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  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    Alienware 18 Owner's Manual Computer model: Alienware 18 Regulatory model: P19E Regulatory type: P19E001
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 2
    ...Information in this document is subject to change without notice. © 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.... are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alienware Corporation; Dell™ is a trademark of Dell Inc.; Microsoft®, Windows®,... in trademarks and trade names other than its own. 2013 - 07 Rev. A00...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    ...15 15 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 19 20 20 21 22 ...Off Your Computer and Connected Devices Safety Instructions ...Recommended Tools ...After Working Inside Your ...Base Cover . Procedure ... ... ... Replacing the Base Cover Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Battery Pack Procedure ... Replacing the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    ... ... Removing the Processor Heat-Sink Fan Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Processor Heat-Sink Fan Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Coin-Cell Battery . Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery Procedure ...Postrequisites ... 4 | Contents
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ... Board Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Status-Light Board Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Status-Light Board Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Keyboard . Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Keyboard Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Contents | 5
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 6
    Removing the Macro Keyboard Prerequisites Procedure . . ... 54 54 54 55 55 55 56 56 56 60 60 60 61 61 62 63... 63 64 64 64 65 65 65 66 66 66 67 67 67 ... Replacing the Macro Keyboard Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Display Assembly Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Display ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    Removing the Display Panel Prerequisites Procedure . . ... 68 68 69 72 72 72 73 73 74 75 75 75 76 76 77 78 78 78 79 79 80 81 81 81 82 82 83 84 84 84 ... Replacing the Display Panel Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Logo Board Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Logo Board ....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    Removing the Sound Board Prerequisites Procedure . . ... 85 85 86 87 87 87 88 88 88 90 90 90 91 91 91 93 93 93 94 94 94 95 95 95 96 96 97 98 98 99 ... Replacing the Sound Board . Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Video-Card Heat-Sink(s) Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... 117 119 ... Replacing the System Board Procedure ...Postrequisites ...Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS . Removing the Wireless Mini-Card Prerequisites Procedure . . ... ... Replacing the Wireless Mini-Card Procedure ...Postrequisites System ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    10 | Contents
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ... based on the operating system installed on your computer. • Windows 8: Move your mouse pointer to the upper-... click Settings→ Power→ Shut Down. Microsoft Windows shuts down and then the computer ... of your operating system for shut-down instructions. 3 4 5 Disconnect your computer and all ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ... best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, ensure ...and access any of the components inside the computer. See the safety instructions for complete information about safety precautions, working inside ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    After Working Inside Your Computer After you complete the replacement procedures, ensure the following: • • • Replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside your computer Connect any external devices, cables, cards, and any other part(s) you removed before working on your ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    ... and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 Remove the screws that secure the base cover to the computer base. 1 2 1 2 screws (3) 2 base cover ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the tabs on the base cover with the ... secure the base cover to the computer base. Postrequisites Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Procedure 1 2 Remove the screws that secure the battery to the computer base. Disconnect the battery cable ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ...11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Alienware computer. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the tabs on the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    .... For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer supports up to ..."Removing the Base Cover" on page 7. Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. 18 | Removing the Memory Module(s)
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    Procedure 1 2 To remove memory module(s) from connectors DIMM3 and DIMM4, go to step 3. To remove memory module(s) from connectors DIMM1 and DIMM2: Remove the palm rest. See "Removing the Palm Rest" on page 39. CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory-module connector, do not use tools to spread ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ... Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer supports up to four memory module connectors. You can access connectors DIMM3...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    ...palm rest. See "Replacing the Palm Rest" on page 42. Postrequisites 1 2 3 Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    .... For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    4 5 Remove the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive. Lift the optical-drive bracket off the optical drive. 1 2 3 1 3 6 optical-drive bracket screws (4) 2 interposer Remove the interposer from the optical drive. Removing the Optical Drive | 23
