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Notes, Cautions, and Warnings - Page 1

Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Notes, Cautions, and Warnings Information in this document is subject to change without notice. © 2011 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell™ and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Alienware ® is a trademark or registered trademark of Alienware Corporation; Microsoft ® , Windows ® , and the Windows start button logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the ..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 2

Back to Contents Page Battery Pack Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Battery Pack Replacing the Battery Pack Removing the Battery Pack 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Disconnect the battery-pack cable from the connector on the system board. 4. Loosen the two captive screws that secure the battery pack to the computer base. 5. Using the pull-tab, lift the battery pack off the computer base. Replacing the Battery Pack 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Place the battery pack in the batter..

Recommended Tools - Page 4

Back to Contents Page Before You Begin Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Recommended Tools Turning Off Your Computer Before Working Inside Your Computer Contacting Alienware This manual provides procedures for removing and installing the components in your computer. Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the following conditions exist: l You have performed the steps in Turning Off Your Computer and Before Working Inside Your Computer . l You have read the safety information that shipped with your computer . l A component can be replaced or — if purchased separately — install..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 5

2. Turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer ). 3. Disconnect all telephone or network cables from the computer. 4. Press and eject any installed cards from the 9-in--1 Media Card Reader. 5. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets. 6. Disconnect all attached devices from your computer. 7. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 8. Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board. Contacting Alienware For customers in the United States/Canada, call 1-800-ALIENWARE. Dell..

Configuring the System Setup - Page 6

Back to Contents Page System Setup Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Configuring the System Setup Configuring the System Setup The System Setup options allow you to: l Change the system configuration information after you add, change or remove any hardware in your laptop. l Set or change a user-selectable option. l View the installed amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed. Before you use System Setup, it is recommended that you write down the current System Setup information for future reference. Entering System Setup 1. Turn on (or restart) your laptop. 2. While the laptop..

Advanced Menu - Page 7

Advanced Menu Intel SpeedStep Allows you to enable or disable the Intel SpeedStep technology. Disabling this feature may improve performance, but will greatly reduce battery life. Virtualization Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization technology. USB Emulation Allows you to enable or disable the USB emulation feature. This feature defines how the BIOS, in the absence of a USB-aware operating system, handles USB devices. USB emulation is always enabled during POST. NOTE: You cannot boot any type of USB device (floppy, hard drive, or memory key) when this option is off. USB W..

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Back to Contents Page l Once: The new bus clock frequency is applied once until the next reboot. l Permanently: The new bus clock frequency is applied permanently after the next reboot. Memory Overclocking Memory Override Support Allows you to enable or disable the memory override option support. l Disabled: The memory override support is disabled. l Enabled: Displays additional memory override support options. Memory Voltage Allows you to increase memory voltage. Memory Frequency Allows you to set memory frequency. XMP DIMM Profile Allows you to configure different XMP options. Wireless Me..

Removing the Base Cover - Page 9

Back to Contents Page Base Cover Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Base Cover Replacing the Base Cover Removing the Base Cover 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Turn the computer over. 3. Loosen the two captive screws that secure the base cover to the computer base. 4. Slide and lift the base cover off the computer base. Replacing the Base Cover 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the tabs on the base cover with the slots on the computer base and slide the base cover until it snaps into place. 3. Tighten the two captive screws that secure ..

Internal Card With Bluetooth - Page 10

Back to Contents Page Internal Card With Bluetooth ® Wireless Technology Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Bluetooth Card Replacing the Bluetooth Card If you ordered a card with Bluetooth wireless technology with your computer, it is already installed. Removing the Bluetooth Card 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. R..

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1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin 2. Align the screw hole on the Bluetooth card with the screw hole on the system board. 3. Replace the screw that secures the Bluetooth card to the computer base. 4. Connect the Bluetooth-card cable to the connector on the system board. 5. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 6. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 7. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 8. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 9. Replace the base cover (see Replaci..

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery - Page 12

Back to Contents Page Coin-Cell Battery Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Coin - Cell Battery Replacing the Coin - Cell Battery Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the c..

CAUTION: - Page 13

5. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 6. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 7. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 8. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may result in damage to the computer.

