3000 Series
Owner's Manual
Computer Model: Inspiron 14–3442
Regulatory Model: P53G
Regulatory Type: P53G001

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    Inspiron 14 3000 Series Owner's Manual Computer Model: Inspiron 14–3442 Regulatory Model: P53G Regulatory Type: P53G001...

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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........9 ....................9 Before You Begin ..................... 9 Safety Instructions ..................10 Recommended Tools After Working Inside Your Computer........11 Removing the Battery..............12 ......................12 Procedure Replacing the Battery..............13 ......................13 Procedure Removing the Optical Drive............14 .....................

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    Removing the Memory Module(s)..........19 ..................... 19 Prerequisites ......................20 Procedure Replacing the Memory Module(s)..........21 ......................22 Procedure ....................22 Post-requisites Removing the Wireless Card............. 23 .....................23 Prerequisites ......................23 Procedure Replacing the Wireless Card............25 ......................25 Procedure ....................25 Post-requisites Removing the Keyboard............. 26 .....................26 Prerequisites ......................

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    Removing the Palm Rest............36 .....................36 Prerequisites ......................37 Procedure Replacing the Palm Rest............. 41 ......................41 Procedure ....................41 Post-requisites Removing the Power-Button Board........42 .....................42 Prerequisites ......................42 Procedure Replacing the Power-Button Board........44 ......................44 Procedure ....................44 Post-requisites Removing the Touchpad............45 .....................45 Prerequisites ......................

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    Removing the Speakers.............. 52 .....................52 Prerequisites ......................52 Procedure Replacing the Speakers...............54 ......................54 Procedure ....................54 Post-requisites Removing the Coin-Cell Battery..........55 .....................55 Prerequisites ......................55 Procedure Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery..........57 ......................57 Procedure ....................57 Post-requisites Removing the Power-Adapter Port......... 58 .....................58 Prerequisites ......................

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    Removing the Heat-Sink Assembly......... 65 .....................65 Prerequisites ......................65 Procedure Replacing the Heat-Sink Assembly.......... 67 ......................67 Procedure ....................67 Post-requisites Removing the Display Assembly..........68 ....................68 Prerequisites ......................68 Procedure Replacing the Display Assembly..........70 ......................70 Procedure ....................70 Post-requisites Removing the Display Bezel............71 .....................

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    Removing the Display Panel............77 ..................... 77 Prerequisites ......................78 Procedure Replacing the Display Panel............80 ......................80 Procedure ....................80 Post-requisites Removing the Camera..............81 .....................81 Prerequisites ......................82 Procedure Replacing the Camera..............83 ......................83 Procedure ....................83 Post-requisites Flashing the BIOS................. 84...

  • Page 9: Before Working Inside Your Computer, Before You Begin, Safety Instructions

    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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Removing The Battery, Procedure

    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 latches to the unlock position. You hear a click sound when the battery is unlocked.

  • Page 13: Replacing The Battery, Procedure

    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...

  • Page 14: Inspiron, Removing The Optical Drive, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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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    Remove the screw that secures the optical-drive bracket to the optical- drive assembly and remove the optical-drive bracket. optical-drive bezel optical drive optical-drive bracket screw...

  • Page 16: Replacing The Optical Drive, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 17: Removing The Base Cover, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 18: Replacing The Base Cover, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 19: Removing The Memory Module(s), Prerequisites

    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 20: Procedure

    Procedure Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing-clips on each end of the memory-module slot until the memory module pops up. Remove the memory module from the memory-module slot. securing clips (2) memory-module slot memory module...

  • Page 21: Replacing The Memory Module(s)

    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 22: Post-requisites, Procedure

    Procedure Align the notch on the memory module with the tab on the memory- module slot. Slide the memory module firmly 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 23: Removing The Wireless Card, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 and remove the wireless card out of the wireless-card slot. antenna cables (2) wireless card screw...

  • Page 25: Replacing The Wireless Card, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 CAUTION: To avoid damage to the wireless card, do not place any cables under it.

  • Page 26: Removing The Keyboard, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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.

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    Slide the keyboard up to release it from the tabs on the palm rest. plastic scribe securing clips (5) keyboard tabs (5) Turn the keyboard over and place it on the palm rest.

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    Lift the latch and disconnect the keyboard cable from the system board. keyboard keyboard cable latch Lift the keyboard off the palm rest.

  • Page 29: Replacing The Keyboard, Procedure, Post-requisites, Folding The Keyboard Cable

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure NOTE: If you are installing a new keyboard, fold the cables the same way they are folded on the old keyboard. For more information, see “Folding...

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    The cables on the keyboard are not folded when you receive a replacement keyboard. Follow these instructions to fold the cables on the replacement keyboard the same way they are folded on the old keyboard. Place the keyboard on a flat and clean surface. keyboard cable keyboard Gently fold the keyboard cable with the end aligned with the fold line as...

