Dell XPS M1330 Optical Drive Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the DVD Optical Drive on your Dell XPS M1330 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 16 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell XPS M1330 DVD Optical Drive.

Before you begin

Please take the time read the following safety guildlines when working on static sensitive electrical componets.
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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x small flat head screwdriver
  • 1 x small plastic scribe

Video tutorial repair manual

Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell XPS M1330 DVD Optical Drive

Slide the battery away from the laptop.

Step 1

  • Flip the laptop over and slide the battery clip to the left.
  • Slide the battery away from the laptop.
Slide the battery away from the laptop. Flip the laptop over and slide the battery clip to the left.

Lift the door from the base.

Step 2

  • Unscrew the wifi door retaining screw.
  • Lift the door from the base.

Loosen the 3 memory door screws.

Step 3

  • Unscrew the (1) 2.5mm x 5mm screw.
  • Loosen the 3 memory door screws.
  • Lift the memory door off of the base.

On the bottom of the laptop, loosen the wireless antenna cables and unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm left and right hinge screws.

Step 4

  • On the bottom of the laptop, loosen the wireless antenna cables and unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm left and right hinge screws.

Remove the (6) 2.5mm x 5mm screws on the bottom of the laptop.

Step 5

  • Remove the (6) 2.5mm x 5mm screws on the bottom of the laptop.

Open the laptop screen as wide as possible.

Step 6

  • Unscrew the (2) 2mm x 3mm screws below the battery.
  • Open the laptop screen as wide as possible.
  • Carefully lift the Center Control Media Buttons Cover away form the base. You should start unsnapping it at the LCD display side being careful not to lift to fast so the cable doesn’t break.

Unscrew the (2) 2mm x 2mm x 7mm wafer screws holding the keyboard to the base and gently flip the keyboard over. Be cautious, lifting the keyboard with the cable connected, it is possible to break the latch if you pull it too hard.

Step 7

  • Leave the Center Control Media Buttons Cover loose.
  • Unscrew the (2) 2mm x 2mm x 7mm wafer screws holding the keyboard to the base and gently flip the keyboard over. Be cautious, lifting the keyboard with the cable connected, it is possible to break the latch if you pull it too hard.

Carefully lift the cable latch and unhook the cable.

Step 8

  • Carefully lift the cable latch and unhook the cable.

Lift the Power Button Cover from the laptop.

Step 9

  • Carefully slide the Power Button Cover cable latch and remove the Power Button Cover Cable.
  • Lift the Power Button Cover from the laptop.

Unplug the Bluetooth cable.

Step 10

  • Remove the 2mm x 3mm Bluetooth screw.
  • Unplug the Bluetooth cable.
Unplug the Bluetooth cable.Remove the 2mm x 3mm Bluetooth screw.

Disconnect the Camera cable, the LCD Display cable, and pull the wireless antenna cables through the motherboard.

Step 11

  • Disconnect the Camera cable, the LCD Display cable, and pull the wireless antenna cables through the motherboard.

Unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screw.

Step 12

  • Unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm left hinge screw.
  • Unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screw.
Unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screw. Unscrew the 2.5mm x 5mm left hinge screw.

Lift the LCD display assembly away from the laptop base.

Step 13

  • Lift the LCD display assembly away from the laptop base.

Remove the (4)2mm x 3mm screws.

Step 14

  • Remove the (3)2.5mm x 5mm screws an the top of the palm rest.
  • Remove the (4)2mm x 3mm screws.
Remove the (4)2mm x 3mm screws. Remove the (3)2.5mm x 5mm screws an the top of the palm rest.

Lift the palm rest away from the base.

Step 15

  • Unplug the touchpad ribbon cable.
  • Lift the palm rest away from the base.

Lift the optical drive out and disconnect it from the motherboard.

Step 16

  • Remove the (4) 2mm x 3mm screws.
  • Lift the optical drive out and disconnect it from the motherboard.


Lift the optical drive out and disconnect it from the motherboard.  Remove the (4) 2mm x 3mm screws.

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