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Hello OCN

I have a Dell e6410 "HBP" with a silver back cover. There is a big scratch on it because I got this boxed used for verrry cheap. It's a great machine and I have replaced almost all the internals aside from mobo / cpu. It has a gorgeous black keyboard, speakers, palmrest, and bezel -- but then a silver back -_- It would look almost identical to a real Mac if it had a black backplate.

This thread is kind of a shot in the dark, I don't expect this community to be extra experienced in laptop mods (especially manufactured ones). But any input would be great. I work as a tech at an IT department, so I may actually have a chance to test this out at work before making any purchases -- but my goal is to get a (black) E6400 E5400 back LCD cover and put it on my machine.

As far as I can tell the only difference between the E6400 and E6410 is the CPU / Mobo and MAYBE screen type. They look almost identical in design, which is why I think that may be the best option.

So has anyone tried this? Heard of this? Thought of this? Have amazing Mech. Engineering skills and can look at the hinges online and see a visible difference? I have not done enough work (at work) on these machines to say I am familiar with their design. They are very easy machines to work on though. Give me some input guys and let me know what you think,

P.S. Has anyone had any success swapping parts from different laptops in similar circumstances? I am curious what the popular interchangeable parts would be -- and I mean mechanically not Wifi cards tongue.gif
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post #2 of 5
I have an E5400 and have used several parts from the other similar Latitude lines. I've thought about doing some swapping as well but never really found time to, lol.

Right now I'm only using a different palm rest and keyboard ( the 5400 didn't come with the backlit keyboard option, so I stole some from a non-working 6400 ).

I know my 5400 and 6400 screen/frame/mounts/etc looked almost exactly identical ( aside from the mounting position ), though I didn't have a reason to try to swap them as they were both black and the same otherwise. But I did at one point think about trying to swap for one of the coloured variants from the other similar lines. Would be nice to know if you do try it thumb.gif
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Good to know that SOME things are cross compatible. I may give in and buy a E5400 lcd cover and test it out, or see if I can find one at work. Definitely will keep you posted.
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quick update - ordered the e6400 black back lcd cover on amazon for $20. Took me a while to bite the bullet and throw $20 in the fire, but I'm hoping for the best. I will let you know what happens next week. thumb.gif
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Hey so I got the back cover in the mail today and installed it.

Fairly easy, but requires a decent amount of modding, you need to swap all the wiring and peripheral cards so that you use the current (e6410) wires / circuit boards.

The e6410 screen using a much smaller board as a screen controller, you'll need to find a place to put this, I have it taped up near the top with a custom hole cut with pliers to string the cable.


Then you need to get the bezel on, mine is *shrug* sorta on, there are a few clips that are still not hooked in. I think it is because I left the older "hinges" on the screen, they might be able to come off or be replaced with e6400 hinges, I'm not sure.


If people want pictures I will take pictures, I'll also follow up to try and get the bezel / top cover to seal correctly.

EDIT: WIfi tested and working on e6400 wires. Removed the left side of antennae but the right side seemed to be ok.
Edited by LDV617 - 10/19/13 at 3:15pm
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