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    keyboard cable keyboard...

  • Page 32: Removing The Hard Drive, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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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    Using the pull-tab, lift and slide the hard-drive assembly out of the tabs on the computer base. screw hard-drive Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive. Using the pull-tab, lift the hard-drive bracket off the hard drive.

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    Peel off the Mylar sheet from the hard drive. hard-drive bracket pull-tab screws (2) mylar sheet...

  • Page 35: Replacing The Hard Drive, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 on the hard drive.

  • Page 36: Removing The Palm Rest, Prerequisites

    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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    Procedure Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer base. screws (3) Remove the tape covering the power-button cable.

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    Lift the latches and, using the pull-tabs, disconnect the power-button cable and the touchpad cable from the system board. power-button cable touchpad cable 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 (8) computer base Using a plastic scribe, release the tabs on the palm rest from the slots on the computer base. plastic scribe palm rest computer base Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible.

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    Lift the palm rest from the bottom edge and away from the computer base. palm rest 10 Follow the procedure from step 2 to step 5 in “Removing the Power- Button Board”. 11 Follow the procedure from step 2 to step 3 in “Removing the Touchpad”.

  • Page 41: Replacing The Palm Rest, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 3 in “Replacing the Touchpad”. Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 4 in “Replacing the...

  • Page 42: Removing The Power-button Board, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 along with the cable off the palm rest. power-button board tape screw power-button cable...

  • Page 44: Replacing The Power-button Board, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 Route the power-button cable through the routing guides on the palm rest.

  • Page 45: Removing The Touchpad, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 and remove the touchpad out of its slot on the palm rest. touchpad screws (2)

  • Page 47: Replacing The Touchpad, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Slide and replace the touchpad into its slot on the palm rest. Align the screw holes on the touchpad with the screw holes on the palm rest.

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    Replace the keyboard. Replace the battery.

  • Page 49: Removing The I/o Board, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 away from the computer base. system board I/O-board cable I/O board...

  • Page 51: Replacing The I/o Board, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 cable connector and press down on the latch to secure the cable.

  • Page 52: Removing The Speakers, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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. speakers (2) speaker cable...

  • Page 54: Replacing The Speakers, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 Using the alignment posts on the computer base, place the speakers on the computer base.

  • Page 55: Removing The Coin-cell Battery, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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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    system board battery socket coin-cell battery plastic scribe...

  • Page 57: Replacing The Coin-cell Battery, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 58: Removing The Power-adapter Port, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 cable power-adapter port...

  • Page 60: Replacing The Power-adapter Port, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 position. Route the power-adapter-port cable through the routing guides on the computer base.

  • Page 61: Removing The System Board, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 connector on the system board. power-adapter port cable power-adapter port display cable speaker cable I/O-board cable 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 (2)

  • Page 64: Replacing The System Board, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 65: Removing The Heat-sink Assembly, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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.

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    Lift the heat-sink assembly off the system board. fan cable system board captive screws (5) heat-sink assembly...

  • Page 67: Replacing The Heat-sink Assembly, Procedure, Post-requisites

    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 68: Removing The Display Assembly, Prerequisites, Procedure

    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 optical drive.

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    Lift the display assembly off the computer base. display assembly screws (4) antenna cable computer base...

  • Page 70: Replacing The Display Assembly, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page 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 71: Removing The Display Bezel, Prerequisites

    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 optical drive.

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    Procedure Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edge of the display bezel. Remove the display bezel off the display back-cover. display bezel display back-cover...

  • Page 73: Replacing The Display Bezel, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the display bezel with the display back-cover, and gently snap the display bezel into place.

  • Page 74: Removing The Display Hinges, Prerequisites

    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 optical drive.

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

  • Page 76: Replacing The Display Hinges, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the screw holes on the display hinges with the screw holes on the display back-cover.

  • Page 77: Removing The Display Panel, Prerequisites

    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 optical drive.

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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 panel screws (4) Peel the tape adhered over the display cable.

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    Disconnect the display cable from the display-panel cable connector. display panel display back-cover display cable Lift the display panel away from the display back-cover.

  • Page 80: Replacing The Display Panel, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Connect the display cable to the display-panel connector. Adhere the tape that secures the display cable.

  • Page 81: Removing The Camera, Prerequisites

    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 optical drive.

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    Procedure Disconnect the camera cable from the camera. Lift the camera off the display back-cover. camera camera cable...

  • Page 83: Replacing The Camera, Procedure, Post-requisites

    After Working Inside Your Computer. For more safety best practices, see the Regulatory Compliance home page at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Using the alignment post, place the camera on the display back-cover. Connect the camera cable to the camera connector.

  • Page 84: 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.

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