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Dell™ Studio XPS™ 1640 Service Manual 
Before You Begin
Base Cover
Hard Drive
Rear Caps
Processor Heat Sink
Processor
Thermal Fan
Memory
Coin-Cell Battery
Wireless Mini-Card
Palm Rest
Keyboard
 Notes, Notices, and Cautions
NOTE:
A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
NOTICE:
A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.
CAUTION:
A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 2008 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
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Trademarks used in this text: Dell, XPS, and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under
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Model PP35L
December 2008 Rev. A00
Speakers
Optical Drive
Display Assembly
IEEE 1394 Module
Subwoofer
Audio Board
System Board
TV Tuner Card (Optional)
eSATA Connector
AC Adapter Connector
Battery Latch Assembly
Flashing the BIOS

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   Summary of Contents for Dell Studio XPS 1640

  • Page 1

    Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell, XPS, and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license.

  • Page 2

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 3: Ac Adapter Connector

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

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    Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 5: Audio Board

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 6

      4. Replace the device status lights board mylar.   5. Replace the audio grounding cable and connect it to the system board and audio board connectors. NOTICE: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may result in damage to the computer.

  • Page 7: Base Cover

      CAUTION: 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: Before performing these procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect the modem from the wall connector and the computer, and remove any other external cables from the computer.

  • Page 8: Battery Latch Assembly

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

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  • Page 10: Before You Begin

    Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges. Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins. NOTICE: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. NOTICE: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, not on the cable itself.

  • Page 11

    To help prevent damage to the system board, you must remove the battery from the battery bay before you service the computer. NOTICE: 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.

  • Page 12: Flashing The Bios

    1. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in, the main battery is properly installed, and a network cable is attached.   2. Turn on the computer.   3. Locate the latest BIOS update file for your computer at support.dell.com.   4. Click Download Now to download the file.  ...

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  • Page 14

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: 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).

  • Page 16: Removing The Processor

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

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    NOTICE: Ensure that the cam lock is in the fully open position before seating the processor. Seating the processor properly in the ZIF socket does not require force. NOTICE: A processor that is not properly seated can result in an intermittent connection or permanent damage to the processor and ZIF socket.  ...

  • Page 18: Processor Heat Sink

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

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    Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 20: Display Assembly

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: 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).

  • Page 21: Replacing The Display Assembly

    1 right power/battery light cable 2 camera cable connector connector 3 display cable connector 4 left power/battery light cable connector 5 Mini-Card antenna cable front     routing   9. Disconnect the right power/battery light cable, left power/battery light cable, display cable, and camera cable from the system board connectors.  ...

  • Page 22

      3. Route the Mini-Card antenna cables into their routing guides on the palm rest and through the system board.   4. Replace the two screws on the computer base.   5. Route the Mini-Card antenna cables through their routing guides in the computer base.  ...

  • Page 23: Esata Connector

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 24: Thermal Fan

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: 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).

  • Page 25

    processor unit and the graphic processor unit. NOTE: If the processor, thermal fan, or system board is replaced, use the thermal cooling pads provided in the kit on the processor heat sink to ensure that thermal conductivity is achieved. Do not reuse the old thermal cooling pads.  ...

  • Page 26: Hard Drive

    Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell. NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive (see the Dell Technology Guide).

  • Page 27: Replacing The Hard Drive

    7. Slide the battery into the battery bay until it clicks into place.   8. Install the operating system for your computer, as needed (see Dell Technology Guide).   9. Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed (see Dell Technology Guide). Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 29: Removing The Keyboard

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: 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).

  • Page 30

      3. Replace the thirteen screws that secure the keyboard to the palm rest. NOTICE: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard.   4. Replace the palm rest (Replacing the Palm Rest).

  • Page 31

    Install only memory modules that are intended for your computer. NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM sockets that can be accessed from the bottom of the computer. The DIMM B memory module is located directly above the DIMM A memory module located on the bottom of the computer.

  • Page 32

    As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer, click Start ® Help and Support® Dell System Information. Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 33

    Computer) before working inside the 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. Your computer has three Mini-Card slots:  two Full Mini-Card slots...

  • Page 34

    9. Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as required. For more information, see the Dell Technology Guide. NOTE: If you are installing a communication card from a source other than Dell, you must install the appropriate drivers and utilities. For more generic driver information, see the Dell Technology Guide.

  • Page 36: Optical Drive

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 37: Replacing The Optical Drive

    interposer  Replacing the Optical Drive   1. Attach the interposer to the optical drive.   2. Place the optical drive in the computer base.   3. Replace the three screws that secure the optical drive to the system board.   4.

  • Page 38: Palm Rest

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 39: Replacing The Palm Rest

    touch pad cable display cable palm rest tabs (2) screws (2)      Replacing the Palm Rest   1. Align the palm rest tabs and the palm rest with the computer base and gently snap the palm rest into place.  ...

  • Page 40

      CAUTION: 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: Before performing this procedures, turn off the computer, disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet and the computer, disconnect the modem from the wall connector and the computer, and remove any other external cables from the computer.

  • Page 41: Removing The Speakers

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

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    Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 43: Removing The Subwoofer

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 44: System Board

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

  • Page 45: Replacing The System Board

    1 system board 2 screws (3) 3 eSATA connector cable connector 4 AC adapter connector cable connector 5 computer base 6 TV tuner card cable connector  Replacing the System Board   1. Replace the system board in the computer base.  ...

  • Page 46

      19. Turn on the computer. NOTE: After you have replaced the system board, enter the computer Service Tag into the BIOS of the replacement system board.   20. Insert the BIOS upgrade CD that accompanied the replacement system board into the appropriate drive. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

  • Page 47

    Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell, XPS, and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license.

  • Page 48: Removing The Tv Tuner Card

    CAUTION: 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. NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as the back panel) on the computer.

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