Introduction

This guide will take you through a step-by-step process for the removal of your Chromebook’s motherboard.

  1. Before proceeding, power down your Chromebook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.
    • Before proceeding, power down your Chromebook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Remove the five 8.4 mm Phillips #0 screws.

    • Remove the four 4.6 mm Phillips #0 screws.

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  2. Use the plastic opening tool to gently work around the edge of the Chromebook until the back panel starts to lift off.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to gently work around the edge of the Chromebook until the back panel starts to lift off.

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    • Remove the back panel by lifting it away from the Chromebook.

    • Some clicking will be heard as the panel is removed from the back, this is completely normal.

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    • To disconnect the battery, pinch the multi-color bundle cable with your thumb and forefinger and pull directly back.

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    • Disconnect the USB board ZIF (zero insertion force) connector located towards the bottom left of the motherboard.

    • Flip the ZIF connector retaining flap up using either a spudger or your fingers.

    • Pull gently on the ribbon cable to disconnect it from the motherboard.

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    • Disconnect the large keyboard and small touchpad ZIF connectors, both located in the middle of the bottom edge of the motherboard.

    • Flip both ZIF retaining flaps up using either a spudger or your fingers.

    • Gently pull on each ribbon cable to disconnect them from the motherboard.

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    • Disconnect the speaker's black bundled cable connector (the cable is white, black and red).

    • Pinch the black bundled cable connector between your thumb and pointer finger and pull.

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    • Disconnect the screen cable connector located towards the top right of the motherboard.

    • Using a spudger, gently pry up the sides of the connector.

    • Pull off the connector with your hands.

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    • Disconnect the black and white antenna cable connectors for the WiFi card. The connectors look like small buttons on the ends of colored wires.

    • Gently pry the cable connectors off with your fingers or a spudger.

    • These connections are button-like and will have a little resistance when removing.

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    • Remove the eight Phillips #0 4.7 mm screws.

    • Remove the Phillips #0 3.7 mm screw.

    • Remove the Phillips #0 2.8 mm screw.

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    • Lift the motherboard from the Chromebook.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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