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ALIENWARE AURORA SERVICE MANUAL

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The contents herein are subject to change without notice.

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Trademarks used in this manual: Alienware is a registered trademark of Alienware Corporation; Dell and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license; Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows start button logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries; Intel and SpeedStep are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this manual to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.

Model: D0IM Type: D0IM001; D0IM002 Rev. A01 FEBRUARY 2010

Notes, Cautions, and Warnings NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.

CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.

WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Turning Off Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Before Working Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

CHAPTER 2: LEFT SIDE-PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Removing the Left Side-Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Replacing the Left Side-Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

CHAPTER 3: TECHNICAL OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Inside View of Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 System Board Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Master I/O Board Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

CHAPTER 4: SHROUDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Opening the PCI Shroud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Closing the PCI Shroud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Removing the Hard Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Replacing the Hard Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Removing the Optical Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Replacing the Optical Drive(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Removing the Media Card Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Replacing the Media Card Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Removing the Memory Module(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Replacing the Memory Module(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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CHAPTER 13: SYSTEM BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Removing the System Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Replacing the System Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

CHAPTER 14: MASTER I/O BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Removing the Master I/O Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Replacing the Master I/O Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

CHAPTER 15: TOP LIGHTING-BOARD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Removing the Top Lighting-Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Replacing the Top Lighting-Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

CHAPTER 16: RIGHT SIDE-PANEL(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Removing the Right Side-Panel(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Replacing the Right Side-Panel(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

CHAPTER 17: ACTIVE-VENTING ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Removing the Active-Venting Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Replacing the Active-Venting Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

CHAPTER 18: FRONT BEZEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Removing the Front Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Replacing the Front Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

CHAPTER 8: FANS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Removing the Hard-Drive Fan Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Replacing the Hard-Drive Fan Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Removing the PCI-Fan Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Replacing the PCI-Fan Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Removing the Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Replacing the Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Removing the Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Replacing the Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Removing the Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Replacing the Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

CHAPTER 12: BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Removing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Removing the Theater-Lighting Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Replacing the Theater-Lighting Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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CHAPTER 19: BACK BEZEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Removing the Back Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Replacing the Back Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

CHAPTER 20: BLUETOOTH ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Removing the Bluetooth Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Replacing the Bluetooth Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

CHAPTER 21: TOP I/O PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Removing the Top I/O Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Replacing the Top I/O Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

CHAPTER 22: SYSTEM SETUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Configuring the BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Clearing Forgotten Passwords and CMOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

APPENDIX A: CONTACTING ALIENWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

CHAPTER 1: BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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This manual provides procedures for removing and installing the components in your computer. Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the following conditions exist:

You have performed the steps in Turning Off Your Computer on page 7 and Before Working Inside Your Computer on page 8. You have read the safety information that shipped with your computer. A component can be replaced orif purchased separatelyinstalled by performing the removal procedure in reverse order.

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Turning Off Your Computer CAUTION: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all open programs before you turn off your computer.

Save and close all open files and exit all open programs.1. Click 2. Start Shut Down. The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process 3. finishes. Ensure that the computer is turned off. If your computer did not 4. automatically turn off when you shut down the operating system, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.

Recommended Tools The procedures in this document may require the following tools:

Small flat-blade screwdriver Phillips screwdriver BIOS executable update program available at support.dell.com

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Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean.1. Turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer on page 2. 7).

CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug the cable from the network device.

Disconnect all telephone or network cables from the computer.3. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical 4. outlets. Disconnect all attached devices from your computer.5. Press and eject any installed cards from the Media Card Reader.6. Press and hold the power button to ground the system board.7.

CAUTION: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to dissipate static electricity, which could harm internal components.

NOTE: For better access to components within your computer, lay your computer on its side.

Before Working Inside Your Computer Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to help to ensure your own personal safety.

WARNING: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, not on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.

CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, perform the following steps before you begin working inside the computer.

CHAPTER 2: LEFT SIDE-PANEL

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CHAPTER 2: LEFT SIDE-PANEL CHAPTER 2: SIDE PANEL

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CHAPTER 2: LEFT SIDE-PANEL

Left Side-Panel WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against likelihood of electric shock, laceration by moving fan blades, or other unexpected injuries, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 2: LEFT SIDE-PANEL

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Removing the Left Side-Panel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

NOTE: Ensure that you remove the security cable from the security cable slot (if applicable).

Slide the latch to unlock the release panel.2. Lift the release panel to open the left-side panel.3. Place the left side-panel in a secure location.4.

NOTE: Theater lighting (available only in Alienware Aurora ALX) turns on automatically when the left side-panel is removed.

Replacing the Left Side-Panel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Align the tabs on the left side-panel with the slots on the side of the 2. computer and push the panel in place. Slide the latch to lock the release panel.3.

CHAPTER 3: TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

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CHAPTER 3: TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

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CHAPTER 3: TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

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Inside View of Your Computer WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

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1 processor power connector (PWR2) 2 processor socket (CPU)

3 processor fan connector (MB_CPU_FAN) 4 memory-module connector (DIMM2) (Aurora and Aurora ALX ) memory-module connector (DIMM3) (Aurora-R2)

5 memory-module connector (DIMM1) 6 memory-module connector (DIMM4)

7 memory-module connector (DIMM3) (Aurora and Aurora ALX) memory-module connector (DIMM2) (Aurora-R2)

8 memory-module connector (DIMM6) (Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

9 memory-module connector (DIMM5) (Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

10 main power connector (PWR1)

11 password jumper (PASSWORD) 12 serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1_2)

13 serial ATA drive connectors (SATA3_4) 14 serial ATA drive connectors (SATA5_6)

15 front panel connector (FRONT_PANEL) 16 USB connector (USB1)

