Introduction

The motherboard is pretty important. Follow this guide to replace yours.

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.

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Use a spudger to pry the panel up from the laptop case and remove it.
  • 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.

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  • Locate the wifi chip.

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

  • Carefully remove the wifi chip.

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

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  • 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

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

  • Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable.

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

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

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

I had to remove 11 screws. The one underneath the battery.

sj.408.shane - Reply

  • Use a spudger to gently lift the keyboard.

The photos for Step 11 show the USB ports still in place. Why did you remove them in Step 9 if it wasn't necessary?

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  • Remove the two 10 mm Phillips #1 screws connecting the motherboard to the case.

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  • Disconnect the 4 ribbon cables connected to the motherboard.

  • Some ribbon cable connections may not be accessible until after beginning to lift.

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  • Very carefully lift the motherboard.

  • Do not force the board. If stuck, check that the ports on the left are not stuck, that no wires are still attached, and no screws are still in.

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Conclusion

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

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