Alienware 18
Owner's Manual
Computer model: Alienware 18
Regulatory model: P19E
Regulatory type: P19E001

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    Alienware 18 Owner’s Manual Computer model: Alienware 18 Regulatory model: P19E Regulatory type: P19E001...

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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before You Begin ......Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices .

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    Removing the Hard Drive(s) ..... Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Removing the Palm Rest ..... . . Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Removing the Macro Keyboard ....Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Removing the Display Panel ..... Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Removing the Sound Board ..... Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Removing the System Board ..... Prerequisites ......Procedure .

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    Contents...

  • Page 11: Before You Begin, Turn Off Your Computer And Connected Devices

    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. Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. Follow the instructions to shut down your computer based on the operating system installed on your computer.

  • Page 12: Safety Instructions, Recommended Tools

    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 13: After Working Inside Your Computer

    After Working Inside Your Computer After you complete the 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 •...

  • Page 14: Removing The Base Cover, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Remove the screws that secure the base cover to the computer base.

  • Page 15: Replacing The Base Cover, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the base cover with the slots on the computer base and slide the base cover into place.

  • Page 16: Removing The Battery Pack, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

  • Page 17: Replacing The Battery Pack, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Alienware computer.

  • Page 18: Removing The Memory Module(s), Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer supports up to four memory module connectors. You can access connectors DIMM3 and DIMM4 by removing the base cover at the bottom of your computer.

  • Page 19: Procedure

    Procedure To remove memory module(s) from connectors DIMM3 and DIMM4, go to step 3. To remove memory module(s) from connectors DIMM1 and DIMM2: Remove the palm rest. See "Removing the Palm Rest" on page 39. CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory-module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips.

  • Page 20: Replacing The Memory Module(s), Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer supports up to four memory module connectors. You can access connectors DIMM3 and DIMM4 by removing the base cover at the bottom of your computer.

  • Page 21: Postrequisites

    If you have replaced memory module(s) in connectors DIMM3 and DIMM4, go to Postrequisites. If you have replaced memory module(s) in connectors DIMM1 and DIMM2: Replace the palm rest. See "Replacing the Palm Rest" on page 42. Postrequisites Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the base cover.

  • Page 22: Removing The Optical Drive, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

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    Remove the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive. Lift the optical-drive bracket off the optical drive. optical-drive bracket interposer screws (4) Remove the interposer from the optical drive. Removing the Optical Drive...

  • Page 24: Replacing The Optical Drive, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the interposer to the optical drive. Align the screw holes on the optical-drive bracket with the screw holes on the optical drive and replace the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive.

  • Page 25: Removing The Hard Drive(s), Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. 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 hard drive while the computer is in Sleep or On state.

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    Procedure Disconnect the hard-drive cable from its connector on the system board. Loosen the captive screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base. Using the pull-tab, lift the hard-drive assembly out of the computer base. hard-drive cable captive screws (4) pull tab hard drive Removing the Hard Drive(s)

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    Disconnect the interposer from the hard drives. NOTE: Your computer supports up to three drives. Remove the screws that secure the hard drive(s) to the hard-drive bracket and slide the hard drive(s) out of the hard-drive bracket. hard drive interposer screws (4) Removing the Hard Drive(s)

  • Page 28: Replacing The Hard Drive(s), Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: For drive configurations supported on your computer, see Specifications at dell.com/support/manuals.

  • Page 29: Removing The Fans Cover, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

  • Page 30: Replacing The Fans Cover, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the fans cover with the slots on the computer base and slide the fans cover into place.

  • Page 31: Removing The Video-card Heat-sink Fan(s), Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

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    Disconnect the secondary video-card heat-sink fan cable from its connector on the system board. Loosen the captive screws that secure the secondary video-card heat-sink fan to the computer base. captive screws (4) secondary video-card heat-sink fan secondary video-card heat-sink fan cable Lift the video-card heat-sink fan(s) along with the cable away from the computer base.

  • Page 33: Replacing The Video-card Heat-sink Fan(s), Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the video-card heat-sink fan(s) with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 34: Removing The Processor Heat-sink Fan, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

  • Page 35: Replacing The Processor Heat-sink Fan, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the processor heat-sink fan with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 36: Removing The Coin-cell Battery, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The coin-cell battery may need replacing if an incorrect time or date is displayed during the boot routine along with a message such as:...