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Removing the Display Assembly - Page 14

Back to Contents Page Display Assembly Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Display Assembly Replacing the Display Assembly Removing the Display Assembly 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card(s)(see Removing the Mini - Card(s) ). 5. Note the routing of the Mini-Card antenna cables and remove them from the routing guides on the computer base. 6. Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possib..

Replacing the Display Assembly - Page 15

13. Gently slide the Mini-Card antenna cables out through the slot on the computer base. 14. Lift the display assembly off the computer. Replacing the Display Assembly 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Slide the antenna cables in through the slot on the computer base. 3. Place the display assembly in position and replace the four screws that secure the display assembly to the computer base. 4. Connect the display cable to the connector on the system board. 5. Connect the touch-screen board cable to the connector on the system board. 6. Turn the computer over and route the ..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 16

Back to Contents Page Thermal Fan Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Thermal Fan Replacing the Thermal Fan Removing the Thermal Fan 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 17 in Removing the System Board. 3. Disconnect the thermal fan cable from the connector on the system board. 4. Remove the three screws that secure the thermal fan to the system board. 5. Lift the themal fan and gently peel the tape that secures the thermal fan to the heat sink. 6. Lift the thermal fan off the system board. Replacing the Thermal Fan 1. Fol..

CAUTION: - Page 17

6. Follow the instructions from step 5 to step 20 in Replacing the System Board. Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may result in damage to the computer.

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Back to Contents Page Flashing the BIOS Alienware ® M14x Service Manual 1. Turn on the computer. 2. Go to support.dell.com/support/downloads . 3. Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: If you have your computer's Service Tag: a. Click Enter a Service Tag . b. Enter your computer's Service Tag in the Enter a service tag: field, click Go , and proceed to step 4 . If you do not have your computer's Service Tag: a. Click Select Model. b. Select the type of product in the Select Your Product Family list. c. Select the product brand in the Select Your Product Line list. d. Select the pro..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 19

Back to Contents Page Hard Drive Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Hard Drive Replacing the Hard Drive Removing the Hard Drive 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Follow the instructions from step 4 to step 6 in Removing the Optical Drive . 5. Loosen the three captive screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base. 6. Using the pull-tab, gently lift the hard-drive assembly and then disconnect the hard-drive interposer. 7. Lift the..

Replacing the Hard Drive - Page 20

8. Remove the four screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive. 9. Lift the hard-drive bracket away from the hard drive. Replacing the Hard Drive 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the new drive from its packaging. Save the original packaging for storing or shipping the hard drive. 3. Place the hard drive in the hard-drive bracket. 4. Replace the four screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive. 5. Connect the interposer to the hard drive. 6. Place the hard-drive assembly in the computer base. 7. Tighten the three captive screws that s..

Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly - Page 21

Back to Contents Page Thermal Cooling Assembly Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly Replacing the Heat Sink Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 18 in Removing the System Board. 3. In sequential order (indicated on the heat sink), loosen the seven captive screws that secure the heat sink to the system board. 4. Carefully lift heat sink away from the system board. Replacing the Heat Sink 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Clean the thermal grease..

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Removing the Center-Control Cover - Page 23

Back to Contents Page Center-Control Cover Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Center - Control Cover Replacing the Center - Control Cover Removing the Center-Control Cover 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the three screws that secure the center-control cover to the computer base. 5. Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 6. Gently pry the center-control cover and then ease the tabs on the center- control cover out..

Replacing the Center-Control Cover - Page 24

Replacing the Center-Control Cover 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the tabs on the center-control cover with the slots on the palm rest assembly. 3. Gently press around the edges of the center control cover till it snaps in place. 4. Close the display and turn the computer over. 5. Replace the three screws that secure the center-control cover to the computer base. 6. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 7. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). Back to Contents Page 1 center-control cover CAUTION: Before turning on the comput..

Removing the Mini-Card Board - Page 25

Back to Contents Page Mini-Card Board Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Mini - Card Board Replacing the Mini - Card Board Removing the Mini-Card Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the Mini-Card(s) (see Removing the Mini - Card(s) ). 5. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 6. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 7. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ..

CAUTION: - Page 26

3. Replace the three screws that secure the mini-card board to the computer base. 4. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 5. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 6. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 7. Replace the Mini-Card(s) (see Replacing the Mini - Card(s) ). 8. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 9. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws r..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 27

Back to Contents Page Keyboard Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Keyboard Replacing the Keyboard Removing the Keyboard 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the three screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 6. Pry the keyboard up and without pulling hard carefully lift the keyboard towards the display. 7. Lift the release latches on the connectors on ..

