Dell Inspiron 15/15R
Owner's Manual
Computer model: Inspiron 3521/5521/5537
Regulatory model: P28F
Regulatory type: P28F001/P28F003

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    Dell Inspiron 15/15R Owner’s Manual Computer model: Inspiron 3521/5521/5537 Regulatory model: P28F Regulatory type: P28F001/P28F003...

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    , and the Windows start button logo are either trademarks or registered ® trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license. 2013 - 05 Rev. A01...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

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

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    Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ... Procedure ......Postrequisites .

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    Replacing the System Board ....Procedure ......Postrequisites .

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    Replacing the Display Assembly ....Procedure ......Postrequisites .

  • Page 7: 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 8: Safety Instructions, Recommended Tools

    For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: Disconnect all power sources before opening the computer cover or panels. After you finish working inside the computer, replace all covers, panels, and screws before connecting to the power source.

  • Page 9: 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 10: Removing The Battery, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Close the display and turn the computer over.

  • Page 11: Replacing The Battery, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the battery with the slots on the battery bay and snap the battery into place.

  • Page 12: Removing The Memory Module(s), Prerequisites, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing clips on each end of the memory-module connector until the memory module pops up. Remove the memory module from the memory-module connector. securing clips (2) memory-module connector memory module Removing the Memory Module(s)

  • Page 14: Replacing The Memory Module(s), Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the notch on the memory module with the tab on the memory-module connector.

  • Page 15: Removing The Optical-drive Assembly, Prerequisites, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Remove the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical-drive assembly. Remove the optical-drive bracket from the optical-drive assembly. Carefully pry the optical-drive bezel and remove it from the optical-drive assembly. optical-drive bezel optical drive screws (2) optical-drive bracket Removing the Optical-Drive Assembly...

  • Page 17: Replacing The Optical-drive Assembly, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the optical-drive bezel with the slots on the optical drive and snap optical-drive bezel into place.

  • Page 18: Removing The Hard-drive Assembly, Prerequisites, Procedure

    Working Inside Your Computer" 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 hard drive while the computer is in Sleep or On state.

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    Using the pull-tab, lift the hard-drive assembly out of the computer base. hard-drive assembly pull-tab Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive. Lift the hard-drive bracket off the hard drive. screws (2) hard-drive bracket Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly...

  • Page 20: Replacing The Hard-drive Assembly, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive.

  • Page 21: Removing The Keyboard, Prerequisites, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Lift and slide the keyboard towards the display to release the keyboard from the palm-rest assembly. Turn the keyboard over and place it on the palm-rest assembly. Lift the connector latch and disconnect the keyboard from the connector on the system board.

  • Page 23: Replacing The Keyboard, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the keyboard cable into the connector on the system board and press down on the connector latch to secure it.

  • Page 24: Removing The Palm-rest, Prerequisites, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the touchpad cable and the power-button cable from the system board. touchpad cable power-button cable connector latches (2) Removing the Palm-Rest...

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    Remove the screws that secure the palm-rest to the system board. Using a plastic scribe gently lift and release the tabs on palm-rest from the slots on the computer base. CAUTION: Carefully separate the palm-rest assembly from the display assembly to avoid damage to the display assembly.

  • Page 27: Replacing The Palm-rest, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the palm-rest over the computer base.

  • Page 28: Removing The Wireless Mini-card, Prerequisites, Procedure

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Slide and remove the wireless mini-card out of the system-board connector. wireless mini-card system-board connector Removing the Wireless Mini-Card...

  • Page 30: Replacing The Wireless Mini-card, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure CAUTION: To avoid damage to the wireless mini-card, ensure that no cables are placed under the wireless mini-card.

  • Page 31: Removing The I/o Board, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

  • Page 32: Procedure

    Procedure Remove the screw that secures the I/O board to the computer base. Use the pull-tab to disconnect the I/O board cable from the connector on the system board. Gently lift and remove the I/O board off the computer base. I/O board I/O board cable screw...

  • Page 33: Replacing The I/o Board, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Gently slide the I/O board below the tab that secures it and snap the I/O board into place.

  • Page 34: Removing The System Board, Prerequisites

    Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. 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 system setup after you replace the system board. For more information, see "Entering the Service Tag in system setup"...

