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Dell Alienware M17x - GAMING LATTOP Service Manual: Replacing The System Board

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Replacing the System Board

1.
Insert the system board at an angle into the computer base.
2.
Connect the consumer IR cable to the connectors on the system board and
the consumer IR board.
3.
Connect the left speaker light cable to the system board connector.
4.
Replace the five screws that secure the system board to the computer base.
5.
Replace the graphics card blank, if applicable (see "Replacing the Graphics
Card Blank" on page 88).
6.
Connect the graphics card fan(s) cable to the system board connector (see
"Replacing the Graphics Card Fan(s)" on page 85).
7.
Replace the graphics card(s) (see "Replacing the Graphics Card(s)" on
page 81).
8.
Replace the processor heat sink (see "Replacing the Processor Heat Sink" on
page 77).
9.
Replace the Mini-Card(s) (see "Replacing the Mini-Card(s)" on page
10.
Replace the optical drive (see "Replacing the Optical Drive" on page
11.
Replace the input/output board (see "Replacing the Input/Output Board" on
page 64).
12.
Replace the magnesium cover (see "Replacing the Magnesium Cover" on
page 51).
13.
Replace the left and right brackets (see "Replacing the Brackets" on page
14.
Replace the keyboard (see "Replacing the Keyboard" on page
15.
Replace the center control cover (see "Replacing the Center Control Cover"
on page 35).
16.
Replace the palm rest (see "Replacing the Palm Rest" on page
17.
Replace the memory module(s) (see "Replacing the Memory Module(s)" on
page 29).
18.
Connect the coin-cell battery cable to the system board connector (see
"Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery" on page 25).
19.
Connect the processor thermal fan cable to the system board connector
(see "Replacing the Processor Thermal Fan" on page 22).
20.
Replace the hard drive(s) (see "Replacing the Hard Drive(s)" on page
21.
Replace the compartment door (see "Replacing the Compartment Door" on
page 14).
22.
Replace the battery pack (see "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page
CAUTION: 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.
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68).
23.
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.
24.
Insert the BIOS upgrade CD that accompanied the replacement system
board into the appropriate drive. Follow the instructions that appear on the
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screen.
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CHAPTER 21: SYSTEM BOARD
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