How to disassemble Dell Studio 1569

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Dell Studio 1569 disassembly

In this guide I will show how to disassemble a Dell Studio 1569.

Before you start, make sure the laptop is turned off.


Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove battery


Loosen two screws securing the RAM cover.

Lift up and remove the cover.

RAM cover

Under the cover you will find both RAM modules.

Dell Studio 1569 uses DDR3 1066/1333 MHz modules and can take up to 8GB RAM total (up to 4GB module in each slot).

RAM modules


Loosen two screws securing the wireless card cover.

Lift up and remove the cover.

Wi-Fi cover

If you need to remove the Wi-Fi card you’ll have to disconnect two antenna cables and remove one screw securing the card.

Wi-Fi card


Remove two screws securing the power button cover.

Power button panel screws


Start removing the cover as it shown on the following picture.

You’ll have to wiggle the cover on sides to disengage hidden tabs.

Lift up power button panel

Be careful, the power button cable (attached to the cover) still connected to the motherboard.

Power button cable

Unplug the power button cable from the connector.

Now you can remove the cover completely.

Disconnect power button


Remove one screw securing the keyboard.

Keyboard screw


Separate the keyboard from the palm rest assembly.

1. Slide the keyboard towards the display.
2. Lift up the keyboard.

Lift up keyboard

There are two cables connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

Yellow arrow – backlight cable.
Green arrow – data cable.

Disconnect keyboard cables


Here’s how to disconnect the backlight cable.

Lift up the left side of the locking tab until it opens up at a 90 degree angle (green arrow).

Pull the cable from the connector (yellow arrow).

Backlight cable


Here’s how to disconnect the data cable.

Slide the retainer about 2 millimeters away from the connector base (two green arrows).

Pull the cable out (yellow arrow).

Data cable

STEP 10.

Remove the keyboard.

Remove keyboard

STEP 11.

Remove seven screws from the bottom of the laptop.

Bottom screws

STEP 12.

Remove six screws securing the top cover.

Disconnect the touchpad cable.

Top cover screws

Here’s how to disconnect the cable.

Touchpad cable

STEP 13.

In the battery compartment you will find four tabs securing the palm rest to the bottom cover.

Palm rest tabs

Push on tabs with a plastic stick to disengage them.

Disengage tabs

STEP 14.

Start separating the palm rest from the bottom cover.

Lift up palm rest

Don’t forget to un-route the speaker cable from the palm rest assembly.

It’s located just above the fan.

Un-route speaker cable

STEP 15.

Remove the palm rest assembly.

Remove palm rest

Now you can access and remove the following internal components:

– Cooling fan.
– Optical drive.
– Hard drive.
– Bluetooth card.
– Audio/USB board.

Internal components

STEP 16.

Remove four screws securing the hard drive caddy.

Hard drive screws

STEP 17.

Lift up the hard drive assembly from the laptop case and disconnect the SATA cable.

Now you can replace or upgrade the hard drive if necessary.

Remove hard drive

STEP 18.

Remove three screws securing the optical DVD drive.

Optical drive screws

STEP 19.

Lift up the right side of the optical drive.

Lift up optical drive

STEP 20.

Pull the optical drive to the right to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Remove optical drive

STEP 21.

Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.

Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.

Disconnect cooling fan

STEP 22.

Remove the fan.

Now it can be replaced or cleaned up.

Remove cooling fan

STEP 23.

Remove one screw securing the Bluetooth card.

Lift up the card to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Remove Bluetooth card

5 Responses

  1. John

    Nice work. My hard drive crashed this weekend. Sad to hear I have to disassemble the entire thing to get to my hard drive.

  2. Matt

    Well done! I replaced my drive with a SSD. It would have been a nightmare without these detailed steps.

  3. Paul Watson

    I am at step 14 attempting to remove the palm rest. However, the right side (over the optical drive) doesn’t want to separate. I don’t want to pry it off. Any suggestions?

    • IML Tech

      Paul, I don’t remember this unit off the top of my head. Make sure all screws are removed. Check the screws on the bottom and under the keyboard.

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