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    Procedure Peel the tape that secures the display cable to the system board. Disconnect the display cable from the connector on the system board. Disconnect the power adapter-port cable, speaker cable, and the I/O board cable from the system board. display cable tape power-adapter-port cable...

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    Remove the screw that secures the system board to the computer base. Lift the system board off the computer base. system board screw Removing the System Board...

  • Page 37: Replacing The System Board, Procedure, Postrequisites, Entering The Service Tag In System Setup

    Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. 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 system setup after you replace the system board.

  • Page 38: Removing The Coin-cell Battery, Prerequisites

    Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The coin-cell battery may explode if installed incorrectly. Replace the coin-cell battery only with the same or equivalent type. Discard used coin-cell batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Procedure Turn the system board over and place it on a flat surface. Using a plastic scribe, gently pry out the coin-cell battery out of the battery socket on the system board. plastic scribe coin-cell battery Removing the Coin-Cell Battery...

  • Page 40: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery, Procedure, Postrequisites

    Working Inside Your Computer" 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. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Page 41: Removing The Heat-sink, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Turn the system board over and place the system board on a flat surface. In sequential order (indicated on the heat-sink), remove the screws that secure the heat-sink to the system board. Lift the heat-sink off the system board. screw (6) Removing the Heat-Sink...

  • Page 43: Replacing The Heat-sink, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Clean the thermal grease from the bottom of the heat-sink and reapply it.

  • Page 44: Removing The Fan, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Turn the system board over and place the system board on a flat surface. Disconnect the fan cable from the connector on the system board. Remove the screw that secures the fan to the system board. Lift the fan off the system board. screw fan cable Removing the Fan...

  • Page 46: Replacing The Fan, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the fan with the screw holes on the system board.

  • Page 47: Removing The Speakers, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Peel the tape that secures the LED silicon tubes to the computer base. Lift and remove the LED silicon tubes off the computer base. tape LED silicon tubes Removing the Speakers...

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    Note the speaker cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Lift the speakers, along with the speaker cable, off the computer base. speaker cable routing speakers (2) Removing the Speakers...

  • Page 50: Replacing The Speakers, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the speakers on the computer base.

  • Page 51: Removing The Display Assembly, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Peel the tape that secures the display cable to the system board. Disconnect the display cable from the connectors on the system board. Disconnect the wireless mini-card cables from the connectors on the wireless mini-card. display cable wireless mini-card cables (2) Removing the Display Assembly...

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    Move aside the power adapter-port cable from the screws. Remove the screws that secure the display assembly to the computer base. Lift the display assembly off the computer base. display assembly screws (3) power adapter-port cable Removing the Display Assembly...

  • Page 54: Replacing The Display Assembly, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Place the display assembly on the computer base and align the screw holes on the display assembly with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 55: Removing The Display Bezel, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Press the hinge covers on the sides and lift the hinge covers to remove it from the display assembly. hinge covers (2) Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edge of the display bezel. Remove the display bezel off the display back-cover. display bezel Removing the Display Bezel...

  • Page 57: Replacing The Display Bezel, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. 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 58: Removing The Display Hinges, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the display panel. Lift the display hinges off the display back-cover. screws (8) display hinges (2) Removing the Display Hinges...

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

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. 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 back-cover.

  • Page 61: Removing The Display Panel, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back-cover. Gently lift the display panel and turn it over. display back-cover display panel screws (4) Removing the Display Panel...

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    Peel the tape that is adhered over the display cable. Disconnect the display cable from the connector on the display panel. display cable tape Removing the Display Panel...

  • Page 64: Replacing The Display Panel, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the display cable to the connector on the display panel.

  • Page 65: Removing The Camera Module, Prerequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 10.

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    Procedure Remove the screw that secures the camera module to the display back-cover. Disconnect the camera cable from the connector on the camera module. Peel the tape that secures the camera module to the display back-cover. Lift the camera module off the display back-cover. screw camera module tape...

  • Page 67: Replacing The Camera Module, Procedure, Postrequisites

    7. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 9. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the camera module on the display back-cover.

  • Page 68: Flashing The Bios

    The BIOS may require flashing when an update is available or when replacing the system board. To flash the BIOS: Turn on the computer. Go to dell.com/support. If you have your computer's Service Tag, type your computer's Service Tag and click Submit.

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