Introduction

So your laptop won't download data when you plug in a USB device? The problem is most likely a non-functioning USB port, and you'll have to replace it. This guide will provide you with the steps you need in order to replace your old USB port with a new one.

Parts

No parts required.

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  • Flip the device over onto its backside in order to access the battery.

Flip the device over to expose the backside to access the battery.

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Image 1/2: A small tool like a pen or screwdriver may be helpful in sliding the latch to release the battery. Image 2/2: A small tool like a pen or screwdriver may be helpful in sliding the latch to release the battery.
  • Locate the battery release latch and slide it over to the other side.

  • A small tool like a pen or screwdriver may be helpful in sliding the latch to release the battery.

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Image 1/1: When reinserting the new battery, make sure the prongs on the battery are aligned with the corresponding holes on the laptop.
  • Grab the newly ejected battery from the device to completely remove it.

  • When reinserting the new battery, make sure the prongs on the battery are aligned with the corresponding holes on the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Remove 5 6.0 mm Phillip #00 screws from under cover. Image 2/2: Remove 5 6.0 mm Phillip #00 screws from under cover.
  • Remove 18 6.0 mm Phillips #00 screws from the bottom of the laptop.

  • Remove 5 6.0 mm Phillip #00 screws from under cover.

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  • Remove three 2.9 mm Phillips #00 screws from the battery compartment.

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  • Separate the bottom panel from the touchpad assembly by inserting a plastic opening tool between them on all four sides.

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  • Pull black ribbon wire from port using tweezers in order to completely separate touchpad assembly from bottom assembly.

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Image 1/3: First flip open the flap covering the ribbon using a spudger or fingernail. Image 2/3: Second gently pull the ribbon away from the port. Image 3/3: Second gently pull the ribbon away from the port.
  • Disconnect the two ZIF ports that attach the touchpad assembly to the motherboard.

  • First flip open the flap covering the ribbon using a spudger or fingernail.

  • Second gently pull the ribbon away from the port.

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  • Using a spudger, pry the ZIF connector upwards.

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  • Use your fingers to gently disconnect the ribbon wire from the USB circuit board.

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  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the 2.9 mm screw on the USB circuit board.

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  • Finally, remove the old USB port.

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Conclusion

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

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