Taking apart Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series 5378 5368

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Taking apart Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series 5378 5368

In this guide I will be taking apart Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series laptop model P69G. The disassembly guide was made for Dell Inspiron 13 5378 but also should fit Dell Inspiron 13 5368.

In the first part I will take apart the laptop base and in the second part I will show how to remove and replace the touch screen. Both parts are independent from each other and you can use either one at your convenience.

Dell Inspiron 13 5378 5368 base disassembly


Start laptop disassembly with removing all screws from the bottom cover.

Remove screws from bottom case cover


Using a thin plastic case opener separate the bottom cover from the palmrest assembly.

The bottom cover has many hidden latches fastening it to the palmrest.

Move the case opener along the side and unfasten all latches.

Unfasten bottom case cover from palmrest


Remove the bottom case cover.

Remove bottom case cover


Remove four screws attaching the battery to the case.

Remove screws securing laptop battery


Lift up the battery and remove it from the laptop. Disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.

It is a 3500mAh battery. Part number: 3CRH3.

Replacement batteries available here: https://ebay.to/37Mr0Kd

Disconnect battery from motherboard


Remove two screws securing the hard drive caddy.

Disconnect the hard drive cable from the motherboard.

Disconnect SSD cable and remove screws from caddy

My Inspiron 13 5378 came with a 256GB SanDisk SSD. On lower end models you might have a regular hard drive installed.

If you are upgrading the hard drive, you will have to transfer the caddy and cable to the new one.

Transfer caddy and cable to new drive


The motherboard had two memory slots. In my case only one memory module was installed.

You can leave the memory module connected unless you want to replace or upgrade it.

Access both memory slots


Remove two screws from the cooling fan and disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.

Remove the fan.

Replacement fans available here: https://ebay.to/32pyiCM

Disconnect fan cable and remove screws


Remove one screw from the metal bracket securing the WLAN module antenna cables.

Remove the bracket.

Remove WLAN metal bracket

STEP 10.

Disconnect both wireless antenna cables from the WLAN card.

Pull the WLAN card out of the slot.

Disconnect wireless antennas and remove WLAN module

STEP 11.

Remove two screws securing the USB SD card reader board.

Disconnect the power button board cable (red square) and CMOS battery cable (orange rectangle).

Disconnect the USB SD card board cable from the motherboard (yellow rectangle).

Disconnect USB SD card reader board

STEP 12.

Remove the USB SD card reader board with the cable.

Replacement USB boards available here: https://ebay.to/2T6qZeT

Remove USB SD card reader board

STEP 13.

Disconnect the following cables from the motherboard:

  • Keyboard cable (red rectangle)
  • Speaker cable (blue square)
  • Display video cable (orange rectangle)
  • Touch-screen cable (yellow rectangle)
  • DC-IN power jack cable (green square)

Remove three screw securing the motherboard to the top case assembly.

Disconnect cables from motherboard and remove three screws

Here’s how to disconnect the keyboard cable and other flat cables:

  1. Lift up the locking tab to unlock the cable (red arrow)
  2. Pull the cable out of the connector (yellow arrow)
How to unlock and release keyboard cable

STEP 14.

Remove the motherboard from the base.

Remove motherboard from laptop base

Here’s the other side of the motherboard.

Replacement motherboards available here: https://ebay.to/37ROQnX

Other side of motherboard

STEP 15.

The DC-IN power jack is mounted under the hinge.

Remove two screws attaching the hinge to the base. Remove one more screw securing the DC-IN power jack.

Remove screws from DC jack and hinge

STEP 16.

Lift up the hinge so it opens up at a 30 degree angle.

Now you can remove the DC jack.

Replacement DC jacks available here: https://ebay.to/2v8DO07

Open up hinge and remove DC jack

STEP 17.

The touchpad is secured to the palmrest with 8 screws. I’m not going to remove it but it should be pretty much straight forward.

Remove touchpad

STEP 18.

The CMOS battery attached to the case with adhesive tape.

The power button and volume control board is secured by one screw.

Access CMOS battery and power button board

The keyboard is permanently riveted to the top case and cannot be easily removed.

If your keyboard failed, it will be necessary to replace the entire top case/palmrest assembly. Check out this keyboard replacement trick.

Replacement palmrest/keyboard assembly available here: https://ebay.to/37U6G9H

Keyboard permanently riveted to top case

Dell Inspiron 13 5378 5368 touchscreen replacement

The touchscreen can be removed and replaced without going through all disassembly steps show in the first part.

Before opening up the display panel, I would strongly recommend disconnecting the battery as shown at the beginning of this guide.


Using a thin case opening tool start separating the touchscreen from the display back cover.

Move the tool along the side and unfasten hidden latches.

Separate touchscreen from display back cover


When all latches are unlocked, you can separate the touchscreen assembly from the back cover.

Continue removing touchscreen assembly


Place the touchscreen the front side down on the keyboard.

Now you can access the display cable on the back.

Access display cable on the back


The webcam module is glued to the bezel with adhesive tape and secured by latch on the side.

Push on the latch (red arrow) and at the same time lift up the webcam module (yellow arrow).

Webcam module secured to bezel


Continue separating the webcam module from the bezel.

Lift up and remove webcam module


Peel off the webcam cable (part of the display cable) from the back side of the screen.

The cable is secured by adhesive tape.

Peel off webcam cable from LCD screen


Disconnect the cable from the sensor board.

Disconnect cable from screen sensor


Disconnect the video cable from the screen.

Disconnect video cable from LCD screen


Now you can remove the touchscreen assembly (LCD screen with digitizer) from the laptop and replace it if necessary.

Remove touchscreen assembly

You can find a replacement touchscreen using Dell part number from the original one.

In my Dell Inspiron 13 5378 I had the touchscreen assembly with the following part number: 1H0JY.

Replacement LCD or display assembly available here: https://ebay.to/37ReaKT

Replace touchscreen assembly

If you need more detailed disassembly instructions or troubleshooting help, check out the official Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series manual.

8 Responses

    • IML Tech

      @ mario,
      Are you asking about the CMOS battery?
      Check out my guide for Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 here: https://www.insidemylaptop.com/disassemble-dell-inspiron-17r-n7110/
      It should be pretty close to n7010 model. Maybe different screw locations but overall very similar.
      The CMOS battery located under the top case. It’s shown in the step 17.

  1. IML Tech

    @ Harman,
    It’s possible to replace just the keyboard but it’s not easy.
    The keyboard is permanently attached to the top case.

    How to replace it. I haven’t done it myself but here’s how I see the process.
    1. Remove the top case as it shown in the step 18.
    2. Remove the black mylar cover.
    3. Separate the metal plate securing the keyboard. You will have to break about 30 plastic rivets attaching the metal plate to the top case.
    4. Replace the keyboard with a new one. You can find a new keyboard on eBay for about $30-40.
    5. Reattach the metal plate. Probably you can reuse old rivets and secure them using a soldering iron (to melt plastic).

  2. G HILL

    good job
    I need to replace replace some keys
    I would be grateful for any assistantance

    • IML Tech

      G HILL, what is the reason for replacing the keys? Did you spill a liquid or some keys just stopped working? If that’s the case, you cannot just replace the keys. It’s necessary to replace the entire keyboard which is a part of the top case assembly.

  3. Thai Hoa Pham

    My Touch-screen cable (yellow rectangle on the image) was broken.
    Does it impact to signal form mic, camera as well?
    Thank you!!

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