Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the keyboard panel in order to access the internal parts of the laptop.

Turn off the laptop and flip it face down.
  • Turn off the laptop and flip it face down.

  • Using a Phillips #0 screwdriver, remove the seven 9mm screws circled in red.

  • With the same screwdriver, remove the four 5mm screws circled in orange.

Flip the laptop face up and open the lid.
  • Flip the laptop face up and open the lid.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry around the entire edge of the keyboard panel to loosen the panel from the base.

  • Be careful not to lift the panel just yet, as it is still connected to the motherboard.

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Partially lift the panel up, revealing the two cables connected to the motherboard. Partially lift the panel up, revealing the two cables connected to the motherboard.
  • Partially lift the panel up, revealing the two cables connected to the motherboard.

Disconnect the first ZIF cable by lifting the tab using the spuger tool or your fingernail and gently pull the cable out. Disconnect the second ZIF cable by lifting the tab using your fingernail and gently pull the cable out. This one is more difficult to reach with the spudger.
  • Disconnect the first ZIF cable by lifting the tab using the spuger tool or your fingernail and gently pull the cable out.

  • Disconnect the second ZIF cable by lifting the tab using your fingernail and gently pull the cable out. This one is more difficult to reach with the spudger.

Remove the keyboard panel completely and set it aside. The internal components of the laptop are now exposed.
  • Remove the keyboard panel completely and set it aside. The internal components of the laptop are now exposed.

Conclusion

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

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