Service Manual
Computer Model: Inspiron 15–3531
Regulatory Model: P28F
Regulatory Type: P28F005

Advertising

   Also See for Dell Inspiron 15-3531

   Related Manuals for Dell Inspiron 15-3531

   Summary of Contents for Dell Inspiron 15-3531

  • Page 1

    Inspiron 15 Service Manual Computer Model: Inspiron 15–3531 Regulatory Model: P28F Regulatory Type: P28F005...

  • Page 2

    WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks ™...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Working Inside Your Computer........9 ....................9 Before You Begin ..................... 9 Safety Instructions ..................10 Recommended Tools After Working Inside Your Computer........11 Removing the Battery..............12 ......................12 Procedure Replacing the Battery..............13 ......................13 Procedure Removing the Base Cover............

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Removing the Memory Module..........19 ..................... 19 Prerequisites ......................20 Procedure Replacing the Memory Module..........21 ......................22 Procedure ....................23 Post-requisites Removing the Hard Drive............24 .....................24 Prerequisites ......................24 Procedure Replacing the Hard Drive............27 ......................27 Procedure ....................27 Post-requisites Removing the Keyboard............. 28 ....................

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Removing the Palm Rest.............35 .....................35 Prerequisites ......................36 Procedure Replacing the Palm Rest.............40 ......................40 Procedure ....................40 Post-requisites Removing the Light-Extender Tube........41 ..................... 41 Prerequisites ......................41 Procedure Replacing the Light-Extender Tube........43 ......................43 Procedure ....................43 Post-requisites Removing the System Board............. 44 ....................

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Removing the Coin-Cell Battery..........52 .....................52 Prerequisites ......................52 Procedure Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery..........54 ......................54 Procedure ....................54 Post-requisites Removing the Speakers.............. 55 .....................55 Prerequisites ......................56 Procedure Replacing the Speakers...............57 ......................57 Procedure ....................57 Post-requisites Removing the Display Assembly..........58 .....................58 Prerequisites ......................

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Removing the Display Hinges........... 67 .....................67 Prerequisites ......................68 Procedure Replacing the Display Hinges........... 69 ......................69 Procedure ....................69 Post-requisites Removing the Display Panel............70 .....................70 Prerequisites ......................71 Procedure Replacing the Display Panel............73 ......................73 Procedure ....................73 Post-requisites Removing the Camera..............74 .....................74 Prerequisites ......................75...

  • Page 8

    Getting Help and Contacting Dell........... 82 ..................82 Self-Help Resources ....................82 Contacting Dell...

  • Page 9: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    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 more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/ regulatory_compliance.

  • Page 10: Recommended Tools

    WARNING: Disconnect all power sources before opening the computer cover or panels. After you finish working inside the computer, replace all covers, panels, and screws before connecting to the power source. CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, make sure that the work surface is flat and clean.

  • Page 11: After Working Inside Your Computer

    After Working Inside Your Computer CAUTION: Leaving stray or loose screws inside your computer may severely damage your computer. Replace all screws and make sure that no stray screws remain inside your computer. Connect any external devices, peripherals, and cables you removed before working on your computer.

  • Page 12: Removing The Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Close the display and turn the computer over. Slide the battery-release latches to the unlock position.

  • Page 13: Replacing The Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tabs on the battery into the slots on the battery bay and snap the battery into place.

  • Page 14: Removing The Base Cover

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Loosen the captive screws that secure the base cover to the computer base.

  • Page 15: Inspiron

    Lift the base cover at an angle and remove it from the computer base. tabs (3) base cover captive screws (2)

  • Page 16: Replacing The Base Cover

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tabs on the base cover into the slots on the computer base and snap the base cover into place.

  • Page 17: Removing The Optical-drive Filler

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Remove the screw that secures the optical-drive filler to the computer base.

  • Page 18: Replacing The Optical-drive Filler

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the optical-drive filler into the optical-drive filler bay and align the screw hole on the optical-drive filler with the screw hole on computer base.

