Introduction

Removing the keyboard may take a some effort and a little bit of patience, but you can do it!

  1. Locate and remove the two 5.3 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the back panel in place.
    • Locate and remove the two 5.3 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the back panel in place.

  2. Use a spudger to pry the panel up from the laptop case and remove it. The laptop should now be open with the RAM and wifi chip now accessible.
    • Use a spudger to pry the panel up from the laptop case and remove it.

    • The laptop should now be open with the RAM and wifi chip now accessible.

  3. Locate the wifi chip.
    • Locate the wifi chip.

  4. Remove the 5 mm Phillips #1 screw holding the wifi chip in place. Carefully remove the wifi chip.
    • Remove the 5 mm Phillips #1 screw holding the wifi chip in place.

    • Carefully remove the wifi chip.

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  6. Remove the 8, 9 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the panel in place.
    • Remove the 8, 9 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the panel in place.

  7. Flip the computer over, and with a spudger, remove the black panel directly below the keyboard. Remove the panel and flip it up onto the keyboard
    • Flip the computer over, and with a spudger, remove the black panel directly below the keyboard.

    • Remove the panel and flip it up onto the keyboard

  8. With the panel removed, locate the USB port ribbon cable connecting to the motherboard. Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable.
    • With the panel removed, locate the USB port ribbon cable connecting to the motherboard.

    • Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable.

  9. Unscrew the 5 mm Phillips #1 screw holding the USB ports in place.
    • Unscrew the 5 mm Phillips #1 screw holding the USB ports in place.

  10. The USB ports can now be removed from the laptop.
    • The USB ports can now be removed from the laptop.

  11. Flip the laptop and remove all 10 of the remaining 9mm screws from the back.
    • Flip the laptop and remove all 10 of the remaining 9mm screws from the back.

  12. Use a spudger to gently lift the keyboard. Use a spudger to gently lift the keyboard.
    • Use a spudger to gently lift the keyboard.

Conclusion

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

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