17 USB connector (USB2) 18 USB connector (USB3)

19 Low pin count debug header (LPC1) 20 IEEE 1394 connector (1394)

21 PCI-Express x1 connector (SLOT4) 22 S/PDIF connector (SPDIF) (Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

23 front audio connector (FRONT AUDIO) 24 PCI-Express x16 connector (SLOT3)

25 CMOS jumper (CLEAR_CMOS) 26 PCI-Express x1 connector (SLOT2)

27 battery socket (BAT1) 28 PCI-Express x16 connector (SLOT1)

29 eSATA connector (ESATA) 30 processor cooling assembly connector (CHIPSET_FAN)

System Board Components

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1 flexbay connector (FLEXBAY) 2 drive-bay shroud battery connector (FRONT_BEZEL)

3 active-vent connector (ACTIVE_VENT)

4 AlienHead connector (HEAD1)

5 front-bezel right connector (FRONT_RIGHT)

6 front-bezel left connector (FRONT_LEFT)

7 PCI-fan connector (FAN_PCI) 8 left side-panel contact board connector (SIDE_L)

9 power-select connector (PWR_SEL) 10 Bluetooth connector (BLUETOOTH)

11 power-LED board connector (BLINK) 12 wireless connector (WIRELESS)

13 hard-drive LED connector (HDD_LED1)

14 hard-drive LED connector (HDD_LED2)

15 USB connector (MB_USB) 16 main-power connector (PWR1)

17 system-board lighting (MB_MIO) 18 hard-drive fan connector (FAN_HDD)

19 right side-panel connector (SIDE_R)

20 vent-motor connector (VENT_MOTOR1)

21 vent sensors (VENT_SW) 22 ODD sensors (ODD_SW)

23 vent-motor sensor connector (VENT_MOTOR2)

24 internal theater-lighting connector (BAT2)

25 front-default connector (FACTORY_DEFAULT)

26 graphics-pump connector (GFX_PUMP)

Master I/O Board Components

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CHAPTER 4: SHROUDS

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CHAPTER 4: SHROUDS

Shrouds WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 4: SHROUDS

Opening the PCI Shroud Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Press the release button and rotate the PCI shroud away from the chassis.3.

Closing the PCI Shroud Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Lower the PCI shroud into the chassis until it clicks into place.2. Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 3. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 4. them on.

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Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18). Press the tabs and slide the drive-bay shroud towards the back of the 4. chassis. Disconnect the drive-bay shroud battery cable from the connector on the 5. master I/O board.

Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Connect the drive-bay shroud battery cable to the connector on the master 2. I/O board. Align the drive-bay shroud with the slots on the chassis.3. Slide the drive-bay shroud toward the front of the chassis until it clicks into 4. place. Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 5. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 6. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 7. them on.

CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S)

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Drive(s) WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: If you remove the hard drive from the computer when the drive is hot, do not touch the metal housing of the hard drive.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: To prevent data loss, turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer on page 7) before removing the hard drive. Do not remove the hard drive while the computer is on or in Sleep state.

CAUTION: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive.

CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell or Alienware.

NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell or Alienware, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive.

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CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S)

Removing the Hard Drive(s) CAUTION: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, back up your files before you begin this procedure.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Disconnect the power and data cables from the hard-drive assembly 3. (if applicable).

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Press the release tabs and slide the hard-drive assembly out of the hard- 4. drive cage.

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Remove the hard drive out of the hard-drive bracket by releasing the tabs 5. and lifting the hard drive out of the bracket (if applicable).

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Replacing the Hard Drive(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. See the documentation that shipped with your new hard drive and ensure 2. that the jumper positioning is correct. Snap the hard-drive bracket on to the new hard drive (if applicable).3. Slide the hard-drive assembly into the hard-drive cage until the release tabs 4. snap into place. Connect the power and data cables to the hard-drive assembly 5. (if applicable). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 6. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 7. them on.

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CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S)

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Removing the Optical Drive(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Press the AlienHead on the front of your computer to lower the drive panel.2. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 3. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 4. 18). Disconnect the power and data cables from the optical drive (if applicable).5. Lift the securing tab and slide the optical drive out through the front of the 6. computer.

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CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S)

Replacing the Optical Drive(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the new optical drive from its packaging. Save the original 2. packaging for storing or shipping the optical drive. Remove the optical-drive bay filler (if applicable).3. Lift the securing tab and slide the optical drive through the front of the 4. computer until the securing tab snaps into place. Connect the power and data cables to the optical drive (if applicable).5. Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 6. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 7. 11). Lift the drive panel towards the top of your computer.8. Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 9. them on.

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Removing the Media Card Reader Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Press the AlienHead on the front of your computer to lower the drive panel.2. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 3. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 4. 18). Disconnect the FlexBay USB cable from the connector on the master I/O 5. board. Lift the securing tab and slide the FlexBay dock out through the front of the 6. computer.

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1 Media Card Reader 2 FlexBay dock

3 screws (4)

Remove the four screws that secure the Media Card Reader to the FlexBay 7. dock. Slide the Media Card Reader out of the FlexBay dock.8.

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CHAPTER 5: DRIVE(S)

Replacing the Media Card Reader Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the new Media Card Reader from its packaging. Save the original 2. packaging for storing or shipping the Media Card Reader. Slide the Media Card Reader into the FlexBay dock.3. Replace the four screws that secure the Media Card Reader to the FlexBay 4. dock. Lift the securing tab and slide the FlexBay dock through the front of the 5. computer until the securing tab snaps into place. Connect the FlexBay USB cable to the connector on the master I/O board.6. Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 7. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11). Lift the drive panel towards the top of your computer.9. Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 10. them on.

CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S)

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CHAPTER 6: PCI EXPRESS CARD(S) CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S)

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CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S)

PCI-Express Card(s)

WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S)

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2

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1 screw 2 card connector

3 securing tab 4 card

Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18). Locate the PCI-Express card on the system board (see System Board 4. Components on page 14). Disconnect any cables connected to the card (if applicable). 5. Remove the screw that secures the card to the chassis.6. Remove the card.7.

For a PCI-Express x1 card, grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out the card connector.

For a PCI-Express x16 card, press the securing tab on the card connector as you grasp the card by its top corners, and then ease the card out of the card connector.

NOTE: If you are not replacing a card, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

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CHAPTER 6: PCI-EXPRESS CARD(S)

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1 filler bracket 2 screw

Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening (if applicable).2.

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1 2

1 securing tab 2 card connector

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the PCI-Express card ensure that the memory module securing clips are in the closed position.

Align the card with the card connector on the system board. 3. Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card 4. is firmly seated in the slot. If you are installing the PCI-Express x16 card, push the securing tab and insert the card in the connector. Connect any cables that should be attached to the card (if applicable). 5. For information about the cards cable connections, see the documentation that shipped with the card. Replace the screw that secures the card to the chassis.6. Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 7. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 9. them on.

CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

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You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board. See the specifications in your Desktop Manual at support.dell.com/manuals for information on the type of memory supported by your computer. Install only memory modules that are supported by your computer.

NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell or Alienware are covered under your computer warranty.

CHAPTER 4: MEMORY MODULE(S) CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

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CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

Memory Module(s) WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

Removing the Memory Module(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Locate the memory-module connectors on the system board (see System 3. Board Components on page 14).

WARNING: The memory module(s) may become very hot during normal operation. Allow the memory module(s) to cool before touching them.

NOTE: For better access to the memory module(s), remove the graphics card if the card is full length.

To remove the graphics card, see Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 4. page 32. Spread apart the securing clips at both ends of the memory-module 5. connector. Lift the memory module off the memory-module connector. If the memory 6. module is difficult to remove, gently ease the memory module back and forth to remove it from the memory-module connector.

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CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

Aurora-R2

Type Slots

1066 MHz and I333 MHz DDR3 Slots 1 and 2 or slots 1 4

Replacing the Memory Module(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Recommended memory configuration:

Aurora/Aurora ALX

Type Slots

1066 MHz and I333 MHz DDR3 Slots 1, 3, and 5 or slots 1 6

1600 MHz XMP Slots 1, 3, and 5

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Insert the memory module into the memory-module connector until the 3. memory module snaps into position.

If you insert the memory module correctly, the securing clips snap into the cutouts at each end of the memory module.

NOTE If the memory module is not installed properly, the computer may not boot.

To replace the graphics card, see Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 4. page 33. Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 5. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 6. them on.

As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information.

To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer:

Click Start Control Panel System and Security System.

Align the notch on the bottom of the memory module with the tab on the 2. memory-module connector.

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1 cutouts 2 memory-module connector

3 tab 4 notch

5 securing clips (2) 6 memory module

CAUTION: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the memory module straight down into the memory-module connector while you apply equal force to each end of the memory module.

CHAPTER 7: MEMORY MODULE(S)

CHAPTER 8: FANS

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CHAPTER 8: FANS CHAPTER 8: FANS

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CHAPTER 8: FANS

Fans WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 8: FANS

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2

1 hard-drive fan assembly cable 2 hard-drive fan assembly

Removing the Hard-Drive Fan Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18). Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19). Disconnect the hard-drive fan assembly cable from the connector on the 5. master I/O board. Make note of the cable routing before disconnecting the cable. Lift the hard-drive fan assembly out of the chassis.6.

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CHAPTER 8: FANS

Replacing the Hard-Drive Fan Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Push the hard-drive fan assembly into the hard-drive fan assembly bay.2. Route the cable through the slot in the hard-drive bay.3. Connect the hard-drive fan assembly cable to the connector on the master 4. I/O board. Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 5. page 19). Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 6. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 7. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 8. them on.

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CHAPTER 8: FANS

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2 3

1 PCI-fan assembly cable 2 PCI-fan assembly

3 tabs (2)

Removing the PCI-Fan Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18). Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19). Remove full-length PCI-Express cards, if any (see Removing the PCI-Express 5. Card(s) on page 32). Disconnect the PCI-fan assembly cable from the connector on the master 6. I/O board. Press the tabs and lift the PCI-fan assembly out of the chassis.7.

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CHAPTER 8: FANS

Replacing the PCI-Fan Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Align the PCI-fan assembly with the metal bracket on the chassis.2. Slide the PCI-fan assembly into the chassis.3. Connect the PCI-fan assembly cable to the connector on the master 4. I/O board. Replace full-length PCI-Express cards, if any (see Replacing the PCI-Express 5. Card(s) on page 33). Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 6. page 19). Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 7. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 9. them on.

CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY

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CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY

CHAPTER 9: LIQUID COOLING ASSEMBLY

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CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY

Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

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CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY

3

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5

1 processor liquid-cooling assembly 2 top lighting-board

3 cables (2) 4 captive screws (4)

5 screws (4)

Removing the Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

WARNING: Despite having a plastic shield, the processor liquid-cooling assembly may be very hot during normal operation. Ensure that it has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.

Disconnect the processor liquid-cooling assembly cable from the connectors 3. (SYS FAN and CPU PUMP) on the top-lighting board. Loosen the four captive screws that secure the processor liquid-cooling 4. assembly to the system board. Remove the four screws that secure the processor liquid-cooling assembly 5. to the chassis rear wall. Slide and lift the processor liquid-cooling assembly away from the chassis.6.

