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The touchpad is one of the most frequently used parts of the device. This can lead to a number of issues that may cause the touchpad to not function properly. To replace the touchpad in this device you must replace the entire cover/palm rest. If you have followed all the steps in the Troubleshooting Guide and found that you have a damaged or faulty touchpad, this step-by-step guide will lead you through the process of removing the battery, back-plate, hard drive, cover/palm rest, touchpad buttons, and keyboard.

Ensure the device is powered off by holding down the power button on the top left-hand side.
  • Ensure the device is powered off by holding down the power button on the top left-hand side.

  • On a flat, level surface, flip the device over so that the back-plate is accessible.

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Using a spudger or any fine-pointed tool, push the release slide away from the center of the device. Simultaneously pull the battery out and away from the device. Simultaneously pull the battery out and away from the device.
  • Using a spudger or any fine-pointed tool, push the release slide away from the center of the device.

  • Simultaneously pull the battery out and away from the device.

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Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the center screw (7.0 mm) from the back-plate. Using your hands, slide the back-plate away from the center of the device and remove. Using your hands, slide the back-plate away from the center of the device and remove.
  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the center screw (7.0 mm) from the back-plate.

  • Using your hands, slide the back-plate away from the center of the device and remove.

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Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (9.0 mm) from the outward side of the hard drive. Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (9.0 mm) from the outward side of the hard drive.
  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (9.0 mm) from the outward side of the hard drive.

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Using your hand, slide the hard drive away from the center of the device until it disconnects from the motherboard.
  • Using your hand, slide the hard drive away from the center of the device until it disconnects from the motherboard.

  • Carefully lift the outward side of the hard drive and place the drive on a clean, non-magnetic surface.

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Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the six outside screws (7.0 mm). Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the seven inside screws (8.0 mm). Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the one inside screw (3.0 mm).
  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the six outside screws (7.0 mm).

  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the seven inside screws (8.0 mm).

  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the one inside screw (3.0 mm).

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Using your hands, slide the brown release tabs for the keyboard connection away from the center of the device. Gently remove the keyboard connection by pulling away from the center of the device. Lift the black locks for the touchpad connections into the upward position.
  • Using your hands, slide the brown release tabs for the keyboard connection away from the center of the device.

  • Gently remove the keyboard connection by pulling away from the center of the device.

  • Lift the black locks for the touchpad connections into the upward position.

  • Gently remove the touchpad connections by pulling the purple tabs away from the locks.

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Flip the device over and open it. Using the plastic opening tools, remove the cover/palm rest from the frame of the device. Using the plastic opening tools, remove the cover/palm rest from the frame of the device.
  • Flip the device over and open it.

  • Using the plastic opening tools, remove the cover/palm rest from the frame of the device.

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Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the 17 screws (3.0 mm) from the back of the keyboard. Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the 17 screws (3.0 mm) from the back of the keyboard.
  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the 17 screws (3.0 mm) from the back of the keyboard.

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Remove the keyboard by lifting up and away from the cover/palm rest. Be careful with the keyboard connection during this step. To replace an individual key, remove the key from the keyboard using a plastic opening tool.
  • Remove the keyboard by lifting up and away from the cover/palm rest. Be careful with the keyboard connection during this step.

  • To replace an individual key, remove the key from the keyboard using a plastic opening tool.

I looked at this guide after removing and cleaning the keyboard. I watched a YouTube video. Now, whatever keys were working also not working :((

I noticed in this that the wider ribbon cable has sliding latches on either side. Which I did not know. I pulled and pushed the cable. :(( I hope I haven't totally ruined it.. will have to check later.

Thanks for the detailed guide.

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Update: I checked. The ribbon cable holder doesn't have these tabs. Odd..

Ghelabhai -

Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (7.0 mm) from touchpad buttons. Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (7.0 mm) from touchpad buttons.
  • Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the two screws (7.0 mm) from touchpad buttons.

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On the cover/palm rest, lift the black locks for the touchpad buttons into the upward position. Remove the connection for the touchpad buttons by gently pulling the purple tabs away from the locks.
  • On the cover/palm rest, lift the black locks for the touchpad buttons into the upward position.

  • Remove the connection for the touchpad buttons by gently pulling the purple tabs away from the locks.

  • Remove touchpad buttons by lifting them up and away from the cover/palm rest.

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Conclusion

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

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