In the following guide I will take apart a Dell Vostro 1510 notebook.
You can use this guide for removing almost all internal components from the case.
I think these instructions might work for some other Dell Vostro models. If it work for you, please mention the model in the comments below.
Before you start the disassembly process do not forget to unplug the power adapter and battery.
Remove hard drive and memory covers.
Pull the hard drive to the left and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive. As you see it’s a regular 2.5″ SATA HDD.
Any larger capacity 2.5″ SATA HDD should work just fine in this computer.
Remove both memory modules.
Dell Vostro 1510 will take up to 4GB RAM (2GB module into each slot).
You should use DDR2-667 modules.
Remove three screws securing the cooling fan. Unplug the fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove and lift up the fan.
Loosen four screws securing the heat sink.
Carefully lift up and remove the heat sink.
Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card. Grab the golden connector on the end of the antenna cables with your fingers and pull it up.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card and remove the card.
Lift up the keyboard cover with a small screwdriver.
Remove the keyboard cover.
Remove two screws securing the keyboard.
Lift up the keyboard so you can access the cable connector underneath.
Very carefully unlock the connector and release the cable.
Now you can remove the keyboard.
If you are replacing the keyboard, you don’t have to through steps 1-6.
Simply go though steps 7 and 8.
In the following three steps I’ll remove the display panel assembly.
Remove one screw securing the right hinge.
Disconnect the video cable from the motherboard.
Pull both wireless antenna cables through the opening in the top cover.
Remove five screws securing both display hinges.
Remove the display assembly.
For screen removal procedure you can refer to Dell manual.
Disconnect three cables and remove three screws from the top cover assembly.
Remove all screws from the bottom.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the base assembly.
Continue separating the top cover assembly with your fingers.
Remove the top cover.
The CD/DVD drive is mounted inside the base and can be removed only after you remove the top cover.
Disconnect the CD/DVD drive cable from the connector on the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the CD/DVD drive.
Remove three screws securing the motherboard.
Unplug the USB board cable from the motherboard.
Lift up the motherboard as it shown on the picture below.
Remove the motherboard.
The processor (CPU) is locked in the socket. In order to remove the processor, you’ll have to unlock the socket first.
There is a small screw on the side of the socket. This screw locks/unlocks the socket.
In this notebook the CMOS (RTC) battery is replaciable.
You can unlug the old CMOS battery from the motherboard and replace it with a new one.