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Connect the interposer to the optical drive. Align the .... See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ... For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the ... 2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    Procedure 1 2 3 Disconnect the hard-drive cable from its connector on the system board. Loosen the captive screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base. Using the pull-tab, lift the hard-drive assembly out of the computer base. 1 2 3 4 1 3 hard-drive cable pull tab 2 4 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    4 Disconnect the interposer from the hard drives. NOTE: Your computer supports up to three drives. 5 Remove the screws that secure the hard drive(s) to the hard-drive bracket and slide the hard drive(s) out of the hard-drive bracket. 1 3 2 1 3 hard drive screws (4) 2 interposer Removing ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    ... supported on your computer, see Specifications at dell.com/support/manuals. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Place the primary hard ... "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ...practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. Procedure Slide and lift the fans cover off ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ... practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the fans ... the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. Remove the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover"...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    3 4 Disconnect the secondary video-card heat-sink fan cable from its connector on the system board. Loosen the captive screws that secure the secondary video-card heat-sink fan to the computer base. 1 2 3 1 3 5 captive screws (4) 2 secondary video-card heat-sink fan secondary video-card ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    ...additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 Align the screw holes on the video-...cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. Remove the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover"...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ...additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the screw holes on the processor ...cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ...practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The coin-cell battery may need replacing if an incorrect... Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions. CAUTION: Removing the coin-cell battery resets the BIOS settings to default....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    Procedure 1 Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from its connector on the system board. 2 1 1 2 3 coin-cell battery ... battery Remove the coin-cell battery cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Pry up the coin-cell battery from the slot on the system board. Removing the Coin-Cell...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ...information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The battery may explode if... Procedure 1 2 3 Place the coin-cell battery into the slot and press gently to adhere... the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 Remove any installed .... See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. Remove the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ... disconnect the media-card reader cable and keyboard cable from the connectors on the palm-rest assembly. ... latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the macro-keyboard cable and macro-... assembly to the computer base. 1 2 3 5 4 1 3 5 screws (9) macro-keyboard backlight cable media-card reader ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    4 5 Turn the computer over. Carefully pry out the palm-rest assembly from the two tabs along the rear edge of the computer, and then ease the palm-rest assembly from the computer base. CAUTION: Carefully separate the palmrest from the computer base to avoid damage to the palmrest. 6 Lift the palm...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 Replace the power-button board. See "... or blank that you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack" on page 16. Remove the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover"...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ... practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Insert the mSATA card ... the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15.au Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Procedure 1...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 Align the screws holes on the ... press down on the connector latch to secure the cable. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Postrequisites 1 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Removing the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    Procedure 1 Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the power-button board cable and media-card reader cable from the connectors on the status-light board. Remove the screws that secure the status-light board to the palm-rest assembly. 2 1 2 3 4 1 3 3 screws (2) status-...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the slots on the status-light board ... press down on the connector latches to secure the cables. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. 4 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or blank from... Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. 50 | Removing the Keyboard
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard. CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing and ... the media-card reader cable and the keyboard-backlight cable from the respective connectors. 2 Lift ...-backlight cable screws (14) 2 4 keyboard bracket media-card reader cable Removing...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... 4 Lift the connector latch and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the keyboard cable from the respective connector. Remove the screws that secure the keyboard to the palm-rest assembly. 1 2 1 5 screws (2) 2 keyboard cable Lift the keyboard off the palm-rest assembly. 52 | ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ...practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 Place the keyboard on the palm-rest assembly. Replace the ...blank that you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery... page 50. Procedure 1 Remove the screw that secures the macro keyboard to the computer base. CAUTION: The keycaps on the macro keyboard are...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ... Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Slide the tab on the macro keyboard into the slot on ... cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Follow the instructions in "After Working ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Procedure 1...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    3 4 5 6 Turn the computer over and open the display. Disconnect the video-card connector cable from its connector on the system board. Pull the pull-tab to disconnect the display cable from its connector on the system board. Disconnect the LED-logo board cable from its connector on the system ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ... routing of the antenna cables, and then remove the cables from the routing guides on the computer base. Remove the screw that secures the routing guides to the computer base. Slide and lift the routing guides off the computer base. 1 3 2 1 3 screw antenna cables (3) 2 routing ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    11 12 Remove the screws, on the display hinges, that secure the display assembly to the computer base. Move the display to a perpendicular position to the computer base, and then lift the display assembly off the computer. 