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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
    ...is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Alienware™ and the AlienHead logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alienware Corporation; Dell™ is a trademark of Dell Inc.; Microsoft®, Windows®, and the Windows start button logo are...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    ...You Begin ... 11 11 12 12 13 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 19 20 20 21 22 22 24 24 24 Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices Safety Instructions ...Recommended Tools ...After Working Inside Your Computer Removing the Base Cover . Procedure ... ... ... Replacing ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    Removing the Hard Drive(s) Prerequisites Procedure . . ... 25 25 26 28 28 28 29 29 29 30 30 30 31 31 31 33 33 33 34 34 34 35 35 35 36 36 37 38 38 38 ... Replacing the Hard Drive(s) Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Fans Cover Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Fans Cover ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ...Procedure . . ... Replacing the mSATA Card Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Power-Button Board Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Power-Button Board Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Status-Light Board Prerequisites Procedure . ....
  • 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 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 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ... Replacing the Logo Board . Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Display-Light Boards Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Display-Light Boards Procedure ...Postrequisites ... Removing the Speakers Prerequisites Procedure . . ... Replacing the Speakers Procedure ......
  • 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
    ... ... Replacing the System Board Procedure ...Postrequisites ...Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS . Removing the Wireless Mini-Card Prerequisites Procedure . .... Overview ...Entering System Setup . System Setup Screens . System Setup Options . Boot Sequence ...Flashing the BIOS ... Contents | 9
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    10 | Contents
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ...all open files and exit all open programs. Follow the instructions to shut down your computer based on the operating system installed on your ...a different operating system, see the documentation 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
    ... • 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 computer Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets CAUTION: Before turning on ...
  • 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
    ... page 11. For additional 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 slots on the computer base and slide the base cover into...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ... 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 base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Procedure 1 2 Remove the screws that ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ... 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 battery with the slots...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    ..., see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer supports up to four memory module connectors. You can access connectors ..." 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
    ..." on page 39. CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory-module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips. 3 4 Using your ... on each end of the memory-module connector until the memory module pops up. Remove the memory module from the memory-module connector. 1 3 2 1 3 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ...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 and DIMM4 by removing the base ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    ... 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 13. Replacing the Memory Module(s) | 21
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ... 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 1 2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "...
  • 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. ... the optical-drive bracket to the optical drive. Align the slot on the optical drive with the alignment posts on computer base and ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ...page 11. 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 hard drive while the computer is in Sleep or On state....
  • 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 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    ... see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: For drive configurations supported on your computer, see Specifications at dell.com/support/manuals. Procedure 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Place the primary hard drive in the hard-drive ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ... 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 1 2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ...on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure Align the tabs on the fans cover with the slots on the computer base and slide the fans cover into ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... 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 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "...
  • 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
    ... 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 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "...
  • 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
    ... information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The coin-cell battery may ... the coin-cell battery. You can operate your computer without a coin-cell ... according to the manufacturer's instructions. CAUTION: Removing the coin-cell battery resets the BIOS settings...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ... cable connector 2 coin-cell 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 Battery | 37
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ...safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. WARNING: The battery may explode if installed ...Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions Procedure 1 2 3 Place the coin-cell battery into the slot and press gently ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ... 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader. Remove the base cover. See "Removing the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    Procedure 1 2 3 Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the media-card reader cable and keyboard cable from the connectors on the palm-rest assembly. Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the macro-keyboard cable and macro-keyboard backlight cable ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ...the palm-rest assembly off the computer base. 1 1 7 8 palm-rest assembly Remove the status-light board. See "Removing the Status-Light Board" on page 47. Remove the power-button board. See "Removing the Power-Button Board" on page 45. Removing the Palm Rest | 41
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ... Begin" on page 11. For additional 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 "Replacing the Power-Button Board" on page...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... 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 1 2 3 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 14. Remove the battery pack. See "...
  • 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... end of the mSATA card down into the slot on the system board and replace the screw... 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
    ..." on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 4 Align the screws holes on the power-button board with the screw holes on the palmrest ...
  • 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 blank ..." on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. Removing the Status-Light Board | 47
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ...1 Lift the connector latches and pull the pull-tabs to disconnect the power-button board cable and media-card reader cable ... board to the palm-rest assembly. 2 1 2 3 4 1 3 3 screws (2) status-light board 2 4 power-button board cable media-card reader cable Lift the status-light board off the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... page 11. For additional safety 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 with the alignment posts on the palm-rest assembly and...
  • 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 .... See "Removing the Optical Drive" on page 22. Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in Removing the Palm Rest. 50 |...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    Procedure 1 Remove the screws that secure the keyboard-bracket to the keyboard. CAUTION: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard. CAUTION: Be extremely careful when removing and handling the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    3 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 | Removing the ...