  • Page 19: Removing The Memory Module

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 20: Procedure

    Procedure Using your fingertips, pry apart the securing clips on each end of the memory-module slot until the memory module pops up. Slide and remove the memory module from the memory-module slot. securing clips (2) memory-module slot memory module...

  • Page 21: Replacing The Memory Module

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

  • Page 22

    Procedure Align the notch on the memory module with the tab on the memory- module slot. Slide the memory module into the slot at an angle and press the memory module down until it clicks into place. NOTE: If you do not hear the click, remove the memory module and reinstall it.

  • Page 23: Post-requisites

    Post-requisites Replace the base cover. Replace the battery.

  • Page 24: Removing The Hard Drive

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive. CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the hard drive while the computer is in Sleep or On state.

  • Page 25

    Using the pull tab, lift the hard-drive assembly at an angle and remove it from the computer base. screws (2) hard-drive assembly pull tab system-board connector Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive.

  • Page 26

    Lift the hard-drive bracket off the hard drive. hard-drive bracket screws (2) pull tab hard drive...

  • Page 27: Replacing The Hard Drive

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive. Procedure Align the screw holes on the hard-drive bracket with the screw holes on the hard drive.

  • Page 28: Removing The Keyboard

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible.

  • Page 29

    Carefully turn the keyboard over and place it on the palm rest. plastic scribe keyboard tabs (5) palm rest Lift the connector latch and disconnect the keyboard cable from the system board.

  • Page 30

    Lift the keyboard along with the cable off the palm rest. connector latch keyboard cable keyboard...

  • Page 31: Replacing The Keyboard

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the keyboard cable into the system-board connector and press down on the connector latch to secure the cable.

  • Page 32: Removing The Wireless Card

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the keyboard. Procedure Disconnect the antenna cables from the wireless card.

  • Page 33

    Slide the wireless card out of the wireless-card slot. wireless-card slot antenna cables (2) screw wireless card notch...

  • Page 34: Replacing The Wireless Card

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the notch on the wireless card with the tab on the wireless-card slot.

  • Page 35: Removing The Palm Rest

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 36

    Procedure Lift the connector latches and using the pull tabs, disconnect the touchpad cable and power-button cable from the system board. Note the power-button cable routing and peel it off the palm rest. power-button cable connector latches (2) touchpad cable pull tabs (2)

  • Page 37

    Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base. screws (5) palm rest Close the display and turn the computer over.

  • Page 38

    Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base. screws (10) computer base Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Using a plastic scribe, gently release the tabs on the palm rest from the slots on the computer base.

  • Page 39

    Lift the palm rest at an angle and remove it from the computer base. palm rest plastic scribe...

  • Page 40: Replacing The Palm Rest

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the palm rest with the screw holes on the computer base and snap the palm rest into place.

  • Page 41: Removing The Light-extender Tube

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 42

    speaker light-extender tube...

  • Page 43: Replacing The Light-extender Tube

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the light-extender tube into the slot on the computer base and place it in the slot on the speaker.

  • Page 44: Removing The System Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer’s Service Tag is stored in the system board. You must enter the Service Tag in the System Setup after you replace the system board.

  • Page 45

    Procedure Peel off the tape that secures the display cable to the system board. Disconnect the display cable, power-adapter port cable, and speaker cable from the system board. power-adapter port cable display cable tape speaker cable Remove the screw that secures the system board to the computer base. Lift the system board at an angle and release the ports on the system board from the slots on the computer base.

  • Page 46

    Turn the system board over and place it on a clean and flat surface. system board screw Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 3 in “Removing the Heat-Sink Assembly”.

  • Page 47: Replacing The System Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer’s Service Tag is stored in the system board. You must enter the Service Tag in the System Setup after you replace the system board.

  • Page 48: Entering The Service Tag In The Bios

    Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS Turn on the computer. Press F2 when the DELL logo is displayed to enter System Setup. Navigate to the Main tab and enter the Service Tag in the Service Tag Input field.

  • Page 49: Removing The Heat-sink Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The heat sink may become hot during normal operation. Allow sufficient time for the heat sink to cool before you touch it.

