Introduction

Use this guide to show you how to remove the front panel of the 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.

Conclusion

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

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Great job! Always stayed away from tablets because of all the hassle. Your guide made it a breeze. Thank You, Thank You

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