Flip over the laptop with the bottom battery compartment facing up.
  • Flip over the laptop with the bottom battery compartment facing up.

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Slide the tab below the battery leftwards and hold.
  • Slide the tab below the battery leftwards and hold.

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  • While holding the tab, lift the battery out of its compartment.

  • Release the tab after removing the battery.

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  • Loosen the module cover screw with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • The screw is attached to the cover, do not force it out.

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  • Lift the module cover by inserting a plastic opening tool into the crevice near the screw and lift upwards.

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  • Use a Phillips screwdriver and unscrew four 4mm Phillips screws fastening the first hard drive.

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  • Slide the hard drive towards the hole where the back panel assembly screw was located with your hands to disconnect and lift to remove it.

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  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew four 4mm Phillips screws on the second hard drive.

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  • Slide the hard drive towards the edge nearest you to disconnect it.

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  • Using the tab that says "this side up" pull away from the laptop to remove the hard drive.

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  • Repeat this step for each hard drive.

  • Unscrew two 4mm screws from each side of the hard drive casing with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Remove the hard drive casing.

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  • Unscrew the screw holding the optical drive with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Using a plastic opening tool, pull out the optical drive.

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  • Unscrew three 4mm screws near the edge of the optical drive compartment with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Open the laptop to about a 90 degree angle and place it on its side with the empty optical drive slot pointing upwards.

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  • Push and hold the tab inside the optical drive's opening with your index finger.

  • Insert a spudger between the black and silver plastic pieces that are above the tab and pry apart the two pieces.

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  • Slide the spudger around the palm rest to release the clips.

  • You may hear crackling noise, this is normal.

  • Use caution when sliding below the mouse pad, as there are wires we must detach in the next steps.

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  • Gently lift and rotate the palm rest panel until it's upside down as it is still connected by the mouse pad wires.

  • The mouse pad wires are still connected to the palm rest panel.

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  • Put the Spudger below the black tab of the wider cable and push up to release.

  • Gently Pull out the cable.

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  • Insert the spudger below the black tab of the remaining cable and push up to release.

  • Gently pull out the cable.

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  • Remove the palm rest from the laptop.

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  • Using the plastic opening tool, slightly lift and rotate the keyboard until it's upside down from the display side of the laptop.

  • DO NOT lift the keyboard all the way as wires are still connected.

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  • Gently insert the spudger below the edge of the black tab of the thinner cable and lift.

  • Gently pull out the cable.

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  • Gently insert the spudger under the edge of the black tab of the cable marked UP.

  • Gently pull out the cable.

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  • Remove the keyboard from the laptop.

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  • Flip the laptop over so that the bottom faces upwards.

  • Remove the two 16 mm screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Gently flip over the laptop and open the back cover assembly.

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  • Insert the pointy side of the spudger below the golden connector of the white cable on the WLAN card and lift to detach.

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  • Unscrew the 4mm screw from the WLAN card with a Phillips screwdriver. The card will lift itself after you remove the 4mm screw.

  • Gently pull out the WLAN card.

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  • Insert the pointy side of the spudger below the golden color connector of the gray cable on the WWAN card and lift to detach

  • Insert the pointy side of the spudger below the golden color connector of the black cable on the WWAN card and lift to detach

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  • Unscrew the 4mm screw from the WWAN card with a Phillips screwdriver. The card will lift itself after you do so

  • Gently pull out the WWAN card

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  • Gently remove the wires for WLAN and WWAN cards from their housing.

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  • Unscrew four 8mm screws directly under the keyboard with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Loosen the grounding screw attached to the black monitor cable with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE SCREW FROM WIRE it is permanently fixed onto the wire.

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  • Using the plastic opening tool, detach the connection from the cable to the board.

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  • Gently remove the monitor cable from its holdings from the board.

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  • Hold the plastic edge of the display firmly and lift to remove the display.

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  • Unscrew ten 8mm screws from the grey inner casing with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Locate the sound card cable.

  • Gently unplug the sound cable.

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  • Find the orange cable with the letters MB.

  • Insert the spudger below the edge of the black tab and lift the black tab.

  • DO NOT attempt to pull out the cable on this step.

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  • Locate the wire on the side of WWAN slot.

  • Using the spudger, gently pull out the cable.

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  • Gently flip the laptop with its bottom facing you.

  • Remove four 8mm screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Remove two 16mm battery casing screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Remove two 16mm corner screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Remove two 4mm screws inside battery housing with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Removing the RAM is optional. Follow a separate guide to remove RAM if you feel the need.

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  • Holding the opening from the optical drive in one hand and the other hand on the opposite side of the laptop, lift and remove the back cover assembly.

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  • Unscrew seven 4mm screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Unscrew one 6mm screw from the DC cable assembly with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Lift the DC cable assembly out of the casing.

  • Gently unplug the DC cable.

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  • Lift and remove the WI-FI Circuit board.

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  • Use a spudger to pry the fan power cable.

  • Lift and remove the fan.

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  • Lift and remove the USB circuit board out of its housing.

  • Remove the orange cable from the mother board by gently pulling

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  • Loosen the six flat head screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • The flat head screws are attached to the heat sink piece. Do not attempt to remove

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  • Gently lift and the motherboard.

  • DO NOT TOUCH the coolant in the red squares

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  • Unscrew four 4mm flathead screws with a Phillips screwdriver

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  • Gently lift and remove the right side speaker piece out of its casing.

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  • Carefully remove the wires from the holdings.

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  • Gently lift and remove the left side speaker from its housing.

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  • Carefully remove the wires from the holdings.

  • Remove the speakers with the cables still attached.

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Conclusion

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

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