  • Page 50

    Lift the heat-sink assembly off the system board. fan cable screws (4) heat-sink assembly...

  • Page 51: Replacing The Heat-sink Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Incorrect alignment of the heat sink can cause damage to the system board and processor. Procedure Clean the thermal grease from the bottom of the heat-sink assembly and reapply it.

  • Page 52: Removing The Coin-cell Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Removing the coin-cell battery resets the BIOS settings to default. It is recommended that you note the BIOS settings before removing the coin-cell battery.

  • Page 53

    coin-cell battery battery socket plastic scribe...

  • Page 54: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure With the positive-side facing up, snap the coin-cell battery into the battery socket on the system board.

  • Page 55: Removing The Speakers

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 56

    Procedure Note the speaker-cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Lift the speakers along with the cable off the computer base. speakers (2) speaker cable...

  • Page 57: Replacing The Speakers

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the speakers using the alignment posts on the computer base and snap the speakers into place.

  • Page 58: Removing The Display Assembly

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 59

    Procedure Close the display and turn the computer over. Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the computer base. screws (2) computer base Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Disconnect the antenna cables from the wireless card. See "Removing Wireless Card".

  • Page 60

    Note the display cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. antenna cables (2) display cable tape Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the computer base.

  • Page 61

    10 Lift the display assembly off the computer base. display assembly screws (3) display hinges (2)

  • Page 62: Replacing The Display Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display hinges with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 63: Removing The Display Bezel

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 64

    Procedure Press and lift the hinge covers off the display bezel. hinge covers (2) display bezel Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edges of the display bezel and lift the display bezel off the display back-cover.

  • Page 65

    display bezel display back-cover...

  • Page 66: Replacing The Display Bezel

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the display bezel with the display back-cover and gently snap the display bezel into place.

  • Page 67: Removing The Display Hinges

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 68

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the display back- cover. Lift the display hinges off the display back-cover. display hinges (2) screws (8) display back-cover...

  • Page 69: Replacing The Display Hinges

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display hinges with the screw holes on the display back-cover.

  • Page 70: Removing The Display Panel

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 71

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back- cover. Gently lift the display panel, turn it over, and place it on a flat and clean surface. display panel display back-cover screws (4) Peel off the tape that secures the display cable to the display panel. Disconnect the display cable from the display panel.

  • Page 72

    Lift the display panel from the surface. display panel display back-cover tape display cable...

  • Page 73: Replacing The Display Panel

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the display cable to the display panel and adhere the tape to the display cable.

  • Page 74: Removing The Camera

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 75

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back- cover. Gently lift the display panel, turn it over, and place it on a flat and clean surface. display panel display back-screw screws (4) Remove the screw that secures the camera module to the display back- cover.

  • Page 76

    Lift the camera module at an angle and release it from the tab on the display back-cover. camera module screw camera cable...

  • Page 77: Replacing The Camera

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the camera under the tab on the display back-cover and adhere the camera module to the display back-cover.

  • Page 78: Removing The Power-adapter Port

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 79

    Lift the power-adapter port along with its cable off the computer base. power-adapter port power-adapter port cable...

  • Page 80: Replacing The Power-adapter Port

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the power-adapter port into the slot on the computer base. Route the power-adapter port cable through the routing guides on the computer base.

  • Page 81: Flashing The Bios

    You may need to flash (update) the BIOS when an update is available or when you replace the system board. To flash the BIOS: Turn on the computer. Go to dell.com/support. If you have your computer's Service Tag, type your computer's Service Tag and click Submit.

  • Page 82: Contacting Dell

    Getting Help and Contacting Dell Self-Help Resources You can get information and help on Dell products and services using these online self-help resources: Self-Help Information Self-Help Options Windows 8.1 — Open the Search Accessing Windows Help charm, type Help and Support in the search box and press Enter.

  • Page 83

    NOTE: If you do not have an active internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.

This manual also for:

Inspiron 3531

Comments to this Manuals

Symbols: 0
Latest comments: