Dell Inspiron 3511- The Ultimate DIY Guide

Our DIY guide will walk you through how to disassemble the Dell Inspiron 3511 and then reassemble it correctly without damaging your laptop in any way! We’ll take you through the steps of removing each piece, as well as which tools you’ll need to get the job done. If you can’t seem to figure out how to disassemble your Dell Inspiron 3511, then this article is definitely for you! If there’s anything we can do to make this guide more helpful, please let us know in the comments below!

Step 1: Choose Your Inspiron Model

Choosing your Inspiron model is important when getting ready to start your build. Even though you can spend more on a higher-end system, remember that there are plenty of options that offer great specs at a reasonable price. For example, the Dell Inspiron 3511 features these great specs: Intel Core i3 Processor 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, and DVD Reader/Writer with LightScribe. This computer will have enough power for most applications and costs less than $550 making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for something basic but reliable.

Step 2: Choose Your Operating System

If you are going to use Windows 10, then know that you will have to purchase a license as Dell doesn’t include one. I recommend that you consider this in your budget when you’re deciding on which specs to choose. If you want to avoid paying extra, then consider using a Linux operating system. Be sure to do your research though before choosing the OS that is right for you.

Step 3: Installing an SSD Drive

Removing the original drive is pretty simple. Start by removing the nine Phillips screws on the bottom of the laptop that hold it in place. Next, disconnect all cords and cables from the motherboard. Once you’re done with that, carefully pull up the plastic tabs that are holding the SSD drive into place and slide them out. Attach your new drive to these tabs and put it back in its spot before connecting any cables to make sure it’s right where you want it first. Put all nine screws back into place, reconnect your cables and remove the plastic tabs you removed earlier to lock them in with their original holes on both sides.

Step 4: Upgrading RAM Memory

One of the first upgrades most people do on a PC is to increase the RAM memory. Memory, which refers to Random Access Memory, is one of the key resources for the computer’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) and system, as well as applications. For most systems, today, having at least 4GB of RAM is recommended for standard use. More modern systems will come with 8GB or more standard. This means that adding more than 4GB of RAM can potentially speed up your system by making it have more available memory to process tasks in a shorter period of time.
You will want to purchase at least four 2GB sticks and since they are not generally sold in pairs you’ll need two sets.

Step 5: Upgrading the Wireless Card

This is the third step of installing the Wireless Card.

  1. Unscrew four screws securing the card to the bottom case of the laptop.
  2. Remove and discard the plastic shields over the PCI slots at the top of the motherboard.
  3. Carefully remove and set aside the loose screws on side of the card.
  4. Lift up side bracket away from PCB a bit, place it under screw next to the card, then thread other ends into matching hole on PCB).
  5. The next step is finding a way to get under these antennas in order to remove them without breaking them off in their housings.

Step 6: Upgrading to a Full HD Screen

Unless you’re in a power cut, don’t forget to turn off your laptop when upgrading. Unless you want it to smell like melting plastic. Take out the screws holding down the screen, remove the old screen and replace it with a new one. Put back all the screws and that’s about it for this part of the guide! And now your trusty Dell is sporting a Full HD display!

Step 7 (Optional): Install Additional Software

Your Dell Inspiron 3511 is now ready to go and you should be proud of yourself for setting up your new computer in under an hour. But don’t stop there! This is a good time to create a backup for all your important data. With the free version of Acronis True Image, you can make backups on either a DVD or a Blu-ray disc. Alternatively, if you have an external hard drive with a USB port (not FireWire), you can use that too. All you need to do is install Acronis onto the external hard drive, plug it into your computer, then follow the onscreen instructions which will walk you through backing up your files and folders as well as system image backup procedures.

Step 8 (Optional): Designate a new drive as your Windows backup drive

This is where you select the drive in which you want to install Windows 10. The drive must be at least 128GB in size, and it can be either an internal or external hard drive. If it’s an external hard drive, the system will automatically detect it and present it as a possible installation location. If your main hard drive fills up with data or your computer fails, you’ll still have access to your files on this new backup drive. You can also use this process if you need to transfer Windows 10 from one laptop to another. All you have to do is plug the new laptop into an Ethernet cable so that they’re on the same network and boot off of the ISO file or DVD.


To sum up, Dell has created a dependable machine for anyone on the market for an affordable desktop. They have succeeded in creating a modern computer that is suitable for most tasks, and then some. You may not be able to play the newest games on high settings or edit videos with it but it does have its limits (just like any other device). To help you decide whether or not this is the right desktop for you, here are the best and worst things about this PC. The Pros: -Long battery life -Excellent performance when using popular programs such as Microsoft Office and Google Chrome -Large hard drive space that can be upgraded with ease. The Cons: -No optical disk drive installed

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