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CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR LIQUID-COOLING ASSEMBLY

Replacing the Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Align the screw holes on the processor liquid-cooling assembly with the 2. screw holes on the chassis rear wall. Replace the four screws that secure the processor liquid-cooling assembly 3. to the chassis rear wall. Tighten the four captive screws that secure the processor liquid-cooling 4. assembly to the system board. Connect the processor liquid-cooling assembly cables to the connectors 5. (SYS FAN and CPU PUMP) on the top lighting-board. Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 6. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 7. them on.

CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

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CHAPTER 9: PROCESSOR CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

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CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

Processor WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

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CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

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4 5

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1 processor cover 2 processor

3 socket 4 release lever

5 tab

Removing the Processor

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

WARNING: Despite having a plastic shield, the processor liquid-cooling assembly may be very hot during normal operation. Ensure that it has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.

Remove the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Removing the 3. Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 48). Press and push the release lever down and out and release it from the tab 4. that secures it.

CAUTION: When removing the processor, do not touch any of the pins inside the socket or allow any objects to fall on the pins in the socket.

Open the processor cover and gently lift the processor to remove it from the 5. socket. Leave the release lever extended in the release position so that the socket is 6. ready for the new processor.

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CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

2

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3

1

7

5

1 tab 2 processor cover

3 processor 4 socket

5 center-cover latch 6 release lever

7 processor pin-1 indicator

Replacing the Processor CAUTION: When replacing the processor, do not touch any of the pins inside the socket or allow any objects to fall on the pins in the socket.

CAUTION: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Unpack the new processor. Ensure that you do not to touch the underside of 2. the processor.

CAUTION: You must position the processor correctly in the socket to avoid permanent damage to the processor and the computer when you turn on the computer.

Extend the release lever on the processor socket if it is not fully extended.3.

CAUTION: Socket pins are delicate. To avoid damage, ensure that the processor is aligned properly with the socket, and do not use excessive force when you replace the processor. Be careful not to touch or bend the pins on the system board.

Align the pin-1 corners of the processor and socket. 4.

Set the processor lightly in the socket and ensure that the processor is 5. positioned correctly.

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CHAPTER 10: PROCESSOR

When the processor is fully seated in the socket, close the processor cover.6. Ensure that the tab on the processor cover is positioned underneath the center-cover latch on the socket.

Pivot the socket release lever back towards the socket, and snap it into place 7. to secure the processor.

Clean the thermal grease from the bottom of the processor liquid-cooling 8. assembly.

CAUTION: Ensure that you apply new thermal grease. New thermal grease is critical for ensuring adequate thermal bonding, which is a requirement for optimal processor operation.

Apply the new thermal grease to the top of the processor. 9.

Replace the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Replacing the Processor 10. Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 49).

CAUTION: Ensure that the processor liquid-cooling assembly is correctly seated and secured.

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 11. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 12. them on.

CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

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CHAPTER 10: POWER SUPPLY CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

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CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

Power Supply WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

Removing the Power Supply Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Lift the tab and slide the power-supply cover towards the back of the 3. chassis. Lift the power-supply cover away from the chassis.4.

1 2

1 tab 2 power-supply cover

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CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

Disconnect the DC wire harness and the AC power cable from the power 5. supply. Loosen the four captive screws that secure the power supply to the back of 6. the chassis. Slide the power supply through the back of the chassis.7.

1

2

1 power supply 2 captive screws (4)

Remove the four screws that secure the power supply to the bezel.8. Remove the bezel from the power supply.9.

2

3

1

1 bezel 2 power supply

3 screws (4)

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CHAPTER 11: POWER SUPPLY

Replacing the Power Supply Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Replace the four screws that secure the power supply to the bezel.2.

Slide the power supply into the chassis through the back of the computer.3.

Tighten the four captive screws that secure the power supply to the back of 4. the chassis.

Connect the DC wire harness and the AC power cable to the power supply.5.

Align the tabs on the power-supply cover with the slots on the power supply.6.

Slide the power-supply cover towards the slots until it locks in place.7.

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 9. them on.

CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

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CHAPTER 14: COIN CELL BATTERY CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

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CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

Battery WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

1

1 battery release lever

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery Record all the screens in system setup (see System Setup on page 1. 107) so that you can restore the correct settings after the new battery has been installed.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 2. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 3. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 4. 18).

Remove any PCI-Express cards (see Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 5. page 32).

Locate the battery socket (see System Board Components on page 6. 14).

CAUTION: If you pry the battery out of its socket with a blunt object, be careful not to touch the system board with the object. Ensure that the object is inserted between the battery and the socket before you attempt to pry out the battery. Otherwise, you may damage the system board by prying off the socket or by breaking circuit traces on the system board.

Press the battery release lever to remove the battery.7.

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CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 6. them on. Enter system setup (see Entering System Setup on page 7. 107) and restore the settings you recorded before removing the battery.

Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Insert the new battery (CR2032) into the socket with the side labeled + 2. facing up, and press the battery into place.

Replace the PCI-Express cards (see Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 3. page 33). Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 4. 18). Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 5. 11).

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CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

1

2

1 theater-lighting battery-compartment door

2 drive-bay shroud

Removing the Theater-Lighting Batteries Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Turn the drive-bay shroud over.5.

Open the theater-lighting battery compartment door.6.

Remove the two batteries (AA rechargeable) from the theater-lighting 7. battery compartment.

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CHAPTER 12: BATTERY

Replacing the Theater-Lighting Batteries Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Insert the two new batteries (AA rechargeable) in the theater-lighting 2. battery compartment.

Close the theater-lighting battery-compartment door. 3.