Replacing the Keyboard - Page 28

Replacing the Keyboard 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Slide the keyboard cable and backlit keyboard cable into the connectors on the system board and press down on the connector latches to secure the cables. 3. Slide the tabs on the keyboard into the slots on the palm-rest assembly and lower the keyboard into place. 4. Gently press around the edges of the keyboard to secure the keyboard under the tab on the palm-rest assembly. 5. Replace the three screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 6. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Contro..

Removing the Status-Light Board - Page 29

Back to Contents Page Status-Light Board Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Status - Light Board Replacing the Status - Light Board Removing the Status-Light Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Turn the palm-rest assembly over. 8. Note the..

Replacing the Status-Light Board - Page 30

Replacing the Status-Light Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the slot on the status-light board with the alignment post on the palm rest assembly. 3. Replace the screw that secures the status-light board to the palm-rest assembly. 4. Route the status-light board cable through the routing guides on the palm- rest assembly. 5. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 6. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 7. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 8. Replace the battery pack (s..

Removing the Memory Module(s) - Page 31

Back to Contents Page Memory Module(s) Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Memory Module(s) Replacing the Memory Module(s) You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board. See "Specifications" in your Mobile Manual for information on the type of memory supported by your computer. Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM connectors. Removing the Memory Module(s) 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Loosen the..

Replacing the Memory Module(s) - Page 32

7. Remove the memory module from the memory-module connector. Replacing the Memory Module(s) 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the notch in the memory module with the tab in the memory- module connector. 3. Slide the memory module firmly into the connector at a 45-degree angle, and press the memory module down until it clicks into place. If you do not hear the click, remove the memory module and reinstall it. 4. Slide the tabs on the memory-module cover into the slots on the computer base and lower the memory-module cover into place. 5. Tighten the two captive screws..

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As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer: Click Start ® Control Panel ® System and Security ® System . Back to Contents Page

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Removing the Mini-Card(s) - Page 34

Back to Contents Page Wireless Mini-Card(s) Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Mini - Card(s) Replacing the Mini - Card(s) If you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already installed. Your computer supports two Mini-Card slots: l One full Mini-Card slot — for WWAN l One half Mini-Card slot — for WLAN Removing the Mini-Card(s) 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card. 5. Remov..

Replacing the Mini-Card(s) - Page 35

Replacing the Mini-Card(s) 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the new Mini-Card from its packaging. 3. Insert the Mini-Card connector at a 45-degree angle into the connector on the system board. 4. Press the other end of the Mini-Card down into the slot on the system board and replace the screw that secures the Mini-Card to the system board. 5. Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the Mini-Card you are installing. The following table provides the antenna cable color scheme for each Mini- Card supported by your computer. 6. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing..

Removing the Optical Drive - Page 36

Back to Contents Page Optical Drive Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Optical Drive Replacing the Optical Drive Removing the Optical Drive 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Lift the connector latch and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the optical- drive cable from the connector on the system board. 5. Loosen the four captive screws that secure the optical drive to the computer base. 6. Using the pull-tab, lift the optical drive off the computer b..

Replacing the Optical Drive - Page 37

10. Remove the four screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive. 11. Using the pull-tab, lift the optical-drive bracket off the optical drive. Replacing the Optical Drive 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the screw holes on the optical-drive bracket with the screw holes on the optical drive. 3. Replace the four screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive. 4. Adhere the optical-drive cable to the optical-drive bracket. 5. Connect the optical-drive cable connector to the connector on the optical drive. 6. Replace the two scre..

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Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may result in damage to the computer.

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Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly - Page 39

Back to Contents Page Palm-Rest Assembly Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the nine screws that secure the palm-rest assembly to the computer base. 5. Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 6. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 7. Remove the keyboard (se..

Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly - Page 40

12. Lift the palm-rest assembly off the computer base. Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the palm-rest assembly on the computer base and gently snap the palm-rest assembly into place. 3. Replace the two screws that secure the palm-rest assembly to the computer base. 4. Connect the speakers cable and status-light board cable to the connectors on the system board. 5. Slide the touch-pad cable and power-button board cable into their connectors on the system board, and press down on their connector latches to secure the cables. 6. Replace..

