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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You want the Dell Inspiron 1501 service manual (dell calls it the service manual).

googling for dell inspiron 1501 service manual gives link


and in case Dell misbehave and change the link


dead old link

  • Link is dead...
    – Elder Geek
    Sep 10, 2016 at 18:50
  • @ElderGeek hmm, and archive.org haven't got pics. New link is there.
    – barlop
    Sep 10, 2016 at 19:16
  • Pictures are nice, but logic will do the trick. +1
    – Elder Geek
    Sep 10, 2016 at 19:46
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    pictures on how to disassemble it are important, but it's fine, they're in the PDF file
    – barlop
    Sep 10, 2016 at 22:12

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

  • 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... Oct 23, 2010 at 16:04

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