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Use this guide to replace the motherboard in the Dell XPS 13.

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  1. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

  5. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • If you have trouble walking the connector out of the socket, use the point of a spudger to gently push on the connector indent to slide the connector out.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket.

  8. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the black standard flat connector by lifting the tab up with your hand.

  9. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the motherboard.

    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the base of the computer.

  10. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your right hand to lift up the larger section of the motherboard, closest to the fan.

    • Use your left hand to pull the fan at a 30-degree angle out from underneath the motherboard.

  11. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 11, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.

  12. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • Do not pull up.

  13. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.

    • You do not need to remove the speakers, only the tape, allowing the battery to be removed out under the speaker cables.

  14. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

  15. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 15, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips #0 screws from the motherboard.

  16. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Locate the red and black cable connector at the bottom right of the motherboard.

    • Use tweezers to slowly detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right and up.

  17. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to flip open the Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the ribbon cable from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  18. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to flip open the white ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  19. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to flip open the ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the orange ribbon connector from the ZIF by pulling it towards yourself.

  20. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.

  21. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to gently detach the black and white cable connector out of its socket by pulling it to the right.

  22. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Locate the connector at the top right of the motherboard.

    • Use tweezers to detach the cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.

  23. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Locate the last black cable connector.

    • Use tweezers to detach the black cable connector from its socket by pulling it to the right.

  24. Dell XPS 13 Motherboard Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Use your hands to lift up the motherboard.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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