Introduction

The motherboard is the main body of a computer. Over time, computer components degrade and may need to be replaced. Replacing the motherboard can help make a computer run more quickly and smoothly.

Image 1/1: These screws can be removed by hand.
  • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

  • These screws can be removed by hand.

This depends on the model of system. Some systems have a lever/latch to pull to release the cover. Many Dell and HP models use latches to open the covers (no tools required to open the system). Some systems need a screwdriver to remove the screws. Some are Phillips screws, others may be Torx.

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Image 1/2: If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel. Image 2/2: If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

  • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

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  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

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  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

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Image 1/1: This screw can be removed by hand.
  • Remove the Phillips #2 head, 5mm screw holding the graphics card in place.

  • This screw can be removed by hand.

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  • Press the latch on the side of the connector area to unlock the graphics card, and carefully slide the graphics card out from its slot in the computer.

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  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding the hard drive in place.

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  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding in the other side of the hard drive.

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  • Slide the hard drive out from the metal casing.

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  • Remove the cables from the back of the hard drive.

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Image 1/2: Different computers will have a different number of cables. Image 2/2: Different computers will have a different number of cables.
  • Disconnect all cables from the motherboard.

  • Different computers will have a different number of cables.

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  • Remove eight Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the motherboard.

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  • Carefully remove the motherboard from the computer case.

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Conclusion

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

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