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Introduction

This guide will attempt to show the user how to properly remove and replace the monitor without damaging it or any intermediary components.

  1. Use an opening tool to pry up the small rubber cover on the upper right corner of the RAM access door. Use an opening tool to pry up the small rubber cover on the upper right corner of the RAM access door.
    • Use an opening tool to pry up the small rubber cover on the upper right corner of the RAM access door.

  2. Remove the 5.3 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the RAM access door.
    • Remove the 5.3 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the RAM access door.

    • This screw is held in the hole in the door with a washer and will not come out of the hole, even after you unscrew it.

  3. Insert the point of an opening pick in the seam near the top right corner of the RAM access door and gently pry the door up slightly. The door is held in place by small clips around its edges. Pry until you feel the nearest clips release.
    • Insert the point of an opening pick in the seam near the top right corner of the RAM access door and gently pry the door up slightly.

    • The door is held in place by small clips around its edges. Pry until you feel the nearest clips release.

  4. Insert the wide edge of an opening pick into a new part of the seam between the door and the computer. Pry the door up to release the clips closest to the pick. Continue to slide the pick along the seam all the way around the door, prying as you go, until all the clips holding the door down have been released.
    • Insert the wide edge of an opening pick into a new part of the seam between the door and the computer.

    • Pry the door up to release the clips closest to the pick.

    • Continue to slide the pick along the seam all the way around the door, prying as you go, until all the clips holding the door down have been released.

  5. Remove the RAM access door.
    • Remove the RAM access door.

  6. Remove the 5.2 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the optical drive.
    • Remove the 5.2 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the optical drive.

  7. Insert an opening tool into the gap between the optical drive and the laptop. Pry the optical drive straight out of the laptop. Remove the optical drive.
    • Insert an opening tool into the gap between the optical drive and the laptop.

    • Pry the optical drive straight out of the laptop.

    • Remove the optical drive.

  8. Use the point of a spudger to pry out eleven rubber plugs covering the screws on the bottom of the laptop.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry out eleven rubber plugs covering the screws on the bottom of the laptop.

    • Some plugs have a hole or notch into which you can insert the point of a spudger to more easily pry out the plugs.

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  10. Remove 18 Phillips #00 screws of the following lengths: Eight 8.8 mm screws
    • Remove 18 Phillips #00 screws of the following lengths:

    • Eight 8.8 mm screws

    • Seven 5.2 mm screws

    • Three screws

  11. Flip the laptop right-side up. Use an opening pick to pry the left and right edges of the battery cover away from the laptop enough that you can grip the cover with your fingers. Use an opening pick to pry the left and right edges of the battery cover away from the laptop enough that you can grip the cover with your fingers.
    • Flip the laptop right-side up.

    • Use an opening pick to pry the left and right edges of the battery cover away from the laptop enough that you can grip the cover with your fingers.

  12. Lift the battery cover straight up from the laptop. Do not try to completely remove the cover yet, it is still tethered by a speaker cable.
    • Lift the battery cover straight up from the laptop.

    • Do not try to completely remove the cover yet, it is still tethered by a speaker cable.

  13. Pull the speaker connectors straight away from each other to disconnect the speaker cable. Make sure the speaker cable is out of the way before you reinstall the battery cover.
    • Pull the speaker connectors straight away from each other to disconnect the speaker cable.

    • Make sure the speaker cable is out of the way before you reinstall the battery cover.

  14. Open the laptop's display to a 90° angle. Use a spudger to pry against one of the screw tabs on the back of the upper case assembly. Make sure to pry as close as possible to the base of the tab to avoid damaging the tab.
    • Open the laptop's display to a 90° angle.

    • Use a spudger to pry against one of the screw tabs on the back of the upper case assembly.

    • Make sure to pry as close as possible to the base of the tab to avoid damaging the tab.

    • Repeat this procedure with the other tab.

    • The upper case assembly is held in place by small clips around its edges. In this step, pry each tab up until you feel the nearest clips release.

  15. Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the laptop and the upper case assembly, near the display. If there's not a big enough gap, repeat the previous step until you have space to insert the spudger.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the laptop and the upper case assembly, near the display.

    • If there's not a big enough gap, repeat the previous step until you have space to insert the spudger.

  16. Slide the spudger along each edge of the upper case assembly, prying and releasing clips as you go. Slide the spudger along each edge of the upper case assembly, prying and releasing clips as you go. Slide the spudger along each edge of the upper case assembly, prying and releasing clips as you go.
    • Slide the spudger along each edge of the upper case assembly, prying and releasing clips as you go.

  17. When all the clips securing the upper case assembly have been released, lift the assembly slightly and slide it down, away from the display, about an inch. Do not attempt to remove the assembly yet. It is still attached to the laptop by four cables. Do not attempt to remove the assembly yet. It is still attached to the laptop by four cables.
    • When all the clips securing the upper case assembly have been released, lift the assembly slightly and slide it down, away from the display, about an inch.

    • Do not attempt to remove the assembly yet. It is still attached to the laptop by four cables.

  18. Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the small locking flap of the keyboard backlight cable ZIF connector. Be sure to pry up on the hinged flap, not the connector socket. Gently pull the cable out of its socket.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the small locking flap of the keyboard backlight cable ZIF connector.

    • Be sure to pry up on the hinged flap, not the connector socket.

    • Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

  19. Repeat the previous step for the keyboard, trackpad buttons, and trackpad cables held in place by ZIF connectors. Repeat the previous step for the keyboard, trackpad buttons, and trackpad cables held in place by ZIF connectors. Repeat the previous step for the keyboard, trackpad buttons, and trackpad cables held in place by ZIF connectors.
    • Repeat the previous step for the keyboard, trackpad buttons, and trackpad cables held in place by ZIF connectors.

  20. Remove the upper case assembly.
    • Remove the upper case assembly.

  21. Pull the battery connector to the left, away from its socket, to disconnect it.
    • Pull the battery connector to the left, away from its socket, to disconnect it.

  22. Lift the display cable connector up off of its socket on the motherboard
    • Lift the display cable connector up off of its socket on the motherboard

    • Disconnect the wireless antenna cables from their sockets on the wireless card.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

Conclusion

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

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