AmpedToGo
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Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

Trying to open a new XPS 14z to swap out the hard disk for an Intel Series 320 SSD. After reading the service manual am still stumped in how to loosen and remove the base cover. The manual says (after removing the screws) to use your fingertips to release the tabs on the base cover from the slots on the palm-rest assembly, but from the illustration it's not at all clear precisely where these tabs might be.

Any technique tips would be appreciated; a short video clip would be even better.

 

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Rexy624
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

No small feat to open it up and just opened mine.

  • Make sure you have plastic tools such as what you would use to open an Ipod, Zune or laptop. You can get them from Radio Shack or make some. Credit card edges help also
  • Make sure you remove the SD card blank from the left side, that will prevent it from opening and or do damage
  • Start from the very rear and insert the tools under the chrome trim. I had to slide my thumb nail on top of the trim to get it lose enough to then get underneath
  • Get the rear totally separated by inserting multiple plastic tools and (or) credit cards
  • Next, work down the left side where the SD is
  • Last, I had to use two tools to get the corner by the DVD drive, it is tight so be careful and go slow!
  • Once open, immediately disconnect the battery plug, just takes one errant screw landing in the wrong place and the mobo will be toast!
  • No easy way to just slide the HD out, the four screws must be removed so you can lift the cage up and get the side screws out
  • Hope this helps and let me know how you get on. FYI, I'm going with a Real 512SSD

 

      

       

Rexy624
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

Correction, the manual says to remove the battery first before removing the HD. I'm waiting on my 512GB SSD to arrive before I do it...

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Vacuphase
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

Hello Rexy624,

I got a question regarding the RAM. Concerning your pictures there is only one changeable module. Is the other kind of hidden or is there even a soldered 4GB on the mobo? Because I wanted to upgrade to a 8GB kit.

Thanks in advance 🙂

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Rexy624
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

I researched the module from the chip P/N #K4B2G0846D in the photo and it looks like it is a 2GB so there must be 6GB onboard somewhere though I didn't go looking for it. It's a Samsung chip and here's the link to the spec. sheet:

www.samsung.com/.../114082ds_k4b2gxx46c_1_5v_rev09.pdf

Post up what you end up with and how it works!

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Vacuphase
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

Thanks so far. I think I´ll look up when the laptop is open. Firstly I´ll insert the SSD just ordered 😉 Will reply next week then, have a nice weekend.

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Vacuphase
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

And I just cancelled the RAM-order thanks to your input 😉 stakes are too high for me ...

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Rexy624
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

What SSD did you go with? My Windows subscore for the Crucial 512GB SSD is 7.9, definitely turbos the laptop at 6Gbps! I've used a bunch of them and they've been 100% reliable-

www.crucial.com/.../partspecs.aspx

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Vacuphase
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

Got the Samsung SSD 830, size 128GB. 7.9 looks like a veritable advancement 🙂 The Dell Chat said there are 2 banks of RAM ... I can´t really believe ... And the German site doesn´t support the 14z neither in the Supportarea nor the service-tag itself ... So I can´t chat to an employee of the hardware-section 😞

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Rexy624
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Re: Trick to removing XPS 14z base cover?

How much was that, Dell charges about $300 to upgrade to the 256gb ssd here?

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