Introduction

This guide goes through the steps on how to replace the mother board for the Acer Chromebook C720-2103. This is a hard replacement guide and also involves the removal of the battery, fan, and solid state drive. In the guide a #0 Phillips screwdriver will be needed. The main parts of the replacement guide is removing screws, different kinds of cables and the actual part. Make sure the device is powered off during this replacement as there is a possibility of electrocution. Be extremely gentle with all parts as most of the parts are fragile.

Parts

No parts required.

Turn the device over so the bottom of the device is facing up. Remove all thirteen 6mm screws using a  Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Turn the device over so the bottom of the device is facing up.

  • Remove all thirteen 6mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  • Removing the battery is to insure maximum safety for all repairs to the device.

Carefully remove the back and make sure you do not crack the backing to the device. To do this simply pull apart the backing of the device in between the crevice which is between the hinges for the display.
  • Carefully remove the back and make sure you do not crack the backing to the device. To do this simply pull apart the backing of the device in between the crevice which is between the hinges for the display.

  • Sometimes using some sort of card like a credit card can help get in between the crevice .

  • Do not pry the backing of the device with to much force as this can result in cracking the plastic back.

Remove the 3 6mm screws indicated by the red circles with a #0 Phillips screw driver.
  • Remove the 3 6mm screws indicated by the red circles with a #0 Phillips screw driver.

  • Remember to save all the screws from various steps of the breakdown separately as to not confuse the different pieces of the device.

Take both sides of the white/beige cable connector and move it from  side to side carefully pulling away from the  terminal. The battery should now be completely disconnected from the device.
  • Take both sides of the white/beige cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the terminal.

  • The battery should now be completely disconnected from the device.

  • Be carefully while removing the cable as it is fragile and can result in the damage of the mother board or cable.

Remove the battery by using your fingers to get underneath it. Pull straight upwards so  no damage can be done to other parts. Carefully remove the battery from the device to ensure no other parts of the device will get damaged. Damaging other parts can result in having to replace them as well and some can be expensive.
  • Remove the battery by using your fingers to get underneath it. Pull straight upwards so no damage can be done to other parts.

  • Carefully remove the battery from the device to ensure no other parts of the device will get damaged. Damaging other parts can result in having to replace them as well and some can be expensive.

New Battery = Faster iPhone
Fix Kits starting at $16.99
Remove all 4 6mm screws attached to both the fan and mother board with a #0 Phillips screwdriver. Unscrew both 6mm screws that are attached to the fan with a #0 Phillips screwdriver. These screws cannot be removed because they are permanently attracted to the fan.
  • Remove all 4 6mm screws attached to both the fan and mother board with a #0 Phillips screwdriver.

  • Unscrew both 6mm screws that are attached to the fan with a #0 Phillips screwdriver. These screws cannot be removed because they are permanently attracted to the fan.

  • Remember to save all the screws so the device can be put back together correctly.

Remove the black and white wires from the circuit board by gently pulling up on them closest to their terminals. Once this has been done follow both wires through the fan as they are still attached to the back of the device.
  • Remove the black and white wires from the circuit board by gently pulling up on them closest to their terminals.

  • Once this has been done follow both wires through the fan as they are still attached to the back of the device.

  • Remember where each wire goes and that the black wire is supposed to attach to the terminal closest to the battery and the red one attaches furthest from the battery.

Carefully detach the tape from the circuit board, but not the wire as this can damage the wiring.  Take both sides of the white/beige cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the terminal until it is removed. Do not remove the tape from the wiring as this can damage the wire.
  • Carefully detach the tape from the circuit board, but not the wire as this can damage the wiring. Take both sides of the white/beige cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the terminal until it is removed.

  • Do not remove the tape from the wiring as this can damage the wire.

Carefully remove the entire fan straight upwards from the device to ensure not to damage the circuit board it is attached to. Carefully remove the entire fan straight upwards from the device to ensure not to damage the circuit board it is attached to.
  • Carefully remove the entire fan straight upwards from the device to ensure not to damage the circuit board it is attached to.

Remove one 6mm screw using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Remove one 6mm screw using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Carefully remove the solid state drive from the solid state drive slot by sliding it downward away from the motherboard. Carefully remove the solid state drive from the solid state drive slot by sliding it downward away from the motherboard. Carefully remove the solid state drive from the solid state drive slot by sliding it downward away from the motherboard.
  • Carefully remove the solid state drive from the solid state drive slot by sliding it downward away from the motherboard.

Most of the screws on the  mother board have already been removed but there are still 5screws left,  in which you will have to deal with, as indicated by the  red circles.
  • Most of the screws on the mother board have already been removed but there are still 5screws left, in which you will have to deal with, as indicated by the red circles.

  • Be careful not to damage any aspect of the mother board as it is fragile.

Detach the blue ribbon cables from the mother board by carefully pushing  the white/beige hinges away from where the battery used to be with your fingers. Now pull the blue ribbons towards where the battery used to be until they are no longer connected to the mother board.
  • Detach the blue ribbon cables from the mother board by carefully pushing the white/beige hinges away from where the battery used to be with your fingers. Now pull the blue ribbons towards where the battery used to be until they are no longer connected to the mother board.

  • Be sure not to pull on the cables to hard as they are fragile and can be expensive to replace.

Carefully detach the tape from the circuit board, but not the wire as this can damage the wiring. Take both sides of the white cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the black terminal until it is removed.
  • Carefully detach the tape from the circuit board, but not the wire as this can damage the wiring. Take both sides of the white cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the black terminal until it is removed.

  • Now take take both sides of the black cable connector and move it from side to side carefully pulling away from the beige terminal until it is removed.

  • Be sure not to pull on the cables to hard as they are fragile and can be expensive to replace.

This is what it should look like once you have completely  removed it. Notice how big and complex the mother board has to be so it can connect everything together, but yet its so light and fragile.
  • This is what it should look like once you have completely removed it.

  • Notice how big and complex the mother board has to be so it can connect everything together, but yet its so light and fragile.

Conclusion

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

Matthew Holt

Member since: 10/17/2017

501 Reputation

5 Guides authored

Team

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 3

Past 30 Days: 9

All Time: 39