Introduction

The fan in your laptop is essential in keeping your laptop from overheating. If your device overheats this can cause damage to all internal hardware. If your fan fails, you must first remove the motherboard from your laptop.

Image 1/3: Push the two locking mechanisms at the top of the laptop outward and pull the battery away from the laptop. Image 2/3: This laptop is missing the battery. Image 3/3: This laptop is missing the battery.
  • Turn off the computer and disconnect the charging cable from the laptop.

  • Push the two locking mechanisms at the top of the laptop outward and pull the battery away from the laptop.

  • This laptop is missing the battery.

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Image 1/2: Using your hands, slide the cover downwards and remove it from the laptop. Image 2/2: Using your hands, slide the cover downwards and remove it from the laptop.
  • Remove the two black 7.0 mm Phillips #0 screws on the back panel using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  • Using your hands, slide the cover downwards and remove it from the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Gently lift the hard drive out of its case using your hands.
  • Using your Phillips #0 screwdriver, remove the four 7.0 mm Phillips #0 screws that are securing your hard drive into place.

  • Gently lift the hard drive out of its case using your hands.

  • This device is missing the hard drive.

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Image 1/2: Sixteen black 7.0 mm Phillips #0 screws. Image 2/2: One black 4.0 mm Phillips #0 screw.
  • Remove the following seventeen screws from the back panel of your laptop using your Phillips #0 screwdriver:

    • Sixteen black 7.0 mm Phillips #0 screws.

    • One black 4.0 mm Phillips #0 screw.

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Image 1/3: Slowly remove the keyboard by  gently pulling the keyboard away from the palm rest. Image 2/3: A silver ribbon cable is connected to the keyboard and the palm rest of the laptop. Removing the keyboard quickly may tear the silver ribbon cable, causing harm to your device. Image 3/3: A silver ribbon cable is connected to the keyboard and the palm rest of the laptop. Removing the keyboard quickly may tear the silver ribbon cable, causing harm to your device.
  • Using the blue prying tool, separate the keyboard from the palm rest by inserting the prying tool into each of the five tabs at the top of the keyboard.

  • Slowly remove the keyboard by gently pulling the keyboard away from the palm rest.

  • A silver ribbon cable is connected to the keyboard and the palm rest of the laptop. Removing the keyboard quickly may tear the silver ribbon cable, causing harm to your device.

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Image 1/1: Be careful when removing the ribbon. Pulling carelessly can cause damage to both the ribbon and the laptop.
  • Using your fingers, slowly remove the silver ribbon cable from the laptop by disconnecting it from its connector.

  • Be careful when removing the ribbon. Pulling carelessly can cause damage to both the ribbon and the laptop.

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  • Remove the six silver 6.0 mm Phillips #0 screws using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: Power button cable. Image 2/3: Touchpad cable. Image 3/3: Touchpad cable.
  • Use your fingers to gently disconnect the following cables from your laptop:

    • Power button cable.

    • Touchpad cable.

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  • Remove the optical drive from the laptop by pulling it to the right until it has been fully detached from your laptop.

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Image 1/1: Remove the three silver 6.0 mm Phillips #0 screws from beneath the optical drive using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Close the lid of the laptop and flip the laptop over to access the screws located beneath the optical drive.

  • Remove the three silver 6.0 mm Phillips #0 screws from beneath the optical drive using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Carefully remove the palm rest from your device using your hands. Image 2/2: Carefully remove the palm rest from your device using your hands.
  • Slide the blue prying tool between the palm rest and the base of the laptop to separate them.

  • Carefully remove the palm rest from your device using your hands.

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Image 1/3: Using your fingers, detach the speaker cable from the motherboard. Image 2/3: Slowly lift the blue tape from the motherboard and remove the i/o board cable. Image 3/3: Slowly lift the blue tape from the motherboard and remove the i/o board cable.
  • Detach the gold video cable from the motherboard using your fingers.

  • Using your fingers, detach the speaker cable from the motherboard.

  • Slowly lift the blue tape from the motherboard and remove the i/o board cable.

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  • Remove nine 7.0 mm Phillips #0 screws from the motherboard using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: The fan and several ports will be attached to the motherboard when it has been detached from the laptop. Image 2/3: The fan and several ports will be attached to the motherboard when it has been detached from the laptop. Image 3/3: The fan and several ports will be attached to the motherboard when it has been detached from the laptop.
  • Use your hands to lift the motherboard from the laptop.

  • The fan and several ports will be attached to the motherboard when it has been detached from the laptop.

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  • Turn the motherboard over to access the fan and the heat sink.

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  • Disconnect the black, red, yellow, and blue set of wires from the motherboard using your fingers.

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  • Remove the four 6.0 mm Phillips #0 screws from the heat sink using your Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: When replacing your fan, apply a small layer of thermal paste to the CPU before reattaching the heat sink. Image 2/3: When replacing your fan, apply a small layer of thermal paste to the CPU before reattaching the heat sink. Image 3/3: When replacing your fan, apply a small layer of thermal paste to the CPU before reattaching the heat sink.
  • Detach the fan from the motherboard. The fan is attached to the motherboard with a light layer of thermal paste, requiring a prying tool to loosen the adhesive.

  • When replacing your fan, apply a small layer of thermal paste to the CPU before reattaching the heat sink.

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Conclusion

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

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