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Dell XPS 13
Owner's Manual
Computer model: L321x
Regulatory model: P29G
Regulatory type: P29G001

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    Dell XPS 13 Owner’s Manual Computer model: L321x Regulatory model: P29G Regulatory type: P29G001...

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    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.

  • 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 the Battery ....Replacing the Battery ....Postrequisites .

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    Heat Sink ......Prerequisites ..... . . Removing the Heat Sink .

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    Postrequisites ..... . 13 System Board ..... Prerequisites .

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    16 Keyboard ......Prerequisites ..... . . Removing the Keyboard .

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    Contents...

  • Page 9: Before You Begin

    Before You Begin Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices CAUTION: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all open programs before you turn off your computer. 1 Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. 2 Click Start and click Shut Down.

  • Page 10: Safety Instructions

    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. CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, ensure that the work surface is flat and clean.

  • Page 11: After Working Inside Your Computer

    After Working Inside Your Computer After you complete replacement procedures, ensure the following: • Replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside your computer • Connect any external devices, cables, cards, and any other part(s) you removed before working on your computer •...

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    After Working Inside Your Computer...

  • Page 13: Base Cover

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Removing the Base Cover 1 Close the display and turn the computer over.

  • Page 14: Replacing The Base Cover

    Replacing the Base Cover 1 Align the base cover with the palm-rest assembly and press the base cover into place. 2 Using a Torx 5 screwdriver, replace the screws that secure the base cover to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 11. Base Cover...

  • Page 15: Power-light Board

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 16: Replacing The Power-light Board

    Replacing the Power-Light Board 1 Align the screw hole on the power-light board with the screw hole on the palm-rest assembly. 2 Replace the screw that secures the power-light board to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Slide the power-light board cable into the system-board connector and press down on the connector latch to secure the cable.

  • Page 17: Battery

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 18: Replacing The Battery

    Replacing the Battery 1 Align the screw holes on the battery with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly. 2 Replace the screws that secure the battery to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Connect the battery cable to the system-board. Postrequisites 1 Replace the power-light board.

  • Page 19: Speakers

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

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    2 Disconnect the left-speaker cable from the I/O board connector. 3 Release the Mini-Card cables from the routing guide on the left speaker. 4 Remove the two screws that secure the left speaker to the palm-rest assembly. 5 Lift the left speaker off the palm-rest assembly. screws (2) routing guide left-speaker cable...

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    Right Speaker 1 Disconnect the right-speaker cable from the system-board connector. 2 Remove the two screws that secure the right speaker to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Lift the right speaker off the palm-rest assembly. screws (2) right-speaker cable Speakers...

  • Page 22: Replacing The Speakers

    Replacing the Speakers Left Speaker 1 Align the screw holes on the left speaker with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly. 2 Replace the two screws that secure the left speaker to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Route the mini-card cables through the routing guide on the left speaker. 4 Connect the left-speaker cable to the I/O board connector.

  • Page 23: Wireless Mini-card

    For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 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 24: Removing The Mini-card

    Removing the Mini-Card 1 Disconnect the mini-card cables from the connectors on the mini-card. mini-card cables (2) 2 Remove the screw that secures the mini-card to the system board. 3 Slide and remove the mini-card out of the system-board connector. screw mini-card system-board connector...

  • Page 25: Replacing The Mini-card

    Replacing the Mini-Card 1 Remove the new mini-card from its packaging. 2 Align the notch on the mini-card with the tab in the system-board connector. CAUTION: Use firm and even pressure to slide the mini-card into place. If you use excessive force, you may damage the connector.

  • Page 26: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the right speaker. See "Replacing the Speakers" on page 22. 1 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 2 Replace the power-light board. See "Replacing the Power-Light Board" on page 16. 3 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 14. 4 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer"...

  • Page 27: Solid-state Drive

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the solid-state drive while the computer is On or in Sleep state.

  • Page 28: Replacing The Solid-state Drive

    3 Slide and remove the solid-state drive out of the system-board connector. screw system-board connector solid-state drive Replacing the Solid-State Drive 1 Align the notch on the solid-state drive with the tab in the system-board connector. CAUTION: Use firm and even pressure to slide the solid-state drive into place. If you use excessive force, you may damage the connector.