  • 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-...secure the keyboard bracket to the keyboard. 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 54
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Prerequisites 1 2 3 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing ... the macro keyboard and slide the tab on the macro-keyboard out of the slot on the palm-rest assembly. 54 | Removing the Macro ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ...on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Slide the tab on the macro keyboard into the slot on the palm-rest assembly and lower the macro ...
  • 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
    ... 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 board cables (4) 2 logo board 74 | Removing the Logo Board
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ..." on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 3 Connect the display-light board cables to the logo-board connectors. Carefully rotate ...
  • 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
    ..." on page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the screw holes on the display-light boards with the screw holes on the display back-...
  • 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
    ...-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-effect sensor board 2 screws (3) 86 | Removing the Sound Board
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. Procedure 1 2 Align the connectors on the sound board with the slots on the computer base and replace the screws that ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader. Remove the base cover. See "Removing ...
  • 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
    ... 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Remove any installed card or blank from the Media-Card Reader. Remove the base cover. See "Removing ...
  • 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-... board. Press the other end of the video-card down into the slot on the system board and replace the screws that secure the video...
  • 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
    ...: To ensure maximum cooling for the processor module, do not touch the heat-transfer areas on the processor thermal cooling ... transfer capability of the thermal pads. CAUTION: When removing the processor module, lift the module straight up. Be careful not to bend the pins on the processor module. 2 ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: If a new processor module is installed, ...If one or more corners of the module are higher than the others, the module is not seated properly. CAUTION: To avoid damage to the processor ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ...display assembly. See "Replacing the Display Assembly" on page 60. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the optical drive...card 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 100
    ... safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Your computer's ... 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Remove any installed card or blank from ... modules. See "Removing the Memory Module(s)" on page 18. Remove the hard drive(s). See "Removing the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ... 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-lights cable 2 subwoofer cable Removing the System Board | 101
  • 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
    ... 11. For additional safety 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 the slots on the computer base and place the system board on ...
  • 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 blank that you removed 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...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ..., see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for wireless Mini-Cards from sources other than Dell. If you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is ...
  • 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
    ... additional 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 other end of the wireless Mini-Card down into the slot on the system board and replace the screws that secure the ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    Postrequisites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 6 in Replacing the Palm Rest. Replace the optical drive. See "Replacing the Optical ... card or blank that you removed from the Media-Card Reader. Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. 108...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ...: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for this program. Certain changes can ...2 Turn on (or restart) your computer. During POST, when the ALIENWARE logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt to... If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ... of your computer, including installed hardware, power conservation, and security features. Scroll up and down the list with the up- and down-arrow keys. As an ... Menu System Time (hh:mm:ss) System Date (mm/dd/yyyy) BIOS Version Product Name Service Tag Asset Tag ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... you to enable or disable the on-board LAN controller. • Disabled: Internal LAN is disabled and is not visible to the operating system. • Enabled: Internal LAN is enabled. Virtualization Integrated NIC System Setup | 111
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ... warning messages when you use AC adapters that are not supported by your computer. Enabled: BIOS will detect unsupported AC adapters and display an error on the ... Charge or Express Charge mode. USB Wake Support SATA Operation Adapter Warnings Express Charge 112 | System ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ...additional overclocking options. Allows you to enable or disable non-turbo flex support. Allows you to set the flex ratio override value. Allows you to disable or choose BIOS or cTDP. Non-Turbo Flex Support Flex Ratio Override Extreme Edition Extreme Edition Core Ratio Limits ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... Disabled: The internal Bluetooth device is disabled and is not visible to the operating system. • Enabled: The internal Bluetooth device is enabled.... Disabled: The internal wireless device is disabled and is not visible to the operating system. • Enabled: The internal wireless device is enabled....
  • 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 ...an added boot option. System Setup | Boot List Option Secure Boot Mode Restore Factory ...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ...boot from the secondary hard-drive. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error... attempts to boot from the network. If no operating system is found on the network, the computer generates... LAN IPv6 Allows you to boot from the operating system. Allows you to boot from onboard...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ...USB device. If no operating system is on the drive-or if the drive is not bootable-the computer ... to boot from the secondary harddrive. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error ... computer eSATA port. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error...
  • 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 ...Turn on (or restart) your computer. During POST, when the DELL logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt ... in case you want to restore it. 3 4 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select...
  • Dell Alienware 18 | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... To flash the BIOS: 1 2 3 Turn on the computer. Go to dell.com/support/download. Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: NOTE: The... Tag for me Choose from My Products and Services List Choose from a list of all Dell products Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen. A list of...



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