Introduction

A damaged or broken fan can cause your laptop to overheat. This guide will show you how to separate the cooling fan from the motherboard. Before removing the cooling fan you must first remove the motherboard from the laptop.

Using the  Phillips #0 screwdriver remove the seven 14 mm screws on the bottom of the laptop.
  • Using the Phillips #0 screwdriver remove the seven 14 mm screws on the bottom of the laptop.

  • Then use the Phillips #0 to remove the three 4 mm screws on the bottom of the laptop.

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Insert a plastic opening tool between the keyboard and base of the laptop to pry the keyboard away from the base. Do this around the entire perimeter of the laptop. This disconnects the face of the keyboard. Gently lift the keyboard up to expose the motherboard. There are still ribbon cables connecting the keyboard face to the  motherboard. Do not pull the keyboard away roughly.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool between the keyboard and base of the laptop to pry the keyboard away from the base. Do this around the entire perimeter of the laptop.

  • This disconnects the face of the keyboard. Gently lift the keyboard up to expose the motherboard.

  • There are still ribbon cables connecting the keyboard face to the motherboard. Do not pull the keyboard away roughly.

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Gently lift the keyboard to access the three ribbon cables connected to the motherboard Using precision tweezers, flip up the white and black retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that hold the two smaller ribbon cables in place. Gently pull the ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.
  • Gently lift the keyboard to access the three ribbon cables connected to the motherboard

  • Using precision tweezers, flip up the white and black retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that hold the two smaller ribbon cables in place.

  • Gently pull the ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.

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Push the two white clamps on the large ZIF connector towards the screen. Gently remove the track pad ribbon cable from its connector. Gently remove the track pad ribbon cable from its connector.
  • Push the two white clamps on the large ZIF connector towards the screen.

  • Gently remove the track pad ribbon cable from its connector.

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Remove the keyboard
  • Remove the keyboard

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Disconnect the multi-wire battery plug from the motherboard. Disconnect the multi-wire battery plug from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the multi-wire battery plug from the motherboard.

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Pull the two tabs holding the battery in place and lift the battery up. It should remove easily. Pull the two tabs holding the battery in place and lift the battery up. It should remove easily. Pull the two tabs holding the battery in place and lift the battery up. It should remove easily.
  • Pull the two tabs holding the battery in place and lift the battery up. It should remove easily.

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Using a Phillips #0 screwdriver remove the thirteen black 4 mm screws from the face of the motherboard.
  • Using a Phillips #0 screwdriver remove the thirteen black 4 mm screws from the face of the motherboard.

  • Using a Phillips #0 head screwdiver remove the four silver 4 mm screws from the face of the motherboard

  • Using a Phillips #0 head screwdriver remove the one black 4 mm screw from the indented area above the fan.

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Using the precision tweezers flip the black switch holding the film connected to the USB port. Gently remove the film from it's connection to the motherboard. Gently remove the film from it's connection to the motherboard.
  • Using the precision tweezers flip the black switch holding the film connected to the USB port.

  • Gently remove the film from it's connection to the motherboard.

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Gently pull the thick wire in between the fan and the motherboard. To release the wire connected to the motherboard, gently pull towards the cooling fan. Gently pull the thick wire in between the fan and the motherboard. To release the wire connected to the motherboard, gently pull towards the cooling fan.
  • Gently pull the thick wire in between the fan and the motherboard. To release the wire connected to the motherboard, gently pull towards the cooling fan.

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Gently pull the red, black, and white wire found on the top right-hand corner of the motherboard. Gently pull the red, black, and white wire found on the top right-hand corner of the motherboard.
  • Gently pull the red, black, and white wire found on the top right-hand corner of the motherboard.

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Lift the black and white wires out of their ports at the top of the motherboard. Lift the black and white wires out of their ports at the top of the motherboard.
  • Lift the black and white wires out of their ports at the top of the motherboard.

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Lift the top right corner of the motherboard to access the final wire.
  • Lift the top right corner of the motherboard to access the final wire.

  • Gently remove the wire from the port connecting it to the motherboard.

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Remove the motherboard from the laptop.
  • Remove the motherboard from the laptop.

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Turn your motherboard over to expose the copper heat sink and the fan pin connections. Turn your motherboard over to expose the copper heat sink and the fan pin connections.
  • Turn your motherboard over to expose the copper heat sink and the fan pin connections.

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Pull the red, black, and yellow wire out of its connection port.
  • Pull the red, black, and yellow wire out of its connection port.

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Remove the four 4mm Phillips #0 screws that is holding the copper heat sink to the motherboard.
  • Remove the four 4mm Phillips #0 screws that is holding the copper heat sink to the motherboard.

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Remove the fan setup from the motherboard.
  • Remove the fan setup from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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