Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 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 N5040 / N5050 / M5040 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 7 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 DVD / CD Optical Drive.

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x small flat head screwdriver
  • 1 x plastic scribe (optional)

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Video tutorial repair manual



Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 DVD / CD Optical Drive

Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.

Step 1

  • Slide the locking latch over.
  • Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.
Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.Slide the locking latch over.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.

Step 2

  • Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
  • Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws. Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.

Step 3

  • Turn the laptop over and open it up.
  • Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.
Unplug the keyboard cable.

Step 4

  • Carefully lift the keyboard and turn it over.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.

Step 5

  • Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.
Carefully unsnap and lift off the palmrest.

Step 6

  • Unplug the 2 palmrest cables.
  • Carefully unsnap and lift off the palmrest.
Slide the optical drive out to the right.

Step 7

  • Remove the optical drive screw.
  • Slide the optical drive out to the right.
Slide the optical drive out to the right. Remove the optical drive screw.

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  • Carl

    Can the Bezel on the Optical Drive be removed or will it break if I attempt this? The curve on the bezel poses problems when installing hard drive caddy in place of the optical drive.