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Introduction

The motherboard is the central hub for communication between all of the components in a device. When one or more components are failing, the motherboard may need to be replaced. Use this guide to replace the motherboard in your laptop.

  1. Grab the two clips beside the RAM stick and pull them outward. The RAM stick should release. Remove the RAM from the device.
    • Grab the two clips beside the RAM stick and pull them outward. The RAM stick should release.

    • Remove the RAM from the device.

    • Repeat this for second RAM stick

  2. Use the pull tab on the battery connector to lift the connector straight up off its socket on the motherboard, disconnecting it.
    • Use the pull tab on the battery connector to lift the connector straight up off its socket on the motherboard, disconnecting it.

  3. Remove the single 4 mm Phillips screw securing the bottom left corner of the battery. If you are removing an extended capacity battery, remove the Phillips screw securing the bottom right corner of the battery.
    • Remove the single 4 mm Phillips screw securing the bottom left corner of the battery.

    • If you are removing an extended capacity battery, remove the Phillips screw securing the bottom right corner of the battery.

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  5. Remove the battery from the laptop.
    • Remove the battery from the laptop.

  6. After opening the backcase of the computer, remove the screws using the Phillips #0 screwdriver. Unplug and remove the wire from the socket.
    • After opening the backcase of the computer, remove the screws using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Unplug and remove the wire from the socket.

  7. Remove the fan and heatsink from the laptop.
    • Remove the fan and heatsink from the laptop.

    • Make sure to wipe off the existing thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink with an alcohol-soaked pad and apply a new layer.

  8. Remove all the screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver. Disconnect all of the cables from the motherboard. Disconnect all of the cables from the motherboard.
    • Remove all the screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Disconnect all of the cables from the motherboard.

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

Conclusion

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

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