Introduction

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.

Image 1/1: On a flat, level surface, flip the device over so that the back-plate is accessible.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Simultaneously pull the battery out and away from the device. Image 2/3: Simultaneously pull the battery out and away from the device. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Using your hands, slide the back-plate away from the center of the device and remove. Image 2/3: Using your hands, slide the back-plate away from the center of the device and remove. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/1: Carefully lift the outward side of the hard drive and place the drive on a clean, non-magnetic surface.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the seven inside screws (8.0 mm). Image 2/3: Using the JIS J1 Screwdriver Bit and Driver, remove the one inside screw (3.0 mm). Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Gently remove the keyboard connection by pulling away from the center of the device. Image 2/3: Lift the black locks for the touchpad connections into the upward position. Image 3/3: Gently remove the touchpad connections by pulling the purple tabs away from the locks.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Using the plastic opening tools, remove the cover/palm rest from the frame of the device. Image 2/3: Using the plastic opening tools, remove the cover/palm rest from the frame of the device. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/2: To replace an individual key, remove the key from the keyboard using a plastic opening tool. Image 2/2: 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Remove the connection for the touchpad buttons by gently pulling the purple tabs away from the locks. Image 2/2: Remove touchpad buttons by lifting them up and away from the cover/palm rest.
  • 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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