1 2 1 display assembly 2 screws (3) Removing the Display Assembly |...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    ... practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Place the display assembly in ... display assembly to the computer base. Postrequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ...safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    Procedure 1 2 3 Remove the screw that secures the camera module to the display back-cover. Disconnect the camera cable from the camera-module connector. Pry and lift the camera module off the display back-cover. 3 2 1 1 3 screw (1) camera-cable connector 2 camera module 62 | Removing the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Adhere the camera module to the .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Remove any installed card or .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the display bezel with the display .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ...safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the screw holes on the display .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ...safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    Procedure 1 2 Remove the screws that secure the display panel to the display back-cover. Lift the display panel off the display back-cover. 2 1 1 screws (8) 2 display panel Removing the Display Panel | 69
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    3 4 5 6 Turn the display panel over and place it on a clean surface. Peel the tape that secures the display cable to the display-panel connector. Lift the connector latch and disconnect the display cable from the display-panel connector. Lift the display cable off the display panel. 2 1 1 tape...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    7 8 Remove the screws that secure the display-panel brackets to the display panel. Slide the display-panel brackets off the display panel. 3 2 1 1 3 screws (6) display panel 2 display-panel brackets Removing the Display Panel | 71
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 Align the screw holes on the .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Remove any installed .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    Procedure 1 2 3 Remove the screws that secure the logo board to the display back-cover. Carefully rotate the logo board over and disconnect the display-light board cables from the connectors on the logo board. Lift the logo board off the display back-cover. 2 3 1 1 3 screws (2) display-light ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ...safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Connect the display-light board cables ... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Remove any ... drive. See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    Procedure 1 2 Remove the screws that secure the display-light boards to the display back-cover. Lift the display-light boards off the display back-cover. 1 2 1 screws (5) 2 display-light boards (3) Removing the Display-Light Boards | 77
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the screw holes on the display-.... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Removing the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... 1 2 3 4 Disconnect the speakers cable from its connector on the system board. Note the speakers cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Remove the screws that secure the speakers to the computer base. Lift the speakers, along with the speaker cable, off the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ...best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the screw holes on ... cable to its connector on the system board. Postrequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    ... your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites Remove the speakers. See "Removing the Speakers" on page 79. 82 | Removing the Subwoofer
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ... 3 4 Disconnect the subwoofer cable from its connector on the system board. Note the subwoofer-cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base. Loosen the captive screws that secure the subwoofer to the computer base. Lift the subwoofer, along with the subwoofer cable...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the screw holes on the subwoofer with... the speaker. See "Replacing the Speakers" on page 81. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or ... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Removing the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    Procedure 1 2 3 Lift the connector latch and disconnect the hall-effect sensor board cable from its connector on the sound board. Remove the screws that secure the sound board to the computer base. Gently lift the sound board out of the slots on the computer base. 2 3 1 1 3 sound board hall-...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ...best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the connectors on the sound board... connector latch to secure the cable. Postrequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ...additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Remove any installed card or blank ... the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover" on page 29. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    Primary video-card heat-sink 1 2 1 primary video-card heat-sink 2 captive screws (4) Secondary video-card heat-sink 1 2 1 captive screws (4) 2 secondary video-card heat-sink Removing the Video-Card Heat-Sink(s) | 89
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the screw holes on the video-... cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ... additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or blank ... the fans cover. See "Removing the Fans Cover" on page 29. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery Pack"...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    3 4 Remove the screws that secure the video-card(s) to the system board. Lift and slide the video-card(s) along with heat sink(s) out to disconnect it from the connectors on the system board. Primary Video Card 2 1 1 primary video card 2 screws (2) Secondary Video Card 2 1 1 secondary ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Insert the video card(s) at a 45-... or blank that you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Remove any installed card or .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Incorrect alignment of the processor heat-sink .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. CAUTION: Processors are extremely fragile. Handle the .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Remove the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    Procedure 1 To loosen the ZIF socket, use a small, flat-blade screwdriver to rotate the ZIF-socket cam screw counterclockwise until it comes to the cam stop. CAUTION: To ensure maximum cooling for the processor module, do not touch the heat-transfer areas on the processor thermal cooling assembly....
