Introduction

The fan helps get rid of the excess heat in the laptop. A damaged fan can cause overheating and poor performance. This guide explains how to replace it.

Make sure to switch off your laptop before starting. Place the laptop on a flat surface with the bottom side facing upwards. Using the Phillips #1 Screwdriver, remove the four 4mm screws in the back panel.
  • Make sure to switch off your laptop before starting.

  • Place the laptop on a flat surface with the bottom side facing upwards.

  • Using the Phillips #1 Screwdriver, remove the four 4mm screws in the back panel.

  • Using both hands, slide the back panel away from the laptop horizontally.

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Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the ten 2mm screws at the marked locations.
  • Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the ten 2mm screws at the marked locations.

  • At this point, it is advised to disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard.

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Using the plastic opening tool, open the back cover of the laptop. It is recommended that you start from a corner and run the tool along the edge of the cover. Be careful not to bend or crack the cover.
  • Using the plastic opening tool, open the back cover of the laptop.

  • It is recommended that you start from a corner and run the tool along the edge of the cover.

  • Be careful not to bend or crack the cover.

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Locate the three ribbon connectors. Using the plastic opening tool, flip up all three gray tabs and remove the ribbon connectors from the motherboard.
  • Locate the three ribbon connectors.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, flip up all three gray tabs and remove the ribbon connectors from the motherboard.

  • Once the tabs are released, the ribbons will be easy to remove. Do not pull on the ribbons.

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Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the nine 2mm screws at the marked locations. Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the nine 2mm screws at the marked locations.
  • Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the nine 2mm screws at the marked locations.

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Disconnect the WLAN Card from the motherboard by pulling the connector upwards. Disconnect the optical drive from the motherboard by sliding it to the right.
  • Disconnect the WLAN Card from the motherboard by pulling the connector upwards.

  • Disconnect the optical drive from the motherboard by sliding it to the right.

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Flip the motherboard to show the underside. Locate the square fan connection attached to the motherboard. Disconnect it using the tweezers (blunt).
  • Flip the motherboard to show the underside.

  • Locate the square fan connection attached to the motherboard.

  • Disconnect it using the tweezers (blunt).

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Remove the black tape from the fan as seen in the marked location.
  • Remove the black tape from the fan as seen in the marked location.

  • At this point, the fan is now disconnected from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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