Introduction

Laptop display hinges connect the front and rear display bezels to the base of the laptop, which allows the display to rotate.

Power off and unplug your laptop before you begin.
  • Power off and unplug your laptop before you begin.

  • Turn the laptop upside-down and remove the following screws using a Phillips #0 driver:

    • Two 9.5 mm screws in the middle of the back edge, and one 9.5 mm screw in the right edge

    • Two 4.3 mm screws in the back corners

    • One 17.5 mm screw at the left edge near the optical drive

    • Three 4.3 mm screws in the front edge

screw assignments are definitely wrong. I swapped the red and the green, as per comment above, and kept the blue as-is.

jasonbuechler - Reply

jason is right

starwilson - Reply

correct, swap the green and red

Josh - Reply

Jason is correct

Clem Lanoe - Reply

Thanks everyone. It does seem like someone got their screws mixed up when they wrote this guide. I’ve made some changes as you all suggested, so the screw placements should be more accurate now. If anyone with this laptop could verify the screw measurements with a digital caliper, that’d also be very helpful.

Jeff Suovanen - Reply

Use the plastic opening tool to separate the keyboard plate cover from the bottom cover. In order to do this, insert the plastic opening tool in between the keyboard plate cover and the bottom cover, then slide along edges to pry open.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the keyboard plate cover from the bottom cover. In order to do this, insert the plastic opening tool in between the keyboard plate cover and the bottom cover, then slide along edges to pry open.

Locate the three ribbons connecting the keyboard plate cover to the bottom cover.
  • Locate the three ribbons connecting the keyboard plate cover to the bottom cover.

Invert the laptop in order to gain access to the ribbons. Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon. Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon.
  • Invert the laptop in order to gain access to the ribbons.

  • Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon.

Don't remove the ribbons, just move the keyboard slightly forward to remove the old battery and insert the new one (just make sure they are all connected when you put it back)

Flyer292 - Reply

Now that the ribbons have been detached from the bottom cover, carefully remove the keyboard plate cover. Once it has been removed, place it in a safe and moisture free area so it does not get damaged.
  • Now that the ribbons have been detached from the bottom cover, carefully remove the keyboard plate cover. Once it has been removed, place it in a safe and moisture free area so it does not get damaged.

Is painting your nails crucial for step 5?

wiedzmin - Reply

Yes and you have to put lotion on

joemidjette - Reply

Now, that is a stupid question! Of course! As I am working on 551M, I naturally have to have nails painted orange, with blue accents!

gregtokarski -

that boy ain't right

Rich Spillman - Reply

Unscrew the three 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screws with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.
  • Unscrew the three 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screws with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

Once the screws have been removed, place your fingers on the left corners and push the hard drive towards the right edge of the laptop (relative to the picture).
  • Once the screws have been removed, place your fingers on the left corners and push the hard drive towards the right edge of the laptop (relative to the picture).

Once it is free, remove the hard drive from its internal cavity.
  • Once it is free, remove the hard drive from its internal cavity.

Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, unscrew the 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screw that holds the spacer in place.
  • Using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, unscrew the 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screw that holds the spacer in place.

this spacer may be a cd rom drive or potentially a second storage device like an ssd or hard drive. Either way the process is the same, remove the single screw, and slide to the right.

Josh - Reply

Remove the spacer from the laptop by gently sliding it towards the right edge of the laptop.
  • Remove the spacer from the laptop by gently sliding it towards the right edge of the laptop.

Use the Phillips #0 Screwdriver to unscrew the 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screw which attaches the WiFi card to the motherboard.
  • Use the Phillips #0 Screwdriver to unscrew the 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screw which attaches the WiFi card to the motherboard.

Disconnect the Wifi card from the motherboard by gently sliding it towards the right edge of the laptop.
  • Disconnect the Wifi card from the motherboard by gently sliding it towards the right edge of the laptop.

Remove each of the two small antenna connections by disconnecting one wire at a time. Each wire should easily unsnap from the Wifi card.
  • Remove each of the two small antenna connections by disconnecting one wire at a time. Each wire should easily unsnap from the Wifi card.

mine only had the black cable and the small wifi card was slightly different. the card itself has two available connections and is labeled as to where the black cable (main) and white cable if it were present (aux) cables connect.

Josh - Reply

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Remove the battery from the laptop by applying pressure on both ends and lifting it out of the case.
  • Remove the battery from the laptop by applying pressure on both ends and lifting it out of the case.

