Dell Inspiron 1520/1521 (PP22L) Optical Drive Removal and Installation

In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the DVD CD Optical Drive on your Dell Inspiron 1520 / 1521 (PP22L) laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 1 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron 1520 / 1521 (PP22L) DVD CD Optical Drive.

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screw driver
  • 1 x small plastic scribe

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Inspiron 1521 DVD Optical Drive

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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron 1520 / 1521 DVD CD Optical Drive

On the bottom of the laptop, unscrew the single 2.5mm x 5mm retaining screw.

Step 1

  • Remove the battery.
  • On the bottom of the laptop, unscrew the single 2.5mm x 5mm retaining screw.
  • Use a screw driver to slide the optical drive out of the bay by pushing on the metal bracket where the screw was.

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2 Responses to Dell Inspiron 1520/1521 (PP22L) Optical Drive Removal and Installation

  1. hi.I have a dell inspiron 1520 which needs a new graphics card and i was just need to know if it requires alot of disassembly to get to the graphics card and also is it hard to remove the graphics card and put the new one in myself.Its because its my first time to try and replace it,and would you still have brand new graphics card in january 2012 to purchase for the dell inspiron 1520 and i’m also not sure if there is a sound card to replace on the inspiron 1520 or is it built into the motherboard.I have not experienced a problem yet with the sound but i’m just curious.

    • The Inspiron 1520 has 2 different motherboards. One of the motherboards has the video processor built in and the other requires a video card. You will need to make sure the motherboard you have requires a video card before purchasing. If you have confirmed you need just the video card, you will have to remove the palm rest to gain access to it. you will need to remove the display assembly, power button cover, and keyboard in order to remove the palm rest. you can find the instructions here.

      We currently have 8 of the new video cards in stock, I would guess we will still have some in January. Also, the 1520 has a separate audio circuit board that plugs into the motherboard. here is the link to it.

      I hope this helps.

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