Introduction

This guide walks through the replacement of the HP Chromebook 11 G3’s touchpad. It will require the use of tweezers, a Phillips head screwdriver, and a spudger.

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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Flip the keyboard mount upside down. Use tweezers to lift the tape on the bottom of the touchpad to expose the connector. With a spudger, push up the ZIF retaining flip.
  • Flip the keyboard mount upside down.

  • Use tweezers to lift the tape on the bottom of the touchpad to expose the connector.

  • With a spudger, push up the ZIF retaining flip.

  • Pull out the small ribbon cable.

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Remove the two Phillips #00 2mm screws that secure the touchpad to the black plastic housing. Flip the keyboard mount to the upright position.
  • Remove the two Phillips #00 2mm screws that secure the touchpad to the black plastic housing.

  • Flip the keyboard mount to the upright position.

  • From beneath, push the touchpad up through the top of the keyboard mount to remove it.

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Conclusion

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

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