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Dell™ Inspiron™ 910 Service Manual 
Before You Begin
Module Cover
Memory Module
Solid-state Drive
Communication Cards
Keyboard
Palm Rest
Internal Card With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
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.
Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden.
Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, and Inspiron are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell
under license. Microsoft, Windows, a n d Windows XP are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any
proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Model PP39S
August 2008                    Rev. A00
Power Button Board
Display
Speaker
Camera (Optional)
System Board
Microphone
Coin-Cell Battery
Flashing the BIOS

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

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      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 procedure, 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    ® Places® Documents.   4. Create a new folder and name it BIOS.   5. Locate the latest BIOS update file for your computer at support.dell.com.   6. Click Download Now to download the file.   7. If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click Yes, I Accept this Agreement.

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    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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    5. Replace the module cover (see Replacing the Module Cover).   6. Slide the battery into the battery bay, until it clicks in place and slide the battery-lock latch towards the lock position. Back to Contents Page  ...

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    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  ...

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    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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      8. Slide the main battery into the battery bay, until it clicks in place and slide the battery-lock latch towards the lock position. Back to Contents Page  ...

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    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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    display cables Mini-Card antenna cables speaker cable       7. Disconnect the display cables and the speaker cable from the respective system board connectors.   8. Make note of the display cables and the speaker cable routing and carefully dislodge from their routing guides as shown in the figure.  ...

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     Display Bezel   Removing the Display Bezel NOTICE: The display bezel is extremely fragile. Be careful when removing it to prevent damaging the bezel.   1. Follow the instructions in Display Assembly. display panel display bezel   2. Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edge of the display bezel.  ...

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    display cover display panel screw (6)       4. Remove the six screws securing the display panel assembly to the display cover.   5. Remove the display panel assembly. 1 screw (4 total; 2 on each side) 2 display panel bracket (1 left, 1 right)  ...

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     Display Panel Cable   Removing the Display Panel Cable NOTE: The Display Panel cables and connectors may differ depending on the Display Panel you ordered.   1. Follow the instructions in Display Assembly.   2. Remove the display bezel (see Display Bezel).

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      Keyboard Dell™ Inspiron™ 910 Service Manual    Removing the Keyboard   Replacing the Keyboard For more information about the keyboard, see the Dell Technology Guide.   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.

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    keyboard keyboard tab (3) keyboard cable securing tab (2)  Replacing the Keyboard   1. Slide the keyboard cable connector into the slot and push in the securing tabs to secure the keyboard cable to the system board. NOTICE: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard.

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    Setup Guide for information on the memory supported by your computer. 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 a user-accessible SODIMM socket that can be accessed from the bottom of the computer.

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    NOTE: If the memory module is not installed properly, the computer may not boot. No error message indicates this failure. notch NOTICE: If the cover is difficult to close, remove the module and reinstall it. Forcing the cover to close may damage your computer.  ...

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    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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    To help prevent damage to the system board, you must remove the battery from the battery bay before you begin 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 supports two Mini-Card slots:  Two Full Mini-Card slots - for WLAN and Mobile Broadband or WWAN...

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    Removing the Mini-Card   1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin.   2. Remove the module cover (see Removing the Module Cover). Mini-Card securing screw (2) antenna cable connector (2)       3. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card.  ...

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    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 information, see the Dell Technology Guide.

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    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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    power button cable screw (7) Bluetooth card cable palm rest touch pad cable     NOTICE: Carefully separate the palm rest from the computer base to avoid damage to the palm rest.   8. Starting at the top of the palm rest, use your fingers to gently ease the palm rest from the computer base by lifting the inside of the palm rest while pulling in on the outside.

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      6. Turn the computer over and replace the nine screws in the computer base.   7. Replace the left and right rubber bumpers.   8. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard).   9. Replace the module cover (see Replacing the Module Cover).

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    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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    6. Slide the battery into the battery bay, until it clicks in place and slide the battery-lock latch towards the lock position. Back to Contents Page  ...

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    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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      8. Slide the battery into the battery bay, until it clicks in place and slide the battery-lock latch towards the lock position. Back to Contents Page  ...

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

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    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.   6. Install the operating system for your computer, as needed (see "Restoring Your Operating System" in your computer Setup Guide or Ubuntu Quick Start Guide).

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    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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    screw (2) system board microphone cable connector AC adapter cable connector   8. Disconnect the microphone cable and AC adapter cable from the respective system board connectors.   9. Remove the two screws that secure the system board to the computer base.  ...

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     Korea: <Fn><E> ¡   4. Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then plug it into a wall outlet or surge protector.   5. Release the key combination. Back to Contents Page  ...

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