In this guide I will show how to disassemble Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series laptop.
As an example I’m taking apart a laptop with product name: Dell Inspiron 5559 but also it should work for Dell Inspiron 5558 and 5555.
In this guide I’ll go through the following major steps:
- Removing the battery, hard drive, memory and optical drive: STEPS 1-8.
- Removing the keyboard: STEPS 9-13.
- Removing the bottom case: STEP 14-19.
- Removing the motherboard, DC power jack and cooling fan: STEP 20-27.
It’s a long disassembly guide so be organized. Keep track of screws.
Unlock and remove the battery.
Remove two screws from the hard drive and memory cover.
Remove the cover.
You’ll have to apply some reasonable force to separate the cover from the bottom case. There are hidden latches securing the cover.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive bracket.
Unlock the connector (red arrow) and disconnect the hard drive SATA cable from the motherboard.
Unplug the SATA cable from the hard drive.
It’s necessary only if you are replacing or upgrading the hard drive.
By the way, replacing the regular hard drive with a solid state drive will improve the laptop performance significantly.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series 5559/5558/5555 has two memory slots.
In order to remove the memory module spread latches on both sides of the slot. The memory module will pop up at a 30 degree angle.
Pull the memory module from the slot.
Remove two screws securing the optical drive.
Push the optical drive out through the opening in the battery compartment.
Remove the drive.
Removing the keyboard from Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series 5559/5558/5555 laptop is a little bit tricky.
There are five hidden latches securing the keyboard.
You’ll need a thin metal case opener to release keyboard latches.
Insert the case opener between the keyboard and the latch.
Push the latch inside.
Lift up the keyboard.
Unlock all remaining latches.
Continue removing the keyboard with your fingers.
You’ll have to apply some reasonable force to separate the keyboard from the top case.
There are small metal knobs securing the keyboard to the top case. They engage with plastic retainers on the back of the keyboard.
Under the keyboard you will find two flat cables: the keyboard cable and the backlight cable.
Do you see “UP” sign on each cable? Make sure both cables positioned correctly during the reassembly process.
Unlock the small connector and pull the backlight cable out.
Unlock the big connector and pull the keyboard cable out.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove six screws securing the top case.
Disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard.
Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop.
Screws I marked in yellow are shorter than screws marked in red.
Remove three more screws located in the optical drive bay.
Remove the wireless card bracket which is secured by one screw.
It’s necessary to remove the wireless card if you are going to remove the bottom case.
Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Pull the wireless card out.
Unplug the speaker cable fro the motherboard.
Separate the bottom case from the top case using plastic case opener or any other similar tool.
Continue removing the bottom case with your fingers.
There are four plastic latches securing the bottom case in the battery compartment.
Unlock the latches and continue removing the bottom case.
Be careful while removing the bottom case. You’ll have to pull the optical drive cable and Wi-Fi antennas through the openings in the case.
The bottom case has been removed.
Now you can access most internal components.
Before removing the motherboard it’s necessary to disconnect two cables on the top case:
- power button cable (green rectangle)
- trackpad cable (red rectangle)
Unlock the display video cable connector and pull the cable out.
Unroute the display video cable from the guided path.
Remove one screw securing the motherboard.
Remove one screw securing the DC power jack.
Lift up the motherboard from the bottom case.
NOTE: the DC power jack seated in the case. You’ll have to lift up the DC jack from the case.
Turn the motherboard upside down and disconnect the USB board cable.
In Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series 5559/5558/5555 laptop the DC jack attached to the power cable.
Disconnect the cable from the motherboard.
Loosen three screws securing the heatsink.
Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.
Separate the heatsink assembly from the motherboard.
Remove three screws securing the cooling fan to the heatsink.
Now you can remove the fan.
15″ and 17″ 5000 series laptops has similar screen removal steps.
If you need to replace the LCD screen, take a look at the display disassembly guide.