Introduction

This guide demonstrates how to replace the cooling fan by first removing the motherboard.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/3: Unscrew one 8mm Phillips #00 screw. Image 2/3: Using the black spudger, insert its flat end under the hard drive's covering, working around to pry it off. Image 3/3: Using the black spudger, insert its flat end under the hard drive's covering, working around to pry it off.
  • Remove the hard drive cover.

    • Unscrew one 8mm Phillips #00 screw.

    • Using the black spudger, insert its flat end under the hard drive's covering, working around to pry it off.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws. Image 2/3: Pull the hard drive's black tab away from the laptop to free it. Image 3/3: Pull the hard drive's black tab away from the laptop to free it.
  • Remove the hard drive.

    • Unscrew the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

    • Pull the hard drive's black tab away from the laptop to free it.

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Image 1/2: The keyboard is very tightly secured. Image 2/2: Carefully ease the spudger's end along the crevice, going around the entire frame.
  • Using the black spudger, insert its flat end between the crevice where the color changes from grey to black.

  • The keyboard is very tightly secured.

  • Carefully ease the spudger's end along the crevice, going around the entire frame.

  • The back connectors are short, so be careful when lifting.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the large and small ZIF connectors attached to the motherboard by flipping the light-colored part of the switch. Image 2/2: Disconnect the large and small ZIF connectors attached to the motherboard by flipping the light-colored part of the switch.
  • Lift the keyboard from the front where it is closest to the screen.

  • Disconnect the large and small ZIF connectors attached to the motherboard by flipping the light-colored part of the switch.

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Image 1/2: Now, the component should come completely free. Image 2/2: Now, the component should come completely free.
  • Remove the third and last ZIF connector on the motherboard by flipping up the dark-colored part of the switch.

  • Now, the component should come completely free.

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Image 1/3: Using the black spudger, slightly pry up on the tab and gently pull the optical drive away from the laptop in order to remove it. Image 2/3: Using the black spudger, slightly pry up on the tab and gently pull the optical drive away from the laptop in order to remove it. Image 3/3: Using the black spudger, slightly pry up on the tab and gently pull the optical drive away from the laptop in order to remove it.
  • Unscrew the one 8mm screw using a Phillips #00.

  • Using the black spudger, slightly pry up on the tab and gently pull the optical drive away from the laptop in order to remove it.

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Image 1/3: Repeat steps on both cables. Image 2/3: Unscrew the 12 8mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Image 3/3: Unscrew the 12 8mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Using the black spudger, slowly lift up on the cable connectors and pull them away from the connectors.

  • Repeat steps on both cables.

  • Unscrew the 12 8mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: Disconnect the cooling fan connector. Image 2/3: Unscrew the 7 8mm screws holding in the cooling fan using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Image 3/3: Unscrew the 7 8mm screws holding in the cooling fan using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Lift up on the motherboard and disengage the two connectors.

  • Disconnect the cooling fan connector.

  • Unscrew the 7 8mm screws holding in the cooling fan using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the four screws holding the component in place.

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  • After loosening the screws, use the black spudger to help disconnect the fan wires from the connector.

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  • The fan should then come free.

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Conclusion

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

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