How to disassemble Dell Inspiron 1564

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Dell Inspiron 1564 disassembly

Today I will disassemble a Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop.

My goal is removing and replacing the cooling fan which is mounted deep inside the case.

Make sure the laptop is turned off.


Unlock and remove the main battery.

Remove battery


Loosen three screws securing the cover on the bottom.

Lift up and remove the cover.

HDD RAM cover

Under the cover you can access the hard drive, both RAM modules, wireless card and CMOS battery.

HDD RAM CMOS battery


Remove four screws securing the hard drive mounting bracket to the case.

Slide the hard drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Lift up and remove the hard drive.

Disconnect hard drive


Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Slide the optical drive to the left and pull it from the case.

Remove ODD


Remove one screw securing the power button cover.

Power button cover screw


Carefully separate the power button cover from the top cover.

Lef up cover


I am using a guitar pick to separate two parts.

Separate cover


Lift up the cover. Be careful, the power button board still connected to the motherboard.

Power button board


Unlock the connector by lifting up the retainer with your fingernail (green arrow).

After that pull the cable from the connector (yellow arrow).

Now you can remove the power button cover completely.

Unlock connector

STEP 10.

Remove three screws securing the keyboard.

Keyboard screws

STEP 11.

Lift up the keyboard and turn it upside down on the palm rest.

Lift up keyboard

STEP 12.

Now you can access the keyboard cable connector.

Access cable connector

STEP 13.

Unlock the connector.

1. Lift up the retainer (green arrow).
2. Pull the cable (yellow arrow).

Disconnect keyboard

STEP 14.

Now you can remove the keyboard.

Remove keyboard

STEP 15.

Remove all marked screws from the bottom of the laptop.

Don’t forget three smaller screws in the optical drive bay.

Bottom screws

STEP 16.

Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card.

Wi-Fi antenna cables

STEP 17.

Remove both antenna cables from the routed path on the bottom.

Un route wireless cables

STEP 18.

Pull both antenna cables thought the opening in the top cover.

Pull cables though top cover

STEP 19.

Remove six screws securing the top cover (palm rest) assembly.

Disconnect the touchpad cable.

Disconnect top cover

STEP 20.

Separate the top cover assembly from the bottom case.

Lift up top cover

STEP 21.

Remove the top cover assembly completely.

Remove top cover

On the other side of top cover you can access the touchpad.


When the top cover removed you can access the cooling fan, optical drive connector, USB board and motherboard.

Internal components

STEP 22.

Remove two screws securing the fan.

Unplug fan cable from the motherboard.

Disconnect fan

STEP 23.

Lift up and remove the fan.

Clean it up from dust or replace if necessary.

Remove fan

In a Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop the DC jack can be easily removed and replaced.

Simply disconnect the jack cable from the motherboard, remove one screw securing the jack and remove it from the case.

DC power jack

In my previous post I explained how to replace Dell Inspiron 1564 screen.

8 Responses

  1. Malay

    This is very nicely explained, thank you.
    I am really surprised by the arrangement of Dell. Other laptops like Samsung and Lenevo give much simpler way to change the fan without removing the keyboard, touchpad or motherboard.

  2. Brian

    At Last a Step through that is easy to follow step by step well done and thankyou

  3. Brian

    Excellent dis-assembly directions. Have my cooling fan out and ready for cleaning and testing.
    However, aside from that:
    I did discover two little screws on my 1564 also needed removal to remove the power button cover. The screw heads were located underside rear middle either side of the battery connector.
    Note: you can see one of the threaded brass inserts on the underside of the power button
    cover (for one of the screws) in the step 8 picture on the right hand side of the picture.
    Thanks for the guidance. I hate snap assemblies for I never know if I’m forcing something to the breaking point so this instruction set saved the day!

  4. Dino Devine

    Hey guy this just has to be the best ever. Never thought I could do this, I work as a mechanical engineer on heavy equipment the smallest bolts I use are 10mm, but following your step by step gave me all the confidence to have a go. By the way I also used the tutorial for display replacement to change the screen and cam ribbon.
    you’re good man for sharing.