Dell Studio 1535 / 1536 / 1537 Motherboard and Base Assembly Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Motherboard and Base Assembly on your Dell Studio 1535 / 1536 / 1537 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 24 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Studio 1535 / 1536 / 1537 Motherboard and Base Assembly.

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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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Studio 1535 / 1536 / 1537 Motherboard and Base Assembly

Unscrew the 7 retaining screws.

Step 1

  • Remove the battery.
  • Unscrew the 7 retaining screws.
  • Remove the access panel door.
Unscrew the 7 retaining screws. Remove the access panel door.
Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm screws on the bottom base assembly.

Step 2

  • Remove the screws under the battery.
  • Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm screws on the bottom base assembly.
Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm screws on the bottom base assembly. Remove the screws under the battery.
Turn the base assembly over and remove the optical drive screw.

Step 3

  • Turn the base assembly over and remove the optical drive screw.
Loosen the cables from the routing tabs.

Step 4

  • Turn over the laptop and disconnect the WIFI antenna cables.
  • Loosen the cables from the routing tabs.
Loosen the cables from the routing tabs. Turn over the laptop and disconnect the WIFI antenna cables.
Remove the (2) 2.5mm x 5mm screws holding the hinges to the base.

Step 5

  • Remove the (2) 2.5mm x 5mm screws holding the hinges to the base.
Unplug the fan.

Step 6

  • Loosen the 6 heatsink retaining screws.
  • Unplug the fan.
  • Remove the heatsink
Unplug the fan.Remove the heatsink
Turn the CPU locking screw counterclockwise and lift the CPU straight up.

Step 7

  • Turn the CPU locking screw counterclockwise and lift the CPU straight up.
Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.

Step 8

  • Installation note 1: Make sure to replace thermal compound or thermal pads on the CPU and heatsink.
  • Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.
  • **This image is used only as an example.**
Carefully lift the Center Control Media Buttons Cover away form the base. You should start unsnapping it at the LCD display side being careful not to lift to fast so the cable doesn’t break.

Step 9

  • Open the laptop screen as wide as possible.
  • Carefully lift the Center Control Media Buttons Cover away form the base. You should start unsnapping it at the LCD display side being careful not to lift to fast so the cable doesn’t break.
Remove the Keyboard Trim Plastic. Start by lifting the plastic at the top corner and working your way around the keyboard.

Step 10

  • Leave the Center Control Media Buttons Cover loose.
  • Remove the Keyboard Trim Plastic. Start by lifting the plastic at the top corner and working your way around the keyboard.
Carefully lift the cable latch and unhook the cable.

Step 11

  • Unscrew the (2) 2mm x 3mm screws holding the keyboard to the base and gently flip the keyboard over. Be cautious, lifting the keyboard with the cable connected, it is possible to break the latch if you pull it too hard.
  • Carefully lift the cable latch and unhook the cable.
Carefully lift the cable latch and unhook the cable. Unscrew the (2) 2mm x 3mm screws holding the keyboard to the base and gently flip the keyboard over. Be cautious, lifting the keyboard with the cable connected, it is possible to break the latch if you pull it too hard.
Carefully lift the Center Control Media Buttons Cover cable latch and remove the Center Control Media Buttons Cover.

Step 12

  • Carefully lift the Center Control Media Buttons Cover cable latch and remove the Center Control Media Buttons Cover.
Pull the WIFI cables through the motherboard routing hole.

Step 13

  • Disconnect the LCD Cable, the Camera Cable, and the Power Button Cable.
  • Pull the WIFI cables through the motherboard routing hole.
  • Loosen all of the cables and remove them from there routing channels.
Pull the WIFI cables through the motherboard routing hole. Loosen all of the cables and remove them from there routing channels.Disconnect the LCD Cable, the Camera Cable, and the Power Button Cable.
Unscrew the right side 2.5mm x 5mm hinge screw.

Step 14

  • Unscrew the left side 2.5mm x 5mm hinge screw.
  • Unscrew the right side 2.5mm x 5mm hinge screw.
Unscrew the right side 2.5mm x 5mm hinge screw. Unscrew the left side 2.5mm x 5mm hinge screw.
Lift the LCD Display assembly off of the base.

