window and window. The field is a scrollable list contains information about each option containing features that define the listed in the Setup Item.

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    Displays the asset tag of the computer Asset Tag when the asset tag is present. Displays "None" when asset tag is absent. Processor Information Displays the processor information Processor Type Displays the processor family ID Processor ID Displays the number of processor cores Processor Core Count Displays the L1 cache size Processor L1 Cache...

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    Advanced • Intel SpeedStep Technology — Enabled Processor Configuration or Disabled (Enabled by default) • Intel Virtualization Technology — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default) • CPU XD Support — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default) • Limit CPUID Value — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default) •...

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    Boot Bootup NumLock State — On; Off (On by Numlock Key default) Report or Do Not Report (Report by Keyboard Errors default) Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default) USB Boot Support Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default) Boot Menu Security Legacy or UEFI (Legacy by default) Boot Mode Specifies the boot sequence from the...

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    Specifies the boot sequence from the 4th Boot Device available devices USB Floppy Device; Internal HDD Devices; USB Storage Device; Internal ODD Devices; Onboard NIC Device; Disabled (USB Floppy Device by default) Specifies the boot sequence from the 5th Boot Device available devices USB Floppy Device;...

  • Page 125: Boot Sequence

    Security Displays the status of supervisor password Supervisor Password (Not Installed by default) Displays the status of user password User Password (Not Installed by default) Allows to set, change, or delete the Set Supervisor Password supervisor password NOTE: Deleting the supervisor password will delete the user password.

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    Changing Boot Sequence for the Current Boot You can use this feature to change the current boot sequence, for example, to boot from the optical drive to run Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities disc. The previous boot sequence is restored at the next boot.

  • Page 127: Clearing Forgotten Passwords

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The computer must be disconnected from the electrical outlet to clear the CMOS setting.

  • Page 128: Password

    Password: 4 Wait for approximately five seconds to clear the password setting. 5 Remove the 2-pin jumper plug from pins 1 and 2 and replace it on pins 2 and 3. 6 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25.

  • Page 129: Clearing Cmos Passwords, Cmos

    "Before You Begin" on page 13. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The computer must be disconnected from the electrical outlet to clear the CMOS setting.

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    4 Wait for approximately five seconds to clear the CMOS setting. 5 Remove the 2-pin jumper plug from pins 1 and 2 and replace it on pins 2 and 3. 6 Replace the computer cover. See "Replacing the Computer Cover" on page 25.

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    System Setup Utility...

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    System Setup Utility...

  • Page 133: Flashing The Bios

    The BIOS may require flashing when an update is available or when replacing the system board. To flash the BIOS: 1 Turn on the computer. 2 Go to support.dell.com/support/downloads. 3 Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located on a label at the back of your computer.

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    6 Click Save to save the file on your desktop. The file downloads to your desktop. 7 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. 8 Double-click the file icon on the desktop and follow the instructions on the screen.

  • Page 135: Specifications

    Specifications To learn about the features and advanced options available on your desktop, see Specifications at support.dell.com/manuals Specifications...

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    136 Specifications...

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