Introduction

This guide will show the user how to remove the fan and heat-sink.

Do not proceed with this guide unless you are prepared to clean and re-apply thermal compound. For more information, please refer to the How to Clean and Apply Thermal Compound guide.

  1. Close down the display  and  flip the device upside down.
    • Close down the display and flip the device upside down.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove 18 black 10mm Phillips Head screws in order to loosen up the protective bottom casing.

  2. With the screws removed, flip the device right-side up  and open up the display.
    • With the screws removed, flip the device right-side up and open up the display.

    • Run a plastic spudger tool along the seam of the face-plate in order to loosen up the protective bottom casing.

    • Popping sounds are normal, but forceful prying can damage delicate components. Be especially careful near the USB and HDMI ports.

    • Close the display down once more, and flip the laptop upside down, with the hinge facing away from you.

    • Do not yank the bottom casing off. There is a small speaker wire that connects it to the motherboard.

    • Taking note of the small speaker wire, gently lift only the left side of the bottom casing.

    • Using a pair of blunt tweezers, push on the tabs of the small white connector to separate it from the motherboard.

    • The entire bottom casing should lift with no resistance. If there is too much resistance, verify you removed all the screws, and run the plastic spudger tool around the face-plate again.

    • Use a Phillips Head size #1 screwdriver to remove the two silver-colored 10mm Phillips Head screws securing the fan to the motherboard.

    • There are two screw holes, but you might only find one screw.

    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to gently push on the 3-pin connector. This disconnects the fan from the motherboard.

    • You can lift up the fan if you need additional space to remove the connector.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove 6 black 10mm Phillips Head screws that connect the copper heat-sink to the motherboard.

    • Once you separate the heat-sink from the motherboard, you will need to clean and re-apply thermal compound. Do not proceed unless you are prepared and you have the necessary materials.

    • Using both hands, gently lift the heat-sink and fan components from the motherboard.

    • Old thermal compound can dry up and adhere the heat-sink to the motherboard like glue. This may make removing the fan and heat-sink difficult.

    • Do not re-seat the fan and heat-sink without cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound. For more information, please refer to this guide.

Conclusion

You can follow the steps in reverse to reassemble your device, but you should not re-seat the heat sink and fan without cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound.

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