Introduction

This guide shows how to completely take out the motherboard for a total replacement.

Parts

No parts required.

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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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. 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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Conclusion

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

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