Introduction

To operate without power directly from the wall, a working battery is required. As batteries age sometimes their ability to hold a charge decreases and the battery must be replaced.

  1. Lift rubber cover on the back of the laptop. Remove 5.2 mm screw with a Phillips screwdriver.
    • Lift rubber cover on the back of the laptop.

    • Remove 5.2 mm screw with a Phillips screwdriver.

  2. Using the nylon spudger, remove the back center panel. Using the nylon spudger, remove the back center panel. Using the nylon spudger, remove the back center panel.
    • Using the nylon spudger, remove the back center panel.

  3. Remove the 5 mm Phillips screw that is located underneath the back panel. Remove the 5 mm Phillips screw that is located underneath the back panel.
    • Remove the 5 mm Phillips screw that is located underneath the back panel.

  4. Pull out the optical drive located on the side of the laptop.
    • Pull out the optical drive located on the side of the laptop.

  5. Begin by removing the top four rubber stoppers that are highlighted in the photo using a pair of tweezers. Begin by removing the top four rubber stoppers that are highlighted in the photo using a pair of tweezers.
    • Begin by removing the top four rubber stoppers that are highlighted in the photo using a pair of tweezers.

  6. Remove the top four 8.5mm screws that are highlighted in the photo using  a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the top four 8.5mm screws that are highlighted in the photo using  a Phillips screwdriver.
    • Remove the top four 8.5mm screws that are highlighted in the photo using a Phillips screwdriver.

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  8. The speakers are located on the top facing side of the computer, next to where the screen connects to the base. Using a nylon spudger, carefully pry the top back panel off to reveal the speakers.
    • The speakers are located on the top facing side of the computer, next to where the screen connects to the base.

    • Using a nylon spudger, carefully pry the top back panel off to reveal the speakers.

    • While removing the top back panel, be careful not to break the four pin connector located underneath.

  9. Disconnect the four-pin connector and remove the top back panel from the computer. Disconnect the four-pin connector and remove the top back panel from the computer.
    • Disconnect the four-pin connector and remove the top back panel from the computer.

  10. Remove the ten 5.2 mm screws holding the main panel in place, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the four 5.2 mm screws underneath the center panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the four 5.2 mm screws underneath the center panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver.
    • Remove the ten 5.2 mm screws holding the main panel in place, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver.

    • Remove the four 5.2 mm screws underneath the center panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver.

  11. Remove the two 6.8 mm screws underneath to back panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the two 6.8 mm screws underneath to back panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver.
    • Remove the two 6.8 mm screws underneath to back panel, highlighted in the photo, with a Phillips screwdriver.

  12. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the keyboard from the base of the laptop. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the keyboard from the base of the laptop.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the keyboard from the base of the laptop.

  13. Lift the keyboard  carefully, otherwise the ribbon connectors may tear or break Using a pair of tweezers undo each of the four ribbon connectors indicated in photo.
    • Lift the keyboard carefully, otherwise the ribbon connectors may tear or break

    • Using a pair of tweezers undo each of the four ribbon connectors indicated in photo.

    • The keyboard is now fully disconnected and you are now free to lift the keyboard away from the computer.

  14. Carefully disconnect the pin connector indicated in the photo.
    • Carefully disconnect the pin connector indicated in the photo.

  15. Remove the four 6.8 mm screws holding the monitor in place, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the four 6.8 mm screws holding the monitor in place, using a Phillips screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 6.8 mm screws holding the monitor in place, using a Phillips screwdriver.

  16. Lift away the metal housings from the laptop to uncover two additional screws on each side of the laptop. Lift away the metal housings from the laptop to uncover two additional screws on each side of the laptop.
    • Lift away the metal housings from the laptop to uncover two additional screws on each side of the laptop.

  17. Remove the final four 6.8 mm remaining screws using a Phillips screwdriver. The monitor is now free and can be lifted away from the laptop. The monitor is now free and can be lifted away from the laptop.
    • Remove the final four 6.8 mm remaining screws using a Phillips screwdriver.

    • The monitor is now free and can be lifted away from the laptop.

    Please add the step to unplug both wifi antenna cables and the display connector before removing the monitor. Both just pop up.

    Sam Torres - Reply

    Hi this comment is correct. This guide completely skips the important step of removing and replacing the wifi cables. Without this step the computer is unable to retain its wifi functions

    ggrinste -

    How to get to the lvds?

    xvio - Reply

    How to replace the lcd?

    Dima Samovol - Reply

    I have to agree with Sam Torres on this. I reached the same spot where the screen was off, but then which wire goes to which connector. The picture is too fuzzy to be completely clear. It looks like the one further to the back (lcd screen) might be the white one and the one closer to the front of the laptop (touchpad) might be teh black one but the only way to tell is to assemble everything and then get the bad or good news.

    George Anderson - Reply

  18. Remove the two 5.4 mm screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Disconnect the pin connector that attaches the battery to the motherboard. Disconnect the pin connector that attaches the battery to the motherboard.
    • Remove the two 5.4 mm screws using a Phillips screwdriver.

    • Disconnect the pin connector that attaches the battery to the motherboard.

  19. The battery can now be lifted away from the laptop. The battery can now be lifted away from the laptop.
    • The battery can now be lifted away from the laptop.

    VERY important. The guide doesn't mention detaching the display cable or the two small cables I assume is for the display's power. Please revise because I could have broken something if I wasn't paying attention.

    Richard Joubert - Reply

    I agree, what saved me is that I was watching someone’s video in YouTube, if not I wouldn’t have know what I broke haha

    gosorioz_89 - Reply

Conclusion

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

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A few steps in this guide are in the wrong order. Could get confusing for and unexperienced technician. Steps 10 - 12 should be before step 6. Other than that this was a very good guide.

Aaron Bower - Reply

Good catch! This guide was made by combining a few other guides ( we call prerequisite guides) and they were combined in the wrong order. I went ahead and fixed it. Thanks for the feedback!

Kelsea Weber -

This guide skips a very important step, without which the laptop is unable to connect to wifi networks at any reasonable range. You must reconnect the two cables on the left side of the monitor to the wifi chip. These must be in the order of white toward the monitor, black away from the monitor. I have taken pictures I would be happy to share for this step. Please contact me so I can share these pictures to remedy this oversight

ggrinste - Reply

Still not added,! Also the removal of three tiny screws under the lip of the CD Bay is completely unnecessary and they are very very difficult to put back in.

Steve Fox - Reply

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