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How to disassemble Dell Inspiron 17R N7110


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In this guide I will disassemble a Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 laptop. My goal is to access and replace the hard drive which is mounted inside the laptop case. But I will disassemble it even further. I will show how to remove the motherboard and other internal components. This laptop has two different names: Dell Inspiron 17R and Dell Inspiron N7110. Before you start make sure the laptop is turned off. STEP 1. Remove laptop battery.

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STEP 2. There are four locks securing the keyboard on the top.

STEP 3. Each lock has a spring behind it. Push the lock into the case with a small screwdriver.

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STEP 4. At the same time lift up the keyboard a little bit. You can use a knife blade to lift up the keyboard. While the keyboard is lifted, push in all other locks.

STEP 5. Finally, lift up the top side of the keyboard and place the keyboard upside down on the palmrest.

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STEP 6. Now you can access the keyboard cable which is connected to the motherboard. In the following two steps I explain how to unlock the connector and release the cable.

STEP 7. On this picture the keyboard connector shown in the locked position. Lift up the left side of the brown tab with your fingernail. The tap will open up at a 90 degree angle.

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STEP 8. On this picture the same connector shown in the unlocked position. Now you can pull the cable from the connector.

STEP 9. Remove the keyboard. If you would like to replace the keyboard, you can find a new keyboard for Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 here.

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STEP 10. Remove one screw securing the memory cover on the bottom of the laptop. Remove the cover.

STEP 11. Youll find both memory modules under the cover. For the purpose of my guide its not necessary to remove memory modules. By the way, Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 laptop uses PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 204pin SDRAM SODIMM memory. It can take up to 8GB RAM total. It means you can install up to 4GB RAM module into each slot.

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STEP 12. Remove one screw securing the optical DVD drive. Pull DVD drive from the laptop and remove it.

STEP 13. Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop.

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STEP 14. Remove four screw securing the palmrest assembly. Disconnect the following cables: 1. Power button board cable. 2. Touchpad cable. 3. Hot key board cable.

STEP 15. Separate the palmrest assembly from the bottom case with a piece of soft plastic. Im using the guitar pick.

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STEP 16. Lift up and remove the palmrest assembly.

STEP 17. When the palmrest assembly removed you can access the following laptop components: - Cooling fan. - CMOS battery. - Hard drive. - Speakers and subwoofer. - I/O board. Both wireless cards mounted on this board. - Motherboard.

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STEP 18. Remove three screws securing the hard drive. Slide the hard drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard. Lift up and remove the hard drive from the laptop. In my Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 I had a regular 2.5 SATA hard drive installed. Its possible to replace it with any other large capacity SATA hard drive or SDD.

STEP 19. Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.

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Disconnect fan cable from the motherboard.

STEP 20. Lift up and remove the cooling fan. New cooling fans for Dell Inspiron 17R laptop available here.

STEP 21. Remove four screws securing the motherboard to the laptop base. Disconnect the following cables: 1. DC power jack cable. 2. Webcam cable.

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3. LCD screen cable. 4. Status light board cable. 5. Laptop speaker cable. 6. Subwoofer cable.

STEP 22. Carefully lift up the left side of the motherboard and disconnect it from the I/O board.

STEP 23. Remove the motherboard.

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STEP 24. On the bottom side of the motherboard you can access the heatsink and processor (CPU) which is located under the heatsink.

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7 Responses to How to disassemble Dell Inspiron 17R N7110


1 Ashok Kumar Says:
December 17th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Hi I also owned Dell N7110, you done a better job. It will help me infuture. I have doubt can I add extra internal WWAN card with this laptop. If it is possible please give the procedure. Because many peoples now a days using 3G network for internet. Regards ASHOK 2 Laptop Tech Says:
December 23rd, 2011 at 2:47 pm

@ Ashok Kumar, I dont think you can install a WWAN card into Dell N7110. I tried searching for Dell N7110 WWAN card and didnt find any. Probably its not supported. 3 Bala Says:
December 24th, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hi

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I have Acer Aspire laptop the display is not working when opening the screen fully but works when Keeping down @ 45 degree. I dont know which hardware causing the problem. Kindly help me in this issue to fix. 4 Laptop Tech Says:
December 26th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

@ Bala, I have Acer Aspire laptop the display is not working when opening the screen fully but works when Keeping down @ 45 degree. I dont know which hardware causing the problem. Kindly help me in this issue to fix. Most likely its one of the following: 1. Poor connection between the video cable and motherboard or LCD screen. Try reseating the video cable connectors on both ends. 2. If reseating connectors doesnt help, probably this is defective video cable. Try replacing the cable. 5 beto Says:
December 26th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hi there, great tutorial, just two questions: Do i have to remove the dvd drive to access the hdd and replace it? Do i have to remove the keyboard to access the hdd and replace it? thanks a lot 6 Laptop Tech Says:
December 26th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

@ beto, Do i have to remove the dvd drive to access the hdd and replace it? Do i have to remove the keyboard to access the hdd and replace it? Yes and yes. The hard drive mounted inside the laptop, under the top cover. Youll have to follow steps from 1 to 18 in order to remove the hard drive. 7 ASHOK KUMAR Says:
December 27th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

@Laptop Tech Thank you for your reply, now I am clear to buy a external data card.

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