With the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the nine 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screws which hold the motherboard in place.
  • With the Phillips #0 Screwdriver, remove the nine 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screws which hold the motherboard in place.

there is one more screw that must be removed at the bottom right corner of the motherboard, just out of view.

Josh - Reply

Now, locate the two wires connected to the motherboard. Now, locate the two wires connected to the motherboard.
  • Now, locate the two wires connected to the motherboard.

Remove the wires by easily pulling them parallel to the motherboard's surface. The wires are very fragile. Be sure to pull carefully so that they do not break!
  • Remove the wires by easily pulling them parallel to the motherboard's surface.

  • The wires are very fragile. Be sure to pull carefully so that they do not break!

Remove the LCD display connection by gently pulling on the attached wire. Gently lift any tape that may be holding the connection.
  • Remove the LCD display connection by gently pulling on the attached wire.

    • Gently lift any tape that may be holding the connection.

If the tape is removed when disconnecting, be SUPER sure that the connector is the right way before reconnecting. I managed to brake this connector by putting it in the wrong way! Both sides look very similar.

Ben Garrod - Reply

Remove the motherboard from the case by gently lifting it upward.
  • Remove the motherboard from the case by gently lifting it upward.

Locate both of the hinges that connect the monitor to the bottom plate cover.
  • Locate both of the hinges that connect the monitor to the bottom plate cover.

Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the two 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screws on the right hinge, and the one 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screw on the left hinge. Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the two 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screws on the right hinge, and the one 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screw on the left hinge.
  • Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the two 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screws on the right hinge, and the one 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screw on the left hinge.

Once the screws are removed, the monitor should easily lift away from the bottom plate cover
  • Once the screws are removed, the monitor should easily lift away from the bottom plate cover

Locate the two stickers that cover up the screws that hold the front bezel in place
  • Locate the two stickers that cover up the screws that hold the front bezel in place

Use a pair of tweezers to remove these stickers. The stickers can be difficult to grasp with the tweezers so do not be discouraged when trying to remove them!
  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove these stickers.

  • The stickers can be difficult to grasp with the tweezers so do not be discouraged when trying to remove them!

Once the stickers are removed, the two screws that hold the front bezel in place will be exposed.
  • Once the stickers are removed, the two screws that hold the front bezel in place will be exposed.

Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the two 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screws.
  • Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the two 4.8 mm Phillips #0 screws.

Once the screws are taken out, the front bezel is ready to be removed. Insert the Plastic Opening Tool inbetween the front and back bezels and slide along the edges to pry open.
  • Once the screws are taken out, the front bezel is ready to be removed.

  • Insert the Plastic Opening Tool inbetween the front and back bezels and slide along the edges to pry open.

  • Gently use hands if necessary to separate the front bezel from the back.

Once pried away from the back bezel, the front bezel will easily lift away from the LCD.
  • Once pried away from the back bezel, the front bezel will easily lift away from the LCD.

Locate the twelve 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold the LCD in place.
  • Locate the twelve 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold the LCD in place.

Use the Philips #0 screwdriver to remove the twelve 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold the LCD in place. Use the Philips #0 screwdriver to remove the twelve 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold the LCD in place.
  • Use the Philips #0 screwdriver to remove the twelve 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold the LCD in place.

Once the screws are removed, lift up the LCD to expose the wire connecting the back bezel to the LCD.
  • Once the screws are removed, lift up the LCD to expose the wire connecting the back bezel to the LCD.

Gently unhook the wire from the back bezel to allow the LCD to be flipped over.
  • Gently unhook the wire from the back bezel to allow the LCD to be flipped over.

Once flipped over, locate the ribbon that is connected to the back of the LCD.
  • Once flipped over, locate the ribbon that is connected to the back of the LCD.

Gently tug on the ribbon to remove it from the LCD. Gently tug on the ribbon to remove it from the LCD.
  • Gently tug on the ribbon to remove it from the LCD.

Now that the ribbon has been detached from the back, carefully remove the LCD.
  • Now that the ribbon has been detached from the back, carefully remove the LCD.

On both sides of the LCD, there will be a screw that attaches the hinges to the display. Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the two 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws and detach the hinges.
  • On both sides of the LCD, there will be a screw that attaches the hinges to the display. Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the two 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws and detach the hinges.

Once the hinge has been unscrewed, remove it from the LCD.
  • Once the hinge has been unscrewed, remove it from the LCD.

Conclusion

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

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