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    Procedure Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from its connector on the system board. coin-cell battery cable connector coin-cell battery Remove the coin-cell battery cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Pry up the coin-cell battery from the slot on the system board. Removing the Coin-Cell Battery...

  • Page 38: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. 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 39: Removing The Palm Rest, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the media-card reader cable and keyboard cable from the connectors on the palm-rest assembly. Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the macro-keyboard cable and macro-keyboard backlight cable from the connectors on the system board. Remove the screws that secure the palm-rest assembly to the computer base.

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    Turn the computer over. Carefully pry out the palm-rest assembly from the two tabs along the rear edge of the computer, and then ease the palm-rest assembly from the computer base. CAUTION: Carefully separate the palmrest from the computer base to avoid damage to the palmrest.

  • Page 42: Replacing The Palm Rest, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Replace the power-button board. See "Replacing the Power-Button Board" on page 46.

  • Page 43: Removing The Msata Card, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14.

  • Page 44: Replacing The Msata Card, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Insert the mSATA card connector at a 45-degree angle into the system- board connector.

  • Page 45: Removing The Power-button Board, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

  • Page 46: Replacing The Power-button Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screws holes on the power-button board with the screw holes on the palm- rest assembly.

  • Page 47: Removing The Status-light Board, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the power-button board cable and media-card reader cable from the connectors on the status-light board. Remove the screws that secure the status-light board to the palm-rest assembly. screws (2) power-button board cable status-light board media-card reader cable...

  • Page 49: Replacing The Status-light Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the slots on the status-light board with the alignment posts on the palm-rest assembly and secure the status-light board in place.

  • Page 50: Removing The Keyboard, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the keyboard-bracket to the keyboard. CAUTION: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard. CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing and handling the keyboard.

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    Lift the connector latch and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the keyboard cable from the respective connector. Remove the screws that secure the keyboard to the palm-rest assembly. screws (2) keyboard cable Lift the keyboard off the palm-rest assembly. Removing the Keyboard...

  • Page 53: Replacing The Keyboard, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Place the keyboard on the palm-rest assembly. Replace the screws that secure the keyboard to the palm-rest assembly.

  • Page 54: Removing The Macro Keyboard, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16.

  • Page 55: Replacing The Macro Keyboard, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tab on the macro keyboard into the slot on the palm-rest assembly and lower the macro keyboard into place.

  • Page 56: Removing The Display Assembly, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Turn the computer over and open the display. Disconnect the video-card connector cable from its connector on the system board. Pull the pull-tab to disconnect the display cable from its connector on the system board. Disconnect the LED-logo board cable from its connector on the system board. display cable connector LED logo-board cable video-card connector cable...

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    Disconnect the antenna cables from the connectors on the Mini-Card. See "Removing the Wireless Mini-Card" on page 105. Note the routing of the antenna cables, and then remove the cables from the routing guides on the computer base. Remove the screw that secures the routing guides to the computer base. Slide and lift the routing guides off the computer base.

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    Remove the screws, on the display hinges, that secure the display assembly to the computer base. Move the display to a perpendicular position to the computer base, and then lift the display assembly off the computer. display assembly screws (3) Removing the Display Assembly...

  • Page 60: Replacing The Display Assembly, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Place the display assembly in position and replace the screws, on the display hinges, that secure the display assembly to the computer base.

  • Page 61: Removing The Camera Module, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Remove the screw that secures the camera module to the display back-cover. Disconnect the camera cable from the camera-module connector. Pry and lift the camera module off the display back-cover. screw (1) camera module camera-cable connector Removing the Camera Module...

  • Page 63: Replacing The Camera Module, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Adhere the camera module to the display back-cover. Connect the camera cable to the camera-module connector.

  • Page 64: Removing The Display Bezel, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

  • Page 65: Replacing The Display Bezel, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the display bezel with the display back-cover, and gently snap the display bezel into place.

  • Page 66: Removing The Display Hinges, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

  • Page 67: Replacing The Display Hinges, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display hinges with the screw holes on the display backcover.

  • Page 68: Removing The Display Panel, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back-cover. Lift the display panel off the display back-cover. screws (8) display panel Removing the Display Panel...

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    Turn the display panel over and place it on a clean surface. Peel the tape that secures the display cable to the display-panel connector. Lift the connector latch and disconnect the display cable from the display-panel connector. Lift the display cable off the display panel. tape display cable Removing the Display Panel...

