Quick Guide For M11x Mobo Replacement.

Dark_UFO

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I finally got a chance to replace my old M11x motherboard, LCD screen, and keyboard yesterday, and everything worked, its like having a brand new computer. I wanted to post a quick guide for those who want to do the same so they know what to be aware of. These tips can also apply to other Alienware laptops:

- Be extremely careful with the ribbon cables, they are ridiculously fragile (I accidentally broke the cable for the track pad) so remove them gently and slowly.
- Buy a Screw Extractor and Electric Screw Driver! My project was delayed because of two stripped screws, here are the products I got off Amazon to remove them:

Screw Extractor


Electric Screwdriver (Don't Use a Drill those are overkill for a laptop you want low RPMs)


Written Guide Step By Step Alienware M11x Tear Down

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Alienware+M11xR3+Disassembly+and+Cleaning/17215


Video Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqQQU_PWRg&t=387s


Known Issues

Since installing the new mobo, LCD screen and keyboard although everything works sometimes when I power the computer on the LED lights come on but the screen is black. I then have to manually power off the computer and restart it a second time at which point it starts normally and loads Windows. Don't know why this happens, have been researching it online and a lot of people are reporting it with other Alienware laptops including newer models like the M 15 and M 17.
 

MattyB

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Awesome. Good work. I still want to get my hands on an R3. I used to have a few of them but stupidly sold them.
 
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