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Here you can fix common problems like keyboard replacement, dirty vents, and thermal paste replacement.

I am not responsible for damages that may be caused. This is for informational purposes only. Follow at your own risk.

This is my first guide so please be kind.

  1. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Beginning (Parts, Tools and Laptop): passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • Welcome to the Alienware M11xR3 disassembly. Below, I will describe the necessary tools and steps to disassemble the Alienware M11xR3. This disassembly applies to all M11x, including the R1, R2, and R3.

    • Required tools:

    • 1x Phillips #1 and #00 Screwdriver

    • 1x Flathead Screwdriver

    • 1x Small Needle Nose Pliers or Tweezers

    • 1x Thermal Paste and Finger Stalls Optional: Small water balloons (to spread thermal paste without getting dirty)

    • 1x Anti-Static Mat

    • I highly recommended reading about static electricity and how it can damage electronic components.

  2. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove back plate screws.: passo 2, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove back plate screws.: passo 2, immagine 2 di 2
    • Gently flip over the laptop so that the bottom side is facing up.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 8 screws securing the base-plate.

  3. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove back plate.: passo 3, immagine 1 di 1
    • Lift the bottom cover and remove it.

  4. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Unscrew and unplug battery.: passo 4, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Unscrew and unplug battery.: passo 4, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Unscrew and unplug battery.: passo 4, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the battery cable on the plate by pulling vertically.

    • Unscrew and remove the screws retaining the battery.

  5. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove Battery.: passo 5, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the battery.

  6. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the HDD: passo 6, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the HDD: passo 6, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the hard drive mounting bracket by removing the three screws with the Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Pull out the hard drive by lifting up on the black tab.

  7. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, (Optional) Replace HDD: passo 7, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, (Optional) Replace HDD: passo 7, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, (Optional) Replace HDD: passo 7, immagine 3 di 3
    • In order to remove the hard drive from the mounting bracket, remove the four screws at each corner with the Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • When installing a new hard drive, never forget to remove the SATA adapter before installation.

  8. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove RAM: passo 8, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove RAM: passo 8, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove RAM: passo 8, immagine 3 di 3
    • Pull the tabs away from RAM.

    • Carefully pull the RAM module to remove.

    • Depending on the configuration that you have on your Alienware, there may be another RAM module.

    • If you want to upgrade your RAM please read the manual about which modules are compatible. Here are the RAM specs:

    • Number of Sockets: 2

    • Max memory: 16384 MB (16GB)

    • Memory Comments: PC3-10600 1333Mhz DDR3 SDRAM SO-DIMM 204-pin

  9. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove WLAN module: passo 9, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove WLAN module: passo 9, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove WLAN module: passo 9, immagine 3 di 3
    • Depending on your Alienware configuration, it can have up to 3 aerial cables.

    • Remove the aerial cables vertically with Tweezers or Small Needle Nose Pliers.

    • Once the aerial cables are removed, extract the screws.

    • Remove the WLAN card.

    • On USA models, a WWAN card may be located near the WLAN card. Use the same process to remove it.

  10. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove chassis and keyboard screws: passo 10, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove chassis and keyboard screws: passo 10, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove chassis and keyboard screws: passo 10, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the chassis screws using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Remove the keyboard screws using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  11. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the chassis screws: passo 11, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the chassis screws: passo 11, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the chassis screws: passo 11, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the chassis screws.

  12. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the bottom chassis screws: passo 12, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the bottom chassis screws: passo 12, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the bottom chassis screws.

  13. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 13, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 13, immagine 2 di 2
    • The screw marked with a yellow circle is near the hard drive bay.

  14. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the screws from the keyboard: passo 14, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the screws from the keyboard: passo 14, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the screws from the keyboard.

  15. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the cover: passo 15, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the cover: passo 15, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove the cover: passo 15, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use a small flat screwdriver to carefully pry the cover from the chassis.

    • Next, use your finger as a lever to extract the cover. The cover has tabs that attach it to the chassis.

    • In the next step, I'll show you tab locations.

  16. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Tab locations: passo 16, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Tab locations: passo 16, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Tab locations: passo 16, immagine 3 di 3
    • Clamping tabs

  17. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 17, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 17, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the two screws to release the keyboard.

    • Wait for the next step to remove the keyboard; there are bus data cables underneath the keyboard that must be removed first.

  18. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 1): passo 18, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 1): passo 18, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 1): passo 18, immagine 3 di 3
    • There are 2 bus data cables.

    • The thin orange cable is the RGB led keyboard retro illumination.

    • Lift the tab to a vertical position to free the bus cable as shown.

  19. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 2): passo 19, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 2): passo 19, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus data cables (part 2): passo 19, immagine 3 di 3
    • Free the keyboard bus data cable as you did for the RGB bus data cable.

    • Remove the keyboard to replace it; it has pressure points like the previous cover.

    • If the keyboard fails, the best option is to replace it for a new one.

