Replacing screen on Dell Inspiron N5010

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Cracked screen on Dell Inspiron N5010

In this guide I show how to remove and replace damaged screen on Dell Inspiron N5010 or M5010.

In my case the laptop was dropped and the screen got cracked.

First of all, make sure it’s turned off and remove the battery.

Remove battery


Insert fingers under the bezel on the top of the display assembly.

Wiggle the bezel and start separating it from the rest of the display assembly.

Separate screen bezel


Continue removing the bezel on both sides and bottom.

Continue removing bezel


The display bezel has been removed.

Screen bezel removed


Remove two screws securing the screen to the top of the back cover.

Remove screws from top


Loosen three screws (do not remove completely) on the left hinge.

Loosen left hinge


Loosen three more screws on the right hinge.

Loosen right hinge


Separate the screen from the back cover a little bit so you can access and disconnect the webcam cable.

Web camera connected


Unplug the cable from the webcam.

Disconnect webcam cable


Remove two screws securing the screen to the right mounting bracket.

Screws on right hinge bracket

STEP 10.

Remove two more screws from the left bracket.

Screws on left hinge bracket

STEP 11.

Separate the screen from the back cover and place it on the keyboard.

Separate screen from cover

STEP 12.

The display cable is glued to the back of the screen.

Access display cable

STEP 13.

Carefully separate the cable from the back.

Separate display cable from screen

STEP 14.

Remove clear tape securing the connection and unplug the cable.

Disconnect display cable from screen

STEP 15.

Now you can remove the damaged or failed screen from the laptop and replace it with a new one.

Assemble everything back together following all disassembly steps in the reverse order.

Remove damaged screen

When you search for a new replacement screen you can use the model number from the back of the original part.

In my Dell Inspiron N5010 this part number: B156XW02 v.2

Replacement screen for Dell Inspiron N5010

For the keyboard and hard drive removal instructions check out my previous guide.


3 Responses

  1. Nadine Harmsen

    Could you do an entry on how to disassemble this laptop?

  2. IML Tech

    @ Nadine Harmsen,
    Check out another guide for Inspiron N5010.

  3. Suze

    I cannot thank you enough for this guide!! <3

    I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop. About a year ago, the screen got damaged by one of the cats. I've worked on desktops but have never worked on a laptop other than RAM. So I took it into the local shop. They charged me almost $140 to change out the screen. They said it was $89 for the screen from Dell (plus shipping etc) and the rest labor. So when one of the cats knocked it into the floor and broke the screen AGAIN, I was not thrilled.

    The first time, I wasn't sure what was wrong with it, hence the trip to the shop. This time, I knew. I googled to see how hard it was to replace the screen myself. And I found you! Got the old screen out easily and a new screen on the way. Thank you so much!!