Introduction

In this guide you will learn how to replace your Asus Vivobook X540SA-BPD0602V's motherboard. A damaged motherboard will lead to a lack of a digital display and the inability to use your device.

Power down the computer and disconnect the power cord from it.
  • Power down the computer and disconnect the power cord from it.

Flip the laptop over so the back panel is displayed.
  • Flip the laptop over so the back panel is displayed.

Using the Philips head #1 screwdriver, remove the ten screws from the back panel. Two top corner screws (12cm), two battery screws (15cm), and six case screws (10cm).
  • Using the Philips head #1 screwdriver, remove the ten screws from the back panel. Two top corner screws (12cm), two battery screws (15cm), and six case screws (10cm).

  • Note which screws go where. The two largest are on top of the battery, the next two largest go in the upper corners (close to the hinge) while the smaller ones make up the rest of the case.

Flip the laptop back over and open it, revealing the screen and keyboard.
  • Flip the laptop back over and open it, revealing the screen and keyboard.

Use the blue plastic opening tool from the iFixit tool kit to wedge and loosen the seal all the way around the edges. Carefully lift up the keyboard panel to remove  it from the case. Disconnect the two keyboard ribbon bands from the motherboard before completing the disassembly. Flip both black hinges open to remove the ribbons. Lightly tug the bands out to complete the process.
  • Use the blue plastic opening tool from the iFixit tool kit to wedge and loosen the seal all the way around the edges. Carefully lift up the keyboard panel to remove it from the case.

  • Disconnect the two keyboard ribbon bands from the motherboard before completing the disassembly. Flip both black hinges open to remove the ribbons. Lightly tug the bands out to complete the process.

  • Do not rip or break the ribbons connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. If you do, the two components will no longer able to comunicate with one another.

  • It is recommended to break the seal of the case starting at the upper corners closest to the hinge.

After removing the keyboard, remove the batteries. There are two 18650 lithium batteries right below the screen.
  • After removing the keyboard, remove the batteries. There are two 18650 lithium batteries right below the screen.

Very carefully, remove the batteries with the same blue plastic iFixit opening tool used in the first tutorial. Focus your efforts on the combed hinge to the left of the batteries.
  • Very carefully, remove the batteries with the same blue plastic iFixit opening tool used in the first tutorial. Focus your efforts on the combed hinge to the left of the batteries.

  • Be careful not to rip any of the black plastic or the wrap covering around the batteries. Exposed battery parts can lead to explosions. If the case is ripped, re-wrap them, or properly dispose of them. Do not use them.

The Disk Drive is located within the upper right hand corner of the laptop.
  • The Disk Drive is located within the upper right hand corner of the laptop.

Using the the Phillips head #00 screwdriver remove the two screws around the disc drive.  Two screws securing the disk drive (5cm)
  • Using the the Phillips head #00 screwdriver remove the two screws around the disc drive. Two screws securing the disk drive (5cm)

  • Note which screws go where. The two smaller screws fasten onto the disc drive, while the three larger screws secure the drive on the outside.

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Use the Phillips head 00 screwdriver to remove the two screws (3cm) on the side of the disc drive fastener.
  • Use the Phillips head 00 screwdriver to remove the two screws (3cm) on the side of the disc drive fastener.

After removing the seven screws, lift the metal fastener from the disc drive with the blue ifixit opening tool.
  • After removing the seven screws, lift the metal fastener from the disc drive with the blue ifixit opening tool.

Slide the disc drive to the right, removing it from the laptop case.
  • Slide the disc drive to the right, removing it from the laptop case.

The Hard Drive is located in the bottom right hand corner. It should be the device covered in black foam.
  • The Hard Drive is located in the bottom right hand corner. It should be the device covered in black foam.

  • Do not remove the foam. It's anti-static foam and protects the hard drive from static and any bumps as you move around your device.

Using the J0 bit in the iFixit toolkit, unscrew the four (3cm) Phillips head screws around the hard drive.
  • Using the J0 bit in the iFixit toolkit, unscrew the four (3cm) Phillips head screws around the hard drive.

Using the blue plastic opening tool in the iFixit tool kit, slide the hard drive to the right to remove it from the case.
  • Using the blue plastic opening tool in the iFixit tool kit, slide the hard drive to the right to remove it from the case.

The fan is located near the upper left hand corner of the device, connected to the motherboard and right beneath the wireless card.
  • The fan is located near the upper left hand corner of the device, connected to the motherboard and right beneath the wireless card.

There is a bundle of wires connecting the fan to the motherboard. Disconnect them.
  • There is a bundle of wires connecting the fan to the motherboard. Disconnect them.

Using the J00 screw bit in the iFixit tool kit, remove the three screws securing the fan to the case. One screw connected to the bottom case (4cm), one connected to the motherboard (4cm), and one screw connected to the Wireless Card (5cm).
  • Using the J00 screw bit in the iFixit tool kit, remove the three screws securing the fan to the case. One screw connected to the bottom case (4cm), one connected to the motherboard (4cm), and one screw connected to the Wireless Card (5cm).

Carefully remove the fan from the case using the blue iFixit opening tool.
  • Carefully remove the fan from the case using the blue iFixit opening tool.

The motherboard is located in the left half of the device case.
  • The motherboard is located in the left half of the device case.

There are wires attached to the motherboard, connecting the motherboard to the display.
  • There are wires attached to the motherboard, connecting the motherboard to the display.

  • Peel the sticker back, and carefully remove the cable from the motherboard.

There are wires connecting the wireless card to the motherboard on the upper right half of the motherboard. Disconnect them.
  • There are wires connecting the wireless card to the motherboard on the upper right half of the motherboard. Disconnect them.

There are five screws (5mm) used to secure the motherboard to the display. Using the J0 bit located in the iFixit tool kit, remove the screws.
  • There are five screws (5mm) used to secure the motherboard to the display. Using the J0 bit located in the iFixit tool kit, remove the screws.

Slide the first half of the motherboard to the right to remove it from the case.
  • Slide the first half of the motherboard to the right to remove it from the case.

Using the blue opening tool in the iFixit tool kit, lift the motherboard and slide to the right to finish removing it.
  • Using the blue opening tool in the iFixit tool kit, lift the motherboard and slide to the right to finish removing it.

Conclusion

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

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