How to detach and reattach palmrest part (the plate with keyboard, touchpad, power button etc.)

  1. Flip the laptop
    • Flip the laptop

    • Unlock and pull out the battery

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  2. Locate and unscrew the screw under the rubber cover
    • Locate and unscrew the screw under the rubber cover

    • pop out the plastic cover

    • unscrew 5 screws marked in the picture (keep the screws separated by length and color)

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    • pop out the rubbers plugs (7) around the laptop

    • unscrew screws under the plugs

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    • remove 5 screws from the battery panel

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    • If you have removed screw C in step 3 (pointed at in the picture) you can pull out the optical drive

    • remove all 3 screws revealed by removing the drive

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    • flip laptop

    • pop open the speaker part

    • unplug speakers

    • remove 1 black screw on both sides

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    • using a plastic prying tool separate the front plate(keyboard) from the rest of the laptop

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    • gently lift the front plate

    • detach all four ribbons connecting the front plate to the motherboard

    • keep the light colored ribbon (it can be detached from the front plate as well)

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    • connect the new front plate in the same spots as the old one

    • if needed reconnect the light colored ribbon on both the front plate and the motherboard

    • push the new plate back in place, make sure all sides are in

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    • put back the black screws holding the front plate

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    • reconnect the speakers

    • push in place the whole speaker panel

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    • screw back the 3 screws in the optical drive slot

    • slide in the drive

    • secure with screw C (circled in second picture)

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    • put in place all screws in the back panel

    • the screw on the very left is the longest

    • push back in the plastic cover

    • return the silver screw covered by the rubber cover

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    • screw in the last 5 screws in the battery panel

    • push back in the battery

    • done!

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

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