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Video - Dell Laptop Motherboard Replacement Tutorial

By Parts-People

Warning: Avoid static discharge by grounding yourself using a wrist strap or by touching a bare metal surface like a connector on the back of the laptop and remove all of the power including the battery and power adapter.

Make sure all data is backed up before removing or replacing your hard drive. Laptop hard drives are very sensitive and can be damaged easily. Handle with care. Performong your own repairs may void your warranty.


You'll need a flat-head and a philips screwdriver. Before you start, always remove the ac adapter and battery.

1. Remove the two (2) screws that secure the hard drive base to the assembly, and slide the hard drive out.

2. Remove the retaining screw that secures the optical drive and then use the tip of the screwdriver to slide the optical drive out.

3. Remove the two (2) screws that secure the center control power button cover to the base of the computer.

4. Remove the four (4) screws holding the bottom base access cover and remove the cover starting from right to left.

5. Remove the two (2) hinge screws holding the LCD assembly to the base of the laptop.

6. Remove the eleven (11) screws that are holding the touch pad palm rest to the base.

7. With your fingers separate the clips on each side of the memory sticks until the memory lifts up, gently pull the memory stick out of the memory slot.

8. Loosen the five (5) retaining screws on the heat sink then remove the heat sink by lifting up and out.

9. Using a small flat-head screw driver turn the CPU locking screw counter-clockwise approximately 180 degrees to unlock the CPU then gently lift out the CPU.

10. Disconnect the antenna wire from the wireless card, then loosten the antenna cables from the base assembly antennas routing channels, then remove the retaining screw and remove the wireless mini-PCI card.

11. Turn the computer over and fully open the display making the laptop as flat as possible.

12. Lift and unsnap the power button cover using a flat-head screw driver starting from right to left.

13. Remove the two retaining screws above the keyboard, then gently lift up the keyboard revealing the ribbon cable below. Be very careful removing the keyboard because it is very easy to damage the ribbon cable and the motherboard connector.

14. Lift the keyboard connector cable latch and remove the keyboard ribbon cable and keyboard.

15. Unplug the power button circuit board cable from the motherboard and remove it.

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