  • Page 29: Heat Sink

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 30: Replacing The Heat Sink

    Replacing the Heat Sink NOTE: The original thermal grease can be reused, if the original system board and heat sink are reinstalled together. If either the system board or the heat sink is replaced, use the thermal pad provided in the kit to ensure that thermal conductivity is achieved.

  • Page 31: Fan

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

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    2 Disconnect the power-adapter connector cable from the system-board connector. 3 Release the power-adapter connector cable from the routing guides on the fan. routing guides power-adapter connector cable 4 Disconnect the fan cable from the I/O board connector. 5 Remove the screws that secure the fan to the palm-rest assembly. 6 Lift the fan off the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 33: Replacing The Fan

    Replacing the Fan 1 Align the screw holes on the fan with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly. 2 Replace the screws that secure the fan to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Connect the fan cable to the I/O board connector. 4 Route the power-adapter connector cable through the routing guides on the fan.

  • Page 35: Power-adapter Connector

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

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    routing guides touchpad cable mini-card cables (2) 4 Disconnect the power-adapter connector cable from the system-board connector. 5 Release the power-adapter connector cable from the routing guides on the fan. 6 Remove the screw that secures the power-adapter connector to the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 37: Replacing The Power-adapter Connector

    routing guides screw power-adapter connector cable Replacing the Power-Adapter Connector 1 Align the screw hole on the power-adapter connector with the screw hole on the palm-rest assembly. 2 Replace the screw that secures the power-adapter connector to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Route the power-adapter connector cable through the routing guides on the fan.

  • Page 38: Postrequisites

    7 Connect the mini-card cables to the connectors on the mini-card. The following table provides the mini-card cable color scheme for the mini-card supported by your computer. Connectors on the Mini-Card Mini-Card Cable Color Scheme WLAN + Bluetooth (2 cables) Main WLAN + Bluetooth (white triangle) white Auxiliary WLAN + Bluetooth (black triangle)

  • Page 39: O Board

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 40: Removing The I/o Board

    Removing the I/O Board 1 Remove the screw that secures the I/O board to the palm-rest assembly. 2 Lift the I/O board off the palm-rest assembly. I/O board screw Replacing the I/O Board 1 Align the screw holes on the I/O board with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 41: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the fan. See "Replacing the Fan" on page 33. 2 Replace the power-adapter connector. See "Replacing the Power-Adapter Connector" on page 37. 3 Replace the speakers See "Replacing the Speakers" on page 22. 4 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 5 Replace the power-light board.

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    I/O Board...

  • Page 43: System Board

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 44: Removing The System Board

    Removing the System Board NOTE: Your computer’s service tag is stored in the system board. You must enter the service tag in the BIOS after you replace the system-board assembly. NOTE: Before disconnecting the cables from the system board, note the location of the connectors so that you can reconnect them correctly after you replace the system-board assembly.

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    3 Remove the screws that secure the system board to the palm-rest assembly. system board screws (4) 4 Turn the system board over and place it over the palm-rest assembly. 5 Lift the connector latch and disconnect the keyboard cable from the system board connector.

  • Page 46: Replacing The System Board

    keyboard cable Replacing the System Board 1 Slide the keyboard cable into the system-board connector and press down on the connector latch to secure the cable. 2 Align the screw holes on the system board with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 47: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the fan. See "Replacing the Fan" on page 33. 2 Replace the heat sink. See "Replacing the Heat Sink" on page 30. 3 Replace the solid-state drive. See "Replacing the Solid-State Drive" on page 28. 4 Replace the mini-card. See "Replacing the Mini-Card" on page 25. 5 Replace the right speaker.

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    System Board...

  • Page 49: Coin-cell Battery

    Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The battery may explode if installed incorrectly. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type.

  • Page 50: Removing The Coin-cell Battery

    Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 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. 1 Using a plastic scribe, gently pry out the coin-cell battery out of the battery socket on the system board.

