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Laptop palmrest won't come off???

Greetings mates.

I am in desparate need of your help.

I have always been able to easily replace broken or dead dell laptop screens.

However, one - Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 is giving me feats.

I have done pretty much everything I know how to.

But for some reason, the circled area of the attached screenshot is not coming off.

I am afraid to put pressure on it for fear of breaking something.

I even googled to see if I am doing something wrong and found this:


As far as I can tell so far, the link is doing exactly what I am doing to do.

Could I have missed something?

Please see screenshot.

On this screenshot, you will see the area circled in red.

That's the area that is very hard to prank open.

Could you please suggest some thing I could try?

Thanks in advance
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
The area circled in the picture is part of the entire keyboard bezel and will not come off by itself.

As far as I can tell so far, the link is doing exactly what I am doing to do.

What do you mean by "so far"?  Have you followed the same steps in their entirety?
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
Yes and no. No, I have not followed it till the point where screen is replaced. I am not there yet.

Yes, I followed it in its entirety up till where the pamrest comes off. That's what I mean by so far.

You said:

The area circled in the picture is part of the entire keyboard bezel and will not come off by itself.

I am assuming that you have to try prying it open?

I have removed all the screens from the back of the laptop and have also removed the laptops on top of the bezel.

Every example indicates those needed to be done.

Then all they did after removing the screws is use flag screw to try to open th pam rest by sliding the flat screw driver around the edges.

I did that.
Infact, if you look closer, you will see a screw driver that I put there to show that the pam rest is open from left all the way to the area that I circled and I tried to pull it open but it seems like something is holding it firmly from coming off.

I would love to know what I missed.

Thanks for your response.
i have found that it can be necessary to go round the the complete laptop several times, prying it open, so that it will release itself
i have used plastic cards, or even PC i/o cover plates (the L style on the back, covering the slots where the cards can be inserted on a PC)

or it can be there is 1 more screw attached -  keyboard? check closely
or lift it up as you can , and look under it to see where the binding area is
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
There was one more screw hiding inside.

Infact, i didn't think the screwneeded to be removed.

I was wrong.

As soon as i removed it, it came out easily.
tx for feedback -  i ve had it also..
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