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ...and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: If a new processor module is installed, you will receive a new processor heatsink assembly, which will include an ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ... the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest....(s). See "Replacing the Hard Drive(s)" on page 28. Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing ... removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer"...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ..., see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer's Service Tag is stored in... system board. You must enter the Service Tag in the BIOS after you replace the system .... See "Removing the Memory Module(s)" on page 18. Remove the hard drive(s). See "Removing ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    Procedure 1 2 Disconnect the speaker cable and the subwoofer cable from the connectors on the system board. Lift the connector latch and disconnect the tron-light cables from the connectors on the system board. 2 1 3 5 4 1 3 5 tron-lights cable 1 tron-lights cable 3 speakers cable 2 4 tron-...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    3 4 Remove the screws that secure the system board to the computer base. Carefully ease the connectors on the system board out of the slots in the computer base and lift the system board off the computer base. 1 2 1 screws (8) 2 system board 102 | Removing the System Board
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Align the connectors on the system board with .... See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    17 18 19 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 15. Replace any card or ... from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13 Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS 1 2 3 Turn on the computer. Press during POST to enter ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ...dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for wireless Mini-.... See "Removing the Fans Cover" on page 29. Remove the battery pack. See "Removing ... the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    Procedure 1 Disconnect the antenna cables from the connectors on the wireless Mini-Card. 3 1 1 3 2 3 antenna cables (2) screw 2 2 wireless mini-card Remove the screw that secures the wireless Mini-Card to the system board. Lift the wireless Mini-Card away from the system-board connector. 106 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 Align the notch on the wireless Mini-Card with ... the antenna cable color scheme for the wireless Mini-Card supported by your computer. Connectors on the wireless Mini-Card WLAN +...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ... drive(s). See "Replacing the Hard Drive(s)" on page 28. Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery Pack" on page 17. Replace the fans cover. See "Replacing the Fans Cover" ... you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ... Turn on (or restart) your computer. During POST, when the ALIENWARE logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt ... immediately. NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can appear ...continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop. Then, turn off your ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ...This field appears on the left side of the system setup window. The field is a scrollable list containing features that ... Date (mm/dd/yyyy) BIOS Version Product Name Service Tag Asset Tag CPU... Displays the model number of your computer. Displays the service tag of your computer. Displays the Asset Tag...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ...you to enable or disable the Intel SpeedStep technology. Disabling this feature may improve performance, but will greatly reduce battery life. Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization technology. Allows you to enable or disable the on-board LAN ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ...disable the USB emulation feature. This feature defines how the BIOS, in the absence of a USB-aware operating system,...use AC adapters that are not supported by your computer. Enabled: BIOS will detect unsupported AC .... Allows you to charge your computer battery using Standard Charge or Express Charge ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... you to set the touchpad backlight to be on or in auto mode. Displays the battery health. Allows you to enable or disable this port for Windows debugging. Allows you ...override value. Allows you to disable or choose BIOS or cTDP. Non-Turbo Flex Support Flex Ratio Override Extreme Edition...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    Advanced Menu-Performance Options Current Frequency Displays the current bus clock frequency. New Frequency in 10KHz increments Allows you to set the bus clock frequency in increments of 10KHz. Apply New Bus Clock Frequency GT Overclocking Frequency Memory Frequency DIMM Profile (XMP) Applies the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    Security Menu Service Tag Displays the service tag of the computer when the service tag is present. Displays a field to input the service tag manually when the service tag is absent. Admin Password ... Boot option is enabled. Allows you to set Custom or Standard secure boot mode. NOTE: This...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ..., the computer generates an error message. Hard Drive USB Storage Device CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive Second Hard Drive eSATA Network Boot Menu-UEFI BOOT Windows Boot Manager UEFI Onboard LAN IPv4 UEFI Onboard LAN IPv6 Allows you to boot from the operating system. Allows you to boot from onboard LAN ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    Exit Menu Exit Saving Changes Save Change Without Exit Exit Discarding Changes Allows you to exit System Setup and save your changes to CMOS. Allows you to remain in System Setup and save your changes to CMOS. Allows you to exit System Setup and load previous values from CMOS for all Setup items. ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    ...example, to boot from the optical drive to run Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities disc. The previous ...continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop. Then shut down your ...F2> immediately. NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can appear...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... to dell.com/support/download. Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: NOTE: The Service ... products Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen. A list of results appears on the screen... on your computer. If the Download Complete window appears, click Close. Navigate to the folder...



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