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Dell Inspiron 15–3541 Owner's Manual

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Inspiron 15
3000 Series
Owner's Manual
Computer Model: Inspiron 15–3541/15–3542
Regulatory Model: P40F
Regulatory Type: P40F001/P40F002

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    Inspiron 15 3000 Series Owner's Manual Computer Model: Inspiron 15–3541/15–3542 Regulatory Model: P40F Regulatory Type: P40F001/P40F002...

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    WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks ™...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Working Inside Your Computer........10 .................... 10 Before You Begin ................... 10 Safety Instructions ..................11 Recommended Tools After Working Inside Your Computer........12 Removing the Battery..............13 ......................13 Procedure Replacing the Battery..............14 ......................14 Procedure Removing the Base Cover............15 .....................

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    Removing the Hard Drive............20 ....................20 Prerequisites ......................20 Procedure Replacing the Hard Drive............22 ......................22 Procedure ....................22 Post-requisites Removing the Memory Module..........23 .....................23 Prerequisites ......................24 Procedure Replacing the Memory Module..........25 ......................26 Procedure ....................26 Post-requisites Removing the Wireless Card............27 .....................27 Prerequisites...

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    Removing the Palm Rest.............37 .....................37 Prerequisites ......................38 Procedure Replacing the Palm Rest............. 41 ......................41 Procedure ....................41 Post-requisites Removing the Power-Button Module........42 .....................42 Prerequisites ......................42 Procedure Replacing the Power-Button Module........44 ......................44 Procedure ....................44 Post-requisites Removing the Touchpad............45 .....................45 Prerequisites ......................

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    Removing the I/O Board.............52 .....................52 Prerequisites ......................52 Procedure Replacing the I/O Board............. 54 ......................54 Procedure ....................54 Post-requisites Removing the Optical-Drive Connector Board....55 .....................55 Prerequisites ......................56 Procedure Replacing the Optical-Drive Connector Board....58 ......................58 Procedure ....................58 Post-requisites Removing the Coin-Cell Battery..........

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    Removing the Speakers.............. 65 .....................65 Prerequisites ......................65 Procedure Replacing the Speakers...............67 ......................67 Procedure ....................67 Post-requisites Removing the System Board............. 68 ....................68 Prerequisites ......................68 Procedure Replacing the System Board............71 ......................71 Procedure ....................71 Post-requisites Removing the Heat-Sink Assembly..........73 .....................73 Prerequisites ......................74...

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    Removing the Display Bezel............82 ....................82 Prerequisites ......................82 Procedure Replacing the Display Bezel............84 ......................84 Procedure ....................84 Post-requisites Removing the Display Panel............85 .....................85 Prerequisites ......................86 Procedure Replacing the Display Panel............88 ......................88 Procedure ....................88 Post-requisites Removing the Display Hinges...........

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    Getting Help and Contacting Dell........... 96 ..................96 Self-Help Resources ....................96 Contacting Dell...

  • Page 10: Before Working Inside Your Computer

    Use the following safety guidelines to protect your computer from potential damage and ensure your personal safety. WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/ regulatory_compliance.

  • Page 11: Recommended Tools

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

  • Page 12: After Working Inside Your Computer

    After Working Inside Your Computer CAUTION: Leaving stray or loose screws inside your computer may severely damage your computer. Replace all screws and make sure that no stray screws remain inside your computer. Connect any external devices, peripherals, and cables you removed before working on your computer.

  • Page 13: Removing The Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Close the display and turn the computer over. Slide the battery-release latches to the unlock position.

  • Page 14: Replacing The Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tabs on the battery into the slots on the battery bay and snap the battery into place.

  • Page 15: Removing The Base Cover

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Remove the screw that secures the base cover to the computer base.

  • Page 16: Replacing The Base Cover

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tabs on the base cover into the slots on the computer base and snap the base cover into place.

  • Page 17: Removing The Optical Drive

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Remove the screw that secures the optical-drive assembly to the computer base.

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    Carefully pry the optical-drive bezel and remove it from the optical drive. optical-drive bezel optical drive optical-drive bracket screw...

  • Page 19: Replacing The Optical Drive

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the optical-drive bezel with the slots on the optical drive and snap the optical-drive bezel into place.

  • Page 20: Removing The Hard Drive

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive. CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the hard drive while the computer is in Sleep or On state.

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    Lift the hard-drive assembly out of the computer base. screw pull tab hard-drive assembly Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive. Using the pull tab, lift the hard-drive bracket and peel the Mylar sheet off the hard drive.

