Introduction

The guide walks through replacing a faulty motherboard. It requires removing the keyboard mount. Afterwards, it is relatively simple and requires only a Phillips head screwdriver and spudger to finish removal.

Flip the laptop upside down so that the lid lies flat on the table. Remove the nine 6mm Phillips #00 screws that line the border.
  • Flip the laptop upside down so that the lid lies flat on the table.

  • Remove the nine 6mm Phillips #00 screws that line the border.

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Remove the two rubber feet closest to the hinge using tweezers. Remove the two 6mm Phillips #00 screws revealed under these rubber feet.
  • Remove the two rubber feet closest to the hinge using tweezers.

  • Remove the two 6mm Phillips #00 screws revealed under these rubber feet.

  • The rubber feet may tear while removal; preventing this can be difficult, but it won’t harm the laptop. If desired, replace these rubber feet during reassembly.

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Flip the laptop so it is in the upright position.
  • Flip the laptop so it is in the upright position.

  • Open the lid.

  • Unsnap the keyboard mount along the border of the laptop using a plastic opening tool.

  • This may require more force than expected. Hearing loud clicks as the plastic opening tool slides along the seam is normal.

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Tilt the keyboard mount up. Use a spudger to flip up the two ZIF connector retaining flaps for the ribbon cables that connect the keyboard mount to the motherboard. Gently remove both ribbon cables.
  • Tilt the keyboard mount up.

  • Use a spudger to flip up the two ZIF connector retaining flaps for the ribbon cables that connect the keyboard mount to the motherboard.

  • Gently remove both ribbon cables.

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Lift the keyboard mount out of the laptop.
  • Lift the keyboard mount out of the laptop.

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Gently pull the battery’s rainbow-colored, bundled cable out of its socket.
  • Gently pull the battery’s rainbow-colored, bundled cable out of its socket.

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Use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flap for the ribbon cable that connects the SD card reader to the motherboard. Gently pull the cable out of its socket.
  • Use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flap for the ribbon cable that connects the SD card reader to the motherboard.

  • Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

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Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw that holds the Wi-Fi module in place. Slide the Wi-Fi module out of the motherboard.
  • Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw that holds the Wi-Fi module in place.

  • Slide the Wi-Fi module out of the motherboard.

  • If the black and white cables come off of the Wi-Fi module, remember to reattach them during reassembly by matching the number on the wire to the number on the module.

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Gently pull the bundled cable that connects the charging port to the motherboard out of its connector on the motherboard.
  • Gently pull the bundled cable that connects the charging port to the motherboard out of its connector on the motherboard.

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Use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flip for the ribbon cable that connects the display to the motherboard. Gently pull the cable out of its socket.
  • Use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flip for the ribbon cable that connects the display to the motherboard.

  • Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

  • This cable comes out of the left side of the display’s hinge.

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Use a spudger to remove the slide-out connector from its socket.
  • Use a spudger to remove the slide-out connector from its socket.

  • Do not attempt to remove this connector by pulling on the cables, as this may cause damage.

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Remove the center-right Phillips #1 3mm screw.
  • Remove the center-right Phillips #1 3mm screw.

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Remove the center-left Phillips #00 4mm screw.
  • Remove the center-left Phillips #00 4mm screw.

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Remove the four perimeter Phillips #00 6mm screws.
  • Remove the four perimeter Phillips #00 6mm screws.

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Gently slide the motherboard to the left and away from the external ports on the right and then pull it up and out of the laptop.
  • Gently slide the motherboard to the left and away from the external ports on the right and then pull it up and out of the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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