Introduction

The touch pad controls cursor movement and is one of the most used parts of the laptop. It is exposed to frequent wear and tear and may need replacement.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

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

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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

  21. Flip over the keyboard plate cover so the keys are facing down to locate the back of the touch pad.
    • Flip over the keyboard plate cover so the keys are facing down to locate the back of the touch pad.

  22. Pull up the aluminum tape off of the keyboard cover until it is only attached to the touch pad.
    • Pull up the aluminum tape off of the keyboard cover until it is only attached to the touch pad.

    • Do not fully remove the aluminum tape!

  23. Locate and unscrew the three 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws at the top edge of the touch pad using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Locate and unscrew the three 3.2 mm Phillips #0 screws at the top edge of the touch pad using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  24. Lift the top edge and gently slide the bottom edge out from underneath the keyboard plate cover.
    • Lift the top edge and gently slide the bottom edge out from underneath the keyboard plate cover.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

why on earth would you do all that do change the touchpad?

it would be step 1,2,3,4,5,21,22,23

Eric Serra - Reply

I agree with Mr Serra - you wouldn't need to touch the Motherboard/hard drive.

Jane Armstrong - Reply

crazy! lol there is no need for you to remove the motherboard just to replace the touch pad :D

randy - Reply

Where can I buy replacement touch pad?

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