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.
To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist
grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface.
Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your
computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by
To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery
(see "Removing the Battery" on page 15) before working inside the computer.
Removing the Hinge Cover
1 Follow the instructions in "Before You Begin" on page 9.
2 Remove the battery (see "Removing the Battery" on page 15).
3 Remove the module cover (see "Removing the Module Cover" on
4 Follow the instructions from step 4 to step 5 in "Removing the Optical
Drive" on page 19.
5 Remove the keyboard (see "Removing the Keyboard" on page 27).
6 Remove the palm-rest assembly (see "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly"
on page 31).
7 Remove the display assembly (see "Removing the Display Assembly" on
8 Remove the two screws from the computer base.
Center Control Cover