Introduction

The Asus X551CA spacer keeps the laptop light weight and stable, but also provides the owner with the option to instal an optical drive.

Remove the middle two 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screws from the top edge and the one 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screw from the right edge of the computer case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the middle two 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screws from the top edge and the one 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screw from the right edge of the computer case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the two 4.3 mm Phillips #0 screws from the upper corners of the case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the one 17.5 mm Phillips #0 screw from the left edge of the case using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the three 17.1 mm Phillips #0 screws from the bottom edge of the case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

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

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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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

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