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 5. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 6. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 7. them on.

CHAPTER 13: SYSTEM BOARD

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CHAPTER 13: SYSTEM BOARD

System Board WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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CHAPTER 13: SYSTEM BOARD

Removing the System Board Record all the screens in system setup (see System Setup on page 1. 107) so that you can restore the correct settings.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 2. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 3. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 4. 18).

Remove any PCI-Express cards (see Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 5. page 32).

WARNING: Despite having a plastic shield, the processor liquid-cooling assembly may be very hot during normal operation. Ensure that it has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.

Remove the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Removing the 6. Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 48).

Remove the processor (see Removing the Processor on page 7. 52).

Remove the memory modules (see Removing the Memory Module(s) on 8. page 37).

CAUTION: Carefully note the routing and location of each cable before you disconnect it, so that you are sure to re-route the cables correctly. An incorrectly routed or a disconnected cable could lead to computer problems.

1

2

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Replacing the System Board

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Slide the system board towards the back of the chassis and engage the 2. latches that secure it to the chassis.

Replace the two screws that secure the system board to the chassis.3.

Route and connect the cables that you disconnected from the system board. 4.

NOTE: For information on system board connectors, see System Board Components on page 14.

Replace the memory modules (see Replacing the Memory Module(s) on 5. page 38).

Replace the processor (see Replacing the Processor on page 6. 53).

Replace the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Replacing the Processor 7. Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 49).

Replace the PCI-Express cards (see Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 8. page 33).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 9. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 10. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 11. them on.

Disconnect all cables from the system board. 9.

Remove the two screws that secure the system board to the chassis.10.

Slide the system board towards the front of the chassis to disengage it from 11. the latches that secure it to the chassis.

Lift the system board out of the chassis.12.

CHAPTER 14: MASTER I/O BOARD

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CHAPTER 14: MASTER I/O BOARD

Master I/O Board WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

WARNING: Do not operate your equipment with any cover(s) (including side panels, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).

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CHAPTER 14: MASTER I/O BOARD

Removing the Master I/O Board Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Remove the PCI-fan assembly (see Removing the PCI-Fan Assembly on 5. page 44).

Disconnect all cables from the connectors on the master I/O board. Note 6. the routing of all cables as you remove them so that you can re-route them correctly after installing the new master I/O board.

Remove the four screws that secure the master I/O board to the chassis.7.

Remove the master I/O board out of the chassis.8.

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CHAPTER 14: MASTER I/O BOARD

Replacing the Master I/O Board Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Place the master I/O board in the chassis.2.

Replace the four screws that secure the master I/O board to the chassis.3.

Route and connect the cables that you removed from the connectors on the 4. master I/O board.

NOTE: For information on master I/O board connectors, see Master I/O Board Components on page 15.

Replace the PCI-fan assembly (see Replacing the PCI-Fan Assembly on 5. page 45).

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 6. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 7. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 9. them on.

CHAPTER 15: TOP LIGHTING-BOARD

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CHAPTER 15: TOP LIGHTING-BOARD

Top Lighting-Board WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

CAUTION: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

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CHAPTER 15: TOP LIGHTING-BOARD

1

2

1 top lighting-board 2 screws (4)

Removing the Top Lighting-Board Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Disconnect all cables from the connectors on the top lighting-board.3.

Remove the four screws that secure the top lighting-board to the chassis.4.

Pull the top lighting-board away from the chassis.5.

Replacing the Top Lighting-Board Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Replace the four screws that secure the top lighting-board to the chassis.2.

Connect the cables to the connectors on the top lighting-board.3.

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 4. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 5. them on.

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Right Side-Panel(s) WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 screws (3)

Removing the Right Side-Panel(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Remove the power-supply cover (see Removing the Power Supply on 5. page 57).

Remove the hard-drive fan assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Fan 6. Assembly on page 42).

Remove the three screws that secure the right side-panel(s) to the chassis.7.

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Place the chassis in an upright position.8. Slide and pull the right top-panel away from the chassis.9.

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1 right top-panel

Disconnect the lighting-board cable from the connector on the master I/O 10. board. Remove the two screws that secure the lighting board to the chassis.11. Lift the lighting board up and away from the chassis. 12.

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Replacing the Right Side-Panel(s) Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Align the right bottom-panel to the bottom of the computer and slide it into 2. position.

Slide the lighting board into position and replace the two screws that secure 3. the lighting board to the chassis.

Connect the lighting-board cable to the connector on the master I/O board. 4.

Slide the right top-panel into position.5.

Place the chassis on its side.6.

Replace the three screws that secure the right side-panel(s) to the chassis.7.

Replace the power-supply cover (see Replacing the Power Supply on 8. page 59).

Replace the hard-drive fan assembly (see Replacing the Hard-Drive Fan 9. Assembly on page 43).

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 10. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 11. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 12. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 13. them on.

Slide and pull the right bottom-panel away from the chassis.13.

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1 right bottom-panel

CHAPTER 17: ACTIVE-VENTING ASSEMBLY

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Active-Venting Assembly WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 screw

Removing the Active-Venting Assembly NOTE: Active-venting assembly is available only in Alienware Aurora ALX.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Remove the screw that secures the right top-panel to the chassis.5.

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Place the chassis in an upright position.8. Remove the right top-panel.9.

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1 right top-panel

Remove the top lighting-board (see Removing the Top Lighting-Board on 6. page 76). Remove the ten screws that secure the active-venting assembly to the 7. chassis.

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Remove the two screws that secure the top panel to the chassis.10. Lift the top panel away from the chassis.11. Remove the three screws that secure the active-venting assembly to the 12. chassis. Disconnect the cables that connect the active-venting assembly to the 13. connectors on the master I/O board. Lift the active-venting assembly away from the chassis.14.

