Dell Inspiron 15R N5010 Heatsink Fan Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Heatsink Fan on your Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010, M501R, M5010) laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 20 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010, M501R, M5010) Heatsink Fan.

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 (optional)

Video tutorial repair manual

Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010, M501R, M5010) Heatsink Fan

Slide the battery latch over and the battery out of the laptop.

Step 1

  • Slide the battery locking latch to the unlocked position.
  • Slide the battery latch over and the battery out of the laptop.
Slide the battery latch over and the battery out of the laptop. Slide the battery locking latch to the unlocked position.

Remove the door from the base.

Step 2

  • Loosen the door screw.
  • Remove the door from the base.

    Repeat the process for the second clip.

Step 3

  • Separate the memory clips until the memory lifts up.
  • Repeat the process for the second clip.
    Repeat the process for the second clip.Separate the memory clips until the memory lifts up.

On the bottom of the laptop, remove the 2 screw hole covers.

Step 4

  • Remove the 2 2.5mm x 5mm bottom hinge screws.
  • On the bottom of the laptop, remove the 2 screw hole covers.
  • Remove the (4) 2.5mm x 5mm screws.
On the bottom of the laptop, remove the 2 screw hole covers.Remove the (4) 2.5mm x 5mm screws. Remove the 2 2.5mm x 5mm bottom hinge screws.

Remove the 2.5mm x 5mm screw.

Step 5

  • Remove the 2.5mm x 5mm screw.

Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.

Step 6

  • Remove the optical drive locking screw.
  • Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.
Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.Remove the optical drive locking screw.

Remove the (4) 3mm x 3mm hard drive screws.

Step 7

  • Remove the (4) 3mm x 3mm hard drive screws.

Dell has given notice that some of the models will not use keyboard screws, some will have only 1, and some will have 2. The other optional screw location is above the name plate on the bottom of the laptop.

Step 8

  • Dell has given notice that some of the models will not use keyboard screws, some will have only 1, and some will have 2. The other optional screw location is above the name plate on the bottom of the laptop.

Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm bottom palm rest screws.

Step 9

  • On the bottom of the laptop, remove the 4 screw covers.
  • Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm bottom palm rest screws.
Remove the (7) 2.5mm x 5mm bottom palm rest screws. On the bottom of the laptop, remove the 4 screw covers.

Using a scribe or a flat head screw driver, press in the 4 latches that allow the keyboard to lift up.

Step 10

  • Turn the laptop over and open it up.
  • Using a scribe or a flat head screw driver, press in the 4 latches that allow the keyboard to lift up.

Unplug the keyboard cable.

Step 11

  • Carefully lift up the keyboard and turn it over.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
  • Remove the keyboard from the laptop.

Unplug the 3 palm rest cables.

Step 12

  • Remove the (5) 2.5mm x 5mm palm rest screws that are under the keyboard.
  • Unplug the 3 palm rest cables.
  • Carefully unsnap the palm rest from the laptop.
Unplug the 3 palm rest cables. Carefully unsnap the palm rest from the laptop.

Lift the hard drive and connector out of the laptop.

Step 13

  • Lift the hard drive and connector out of the laptop.

Unplug the antenna cables.

Step 14

  • Unplug the display cable.
  • Unplug the antenna cables.
Unplug the antenna cables. Unplug the display cable.

Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screws.

Step 15

  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm X 5mm left hinge screws.
  • Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screws.
  • Lift the display away from the laptop.
Unscrew the (2) 2.5mm x 5mm right hinge screws. Lift the display away from the laptop.

Carefully pry the clips and remove the rear hinge cover.

Step 16

  • Turn the laptop over.
  • Carefully pry the clips and remove the rear hinge cover.

Unplug the speakers.

Step 17

  • Unplug the VGA USB circuit board cable.
  • Unplug the speakers.
  • Unplug the SD card reader.
Unplug the speakers. Unplug the SD card reader. Unplug the VGA USB circuit board cable.

Lift the motherboard from the base.

Step 18

  • Remove the (2) 2mm x 3mm screws.
  • Lift the motherboard from the base.

Unplug the cooling fan.

Step 19

  • Loosen the 4 heat sink screws.
  • Unplug the cooling fan.
  • Remove the heat sink fan from the motherboard.
Unplug the cooling fan. Remove the heat sink fan from the motherboard.

Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.

Step 20

  • Installation note 1: Make sure to replace thermal compound or thermal pads on the CPU and heatsink.
  • Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.

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  • Eduardo

    Hello, what thickness of thermal pad would apply fot the dell n5010 GPU?