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    Remove the screws that secure the display-panel brackets to the display panel. Slide the display-panel brackets off the display panel. screws (6) display-panel brackets display panel Removing the Display Panel...

  • Page 72: Replacing The Display Panel, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display-panel brackets with the screw holes on the display panel.

  • Page 73: Removing The Logo Board, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the logo board to the display back-cover. Carefully rotate the logo board over and disconnect the display-light board cables from the connectors on the logo board. Lift the logo board off the display back-cover. screws (2) logo board display-light board cables (4)

  • Page 75: Replacing The Logo Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the display-light board cables to the logo-board connectors.

  • Page 76: Removing The Display-light Boards, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display-light boards to the display back-cover. Lift the display-light boards off the display back-cover. screws (5) display-light boards (3) Removing the Display-Light Boards...

  • Page 78: Replacing The Display-light Boards, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display-light boards with the screw holes on the display back-cover.

  • Page 79: Removing The Speakers, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Disconnect the speakers cable from its connector on the system board. Note the speakers cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Remove the screws that secure the speakers to the computer base. Lift the speakers, along with the speaker cable, off the computer base.

  • Page 81: Replacing The Speakers, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the speakers with the screw holes on the computer base and replace the screws that secure the speakers to the computer base.

  • Page 82: Removing The Subwoofer, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the speakers. See "Removing the Speakers" on page 79.

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    Procedure Disconnect the subwoofer cable from its connector on the system board. Note the subwoofer-cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Loosen the captive screws that secure the subwoofer to the computer base. Lift the subwoofer, along with the subwoofer cable, off the computer base.

  • Page 84: Replacing The Subwoofer, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the subwoofer with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 85: Removing The Sound Board, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Procedure Lift the connector latch and disconnect the hall-effect sensor board cable from its connector on the sound board. Remove the screws that secure the sound board to the computer base. Gently lift the sound board out of the slots on the computer base. sound board screws (3) hall-effect sensor board...

  • Page 87: Replacing The Sound Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the connectors on the sound board with the slots on the computer base and replace the screws that secure the sound board to the computer base.

  • Page 88: Removing The Video-card Heat-sink(s), Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Primary video-card heat-sink primary video-card heat-sink captive screws (4) Secondary video-card heat-sink captive screws (4) secondary video-card heat-sink Removing the Video-Card Heat-Sink(s)

  • Page 90: Replacing The Video-card Heat-sink(s), Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the video-card heat-sink(s) with the screw holes on the video cards.

  • Page 91: Removing The Video Card(s), Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

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    Remove the screws that secure the video-card(s) to the system board. Lift and slide the video-card(s) along with heat sink(s) out to disconnect it from the connectors on the system board. Primary Video Card primary video card screws (2) Secondary Video Card secondary video card screws (2) Removing the Video Card(s)

  • Page 93: Replacing The Video Card(s), Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Insert the video card(s) at a 45-degree angle into its connector on the system board.

  • Page 94: Removing The Processor Heat-sink, Prerequisites, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader.

  • Page 95: Replacing The Processor Heat-sink, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Incorrect alignment of the processor heat-sink can damage the processor.

  • Page 96: Removing The Processor Module, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Processors are extremely fragile. Handle the processor only by the edges and do not touch the metal pins.

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    Procedure To loosen the ZIF socket, use a small, flat-blade screwdriver to rotate the ZIF-socket cam screw counterclockwise until it comes to the cam stop. CAUTION: To ensure maximum cooling for the processor module, do not touch the heat-transfer areas on the processor thermal cooling assembly.

  • Page 98: Replacing The Processor Module, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: If a new processor module is installed, you will receive a new processor heat- sink assembly, which will include an affixed thermal pad, or you will receive a new thermal pad along with documentation to illustrate proper installation.

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    Postrequisites Replace the processor heat-sink. See "Replacing the Processor Heat-Sink" on page 95. Replace the display assembly. See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the optical drive. See "Replacing the Optical Drive" on page 24. Replace the hard drive(s).

  • Page 100: Removing The System Board, Prerequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage 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 BIOS after you replace the system board.

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    Procedure Disconnect the speaker cable and the subwoofer cable from the connectors on the system board. Lift the connector latch and disconnect the tron-light cables from the connectors on the system board. tron-lights cable 1 tron-lights cable 2 tron-lights cable 3 subwoofer cable speakers cable Removing the System Board...

