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, smoothly and without errors.

Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.
  • 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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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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

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Remove the Phillips #2 head, 5mm screw holding the graphics card in place.
  • Remove the Phillips #2 head, 5mm screw holding the graphics card in place.

  • Make sure that you have grounded yourself so that upon removal of the graphics card you do not accidentally shock the circuit board and damage it.

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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. A good technique is to lay the computer onto it side, push the latch down and lift the graphics card out.
  • 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.

  • A good technique is to lay the computer onto it side, push the latch down and lift the graphics card out.

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Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding the hard drive in place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Slide the hard drive out from the metal casing.

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

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Begin to disconnect all cables from the motherboard. Many of the cables will have will have clips that need to be undone before you can remove them from the motherboard. Begin to disconnect all cables from the motherboard. Many of the cables will have will have clips that need to be undone before you can remove them from the motherboard.
  • Begin to disconnect all cables from the motherboard. Many of the cables will have will have clips that need to be undone before you can remove them from the motherboard.

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Remove eight Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the motherboard. Be sure to have your computer on its side, so that once the screws are out nothing falls and get damaged.
  • Remove eight Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the motherboard. Be sure to have your computer on its side, so that once the screws are out nothing falls and get damaged.

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Double check and make sure all wires and screws have been removed, then carefully remove the motherboard from the computer case.
  • Double check and make sure all wires and screws have been removed, then 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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