Introduction

The fan in this laptop prevents the computer from overheating. It provides good airflow into the computer and out through the vents. Any clogging or damage could cause other problems in your computer.

Image 1/2: Make sure your device is powered down and unplugged before beginning the replacement. Image 2/2: Make sure your device is powered down and unplugged before beginning the replacement.
  • Close the display and turn over the computer.

  • Make sure your device is powered down and unplugged before beginning the replacement.

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  • Use a J0 bit tipped screwdriver to unscrew the one 6 mm Phillips screw on the RAM cover.

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  • Lightly lift the RAM cover up and at an angle, away from the computer.

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Image 1/2: The RAM should pop up when the clips are released. Image 2/2: The RAM should pop up when the clips are released.
  • Use your fingers to carefully pull the securing clips on the RAM away from each other.

  • The RAM should pop up when the clips are released.

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Image 1/2: If it does not pop up pry it out in a steady and straight direction. Image 2/2: If it does not pop up pry it out in a steady and straight direction.
  • Remove the popped up RAM by pulling it away from the connection.

  • If it does not pop up pry it out in a steady and straight direction.

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Image 1/2: Using a J0 bit screwdriver, unscrew the one 2 mm Phillips screw. Image 2/2: You only need to unscrew this screw if you are using this as a prerequisite guide.
  • Slide the CD/DVD drive on the side of the laptop out using your fingers.

  • Using a J0 bit screwdriver, unscrew the one 2 mm Phillips screw.

  • You only need to unscrew this screw if you are using this as a prerequisite guide.

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Image 1/3: Use the J0 Bit screwdriver to remove the one 6 mm Phillips screw in center of the system board that is connected to the keyboard. Image 2/3: Use the J0 Bit screwdriver to remove the one 6 mm Phillips screw in center of the system board that is connected to the keyboard. Image 3/3: Use the J0 Bit screwdriver to remove the one 6 mm Phillips screw in center of the system board that is connected to the keyboard.
  • Lift the plastic yellow flap on the system board.

  • Use the J0 Bit screwdriver to remove the one 6 mm Phillips screw in center of the system board that is connected to the keyboard.

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  • Flip over the computer and open the display.

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Image 1/2: Lift the keyboard off of the computer. Image 2/2: Be careful not to tear the ribbon that attaches the back of the keyboard to the computer when lifting it.
  • Insert a spudger next to the plastic indents located at the top of the keyboard and gently pry to release the securing clips.

  • Lift the keyboard off of the computer.

  • Be careful not to tear the ribbon that attaches the back of the keyboard to the computer when lifting it.

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  • Flip the keyboard over onto the palm-rest assembly.

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  • Flip the little black securing bar near the base of the ribbon with a spudger to release the ribbon from the computer.

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  • Close the display and turn over the computer.

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Image 1/3: Use a J0 Bit tipped screwdriver unscrew the seven 6 mm Phillips screws on the back casing of the laptop. Image 2/3: Use a J0 Bit tipped screwdriver unscrew the seven 6 mm Phillips screws on the back casing of the laptop. Image 3/3: Use a J0 Bit tipped screwdriver unscrew the seven 6 mm Phillips screws on the back casing of the laptop.
  • Remove all 7 rubber screw caps with tweezers.

  • Use a J0 Bit tipped screwdriver unscrew the seven 6 mm Phillips screws on the back casing of the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Pull on the blue tabs to disconnect the  palm rest assembly from the computer. Image 2/2: Pull on the blue tabs to disconnect the  palm rest assembly from the computer.
  • Flip the computer over and open the display.

  • Pull on the blue tabs to disconnect the palm rest assembly from the computer.

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  • Use J0 Bit screwdriver to remove all four 6 mm Phillips screws.

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Image 1/3: Continue this process on all sides of the computer edges until the assembly pulls off. Image 2/3: Remove the palm rest assembly. Image 3/3: If you have difficulty lifting up the assembly, you might not have taken out all 7 screws on the bottom of the computer.
  • Gently wedge the nylon spudger underneath the palm-rest assembly to release the latches.

  • Continue this process on all sides of the computer edges until the assembly pulls off.

  • Remove the palm rest assembly.

  • If you have difficulty lifting up the assembly, you might not have taken out all 7 screws on the bottom of the computer.

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  • Use a J0 Bit screwdriver to remove the two 6 mm Phillips screws securing the battery located near the bottom of the laptop.

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  • Lift the tiny black tab and pull the battery out at a slight angle.

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Image 1/2: Gently pull the drive out at an angle using your fingers. Image 2/2: Gently pull the drive out at an angle using your fingers.
  • Lift up the bottom of the hard drive which is located at the bottom of the laptop.

  • Gently pull the drive out at an angle using your fingers.

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  • Using a J0 bit tipped screwdriver, remove the four 3 mm black screws on both sides of the hard drive bracket.

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  • Slide the hard drive out of the bracket.

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Image 1/2: It is next to the place where the optics drive used to be. Image 2/2: It is next to the place where the optics drive used to be.
  • Locate the wireless mini card at the top of the laptop.

  • It is next to the place where the optics drive used to be.

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  • Using a J0 tipped screwdriver, remove the 4 mm Phillips head screw.

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  • Gently, unlatch the black and white wires from the wireless mini card.

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  • At an angle, slide out the wireless mini card.

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  • Gently pull the the blue ribbon upwards to disconnect the computer from the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: The coin cell battery is underneath the optical drive. Image 2/2: The coin cell battery is underneath the optical drive.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, gently detach the coin cell battery from the foam glue.

  • The coin cell battery is underneath the optical drive.

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  • Using a J0 tipped screwdriver remove the 6 mm Phillips head screw located at the center of the laptop on the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: The coin cell battery and fan will be removed with the motherboard.
  • Remove motherboard at an upward angle.

  • The coin cell battery and fan will be removed with the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Locate the red and yellow wires attached to the fan and gently detach them from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Locate the red and yellow wires attached to the fan and gently detach them from the motherboard.
  • Flip the motherboard over.

  • Locate the red and yellow wires attached to the fan and gently detach them from the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: The fan base is labeled 1, 2, 3. Make sure you unscrew the screws in this order. Image 2/2: The screws are attached to the fan and will fully unscrew.
  • Using a J0 tipped screwdriver remove the three 5 mm Phillips head screws that attach fan to the motherboard.

  • The fan base is labeled 1, 2, 3. Make sure you unscrew the screws in this order.

  • The screws are attached to the fan and will fully unscrew.

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  • Remove the fan from the motherboard by lifting upwards.

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Conclusion

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

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Hurrah, just used these instructions to replace my fan and have a beautifully silent working laptop again - thanks! I skipped steps 20-23, and it would have been useful to have a mention that thermal compound was necessary to make a good connection when replacing the heat sink - but all in all great clear instructions. One happy good-as-new laptop owner!

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