Dell Inspiron 15R (5520 / 7520) SD Card Reader Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the SD Card Reader on your Dell Inspiron 15R (5520 / 7520) laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 15 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron 15R (5520 / 7520) SD Card Reader.

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 Inspiron 15R (5520 / 7520) SD Card Reader

Slide the latches over and lift the battery out.

Step 1

  • Slide the latches over and lift the battery out.
Loosen the screws and remove the access door (cannot be removed).

Step 2

  • Loosen the screws and remove the access door (cannot be removed).
Remove the optical drive screw (1 x M2.5 x 5mm).

Step 3

  • Remove the optical drive screw (1 x M2.5 x 5mm).
  • Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.
Remove the optical drive screw (1 x M2.5 x 5mm).Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.
Remove the hard drive screws (4 x M2.5 x 5mm).

Step 4

  • Remove the hard drive screws (4 x M2.5 x 5mm).
  • Using the tab, slide the hard drive out of the laptop.
Remove the hard drive screws (4 x M2.5 x 5mm).Using the tab, slide the hard drive out of the laptop.
Separate the clips and remove the memory stick.

Step 5

  • Separate the clips and remove the memory stick.
  • Separate the clips and remove the second memory stick.
Separate the clips and remove the memory stick.Separate the clips and remove the second memory stick.
Remove screws under battery (4 x M2x2.5mm).

Step 6

  • Remove screws under battery (4 x M2x2.5mm).
  • Remove the screws on bottom base (5 x M2.5x6mm).
  • Remove the screws under the DVD optical drive (2 x M2 x 3mm).
Remove screws under battery (4 x M2x2.5mm).Remove the screws on bottom base (5 x M2.5x6mm).Remove the screws under the DVD optical drive (2 x M2 x 3mm).
Turn the laptop over and open it up.

Step 7

  • Turn the laptop over and open it up.
  • Using a small flathead screwdriver, press in the 4 keyboard latches and lift the keyboard up.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
Turn the laptop over and open it up.Using a small flathead screwdriver, press in the 4 keyboard latches and lift the keyboard up.
Remove the top palmrest screws (6 x M2.5 x 5mm).

Step 8

  • Remove the top palmrest screws (6 x M2.5 x 5mm).
  • Unplug the 3 palmrest cables.
Remove the top palmrest screws (6 x M2.5 x 5mm).Unplug the 3 palmrest cables.
Using a scribe or a flathead screwdriver, separate the palmrest from the laptop base.

Step 9

  • Using a scribe or a flathead screwdriver, separate the palmrest from the laptop base.
  • Unplug the cable under the palmrest.
Using a scribe or a flathead screwdriver, separate the palmrest from the laptop base.Unplug the cable under the palmrest.
Remove the DC jack bracket screws (2 x M2.5 x 5mm).

Step 10

  • Remove the DC jack bracket screws (2 x M2.5 x 5mm).
  • Remove the DC jack bracket.
  • Unplug the DC jack cable & remove the DC jack.
Remove the DC jack bracket screws (2 x M2.5 x 5mm).Remove the DC jack bracket.
Unplug the fan cable.

Step 11

  • Unplug the fan cable.
  • Remove the fan from the laptop.
Unplug the SD card reader cable.

Step 12

  • Unplug the SD card reader cable.
  • Unplug the speaker cable.
Unplug the SD card reader cable.Unplug the speaker cable.
Remove the motherboard screws (2 x M2.5 x 5mm).

Step 13

  • Remove the motherboard screws (2 x M2.5 x 5mm).
  • Remove the motherboard.
Remove the speaker screws (4 x M2 x 3mm wafer).

Step 14

  • Remove the speaker screws (4 x M2 x 3mm wafer).
  • Lift the speakers out of the laptop.
Remove the SD card reader screw.

Step 15

  • Remove the SD card blank.
  • Remove the SD card reader screw.
  • Carefully loosen the SD card reader cable from the bottom base.
  • Remove the SD card reader from the laptop.
Remove the SD card reader screw. Carefully loosen the SD card reader cable from the bottom base.

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