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Introduction

If your CPU is causing your laptop to be unresponsive, or if it is overheating and running at a slower speed, then this guide can be used to replace it in about 30 minutes. You will need a Flathead 3.0 Screwdriver, a Phillips #01 Screwdriver, an iFixit opening tool, and tweezers.

  1. Flip the laptop on its back, so that the underside is facing up.
    • Flip the laptop on its back, so that the underside is facing up.

  2. Push and hold the slide button to the left and unlock the mechanism.
    • Push and hold the slide button to the left and unlock the mechanism.

  3. Lift the computer up and slowly pull the battery straight out from the device. Lift the computer up and slowly pull the battery straight out from the device.
    • Lift the computer up and slowly pull the battery straight out from the device.

  4. Remove the four 5.0mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the one external 5.0mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 5.0mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Remove the one external 5.0mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Remove the fan cover.

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  6. Remove the four 0.1mm screws using the Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 0.1mm screws using the Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Remove the one thicker 0.1 mm screw using the Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  7. Be sure to carefully remove the wires as they are fragile and can rip easily.
    • Be sure to carefully remove the wires as they are fragile and can rip easily.

    • Remove the wire bay near the fan.

    • Use the long nosed tweezers to carefully handle the white plastic piece that holds the wires together.

    • Gently pull upward while moving your hand side to side so the plastic holder will detach.

  8. Gently remove the fan and its attachments from the bay.
    • Gently remove the fan and its attachments from the bay.

  9. Using the flathead screwdriver, turn the one screw counterclockwise to loosen the CPU, but do not remove the screw.
    • Using the flathead screwdriver, turn the one screw counterclockwise to loosen the CPU, but do not remove the screw.

  10. Using the iFixit opening tool, prop up the CPU.
    • Using the iFixit opening tool, prop up the CPU.

  11. Carefully lift the CPU away from its housing.
    • Carefully lift the CPU away from its housing.

Conclusion

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

Kai Kapossy

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