  • Page 22: Replacing The Hard Drive

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive. Procedure Adhere the Mylar sheet to the hard drive.

  • Page 23: Removing The Memory Module

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 24: Procedure

    Procedure Using your fingertips, pry apart the securing clips on each end of the memory-module slot until the memory module pops up. Slide and remove the memory module from the memory-module slot. memory module securing clips (2) memory-module slot...

  • Page 25: Replacing The Memory Module

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

  • Page 26: Procedure

    Procedure Align the notch on the memory module with the tab on the memory- module slot. Slide the memory module into the slot at an angle and press the memory module down until it clicks into place. NOTE: If you do not hear the click, remove the memory module and reinstall it.

  • Page 27: Removing The Wireless Card

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Slide the wireless card out of the wireless-card slot. antenna cables (2) wireless-card slot wireless card notch screw...

  • Page 29: Replacing The Wireless Card

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the notch on the wireless card with the tab on the wireless-card slot.

  • Page 30: Removing The Keyboard

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Procedure Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible.

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    Carefully turn the keyboard over and place it on the palm rest. plastic scribe keyboard tabs (6) Lift the connector latches and disconnect the keyboard cable and keyboard-backlight cable (optional) from the system board. NOTE: Keyboard-backlight cable is present only on a backlit- keyboard.

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    Lift the keyboard along with the cables off the palm rest. NOTE: If you are installing a new keyboard, make sure to note the folding of the keyboard cable and keyboard-backlight cable (optional). keyboard-backlight cable connector latch (optional) keyboard keyboard cable...

  • Page 33: Replacing The Keyboard

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the keyboard cable and keyboard-backlight cable (optional) into the system-board connectors and press down on the connector latches to secure the cables.

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    NOTE: Keyboard-backlight cable is present only on a backlit-keyboard. Place the keyboard on a flat and clean surface. keyboard cable keyboard-backlight cable keyboard CAUTION: Do not apply excess pressure while folding the cables. Lift the keyboard cable and gently fold the keyboard-backlight cable at the fold line.

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    keyboard cable keyboard-backlight cable fold line Using the alignment line, gently fold the keyboard cable. keyboard cable alignment line keyboard...

  • Page 36: Post-requisites

    Post-requisites Replace the battery.

  • Page 37: Removing The Palm Rest

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 38: Procedure

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base. Lift the connector latches and using the pull tabs, disconnect the touchpad cable and power-button board cable from the system board. power-button board cable connector latch touchpad cable screws (3) Close the display and turn the computer over.

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    Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base. screws (10) computer base Using a plastic scribe, gently release the tabs on the palm rest from the slots on the computer base. computer base palm rest Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible.

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    Lift the palm rest at an angle and release it from the ports on the system board. palm rest Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 7 in “Removing the Power- Button Module”. Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 5 in “Removing the Touchpad”.

  • Page 41: Replacing The Palm Rest

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 4 in “Replacing the Touchpad”. Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 7 in “Replacing the...

  • Page 42: Removing The Power-button Module

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Lift the power-button board at an angle and remove it from under the tab on the palm rest. tape power-button board power-button board cable screw palm rest...

  • Page 44: Replacing The Power-button Module

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the power-button board under the tab on the palm rest and align the screw hole on the power-button board with the screw hole on the palm rest.

  • Page 45: Removing The Touchpad

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Remove the screws that secure the touchpad to the palm rest. connector latch touchpad cable touchpad screws (3) Using your fingertips, release the touchpad from under the palm rest.

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    Slide and remove the touchpad out of the palm rest. touchpad...

  • Page 48: Replacing The Touchpad

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the tabs on the touchpad into the slots on the palm rest. Replace the screws that secure the touchpad to the palm rest.

  • Page 49: Removing The Battery-connector Board

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 50: Procedure

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the battery-connector board to the computer base. Carefully lift the battery-connector board to disconnect it from the system board. battery-connector board screws (2)

  • Page 51: Replacing The Battery-connector Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the battery-connector board to the system-board connector. Replace the screws that secure the battery-connector board to the computer base.

  • Page 52: Removing The I/o Board

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Lift the I/O board off the computer base. I/O board I/O-board cable connector latch...

  • Page 54: Replacing The I/o Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the I/O-board cable into the I/O-board connector and press down on the connector latch to secure the cable.