  • Page 51: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the system board. See "Replacing the System Board" on page 46. 2 Replace the fan. See "Replacing the Fan" on page 33. 3 Replace the heat sink. See "Replacing the Heat Sink" on page 30. 4 Replace the solid-state drive. See "Replacing the Solid-State Drive"...

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    Coin-Cell Battery...

  • Page 53: Display Assembly

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

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    2 Disconnect the power-adapter connector cable from the system-board connector. 3 Release the power-adapter connector cable from the routing guides on the fan. routing guides power-adapter connector cable 4 Disconnect the mini-card cables from the connectors on the mini-card. 5 Lift the connector latch and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the touchpad cable from the connector on the system board.

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    6 Release the mini-card cables from the routing guides. routing guides touchpad cable mini-card cables (2) 7 Remove the screws that secure the display assembly to the palm-rest assembly. Display Assembly...

  • Page 56: Replacing The Display Assembly

    8 Gently lift the palm-rest assembly to a 90-degree angle and then release the palm-rest assembly off the display assembly. palm-rest assembly screws (4) display hinges (2) Replacing the Display Assembly 1 Slide and place the palm-rest assembly over the display assembly. 2 Press down on the display hinges and ensure that the screw holes on the display hinges align with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 57: Postrequisites

    6 Connect the mini-card cables to the connectors on the mini-card. The following table provides the mini-card cable color scheme for the mini-card supported by your computer. Connectors on the Mini-Card Mini-Card Cable Color Scheme WLAN + Bluetooth (2 cables) Main WLAN + Bluetooth (white triangle) white Auxiliary WLAN + Bluetooth (black triangle)

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    Display Assembly...

  • Page 59: Keyboard

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 60: Removing The Keyboard

    Removing the Keyboard 1 Remove the screw that secures the mini-card clamp. 2 Remove the mini-card clamp off the palm-rest assembly. screw mini-card clamp keyboard 3 Remove the screws that secure the keyboard to the palm-rest assembly. 4 Lift the keyboard off the palm-rest assembly. Keyboard...

  • Page 61: Replacing The Keyboard

    Replacing the Keyboard 1 Align the screw holes on the keyboard with the screw holes on the palm- rest assembly. 2 Replace the screws that secure the keyboard to the palm-rest assembly. 3 Align the screw hole on the mini-card clamp with the screw hole on the palm-rest assembly.

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    Keyboard...

  • Page 63: Palm-rest Assembly

    "Before You Begin" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 13.

  • Page 64: Removing The Palm-rest Assembly

    Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly 1 Remove the screws that secure the display assembly to the palm-rest assembly. 2 Gently lift the palm-rest assembly to a 90-degree angle and then release the palm-rest assembly off the display assembly. CAUTION: Carefully separate the palm-rest assembly from the display assembly to avoid damage to the display assembly.

  • Page 65: Postrequisites

    Postrequisites 1 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 61. 2 Replace the system board. See "Replacing the System Board" on page 46. 3 Replace I/O board. See "Replacing the I/O Board" on page 40. 4 Replace the fan. See "Replacing the Fan" on page 33. 5 Replace the power-adapter connector.

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    Palm-Rest Assembly...

  • Page 67: System Setup

    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.

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    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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    CPU Cache Displays the processor L1 cache size. L1 Cache Displays the processor L2 cache size. L2 Cache Displays the processor L3 cache size. L3 Cache Displays the device name and size. Fixed HDD Displays the device name and type. AC Adapter Type Displays the system memory.

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    Displays the battery health of your Battery Health computer. If enabled, allows your computer to check Intel (R) Smart Connect for updates even when in Sleep state. Technology Intel (R) Rapid Start Technology If enabled, will allow you to configure a iRST Support RAID controller on your system.

  • Page 71: Boot Sequence

    Boot Boot Priority Order Allows you to boot the system using a Removable Drive removable (external) drive. Allows you to boot the system from the Hard Drive primary hard drive. Allows you to boot the system from a USB USB Storage Device storage device.

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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 73: Flashing The Bios

    • Choose from My Products and Services List • Choose from a list of all Dell products Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen. 4 A list of applications and drivers available for your computer appears on the screen. Click BIOS.

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    Flashing the BIOS...

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