Introduction

Use this guide to help you replace a broken or damaged fan that may be causing overheating issues and other problems with your laptop. Don't forget to keep track of all your screws.

  1. Flip the device over.
    • Flip the device over.

  2. Slide the right lock button to the unlock position.
    • Slide the right lock button to the unlock position.

    • After it is unlocked, a red line will be visible.

    • Slide the left lock button into the unlock position and hold.

    • While holding the left lock button in the unlock position, push the battery from the center away from you.

    • Open the laptop to show the keyboard.

    • Look at the top row of the keyboard, you will see a space that has four latches holding the keyboard down.

    • The latches are located above the Esc key, the F5 key, between the F10 and F11 key and the Delete key.

    • Don't pull too hard on the keys otherwise they may fall off.

    • Push the latch away from the keyboard using the spudger point.

    • While pushing the latches use a plastic opening tool and pull up on a key near it.

    • Continue along the rest of the keyboard until it is released at all four latches.

    • Push the keyboard away from the mouse track pad to unlock the bottom from the base.

    • Do not pull too hard because there is a ribbon connecting to keyboard to the motherboard.

    • Flip the keyboard over to reveal the back of it and what is underneath.

    • Pull each end of the black ribbon cable piece towards the mouse track pad to unlock the ribbon connector piece.

    • Gently pull out the ribbon cable from the connector piece.

    • Remove the keyboard completely.

    • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips head screws with the PH0 bit indicated by the red circles in the picture.

    • Once the screws are removed, slide the back panel away from the computer.

    • Remove the 9mm Phillips head screw in the left bottom corner of the hard drive with the PH0 bit.

    • Slide the hard drive to the left, unlocking it from its default position.

    • Pull the hard drive upwards and take it out of its position.

    • Remove two 3mm Phillips head screws, one located on each side of the metal casing holding the hard drive using the PH0 bit.

    • Pull upwards on the metal casing and it will come off.

    • Lift up the black lock holding the ribbon.

    • Using the blue tab, pull out the ribbon.

    • Pull gently on the ribbon to remove the risk of damaging the ribbon.

    • Lift up the black lock holding the ribbon.

    • Using the blue tab, pull out the ribbon.

    • Pull gently on the ribbon to remove the risk of damaging the ribbon.

    • Remove the five 9 mm Phillips head screws with the PH0 bit.

    • Flip the laptop on its side so that the red line indicated in the pictures is facing upwards.

    • Pull up on the disk drive and remove.

    • Close the laptop and flip it over.

    • Remove the six 12.5 mm screws Phillips head and the five 9 mm screws remaining with the PH0 bit.

    • Flip the device back over and open the laptop.

    • Using the nylon or metal spudger, gently pry off the panel by moving the spudger along the seam.

    • You should hear clicking sounds as the front panel is being removed from the base.

    • Remove the panel.

    • The laptop will now become heavier to the front so it will tend to fall on the back side of the screen.

    • Remove the 5mm Phillips head screw using the PH0 bit.

    • Pull up on the tape holding the tan cable in place.

    • While holding the tape push up on each side of the cable connector to disconnect it.

    • Gently pull out the cable connector.

    • Gently pull out the USB connector attached to the motherboard.

    • Remove the red and white wire connector next to the fan.

    • Take out the motherboard

    • There are still two wires connected to the bottom of the motherboard so remove carefully.

    • Flip the motherboard over next to the laptop base.

    • Remove the white and black wire.

    • The motherboard is not completely separated from the base of the computer.

    • Remove the black piece of tape located on each side of the fan and vent, connecting the two components.

    • Pull up on the four wires (red, yellow, blue and black) connecting the fan to the motherboard.

    • Remove fan by pulling it upwards.

Conclusion

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

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