Dell Inspiron 1525 / 1526 Touchpad Palmrest Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Touchpad Palmrest on your Dell Inspiron 1525 / 1526 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 18 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron 1525 / 1526 Touchpad Palmrest.

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screw driver
  • 1 x small plastic scribe

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Inspiron 1526 Touchpad Palmrest

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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron 1525 / 1526 Touchpad Palmrest

Remove the battery.

Step 1

  • Remove the battery.
Unscrew the 8 screws holding the Access Door Cover.

Step 2

  • Access Door
  • Unscrew the 8 screws holding the Access Door Cover.
  • Remove the cover, starting from right to left.
Unscrew the 8 screws holding the Access Door Cover. Remove the cover, starting from right to left.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 6mm screws that are holding the Touchpad Palm rest to the base.

Step 3

  • Take out the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm screws.
  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 6mm screws that are holding the Touchpad Palm rest to the base.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 6mm screws that are holding the Touchpad Palm rest to the base. Take out the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm screws.
Remove two 2mm x 3mm screws that hold the 1525/1526 center control power button cover to the base of the computer.

Step 4

  • Power Button Cover
  • Remove two 2mm x 3mm screws that hold the 1525/1526 center control power button cover to the base of the computer.
Lift and unsnap the 1525/1526 center control power button cover using a small flat head screw driver or a plastic scribe from the backside of the computer, from right to left. (Be very careful removing it because the plastic can be fragile. (Use caution lifting the power button cover off of the laptop, a cable is attached beneath it that can break easily.)

Step 5

  • Turn the computer over (as if you were typing on it), and fully open the display (approximately 180 degrees, or as far as possible).
  • Lift and unsnap the 1525/1526 center control power button cover using a small flat head screw driver or a plastic scribe from the backside of the computer, from right to left. (Be very careful removing it because the plastic can be fragile. (Use caution lifting the power button cover off of the laptop, a cable is attached beneath it that can break easily.)
Disconnect the media control cable under the power button cover and lift off the power button cover.

Step 6

  • Disconnect the media control cable under the power button cover and lift off the power button cover.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 5mmscrews above the keyboard and gently lift up the keyboard to reveal the ribbon cable. Be careful lifting the keyboard because it is very easy to cause damage to the ribbon cable or the motherboard connector. (If the motherboard connector breaks, it is very hard to find replacements for them without replacing the entire motherboard.)

Step 7

  • Keyboard Removal
  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 5mmscrews above the keyboard and gently lift up the keyboard to reveal the ribbon cable. Be careful lifting the keyboard because it is very easy to cause damage to the ribbon cable or the motherboard connector. (If the motherboard connector breaks, it is very hard to find replacements for them without replacing the entire motherboard.)
Lift the keyboard cable connector latch and remove the keyboard ribbon cable and keyboard.

Step 8

  • Lift the keyboard cable connector latch and remove the keyboard ribbon cable and keyboard.
Remove the Bluetooth card by unscrewing the 2mm x 3mm retaining screw.

Step 9

  • Bluetooth Card
  • Remove the Bluetooth card by unscrewing the 2mm x 3mm retaining screw.
  • Unplug the cable.
  • Slide the cable out and unhook it from the motherboard.
Remove the Bluetooth card by unscrewing the 2mm x 3mm retaining screw. Unplug the cable.Slide the cable out and unhook it from the motherboard.
Unplug the display cable from the motherboard.

Step 10

  • LCD Display Assembly
  • Unplug the display cable from the motherboard.
  • Unplug the camera cable from the motherboard.
Unplug the display cable from the motherboard. Unplug the camera cable from the motherboard.
Slide antenna wires out of the motherboard and loosen them from the top of the laptop.

Step 11

  • Slide antenna wires out of the motherboard and loosen them from the top of the laptop.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10 mm wafer hinge screws from the right display hinge.

Step 12

  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10 mm wafer hinge screws from the left display hinge.
  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10 mm wafer hinge screws from the right display hinge.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10 mm wafer hinge screws from the right display hinge.Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10 mm wafer hinge screws from the left display hinge.
Lift the 1525/1526 LCD display assembly up away from the base.

Step 13

  • Lift the 1525/1526 LCD display assembly up away from the base.
Unplug the power button circuit board cable from the motherboard and lift the board off of the base. The power button board may have glue on it so be careful prying it up.

Step 14

  • Power Button Circuit Board
  • Unplug the power button circuit board cable from the motherboard and lift the board off of the base. The power button board may have glue on it so be careful prying it up.
Unplug the Speaker cable from the motherboard.

Step 15

  • Unplug the Speaker cable from the motherboard.
Remove the remaining (2) 2.5mm x 5mm and the (1) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10mm wafer screws.

Step 16

  • Remove the remaining (2) 2.5mm x 5mm and the (1) 2.5mm x 3mm – 10mm wafer screws.
Unplug the touchpad cable from the motherboard.

Step 17

  • Unplug the LED light cable.
  • Unplug the touchpad cable from the motherboard.
Unplug the touchpad cable from the motherboard. Unplug the LED light cable.
Carefully lift the touchpad palm rest off of the base, starting from the upper left corner, unsnapping it along the edges.

Step 18

  • Carefully lift the touchpad palm rest off of the base, starting from the upper left corner, unsnapping it along the edges.
Inspiron 1526 Touchpad Palmrest

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