In the following guide I explain how to disassemble a Dell XPS 17 L701X laptop.
During the disassembly process I’ll go though the following major steps:
STEP 1-8: Accessing both RAM modules. Removing the hard drive and optical drive.
STEP 8-14: Disconnecting and removing the palmrest.
STEP 15-20: Removing the keyboard.
STEP 20-26: Removing the bottom cover.
STEP 27-28: Accessing and removing the cooling fan. Accessing the DC power jack.
Before you start taking it apart make sure the computer is turned off.
Unlock and remove the main battery.
Remove the service cover on the bottom.
Under the service cover you can access both memory modules and hard drive.
Remove four screws securing the main hard drive mounting bracket.
Slide the hard drive to the shown direction in order to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the primary hard drive.
Remove one screw securing the optical drive.
Pull the optical drive and remove it.
UPDATE: you’ll find three screws located under the DVD drive. These screws must be removed before you can remove the palmrest assembly in the step 8.
Remove for screws securing the secondary hard drive mounting bracket.
In my Dell XPS L701X I had only one hard drive installed.
Remove the mounting bracket.
Start removing the palmrest.
UPDATE: three screws located under the DVD drive (removed in STEP 6) has to be removed in order to remove the palmrest assembly.
Insert a piece of plastic (I’m using the guitar pick) under the palmrest and lift it up.
Continue removing the palmrest with your fingers.
WARNING! The touchpad cables are still connected to the motherboard.
Before you can remove the palmrest completely it’s necessary to disconnect the touchpad cables.
The palmrest has been separated from the base.
Place the palmrest so you can access the touchpad cables.
In the following two steps I explain how to unlock connectors and release cables.
In order to unlock the connector you’ll have to lift up the right side of the cable retainer.
The retainer will open up at a 90 degree angle.
On the following picture the connector shown in the UNLOCKED position. Now you can pull the cable from the connector.
Disconnect the second touchpad cable.
Now you can remove the palmrest from the laptop completely.
After the palmrest removed you can access the CMOS battery.
Here’s the bottom side of the palmrest.
Here you can access the touchpad and power button board.
Remove four screws securing the keyboard.
Lift up the keyboard and turn it upside down.
Now you can access the keyboard cable connector.
Unlock the connector by lifting up the left side of the cable retainer.
Disconnect the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove screws securing the top cover assembly.
Unplug the speaker cable from the motherboard.
Here’s how to unplug the cable.
Remove screws from the bottom.
Don’t forget three screws located in the optical drive bay.
Remove the SD slot cover.
Start separating the bottom cover from.
Remove the bottom cover.
The bottom cover has been removed.
Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.
Disconnect fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the fan.
The DC power jack connected to a cable. It can be easily removed and replaced.