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Dell™ Inspiron™ 1545 Service Manual 
Memory
Processor
Keyboard
Internal Card With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Display
Camera (Optional)
 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.
© 2009 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, Inspiron, 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; Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista, and Windows Vista start button logo 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 PP41L
March 2009 Rev. A01
Speakers
Wireless Mini-Card
Audio Connector Cover
USB Extend Cable
Coin-Cell Battery

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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, Inspiron, 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;...

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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).

  • Page 3: Base Cover, Removing The Base Cover, Replacing The 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 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 4: Battery Latch Assembly, Removing The Battery Latch Assembly, Replacing The 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 a connector on the back of the computer).

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  • Page 6: Before You Begin, Recommended Tools, Turning Off Your Computer, Before Working Inside Your Computer

    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: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal mounting bracket.

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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.

  • Page 8: Flashing The Bios, Flashing The Bios From A Cd

    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.  ...

  • Page 10: Removing The 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 a connector on the back of the computer).

  • Page 11: Replacing The Card

     Replacing the Card   1. Replace the cable board.   2. Route the cable through the routing guides.   3. Connect the cable to the system board connector.   4. Replace the screw that secures the Bluetooth card.   5. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard).

  • Page 12: Removing The Camera, Replacing The Camera

    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. Replace the display bezel (see Replacing the Display Bezel).   7. Replace the display assembly (see Replacing the Display Assembly). Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 14: Center Control Cover, Removing The Center Control Cover, Replacing The Center Control 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. 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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      2. Turn the computer over and replace the two screws that secure the center control cover to the computer base.   3. Slide the battery into the battery bay until it clicks into place. Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 16: Charger Board, Removing The Charger 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 a connector on the back of the computer).

  • Page 17: Removing The Coin-cell Battery

    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 18: Removing The Processor, Installing 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: A processor that is not properly seated can result in an intermittent connection or permanent damage to the processor and ZIF socket.   1. Align the pin-1 corner of the processor so that it points to the triangle on the ZIF socket, and place the processor into the ZIF socket. When the processor is correctly seated, all four corners are aligned at the same height.

  • Page 20: Processor Heat Sink, Removing The Processor Heat Sink, Replacing The 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 22: Daughter Board, Removing The Daughter Board, Replacing The Daughter 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 23: Display Assembly, Removing The 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).

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      6. Remove the two screws from the computer base.   7. Turn the computer over.   8. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard).   9. Make note of the cable routing and carefully dislodge the Mini-Card antenna cables from their routing guides and pull the cables out through the system board so that they are clear of the computer base.

  • Page 25: Replacing The Display Assembly, Display Bezel, Removing The Display Bezel

    1 Mini-Card antenna cable routing 2 camera cable connector (optional) slot 3 display cable pull-tab 4 screws (4)   Replacing the Display Assembly   1. Place the display assembly in position and replace the four screws (two on either side) that secure the display assembly.  ...

  • Page 26: Replacing The Display Bezel, Display Panel, Removing The Display Panel

      2. Remove the six rubber screw covers.   3. Remove the captive screw and the five screws securing the display bezel.   4. Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edge of the display bezel.   5. Remove the display bezel. display bezel screws (5) rubber screw covers (6)

  • Page 27: Replacing The Display Panel, Display Panel Cable

    display panel screws (2) inverter board screws (2) display panel inverter board   5. Disconnect the cables from the connectors on either side of the inverter board.   6. Remove the display panel cable (see Removing the Display Panel Cable).  ...

  • Page 28: Display Inverter

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

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    inverter board   5. Lift the inverter board off the display panel.   Replacing the Display Inverter   1. Connect the cables to the connectors on either side of the inverter board.   2. Replace the display panel (see Replacing the Display Panel).

  • Page 30: Thermal Fan, Removing The Thermal Fan, Replacing The 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).

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  • Page 32: Hard Drive, Removing The 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 (for more information see the Dell Technology Guide).

  • Page 33: Replacing The Hard Drive

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

  • Page 34: Removing The Keyboard, Replacing 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).

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      3. Replace the two screws at the top of the keyboard.   4. Replace the center control cover (see Replacing the Center Control Cover).   5. Slide the battery into the battery bay until it clicks into place. Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 36: Removing The Memory Module(s), Replacing The Memory Module(s)

    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.

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    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 38

    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 one half Mini-Card slot for WLAN.

  • Page 39

    8. 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 40: Optical Drive, Removing The Optical Drive, Replacing The 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 41: Palm Rest, Removing The 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 42: Replacing The Palm Rest

      11. Turn the computer top side up and remove the five screws from the top of the palm rest. NOTICE: Pull on the plastic tab on top of the connectors to avoid damaging the connectors.   12. Disconnect the touch pad cable, Bluetooth card cable, and power board cable from the respective system board connectors. touch pad cable connector palm rest Bluetooth card cable connector...

  • Page 43

      8. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover).   9. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard).   10. Replace the center control cover (see Replacing the Center Control Cover).   11. Replace the optical drive (see Replacing the Optical Drive).

  • Page 44: Power Board, Removing The Power Board, Replacing The Power 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 a connector on the back of the computer).

  • Page 45

    4. Replace the center control cover (see Replacing the Center Control Cover).   5. Slide the battery into the battery bay until it clicks into place. Back to Contents Page  ...

  • Page 46: Removing The Speakers, Replacing 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.

  • Page 47: System Board, Removing The 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 48: Replacing The System Board

    3 speaker cable connector 4 system board 5 screws (4)       13. Disconnect the thermal fan cable, speaker cable, and USB board cable from the respective system board connectors.   14. Lift the system board at an angle toward the side of the computer and out of the computer base.  ...

  • Page 49

    Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell, Inspiron, 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 50

    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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