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I can't seem to get the CPU off the motherboard to replace the motherboard. I've unscrewed the 4 screws on the outside but it just is stuck there. I've pulled and pulled but still nothing. I don't want to yank too hard and risk damaging the CPU. Any help please.

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I am not sure what you mean by "4 screws on the outside" to get the CPU off the motherboard. Maybe upload a picture. That Vostro model uses a latching system. Are you talking about the fan on the heat sink?

Here is the service manual for that model on the Dell website, and the instructions for CPU removal are here.

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