Introduction

removal of top case

Parts

No parts required.

Flip the laptop over. Slide the battery release tab to the right.
  • Flip the laptop over. Slide the battery release tab to the right.

Lift the battery out.
  • Lift the battery out.

Insert spudger between sysrq and ins keys.
  • Insert spudger between sysrq and ins keys.

  • Gently lift power button panel from the right to left.

Remove the 5 screws holding the keyboard in place.
  • Remove the 5 screws holding the keyboard in place.

CAUTION: When lifting the keyboard out, do not lift keyboard up. Only fold back along the space bar edge. DO NOT PULL the black cable by the ribbon section; only pull it by the connector itself.
  • CAUTION: When lifting the keyboard out, do not lift keyboard up. Only fold back along the space bar edge.

  • DO NOT PULL the black cable by the ribbon section; only pull it by the connector itself.

  • Follow the black ribbon cable to the connector and gently pull straight up.

Remove 5 screws.
  • Remove 5 screws.

  • 4 screws holding LCD hinge covers in place and 1 screw for LCD grounding.

  • Remove hinge covers.

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Gently unplug LCD from system board.
  • Gently unplug LCD from system board.

Remove 6 screws holding LCD to hinge.
  • Remove 6 screws holding LCD to hinge.

Pull LCD away from case.
  • Pull LCD away from case.

Slide release and push button to eject drive
  • Slide release and push button to eject drive

  • Pull drive out.

  • When reinserting drives be sure to insert back into original slot in order to avoid interface conflicts.

Remove 13 screws from bottom of computer
  • Remove 13 screws from bottom of computer

Remove screws
  • Remove screws

remove 4 screws from back of case
  • remove 4 screws from back of case

WARNING Failure to do this step will damage mouse pad ribbon.
  • WARNING Failure to do this step will damage mouse pad ribbon.

  • Lift plug holding mouse ribbon about 1/16 inch or until it stops

  • remove ribbon

Insert spudger between upper and lower case at drive bay closest to battery.
  • Insert spudger between upper and lower case at drive bay closest to battery.

  • Carefully and slowly go arount entire case unseating all plastic clips holding upper to lower.

Lift upper case free about 1/4 inch
  • Lift upper case free about 1/4 inch

  • At rear of case is one last connecting wire. Unplug and remove upper case

Conclusion

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

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