Introduction

Replacing the motherboard take quite a few steps, but it is doable.

Unlock the tab located in the top left corner of the netbook. The red tab indicated that the battery has been properly unlocked. Remove the battery.
  • Unlock the tab located in the top left corner of the netbook.

  • The red tab indicated that the battery has been properly unlocked.

  • Remove the battery.

  • When working with electronics, it is always wise to remove the power source before taking the device apart.

Make sure the RAM, hard drive, and WiFi card have been removed from the computer before trying to take off the cover so they are not damaged in the process.
  • Make sure the RAM, hard drive, and WiFi card have been removed from the computer before trying to take off the cover so they are not damaged in the process.

Remove six (6) 5mm screws, two (2) 17.5mm screws, and three (3) 2.5mm screws from the back, using the Phillips #0 screwdriver, as marked here. Remove six (6) 5mm screws, two (2) 17.5mm screws, and three (3) 2.5mm screws from the back, using the Phillips #0 screwdriver, as marked here.
  • Remove six (6) 5mm screws, two (2) 17.5mm screws, and three (3) 2.5mm screws from the back, using the Phillips #0 screwdriver, as marked here.

Pry up the keyboard using a spudger or plastic opening tool in the exact location shown in the photograph. Don't use a screwdriver as a pry tool as shown in this example. Carefully disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard, and remove the keyboard.
  • Pry up the keyboard using a spudger or plastic opening tool in the exact location shown in the photograph.

    • Don't use a screwdriver as a pry tool as shown in this example.

  • Carefully disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard, and remove the keyboard.

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Remove the five (5) 5mm screws shown here using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Remove the five (5) 5mm screws shown here using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Separate the upper cover from the back cover. It is possible to do this without a tool, but you may also use a plastic opening tool for added leverage. Be careful to keep even pressure all the way around the cover so that it is not bent beyond repair.
  • Separate the upper cover from the back cover. It is possible to do this without a tool, but you may also use a plastic opening tool for added leverage.

  • Be careful to keep even pressure all the way around the cover so that it is not bent beyond repair.

  • Carefully disconnect two ribbon cables to complete the separation of the upper cover.

The WiFi card is shown here. Remove the one (1) 5mm screw holding the card to the motherboard using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • The WiFi card is shown here.

  • Remove the one (1) 5mm screw holding the card to the motherboard using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Disconnect the wires on the WiFi card.  This can be done easily by applying pressure to the connections until they pop off of the card. Disconnect the wires on the WiFi card.  This can be done easily by applying pressure to the connections until they pop off of the card.
  • Disconnect the wires on the WiFi card. This can be done easily by applying pressure to the connections until they pop off of the card.

Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four (4) 5mm screws holding the motherboard in place.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four (4) 5mm screws holding the motherboard in place.

Remove the motherboard by lifting it gently from the bottom cover.
  • Remove the motherboard by lifting it gently from the bottom cover.

  • This image is the rear view of the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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