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Replace the screw that secures the right top-panel to the chassis.10.

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 11. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 12. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 13. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 14. them on.

Replacing the Active-Venting Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Place the active-venting assembly on the top of the chassis.2.

Connect the active-venting assembly cables to the connectors on the 3. master I/O board.

Replace the three screws that secure the active-venting assembly to the 4. chassis.

Align the top panel with the slots in the chassis and replace the two screws 5. that secure the top panel to the chassis.

Replace the right top-panel.6.

Lay the chassis on its side.7.

Replace the ten screws that secure the active-venting assembly to the top 8. of the chassis.

Replace the top lighting-board (see Replacing the Top Lighting-Board on 9. page 76).

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Front Bezel WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 screws (7)

Removing the Front Bezel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Remove the right side-panel(s) (see Removing the Right Side-Panel(s) on 5. page 79).

Remove the seven screws that secure the front bezel to the chassis.6.

Disconnect the front bezel cables from the connectors on the master I/O 7. board. Note the cable routing before disconnecting the cables.

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1

1 front bezel 2 screws (3)

Place the chassis in an upright position.8.

Remove the three screws on the right side that secure the front bezel to the 9. chassis.

Pull the front bezel away from the chassis.10.

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Replacing the Front Bezel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Align the front bezel with the front of the chassis.2.

Replace the three screws on the right side that secure the front bezel to the 3. chassis.

Lay the chassis on its side.4.

Connect the front-bezel cables to the connectors on the master I/O board. 5.

Replace the seven screws that secure the front bezel to the chassis.6.

Replace the right side-panel(s) (see Replacing the Right Side-Panel(s) on 7. page 81).

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 8. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 9. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 10. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 11. them on.

CHAPTER 19: BACK BEZEL

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Back Bezel WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 screws (2) 2 security lock panel

Removing the Back Bezel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Remove the power supply (see Removing the Power Supply on page 3. 57).

WARNING: Despite having a plastic shield, the processor liquid-cooling assembly may be very hot during normal operation. Ensure that it has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.

Remove the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Removing the 4. Processor Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 48).

Remove the two screws that secure the security lock panel to the chassis. 5.

Pull the security lock panel away from the chassis.6.

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1 2 1 screws (2) 2 back bezel

3 tabs

Remove the two screws that secure the back bezel to the chassis.7.

Release the tabs that secure the back bezel to the chassis.8.

Pull the back bezel away from the chassis.9.

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Replacing the Back Bezel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6. Align the tabs on the back bezel with the slots on the chassis.2.

Push the back bezel into place.3.

Replace the two screws that secure the back bezel to the chassis.4.

Replace the two screws that secure the security lock panel to the chassis.5.

Replace the processor liquid-cooling assembly (see Replacing the Processor 6. Liquid-Cooling Assembly on page 49).

Replace the power supply (see Replacing the Power Supply on page 7. 59).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 8. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn 9. them on.

CHAPTER 20: BLUETOOTH ASSEMBLY

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Bluetooth Assembly WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 Bluetooth assembly 2 thumbscrew

Removing the Bluetooth Assembly NOTE: The Bluetooth assembly is available on your computer only if you ordered it while purchasing your computer.

Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Disconnect the Bluetooth assembly cable from the connector on the master 5. I/O board.

Loosen the thumbscrew that secures the Bluetooth assembly to the 6. chassis.

Slide and pull the Bluetooth assembly away from the front of the chassis.7.

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Replacing the Bluetooth Assembly Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Align the tabs on the Bluetooth assembly with the slots on the chassis.2.

Tighten the thumbscrew that secures the Bluetooth assembly to the 3. chassis.

Connect the Bluetooth assembly cable to the connector on the master I/O 4. board.

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 5. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 6. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 7. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 8. them on.

CHAPTER 21: TOP I/O PANEL

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Top I/O Panel WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

WARNING: Do not operate your computer with any cover(s) (including computer covers, bezels, filler brackets, front-panel inserts, etc.) removed.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the electrical outlet before removing the side panel(s).

CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty.

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1 panel insert 2 top I/O panel

3 screws (4) 4 top panel

Removing the Top I/O Panel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11).

Open the PCI shroud (see Opening the PCI Shroud on page 3. 18).

Remove the drive-bay shroud (see Removing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 4. page 19).

Remove the PCI-fan assembly (see Removing the PCI-Fan Assembly on 5. page 44).

Remove any PCI-Express cards (see Removing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 6. page 32).

Remove the active-venting assembly (see Removing the Active-Venting 7. Assembly on page 84).

Remove the right side-panel(s) (see Removing the Right Side-Panel(s) on 8. page 79).

Remove the front bezel (see Removing the Front Bezel on page 9. 90).

Pull the panel insert away from the chassis.10.

Remove the four screws that secure the top I/O panel to the chassis.11.

Disconnect the top I/O panel cables from the connectors on the system 12. board and master I/O board.

Remove the top I/O panel.13.

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Replace the PCI-fan assembly (see Replacing the PCI-Fan Assembly on 10. page 45).

Replace the drive-bay shroud (see Replacing the Drive-Bay Shroud on 11. page 19).

Close the PCI shroud (see Closing the PCI Shroud on page 12. 18).

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 13. 11).

Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 14. them on.

Replacing the Top I/O Panel Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

Align and replace the top I/O panel.2.

Connect the top I/O panel cables to the connectors on the system board and 3. master I/O board.

Replace the four screws that secure the top I/O panel to the chassis.4.

Push the panel insert into position.5.

Replace the front bezel (see Replacing the Front Bezel on page 6. 92).

