In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Dell Studio 1735 or 1737 laptop. I’m taking this laptop apart in order to remove and replace failed DVD drive.
This Dell Studio 1735/1737 comes with a slot-load DVD drive which is mounted inside the laptop case. The DVD drive cannot be removed until you remove the top cover assembly.
In this guide I’ll go though the following procedures: removing keyboard, display assembly, top cover assembly and finally DVD drive.
The guide might work for other Dell Studio 17xx laptops. If it works for your laptop, please mention the model number in comments below.
Before you start, make sure the laptop is turned off and battery removed.
Loosen eight screws securing the bottom cover.
Remove the bottom cover.
Under the cover you’ll get access to laptop hard drive, both memory modules, wireless card, CMOS battery, heatsink.
It’s not necessary to remove all these parts (except hard drive) for the purpose of my disassembly, so I’ll leave them connected.
By the way, this laptop can take 4GB RAM max. It means you can install up to 2GB RAM module into each slot. You should use PC2-6400 DDR 2-800 memory modules.
Remove one screw securing the media control board cover. This screw located in the battery compartment.
Lift up the top side of the cover as it shown on the picture below.
Be careful, there is a cable connecting this cover to the motherboard.
Carefully turn the cover upside down and place it on the keyboard.
Now you can disconnect the cable from the media control board.
In order to disconnect the cable, you’ll have to unlock the connector.
The locking tab opens up like a hinge at a 90 degree angle. On the following picture the connector show in the unlocked position.
After the connector is unlocked, you can pull the cable.
Remove the media control board cover.
Start removing the keyboard bezel.
Lift up one side of the bezel and continue removing it with your fingers.
Keyboard bezel removed.
Remove four screws securing the keyboard.
Carefully lift up the keyboard and place it upside down on the palmrest.
The keyboard still connected to the motherboard.
Before you can remove the keyboard, you’ll have to disconnect keyboard cable from the motherboard.
The keyboard connector opens up like a door hinge at a 90 degree angle.
On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Unroute all antenna cables.
In my Dell Studio 1737 laptop I had only wireless card installed. The wireless card antenna cables have to be disconnected.
If you have WWAN or WPAN cards installed, you’ll have to disconnect cables from those cards too.
In order to disconnect an antenna cable for the card simply grab the gold connector with your fingers and lift up.
Pull antenna cables though the openings in the top cover.
Disconnect three more cables from the motherboard.
Remove all screws securing display hinges.
Carefully lift up the display assembly and separate it from the laptop base.
In the next post I explain how to take apart the display assembly and remove the screen with inverter board.
Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop.
The hard drive also has to be removed.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive assembly.
Disconnect hard drive cable from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the hard drive assembly.
My Dell Studio 1737 had a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive installed. If you would like to upgrade the hard drive, you can use any high capacity 2.5″ SATA hard drive.
Remove four screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect all cables from the motherboard.
I didn’t have the finger scanning device installed but if you do, you’ll have to disconnect it too (green arrow).
Lift up and remove the top cover assembly.
Now we can access and remove the DVD drive.
By the way, it order to remove the cooling fan, you’ll have to remove the motherboard first. The fan mounted UNDER the motherboard.
Remove one screw securing DVD drive on the bottom of the laptop.
Remove three more screws on the top.
Now you can lift up and remove the DVD drive assembly.
When you replace the DVD drive, you’ll have to transfer mounting brackets to a new DVD drive.