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If the trackpad is not working correctly, it may need to be replaced. The following guide shows the user how to remove the trackpad. A spudger will be needed to remove the trackpad.

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  • Hold the laptop using both hands with the battery facing upwards.

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  • Push the two tabs located below the battery in towards each other using your thumbs.

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  • Push the battery upwards and out of the laptop as shown.

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  • Continue to push the battery upwards until it is completely separated from the laptop as shown.

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Image 1/1: Be very careful not to lose the screws, these four screws are very small.
  • Once the battery is removed, unscrew the highlighted 3mm screws (4) using a #0 Phillps head screwdriver.

  • Be very careful not to lose the screws, these four screws are very small.

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Image 1/2: Use a spudger to  pry up where the keyboard is attached to the laptop on all sides until it is detached from the laptop. Image 2/2: It is normal to hear cracking noises when prying off the keyboard.
  • After all four screws are removed, flip the laptop over with the keyboard facing up.

  • Use a spudger to pry up where the keyboard is attached to the laptop on all sides until it is detached from the laptop.

  • It is normal to hear cracking noises when prying off the keyboard.

  • After keyboard is detached from laptop, there is a ribbon cable still attached to the motherboard. See next step before completely removing keyboard.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to tear or rip the ribbon cable.
  • After the keyboard is detached, the ribbon cable which connects the keyboard to the laptop's motherboard is exposed.

  • Be careful not to tear or rip the ribbon cable.

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  • Using the spudger push the white clips upwards that are holding the cable.

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  • Gently pull the strip out of the square slot.

How do you remove the black metal cover on top of the motherboard? See your second photo.

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Image 1/1: One of the screws will be covered by a sticker indicating that proceeding will void the warranty.
  • Unscrew all of the indicated 5mm screws (11) using a #0 Philips head screwdriver.

  • One of the screws will be covered by a sticker indicating that proceeding will void the warranty.

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Image 1/2: Gently lift up on the black plastic tab that is securing the blue tab in place. Image 2/2: Carefully pull the blue tab out of the dock.
  • Before the baseboard can be fully removed from the laptop, you need to detach the small blue tab attached to the motherboard.

  • Gently lift up on the black plastic tab that is securing the blue tab in place.

  • Carefully pull the blue tab out of the dock.

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Image 1/2: Once the corner is popped it may be easier to use your fingers to pop off the entire track-pad base Image 2/2: You will hear popping. Although this is normal, use caution pulling the track-pad base from the rest of the laptop
  • Use the spudger from the laptop to 'pop' open the track-pad base, starting from the corner shown

  • Once the corner is popped it may be easier to use your fingers to pop off the entire track-pad base

  • You will hear popping. Although this is normal, use caution pulling the track-pad base from the rest of the laptop

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Image 1/3: Lift the small black tab that the blue flat cable is attached to. Image 2/3: Lift the small black tab that the blue flat cable is attached to. Image 3/3: Lift the small black tab that the blue flat cable is attached to.
  • Once the trackpad base is detached, flip it face-down.

  • Lift the small black tab that the blue flat cable is attached to.

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Image 1/1: The metal plate shown in blue will fall off by itself, replace it before re-securing the baseplate.
  • Remove the 3mm screws (3) circled in red with a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

  • The metal plate shown in blue will fall off by itself, replace it before re-securing the baseplate.

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  • Detach the tape connecting the trackpad to the trackpad base, and carefully remove the trackpad.

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Conclusion

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

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