  20. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove more chassis screws: passo 20, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove more chassis screws: passo 20, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove more chassis screws: passo 20, immagine 3 di 3
    • Continue taking out the chassis by unscrewing the 3 shown screws.

    • First one to the left of the RGB bus data cable.

    • Second one at bottom near the touchpad.

    • Third one on the right edge of the laptop.

  21. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove touchpad data bus cable: passo 21, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove touchpad data bus cable: passo 21, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove touchpad data bus cable: passo 21, immagine 3 di 3
    • Lift the tab to disconnect the touchpad data bus cable.

  22. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus cable to Motherboard.: passo 22, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus cable to Motherboard.: passo 22, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove bus cable to Motherboard.: passo 22, immagine 3 di 3
    • Extract the bus cable with needle nose pliers by lifting the tab and pulling it away.

    • If your computer doesn't power on, then check to make sure this cable is plugged in.

    • Always lift tabs vertically to free cables.

  23. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 23, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 23, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 23, immagine 3 di 3
    • Lift the case with your fingers, as shown in the pictures.

    • Don't remove the case yet. There is another cable on the upper left corner that must be removed to fully remove the case.

  24. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 24, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 24, immagine 2 di 2
    • This is the cable that I mentioned in the previous step.

    • Pull the cable out to the right to remove it.

  25. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 25, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 25, immagine 2 di 2
    • Here's a top and bottom view of the board with the power on switch and LED status.

  26. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 26, immagine 1 di 1
    • And here's a bottom view of the touchpad.

  27. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the bluetooth card.: passo 27, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the bluetooth card.: passo 27, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the shown screw.

    • Pull the cable off.

  28. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, (Optional)  Remove the BIOS battery: passo 28, immagine 1 di 1
    • This is the BIOS battery for internal configuration and clock. If you have problems with it, remove it by disconnecting it from the motherboard.

  29. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 29, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 29, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 29, immagine 3 di 3
    • Pull the speakers connector towards you and away from the I/O board, marked by a yellow square.

    • Remove the 3 screws and lift as you see in the picture

    • Move the board a little to the left while lifting to prevent damaging the two attached USB 3.0 ports.

  30. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the display connector.: passo 30, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the display connector.: passo 30, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the display connector.: passo 30, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the display connector by pulling vertically.

    • Lift using the plastic tab. See the image provided in this step.

  31. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the monitor mount: passo 31, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the monitor mount: passo 31, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the monitor mount: passo 31, immagine 3 di 3
    • Unscrew the screws in the correct order by using the numbers near the holes.

    • Make sure you are holding the monitor while unscrewing to prevent dropping and damaging the screen.

    • After that, you must see the next step to remove the WLAN aerials.

  32. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Pull WLAN cable away with monitor: passo 32, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Pull WLAN cable away with monitor: passo 32, immagine 2 di 2
    • The WLAN cable is the same as in step 9.

    • Pass the cable from the bottom of the laptop through the hole carefully.

    • Remember, depending on your Alienware configuration you may have 2 or 3 aerials. USA customers may also have the WWAN aerials

  33. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the motherboard.: passo 33, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the motherboard.: passo 33, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Removing the motherboard.: passo 33, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the four screws, marked by red circles, to remove the motherboard.

    • Now lift the motherboard slowly up while moving it to the right. Removing it this way prevents damage to your ports.

    • As you see in the picture, the I/O board and screen connector wasn't here. They must be disconnected before removing the motherboard, not like the bluetooth board or coin-cell battery.

  34. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 34, immagine 1 di 2 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning: passo 34, immagine 2 di 2
    • Disconnect the vent connector.

    • You must disconnect it to remove the heatsink.

    • To replace the vent, it is not necessary to remove the heatsink. You must do this step and in the next step I have marked in green the 3 screws that you need to remove.

    • To maintain good ventilation, clean the vent with compressed air.

  35. Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove heat sink and apply thermal paste: passo 35, immagine 1 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove heat sink and apply thermal paste: passo 35, immagine 2 di 3 Alienware M11xR3 Disassembly and Cleaning, Remove heat sink and apply thermal paste: passo 35, immagine 3 di 3
    • If this is your first time applying thermal paste, I recommend using a quality thermal paste brand like Arctic Silver and reading a guide here on iFixit.

    • With the motherboard out, turn it upside down on a static free surface.

    • To remove the heatsink and replace thermal paste, remove the screws in the correct order (marked with a number on the heatsink).

    • Clean old thermal paste with isopropyl alcohol. Ensure that after applying thermal paste it doesn't leak onto the motherboard (if it's on the green square, it's fine).

    • When putting the heat sink back on, try to have the screw holes align on your first try. This is to maintain an even spread of the thermal paste.

    • Rescrew in the correct order (refer to the numbers on the heat sink).

    • Tighten each screw one at a time to end up with good heat dissipation.

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Membro da: 05/09/2013

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I needed to modify it so i t would work for my M11X R1

but after all, pretty goosd tutorial.

Szymon PlayZGameZ - Replica

Awesomely detailed, thank you :)

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