Introduction

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

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