  • Page 55: Removing The Optical-drive Connector Board

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

  • Page 56: Procedure

    Procedure Close the display and turn the computer over. Disconnect the antenna cables from the wireless card and remove the cables from the routing guide on the computer base. routing guide antenna cables (2) Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Remove the antenna cables from the slot on the computer base and remove the cables from the optical-drive connector board.

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    Lift the optical-drive connector board off the computer base. screw optical-drive connector board...

  • Page 58: Replacing The Optical-drive Connector Board

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the optical-drive connector board into the system-board connector. Replace the screw that secures the optical-drive connector board to the computer base.

  • Page 59: Removing The Coin-cell Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 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.

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    battery socket coin-cell battery plastic scribe...

  • Page 61: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure With the positive-side facing up, snap the coin-cell battery into the battery socket on the system board.

  • Page 62: Removing The Power-adapter Port

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Lift the power-adapter port along with its cable off the computer base. power-adapter port power-adapter port cable...

  • Page 64: Replacing The Power-adapter Port

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the power-adapter port into the slot on the computer base. Route the power-adapter port cable through the routing guides on the computer base.

  • Page 65: Removing The Speakers

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Lift the speakers along with the speaker cable off the computer base. speaker cable speakers (2)

  • Page 67: Replacing The Speakers

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the speakers using the alignment posts on the computer base and snap the speakers into place.

  • Page 68: Removing The System Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page 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.

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    Disconnect the power-adapter port cable and speaker cable from the system board. power-adapter port cable display cable tape speaker cable I/O-board cable connector latch Remove the screws that secure the system board to the computer base.

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    Lift the system board off the computer base. system board screws (3) Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 4 in “Removing the Heat Sink”.

  • Page 71: Replacing The System Board

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page 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 72

    Replace the memory module. Replace the base cover. 10 Replace the battery.

  • Page 73: Removing The Heat-sink Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The heat sink may become hot during normal operation. Allow sufficient time for the heat sink to cool before you touch it.

  • Page 74: Procedure

    Procedure NOTE: The heat sink may look different on your computer depending on the configuration you ordered. Turn the system board over and place it on a flat and clean surface. In sequential order (indicated on the heat sink), loosen the captive screws that secure the heat-sink assembly to the system board.

  • Page 75: Replacing The Heat-sink Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Incorrect alignment of the heat sink can cause damage to the system board and processor. Procedure Align the screw holes on the heat-sink assembly with the screw holes on the system board.

  • Page 76: Removing The Display Assembly

    Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the battery. Remove the base cover.

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    Remove the antenna cables from the routing guide on the computer base. routing guide antenna cables (2) Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Remove the antenna cables from the slot on the computer base. Peel off the tape that secures the display cable to the system board.

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    Lift the connector latch and disconnect the display cable from the system board. display cable tape connector latch Remove the screws that secure the display hinges to the computer base. Note the antenna cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base.

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    10 Release the display hinges from the tabs on the computer base and lift the display assembly off the computer base. display assembly screws (4) display hinges (2)

  • Page 80: Replacing The Display Assembly

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide the display hinges under the tab on the computer base and align the screw holes on the display hinges with the screw holes on the computer base.

  • Page 81

    Replace the battery.

  • Page 82: Removing The Display Bezel

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

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    display bezel...

  • Page 84: Replacing The Display Bezel

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 85: Removing The Display Panel

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 86: Procedure

    Procedure Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back- cover. Gently lift the display panel, turn it over, and place it on a flat and clean surface. display panel screws (4) display back-cover Peel off the tape that secures the display cable to the display panel.

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    Lift the connector latch and disconnect the display cable from the display panel. connector latch display cable tape...

  • Page 88: Replacing The Display Panel

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 89: Removing The Display Hinges

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 90: Procedure

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

  • Page 91: Replacing The Display Hinges

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 92: Removing The Camera

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 93

    Disconnect the camera cable from the camera module. camera cable camera module display back-cover...

  • Page 94: Replacing The Camera

    Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for laptop with non- touchscreen display.

  • Page 95: Flashing The Bios

    You may need to flash (update) the BIOS when an update is available or when you replace 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.

  • Page 96: Contacting Dell

    Getting Help and Contacting Dell Self-Help Resources You can get information and help on Dell products and services using these online self-help resources: Self-Help Information Self-Help Options Windows 8 — Open the Search Accessing Windows Help charm, type Help and Support in the search box and press <Enter>.

  • Page 97

    NOTE: If you do not have an active internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.

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