Replace the active-venting assembly (see Replacing the Active-Venting 7. Assembly on page 87).

Replace the right side-panel(s) (see Replacing the Right Side-Panel(s) on 8. page 81).

Replace the PCI-Express cards (see Replacing the PCI-Express Card(s) on 9. page 33).

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Entering System Setup Turn on (or restart) your computer.1.

NOTE: Keyboard failure may result when a key on the keyboard is held down for extended periods of time. To avoid possible keyboard failure, press and release in even intervals until the System Setup screen appears.

While the computer is booting, press immediately before the operating 2. system logo appears to access the BIOS Setup Utility.

NOTE: If an error occurs during POST (Power On Self Test), press when the prompt appears to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.

NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop, then shut down your desktop and try again.

System Setup Screens The BIOS Setup Utility displays current or changeable configuration information for your desktop. Key functions appear at the bottom of the BIOS Setup Utility screen and lists keys and their functions within the active field.

Configuring the BIOS System Setup The System Setup options allow you to:

Change the system configuration information after you add, change, or remove any hardware in your computer. Set or change a user-selectable option. View the amount of memory installed. Set the type of hard drive installed.

Before you change the System Setup settings, it is recommended that you write down the current System Setup information for future reference.

CAUTION: Do not change the settings in System Setup unless you are an expert computer user. Certain changes can cause your computer to work incorrectly.

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System Information Current (QPI) Speed (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Displays the QPI speed.

Current (DMI) Speed (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Displays the DMI speed.

Cache L2 Displays the processor L2 cache size. Cache L3 Displays the processor L3 cache size.

Standard CMOS Features System Time (hh:mm:ss) Displays the current time. System Date (mm:dd:yy) Displays current date. SATA 1 Displays the SATA 1 drive integrated in the

computer. SATA 2 Displays the SATA 2 drive integrated in the

computer SATA 3 Displays the SATA 3 drive integrated in the

computer. SATA 4 Displays the SATA 4 drive integrated in the

computer.

System Setup Options

NOTE: The items listed in this section may or may not appear exactly as listed depending on your computer model and installed devices.

System Information Product Name Displays the product name. BIOS Version Displays the BIOS version number and date

information. Service Tag Displays the service tag of the computer. Asset Tag Displays the asset tag of the computer. Memory Installed Displays the amount of memory installed on

the computer. Memory Available Displays the amount of memory available on

the computer. Memory Technology Displays the type of memory technology

used. Memory Speed Displays the memory speed.

CPU ID/u Code ID Displays the processor type. CPU Speed Displays the processor speed.

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CPU Configuration XD Bit Capability Enable XD Bit Capability to allow the processor

to distinguish between the bits of code that can be executed and the ones that cannot be executed.

Intel Speedstep tech If enabled, the processor clock speed and core voltage are adjusted dynamically based on the processor load.

Intel C State Tech If enabled, C State: Processor idle is set to C2/C3/C4.

Intel HT Technology (available on Aurora-R2 only)

If disabled only one thread per enabled core is active.

Standard CMOS Features SATA 5 Displays the SATA 5 drive integrated in the

computer SATA 6 Displays the SATA 6 drive integrated in the

computer. Wait for F1 If Errors

If enabled, the system will HALT during boot to display system errors.

Advanced BIOS Features NumLock Status Select power-on state for num-lock. ACPI APIC support Include ACPI APIC table pointer to RSDT

pointer list. OptionROM Display Screen

Allows you to enable or disable the RAID Option ROM screen during POST.

Boot Configuration Features 1st Boot Device Displays the first boot device. 2nd Boot Device Displays the second boot device. Hard Disk Drives Sets the hard drive boot priority. The items

displayed are dynamically updated according to the hard drives detected.

CD/DVD Drives Sets the CD/DVD drive boot priority.

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Integrated Devices Configure SATA#1-6 as (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to configure the integrated hard drive controller to AHCI or RAID.

SATA Mode (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Allows you to configure the integrated hard drive controller to AHCI or RAID.

AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out Allows you to set the wait time for SATA or CD/DVD in AHCI mode.

Power Management Setup Suspend Mode Sets the energy-saving mode of the

ACPI function. AC Recovery Sets what action the computer takes

when power is restored. Remote Wakeup (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Sets the system to wake up from an onboard LAN, PCIE-X1 LAN card, or a PCI LAN card.

Auto Power On Allows the computer to start up at a certain time.

Integrated Devices USB Functions Allows you to enable or disable the

integrated USB controller. HD Audio Controller Allows you to enable or disable the

integrated audio controller. Onboard IEEE1394 Controller Allows you to enable or disable the

onboard IEEE 1394 controller. LAN1 BCM5784 Device (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.

Onboard LAN Controller (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.

LAN1 Option ROM (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to enable and disable the network controllers boot option.

Onboard LAN Boot ROM (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Allows you to enable and disable the network controllers boot option.

SiL3132 E-Sata Device (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to enable and disable the e-SATA controller.

JMicron-362 E-SATA Device (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Allows you to enable and disable the e-SATA controller.

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Frequency/Voltage Control Overvoltage Configuration Allows you to access the overvoltage

configuration submenu Load Level1 OC Setting Allows you to restore the Level 1

overclocking settings that were shipped from the factory (only displayed with an XE processor).

Advance DRAM Configuration Submenu Memory-Z Opens submenu to display the SPD

configuration for each memory module.

Advanced Memory Settings Allows you to toggle to Manual mode and set all of the timing parameters.

tCL Displays the Column Address Strobe Latency (editable in Manual Mode).

tRCD Displays timing of RAS to CAS delay (editable in Manual Mode).

tRP Displays timing of RAS Precharge (editable in Manual Mode).

tRAS Displays timing of Row Address Strobe (editable in Manual Mode).

