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How to open the side panel of the Alienware X51 system

How to open the side panel of the Alienware X51 system
Article Summary:

The following article will show you how to open your Alienware X51 chassis to have access to its internal components.

Note: Please bookmark this article as restarts of the computer are recommended during the process to help resolve issues.

Table of Contents:

1. Applies for:

2. Safety precautions

3. Disassembly

Applies for:

Alienware X51

Safety precautions:

- Turn off the system and any attached peripherals.

- Disconnect the system and any attached peripherals from AC power, and then remove the battery.

- Disconnect any telephone or telecommunications lines from the system.

- Use a wrist grounding strap and mat when working inside any computer system to avoid electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage.

- After removing any system component, carefully place the removed component on an anti-static mat.

- Wear shoes with non-conductive rubber soles to help reduce the chance of being shocked or seriously injured in an electrical accident.


Note: Follow the steps below but also for reference you can watch minutes 0:07 to 0:37 of this disassembly Video:

1. Locate the Left Side Cover.

2. Remove the screw securing the Left Side Cover to the System Chassis.

3. Carefully and gently push the Left Side Cover towards the front of the system. Exert enough force to just release the Left Side Cover.


Exert enough force to release the Left Side Cover, Do not pull the cover away from the System Chassis since the lighting board cable needs to be removed.

4. Carefully flip the Left Side Cover towards the top of the chassis.

5. Disconnect the Lighting Board cable.

6. Remove the Left Side Cover from the System Chassis.

7. Complete.

Thank you for your inquiry,
The Alienware Support Team


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Article ID: SLN146179

Last Date Modified: 12/26/2012 12:00 AM

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