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Introduction

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  5. 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.

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

  7. On the module, use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flap for the ribbon cable connecting the SD card reader to the motherboard. Gently pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.
    • On the module, use a spudger to lift the small ZIF retaining flap for the ribbon cable connecting the SD card reader to the motherboard.

    • Gently pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

  8. Remove the two Phillips #00 6mm screws that attach the module to the laptop.
    • Remove the two Phillips #00 6mm screws that attach the module to the laptop.

  9. Lift the module up and out of the laptop.
    • Lift the module up and out of the laptop.

Conclusion

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

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