Dell XPS 12 (9Q23) Motherboard Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Motherboard on your XPS 12 (9Q23) laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 12 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your XPS 12 (9Q23) Motherboard.

Before you begin

Please take the time read the following safety guidelines when working on static sensitive electrical components.
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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x T5 Torx screwdriver
  • 1 x small plastic scribe

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Installation and Removal Instructions
XPS 12 (9Q23) Motherboard

Open and remove the bottom door.

Step 1

  • Open and remove the bottom door.
  • Remove the screw (1 x M2 x 8mm).
Open and remove the bottom door.Remove the screw.
Remove the screws (10 x 2x3mm T5 torx).

Step 2

  • Remove the screws (10 x 2x3mm T5 torx).
  • Remove the bottom base.
Remove the screws (10 x 2x3mm T5 torx).Remove the bottom base.
Unplug the battery cable.

Step 3

  • Unplug the battery cable.
  • Remove the screws (8 x M2 x 3mm).
  • Remove the battery.
Unplug the battery cable.Remove the screws (8 x M2 x 3mm).Remove the battery.
Remove the plastic cover over the mSATA SSD and WLAN cards.

Step 4

  • Remove the plastic cover over the mSATA SSD and WLAN cards.
Remove the screw (2 x M2 x 3mm).

Step 5

  • Remove the screw (2 x M2 x 3mm).
  • Remove the mSATA Solid State Drive.
Remove the screw (2 x M2 x 3mm).Remove the mSATA Solid State Drive.
Unplug the antenna cables.

Step 6

  • Unplug the antenna cables.
  • Remove the screw (1 x M2 x 3mm).
  • Remove the wireless WLAN card.
Unplug the antenna cables.Remove the screw (1 x M2 x 3mm).Remove the wireless WLAN card.
Unplug & loosen the daughter board cable.

Step 7

  • Unplug & loosen the daughter board cable.
Unplug the CMOS battery.

Step 8

  • Unplug the CMOS battery.
  • Remove the CMOS battery.
Unplug the CMOS battery.Remove the CMOS battery.
Loosen the heatsink screws (cannot be removed).

Step 9

  • Loosen the heatsink screws (cannot be removed).
  • Remove the heatsink.
Loosen the heatsink screws (cannot be removed).Remove the heatsink.
Unplug the motherboard cables.

Step 11

  • Unplug the motherboard cables.
  • Remove the motherboard screws (4 x M2 x 3mm).
Unplug the motherboard cables.Remove the motherboard screws (4 x M2 x 3mm).
Turn the motherboard over.

Step 12

  • Turn the motherboard over.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
  • Remove the motherboard.
Turn the motherboard over.Unplug the keyboard cable.

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  • Adam Morris

    Hello, I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade the motherboard in the Dell XPS 12 9Q23 with the core i5 w/ 4gb RAM to the core i7 w/ 8gb RAM version?