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I can get the hard drive out and all the screws out of the back, but it doesn't come apart. I'm guessing that it's like many others and requires the keyboard to come out to get at more screws. Unfortunately I don't see how, and Google is failing me. Anyone else manage to get it apart successfully?

Exact problem in question is a complete failure to accept power. 2 power adapters tried, absolutely nothing lighting up.

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This may help, if you haven't already seen it. It's the service manual support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1501/en/sm_en/… –  barlop Oct 22 '10 at 0:02
    
Great! I could only find the user manual on Dell's site and Google didn't find anything either. Thank you! –  Brian Knoblauch Oct 22 '10 at 12:54
    
@barlop's comment here is actually the right answer for the question. –  Brian Knoblauch Oct 23 '10 at 16:53
    
Hey, @barlop, make your comment into an answer so I can accept it! :-) –  Brian Knoblauch Jul 15 '13 at 15:40

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Here is the service manual for your laptop, the Dell Inspiron 1501

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1501/en/sm_en/index.htm

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Disassembly guide: http://www.ehow.com/how_6393241_apart-dell-inspiron-1501-laptop.html

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Excellent! Thanks much! –  Brian Knoblauch Oct 22 '10 at 12:54
    
Doh. Except it doesn't match the one I have here. They must have more than 1 type of Inspiron 1501. This one doesn't have a single "M" screw, it has 2 "C/M", and once all the bottom screws are removed, it doesn't actually come apart... –  Brian Knoblauch Oct 23 '10 at 16:04

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