Removing the Processor Module - Page 41

Back to Contents Page Processor Module Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Processor Module Replacing the Processor Module Removing the Processor Module 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 19 in Removing the System Board. 3. To loosen the ZIF socket, use a small, flat-blade screwdriver and rotate the ZIF-socket cam screw counterclockwise until it comes to the cam stop. 4. Lift the processor module off the ZIF socket. WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer...

Replacing the Processor Module - Page 42

Replacing the Processor Module 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the pin-1 corner of the processor module with the pin-1 corner of the ZIF socket. 3. Place the processor module lightly in the ZIF socket and ensure that the processor module is positioned correctly. 4. Tighten the ZIF socket by turning the cam screw clockwise to secure the processor module to the system board. 5. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 20 in Replacing the System Board. Back to Contents Page NOTE: If a new processor module is installed, you will receive a new thermal cooling assembl..

Removing the Power-Button Board - Page 43

Back to Contents Page Power-Button Board Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Power - Button Board Replacing the Power - Button Board Removing the Power-Button Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Carefully peel the power-button board cable f..

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4. Replace the two screws that secure the power-button board to the palm- rest assembly. 5. Adhere the power-button board cable to the palm-rest assembly. 6. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 8. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 9. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 10. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 45

Back to Contents Page Speakers Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Speakers Replacing the Speakers Removing the Speakers 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Turn the palm-rest assembly over. 8. Note the routing of speakers cable and remove the ca..

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1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Align the screw holes on the speakers with the screw holes on the palm-rest assembly and route the speakers cable through the routing guides. 3. Replace the four screws that secure the speakers to the palm-rest assembly. 4. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 5. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 6. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 7. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 8. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Bas..

Removing the Battery Pack - Page 47

Back to Contents Page Subwoofer Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the Subwoofer Replacing the Subwoofer Removing the Subwoofer 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 3. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 4. Remove the center-control cover (see Removing the Center - Control Cover ). 5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 6. Remove the palm-rest assembly (see Removing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 7. Disconnect the subwoofer cable from the connector on the system board. 8. Note the ro..

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3. Route the subwoofer cable through the routing guides. 4. Connect the subwoofer cable to the connector on the system board. 5. Replace the palm-rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm - Rest Assembly ). 6. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 7. Replace the center-control cover (see Replacing the Center - Control Cover ). 8. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 9. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). Back to Contents Page CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the comp..

Removing the System Board - Page 49

Back to Contents Page System Board Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Removing the System Board Replacing the System Board Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS The system board's BIOS chip contains the Service Tag, which is also visible on a barcode label at the bottom of the computer. Removing the System Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Remove any installed card or blank from the 9-in-1 Media Card reader. 3. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover ). 4. Remove the battery pack (see Removing the Battery Pack ). 5. Remove the Mini-Card(s) (see Removing the M..

Replacing the System Board - Page 50

17. Turn the system board over. 18. Remove the thermal fan (see Removing the Thermal Fan ). 19. Remove the thermal cooling assembly (see Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly ). 20. Remove the processor module (see Removing the Processor Module ). Replacing the System Board 1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin . 2. Replace the processor module (see Replacing the Processor Module ). 3. Replace the thermal cooling assembly (see Replacing the Heat Sink ). 4. Replace the thermal fan (see Replacing the Thermal Fan ). 5. Turn the system board over. 6. Align the connectors on the system ..

Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS - Page 51

14. Replace the memory module(s) (see Replacing the Memory Module(s) ). 15. Follow the instructions from step 5 to step 7 in Replacing the Hard Drive . 16. Follow the instructions from step 7 to step 9 in Replacing the Optical Drive . 17. Replace the Mini-Card(s) (see Replacing the Mini - Card(s) ). 18. Replace the battery pack (see Replacing the Battery Pack ). 19. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover ). 20. Replace any cards or blank that you removed from the 9-in-1 Media Card reader. 21. Turn on the computer. 22. Enter the service tag (see Entering the Service Tag in the ..

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Back to Contents Page Alienware ® M14x Service Manual Information in this document is subject to change without notice. © 2011 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell™ and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Alienware ® is a trademark or registered trademark of Alienware Corporation; Microsoft ® , Windows ® , and the Windows start button logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United S..

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