How to Disassemble Dell Inspiron 1545

By Tyson Cliffton

Disassembling your Dell Inspiron 1545 is a great way to learn where the inner components of your laptop are located. Knowing how to access the components that make up your Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop will come in handy in case you ever decide to upgrade your laptop by installing a larger hard drive or adding more memory, or replace a failed hardware component, such as a keyboard or optical drive. Disassembling your laptop doesn't take a great deal of time and only requires a few simple tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver

Step 1

Shut down the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop and disconnect any cables or devices connected to the laptop. Close the display and turn the laptop upside down. Make sure the battery bay is next to you.

Step 2

Move the battery-release latch above the right side of the battery to the right. The battery will disengage from the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Lift and remove the battery. Remove the screws on the left and right side of the bottom of the battery bay using the Phillips screwdriver.

Step 3

Unscrew and remove the four screws from the outer edge of the cover above the left side of the laptop. Remove the cover.

Step 4

Push the retaining clips on the short sides of the two memory modules in the top of the open compartment away from the modules, causing them to raise upward. Carefully pull each module out of its slot.

Step 5

Remove the screw three inches of above the center of the battery bay to the right of the open compartment. Insert the screwdriver into the hole and tilt the screwdriver to the left. The optical drive will be pushed out along the rear-right edge of the laptop. Carefully pull the optical drive out of the laptop.

Step 6

Remove the two screws above the hard drive on the front-left edge of the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Carefully pull the hard drive bracket out of the laptop.

Step 7

Turn the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop right-side up, open the display and push it back as far as possible. Wedge the flathead screwdriver underneath either the left or right side of the control cover behind the last row of keyboard keys to loosen the cover. Lift and remove the cover.

Step 8

Remove the screws behind the "F5" and "F12" keys using the Phillips screwdriver. Slide the keyboard back toward the monitor one inch, then lift and remove the keyboard and set it, keys down, in front of the mouse touch pad. Locate the ribbon cable extending from the keyboard to the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Lift the black plastic connector fastening the ribbon cable in the laptop and carefully pull the ribbon cable out of the laptop. Remove the keyboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Touch the bare metal surface on a grounded object to discharge any static electricity before working inside of your Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Alternatively, wear a grounding strap. Grounding straps are available at most electronics stores.