Frequency/Voltage Control CPU Speed Displays the current processor speed. Memory Speed Displays the current memory speed. Current QPI Speed (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Displays current QPI speed.

Current DMI Speed (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Displays current DMI speed.

QPI Frequency (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to change the QPI frequency.

DMI Frequency (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Allows you to change the DMI frequency.

Memory Ratio Allows you to change the memory ratio.

Core (Non-Turbo) Ratio Displays the ratio between the processor core clock and the FSB frequency.

Advance DRAM Configuration Allows you to access the advance DRAM configuration submenu

Overclock Configuration Allows you to access the overclock configuration submenu

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Overclock Configuration Submenu Adjust CPU BClk (MHz) Allows you to adjust BClk of processor. Spread Spectrum Enable/disable spread spectrum

modulation. Adjust PCI Frequency (MHz) (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Allows you to adjust PCI frequency.

Adjust PCI-E Frequency (MHz) Allows you to adjust PCI-E frequency. Intel TurboMode tech If enabled, allows processor to run at

faster frequencies than marked. [1-4] Core CPU Turbo Ratio Limit (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Limit ratio for cores 1-4 (XE processors only).

Turbo Mode TDC Limit Override

Allows you to program the current thresholds for the processor while in turbo mode.

Turbo Mode TDP Limit Override

Allows you to program the power thresholds for the processor while in turbo mode.

Advance DRAM Configuration Submenu tRFC Displays timing of Refresh to Archive/

Refresh cycle time (editable in Manual Mode).

tWR Displays timing of Write Recover (editable in Manual Mode).

tWTR Displays Write to Read delay (editable in Manual Mode).

tRRD Displays RAS to RAS Delay (editable in Manual Mode).

tRTP Displays Read to Precharge command delay (editable in Manual Mode).

1T/2T Timing Displays the Command Rate (editable in Manual Mode).

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BIOS Security Features Change Supervisor Password Allows you to change the supervisor

password. Change User Password Allows you to change the user

password. You cannot use the user password to enter the BIOS setup, during POST.

Exit Exit Options Provides options to Save Changes

and Exit, Discard Changes and Exit, Load Optimal Defaults, and Discard Changes.

Overvoltage Configuration Submenu CPU Temperature Sensor Displays the processor temperature in

Celsius and Fahrenheit. VCore Displays processor core voltage. Dynamic CPU VCore Offset Processor core voltage offset. DDR3 Memory Voltage Adjust the DDR3 memory voltage.

IOH Voltage Adjust the IOH voltage. QPI and Uncore Voltage (available on Aurora and Aurora ALX only)

Adjust QPI and uncore voltage.

DMI and Uncore Voltage (available on Aurora-R2 only)

Adjust DMI and uncore voltage.

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Clearing Forgotten Passwords and CMOS Settings Follow the instructions in Before You Begin on page 1. 6.

WARNING: The computer must be disconnected from the electrical outlet to clear the CMOS setting.

Remove the left side-panel (see Removing the Left Side-Panel on page 2. 11). Reset the current password and CMOS settings: 3.

Locate the 3-pin CMOS or password-reset jumper on the system board a. (see System Board Components on page 14). Remove the jumper plug from the CMOS or password-reset jumper b. pins 2 and 3. Place the jumper plug on the CMOS or password-reset jumper c. pins 1 and 2 and wait for approximately five seconds. Remove the jumper plug and replace it on the CMOS or password reset d. jumper pins 2 and 3.

CMOS:

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PASSWORD:

Replace the left side-panel (see Replacing the Left Side-Panel on page 4. 11). Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets and then turn 5. them on.

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A list of results appear on the screen. Click 4. BIOS. Click 5. Download Now to download the latest BIOS file. The File Download window appears. Click 6. Save to save the file on your desktop. The file downloads to your desktop. Click 7. Close if the Download Complete window appears. The file icon appears on your desktop and is titled the same as the downloaded BIOS update file. Double-click the file icon on the desktop and follow the procedures that 8. appear on the screen.

Flashing the BIOS The BIOS may require flashing when an update is available or when replacing the system board. To flash the BIOS:

Turn on the computer.1. Go to 2. support.dell.com/support/downloads. Locate the BIOS update file for your computer:3.

- If you have your computers Service Tag:

Click a. Enter a Service Tag. Enter your computers Service Tag in the b. Enter a service tag: field, click Go, and proceed to step 6.

- If you do not have your computers Service Tag:

Click a. Select Your Product Model in the Select Your Entry Method list. Select the type of product in the b. Select Your Product Family list. Select the product brand in the c. Select Your Product Line list. Select the product model number in the d. Select Your Product Model list.

NOTE: If you have selected a different model and want to start over again, click Start Over on the top right of the menu.

Click e. Confirm.

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APPENDIX A: CONTACTING ALIENWARE

Websites You can learn about Alienware products and services on the following websites:

www.dell.com www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries only) www.dell.com/jp (Japan only) www.euro.dell.com (Europe only) www.dell.com/la (Latin American and Caribbean countries) www.dell.ca (Canada only)

You can access Alienware Support through the following websites:

support.dell.com support.jp.dell.com (Japan only) support.euro.dell.com (Europe only) support.la.dell.com (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico)

APPENDIX A: CONTACTING ALIENWARE NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.

Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. Because availability varies by country and product, some services may not be available in your ar

Manualsnet FAQs

If you want to find out how the Alienware Dell works, you can view and download the Dell Alienware Aurora ALX Desktop Service Manual on the Manualsnet website.

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