How to Take Apart a Dell XPS M170 Laptop

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How to Take Apart a Dell XPS M170 Laptop
Learn how to take apart your laptop to repair it. (Laptop image by Marek Kosmal from

Taking your Dell laptop apart does not have to be a difficult task. It does require you to unscrew certain parts of your laptop and possibly remove external parts that could be in the way of your computer's hard drive and motherboard. Only those who want to fix or add hardware should learn to take apart their laptops. Otherwise, you may risk harming your laptop. Dell laptops have the same construction, which helps in standardising the process.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Unplug your Dell laptop. Check to see that no wires connect to your laptop. Working on a plugged-in laptop is dangerous.

  2. 2

    Turn your Dell laptop so the back is facing you. Remove the screws from the memory cover located on the top right-hand side. (See Resources)

  3. 3

    Carefully spread the latches on either sides of the memory slot. The memory card should pop out at 30-degree angle. Pull the memory card out gently by its edges.

  4. 4

    Turn over your laptop and lift up your cover. Lift up the left side of the power button with your screwdriver. Continue to remove the cover with your fingers. The power button should easily remove in your hands.

  5. 5

    Remove the two screws on your keyboard. You should see them directly on top of your keyboard. Carefully lift the keyboard and remove it.

Tips and warnings

  • Only remove the parts of the laptop you want to remove or fix.
  • If you just want to remove or replace the memory, then it is not necessary to remove the keyboard.
  • Keep all of your laptop parts organised to assemble your laptop after fixing it.
  • Take apart your laptop only if you know how to repair it.
  • Static electricity can kill your laptop. To prevent it, wear an anti-static wrist strap.

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