Step 15

  • Lift the LCD Display assembly off of the base.
Remove the remaining (4) 2.5mm x 5mm screws.

Step 16

  • Remove the (3) 2mm x 3mm screws.
  • Remove the remaining (4) 2.5mm x 5mm screws.
Remove the remaining (4) 2.5mm x 5mm screws. Remove the (3) 2mm x 3mm screws.
Unplug the (3) palmrest cables.

Step 17

  • Unplug the (3) palmrest cables.
Lift the palmrest from the base assembly.

Step 18

  • Lift the palmrest from the base assembly.
Lift the optical drive away from the motherboard.

Step 19

  • Turn the base right side up and remove the remaining optical drive screw.
  • Lift the optical drive away from the motherboard.
Lift the optical drive away from the motherboard. Turn the base right side up and remove the remaining optical drive screw.
Remove the cable from the routing and unplug the DC jack from the motherboard.

Step 20

  • Unscrew the DC jack screw.
  • Remove the cable from the routing and unplug the DC jack from the motherboard.
Remove the cable from the routing and unplug the DC jack from the motherboard. Unscrew the DC jack screw.
Lift the USB and Firewire IO Circuit Board away from the base.

Step 21

  • Remove the 2.5mm x 5mm screw.
  • Lift the USB and Firewire IO Circuit Board away from the base.
**The top cable has a latch that pivots up and the bottom cable slides straight out the connector.

Step 22

  • Disconnect the 2 ribbon cables.
  • **The top cable has a latch that pivots up and the bottom cable slides straight out the connector.
Remove the SD card blank.

Step 23

  • Remove the Express card blank.
  • Remove the SD card blank.
Remove the SD card blank.Remove the Express card blank.
Lift out the motherboard.

Step 24

  • Unscrew the (4) 2.5mm x 5mm motherboard screws.
  • Lift out the motherboard.
Lift out the motherboard. Unscrew the (4) 2.5mm x 5mm motherboard screws.

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Join the conversation!
  • lavel

    Hi,
    Where is the CMOS battery located on the 1537 Studio. I forgot the BIOS password and unable to use. Can you assist?
    Lavel

    • The CMOS battery is to the left of the memory slots.

  • nabrawy

    HI
    my laptop Dell Studio1537
    I think ther is problem of Motherboard TURN ON THEN SHUT OFF RIGHT AWAY
    How to get the (serial ) of my motherboard ?
    thanks.

    • The part number for the 1537 motherboard will be located under the DIMM B memory stick. That will tell you what type of motherboard you have.

  • jojo santos aguasin

    i have a problem from the power source of dell studio 1535 if i in put the charger jack to the motherboard the indicator light of a charger was off ! can you help me find whats is the problem of the motherboard… ???
    charger was OK in other motherboard
    if the max8731ae was damage we make source of the problem of the light of the charger???
    am waiting for your response thanks……

    • The problem you’re having could be related to the motherboard, the DC jack, or the power adapter. If your laptop is turned on and running on battery power and you plug in the power adapter and it shuts off, then you most likely have a short on the motherboard. If that’s the case, you will need to either replace the motherboard or send the laptop in to get diagnosed. If the laptop is plugged in but not charging, and the light on the power adapter is turned off, then its is most likely the power adapter. If the laptop is plugged in, the power adapter light is turned on but the the battery still isn’t charging, then it could be the battery or the DC jack. you will need to go into the BIOS and make sure the battery and the power adapter are recognized. If the battery isn’t good the BIOS will say that it is defective. If the adapter type is listed as unknown in the BIOS, then the DC jack is most likely the problem.

      I hope this helps. If you need further assistance, feel free to give us a call. Toll Free 866-816-5254

  • dsp

    Hi,

    can i use material (images/video) in this guideline for my website, as a tutorial ? i will provide a link to this site.
    thanks,

    • Sure you can use it and put a link back.

  • Emy

    I have a problem with my laptop:
    Here is studio 1537 some problems with it
    charging. With both, battery
    and power adapter attached, two issues; battery
    not charging and the
    processor speed, (P8600), drops to 531 MHz, when
    have one of the
    two attached, the battery or the adapter, not both, the
    processor works
    perfect.

    Any idea what could be the cause?
    The battery and the adapter are 100% OK, I have other
    Studio 1537 that is working very well.