Installing and Replacing Parts in your Alienware Computer

Installing and Replacing Parts in your Alienware Computer


Installing and Replacing Parts in your Alienware Computer

Table of Contents:

  1. Safety Precautions and ESD
  2. Disassembly by Platform

This article will provide you with the instructions you need to upgrade or replace internal components in your Alienware Computer.


1. Safety Precautions and ESD

Electro static discharge or ESD is the sudden flow of electricity between two objects caused by contact. Some computer components are sensitive to ESD, this is why whenever working inside your Alienware Computer you need to follow the steps listed next or on the video below:

  • Turn off the system and all attached peripherals.
  • Disconnect the system and all attached peripherals from AC power, and then remove the battery.
  • Disconnect all network cables, 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 nonconductive rubber soles to help reduce the chance of being shocked or seriously injured in an electrical accident.

Video: Safety precautions and ESD protection for Alienware systems (English Only)


2. Disassembly by Platform

Look for your System and Click on it to show the Disassembly Parts List:

Important:

  • The following disassemblies are only available in video format
  • These videos are only available in English

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Memory Wireless Card




Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Optical Drive Memory
Video Card(s) Wireless Card

Other components:

  1. Locate the right side panel

  2. Remove the Kensington lock screw

  3. Release the side panel latch as shown in the image

  4. Lift and remove the side panel

  5. Locate the Battery Module

  6. Remove the battery module cover screw

  7. Slide and remove the battery module cover as shown in the image

  8. Remove the batteries

Important: The system uses 2 AA batteries. We recommend the use of alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Side Panel Optical Drive Video Card
CPU Fan Duct Wireless Card m-SATA Card
Hard Drive(s) Memory


Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive(s) Optical Drive Memory
Video Card(s) Liquid Cooling System *

Note: *These parts should only be removed by a certified Dell Technician.

Other components:

The batteries are located on the back of the drive bay shroud

  1. Open the system
  2. Locate the drive bay shroud

  3. Press the two tabs to release the shroud

  4. Slide the drive bay shroud toward the back of the chassis and remove it

Important: The system uses 2 AA batteries. We recommend the use of alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Right Side Cover Hard Drive(s) Left Side Cover
PCI Shroud Video Card(s) LAN Card
Memory Optical Drive

Other components:

  1. Open the system
  2. Locate the theater-lighting batteries

  3. Open the latch and pivot the cover outward

  4. Remove the cover

  5. Remove the batteries

Important: The system uses 2 AA batteries. We recommend the use of alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Memory M2.SSD
Wireless Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Memory M2.SSD
Wireless Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Memory M2.SSD

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive Memory Wireless Card
Hard Drive Memory Wireless Card
Hard Drive Memory Wireless Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Battery Hard Drive Optical Drive
Memory Wireless Card Video Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Battery Hard Drive Optical Drive
Memory Wireless Card m-SATA

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive(s) Memory Wireless Card
Wireless HD Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Bottom Cover Battery Wireless Card
m-SATA * Optical Drive Hard Drive
Memory

Note: *Only available on the M14x R2.

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Hard Drive(s) Memory

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Bottom Cover Battery Hard Drive
Memory Wireless Card WWAN Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Battery Bottom Cover Hard Drive
Memory Video Card

Click on the item you need to replace to show you a video with instructions on how to do it

Battery Bottom Cover Hard Drive(s)
Memory

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Article ID: SLN296868

Last Date Modified: 07/20/2018 12:49 PM


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