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.
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.
Remove the bottom case cover.
Remove four screws attaching the battery to the case.
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.
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Remove two screws securing the hard drive caddy.
Disconnect the hard drive cable from the motherboard.
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.
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.
Remove two screws from the cooling fan and disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the fan.
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Remove one screw from the metal bracket securing the WLAN module antenna cables.
Remove the bracket.
Disconnect both wireless antenna cables from the WLAN card.
Pull the WLAN card out of the slot.
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).
Remove the USB SD card reader board with the cable.
Replacement USB boards available here: https://ebay.to/2T6qZeT
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.
Here’s how to disconnect the keyboard cable and other flat cables:
- Lift up the locking tab to unlock the cable (red arrow)
- Pull the cable out of the connector (yellow arrow)
Remove the motherboard from the base.
Here’s the other side of the motherboard.
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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.
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
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.
The CMOS battery attached to the case with adhesive tape.
The power button and volume control board is secured by one screw.
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
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.
When all latches are unlocked, you can separate the touchscreen assembly from the back cover.
Place the touchscreen the front side down on the keyboard.
Now you can access the 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).
Continue separating the webcam module from the bezel.
Peel off the webcam cable (part of the display cable) from the back side of the screen.
The cable is secured by adhesive tape.
Disconnect the cable from the sensor board.
Disconnect the video cable from the screen.
Now you can remove the touchscreen assembly (LCD screen with digitizer) from the laptop and replace it if necessary.
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
If you need more detailed disassembly instructions or troubleshooting help, check out the official Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series manual.