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    Remove the screws that secure the system board to the computer base. Carefully ease the connectors on the system board out of the slots in the computer base and lift the system board off the computer base. screws (8) system board Removing the System Board...

  • Page 103: Replacing The System Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the connectors on the system board with the slots on the computer base and place the system board on the computer base.

  • Page 104: Entering The Service Tag In The Bios

    Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Replace any card or blank that you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13 Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS Turn on the computer.

  • Page 105: Removing The Wireless Mini-card, Prerequisites

    Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for wireless Mini-Cards from sources other than Dell. If you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already installed. Your computer has one half Mini-Card slot which supports a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) + Bluetooth combo card.

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    Procedure Disconnect the antenna cables from the connectors on the wireless Mini-Card. antenna cables (2) wireless mini-card screw Remove the screw that secures the wireless Mini-Card to the system board. Lift the wireless Mini-Card away from the system-board connector. Removing the Wireless Mini-Card...

  • Page 107: Replacing The Wireless Mini-card, Procedure

    "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the notch on the wireless Mini-Card with the tab on the system-board connector.

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    Postrequisites Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the optical drive. See "Replacing the Optical Drive" on page 24. Replace the hard drive(s). See “Replacing the Hard Drive(s)” on page 28. Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the fans cover.

  • Page 109: System Setup, Overview, Entering System Setup

    System Setup Overview Use the system setup to: • Get information about the hardware installed in your computer, such as the amount of RAM, the size of the hard drive, and so on • Change the system configuration information • Set or change a user-selectable option, such as the user password, type of hard drive installed, enabling or disabling base devices, and so on CAUTION:...

  • Page 110: System Setup Screens, System Setup Options

    System Setup Screens The system setup screen displays current or changeable configuration information for setup item your computer. Information on the screen is divided into three areas: the help screen key functions active , and Setup Item Help Screen — This field appears —...

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    Main Menu CPU Cache Displays the processor’s L1 cache size. L1 Cache Displays the processor’s L2 cache size. L2 Cache Displays the processor’s L3 cache size. L3 Cache Displays the integrated graphics. Integrated Graphics Displays the first discrete graphics installed Discrete Graphics 1 on your computer.

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    Advanced Menu Allows you to enable or disable the USB USB Emulation emulation feature. This feature defines how the BIOS, in the absence of a USB-aware operating system, handles USB devices. USB emulation is always enabled during POST. NOTE: You cannot boot any type of USB device (floppy, hard drive, or memory key) when this option is off.

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    Advanced Menu Allows you to set the touchpad backlight to Touchpad Backlight be on or in auto mode. Displays the battery health. Battery Health Allows you to enable or disable this port for USB debug Windows debugging. Allows you to disable or enable the external External USB Ports USB ports.

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    Advanced Menu—Performance Options Displays the current bus clock frequency. Current Frequency New Frequency in 10KHz increments Allows you to set the bus clock frequency in increments of 10KHz. Applies the new bus clock frequency Apply New Bus Clock Frequency immediately, temporarily, or permanently. Allows you to set the GT Overclocking GT Overclocking Frequency frequency.

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    Security Menu Displays the service tag of the computer Service Tag when the service tag is present. Displays a field to input the service tag manually when the service tag is absent. Allows you to set the administrator Admin Password password.

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    Boot Menu Boot Menu—LEGACY BOOT The computer attempts to boot from the Diskette Drive (or Removable floppy disk drive or an external drive. Drive) If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error message. The computer attempts to boot from the Hard Drive primary hard-drive.

  • Page 117: Boot Sequence

    Exit Menu Allows you to exit System Setup and save Exit Saving Changes your changes to CMOS. Allows you to remain in System Setup and Save Change Without Exit save your changes to CMOS. Allows you to exit System Setup and load Exit Discarding Changes previous values from CMOS for all Setup items.

  • Page 118: Changing Boot Sequence For The Current Boot, Changing Boot Sequence For Future Boots

    Changing Boot Mode for Future Boots Turn on (or restart) your computer. 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. This prompt can appear very quickly, so you must watch for it, and then press <F2>.

  • Page 119: Flashing The Bios

    Automatically detect my Service Tag for me • Choose from My Products and Services List • Choose from a list of all Dell products Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen. BIOS A list of results appears on the screen. Click...

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