Introduction

The motherboard is the electronic circuit board of which all other components are connected to. A broken motherboard is a broken computer.

Parts

No parts required.

Position the closed Chromebook with the rubber pads are facing up.
  • Position the closed Chromebook with the rubber pads are facing up.

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Slide the flat end of the spudger under the rubber pads at the upper right-hand and the upper left-hand corners. Pry off the rubber pads to reveal a screw under each pad.
  • Slide the flat end of the spudger under the rubber pads at the upper right-hand and the upper left-hand corners.

  • Pry off the rubber pads to reveal a screw under each pad.

  • The rubber pads are attached with a strong adhesive. The force applied may damage the pads.

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Remove the eleven 6mm Phillips #1 screws. Remove the eleven 6mm Phillips #1 screws.
  • Remove the eleven 6mm Phillips #1 screws.

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Flip over the Chromebook and open it.
  • Flip over the Chromebook and open it.

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Insert the flat end of the spudger between the bottom body of the Chromebook and keyboard body. Slide the spudger along the gap, applying downward pressure to separate the two components.
  • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the bottom body of the Chromebook and keyboard body.

  • Slide the spudger along the gap, applying downward pressure to separate the two components.

  • You should hear popping sounds as you slide the spudger along the edge.

  • If the spudger gets stuck while sliding, simply slide the spudger back for a bit, and continue sliding forward.

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Lift the bottom of the keyboard assembly to reveal the internal components of the device.
  • Lift the bottom of the keyboard assembly to reveal the internal components of the device.

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Black Friday
Broken doesn't stand a chance.
Use the pointed end of the spudger to flip up the black tabs on the two ZIF connectors located on the motherboard. Disconnect the ribbon cables from the motherboard by gently sliding them out of their sockets. Disconnect the ribbon cables from the motherboard by gently sliding them out of their sockets.
  • Use the pointed end of the spudger to flip up the black tabs on the two ZIF connectors located on the motherboard.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cables from the motherboard by gently sliding them out of their sockets.

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Remove the keyboard assembly by lifting it off the laptop base.
  • Remove the keyboard assembly by lifting it off the laptop base.

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Remove the cable at the top left of the motherboard by grabbing the male connector and applying force in the direction of the wires away from the motherboard. Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.
  • Remove the cable at the top left of the motherboard by grabbing the male connector and applying force in the direction of the wires away from the motherboard.

  • Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.

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Disconnect the battery wires from the motherboard by applying pressure on the male connector away from the motherboard. Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.
  • Disconnect the battery wires from the motherboard by applying pressure on the male connector away from the motherboard.

  • Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.

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Disconnect the wire bundle on the bottom right of the motherboard by pulling the black male connector away from its socket on the motherboard. Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.
  • Disconnect the wire bundle on the bottom right of the motherboard by pulling the black male connector away from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Do not pull on the wires to apply more force. Instead, gently wiggle the connector until it slides out.

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Use a fingernail or a spudger to flip up the black tab on the zero insertion force connector located at the top of the motherboard. Remove the cable by pulling away from the motherboard.
  • Use a fingernail or a spudger to flip up the black tab on the zero insertion force connector located at the top of the motherboard.

  • Remove the cable by pulling away from the motherboard.

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Use a fingernail or a spudger to flip up the white tab on the zero insertion force connector on the bottom left of the motherboard. Remove the cable by pulling away from the motherboard.
  • Use a fingernail or a spudger to flip up the white tab on the zero insertion force connector on the bottom left of the motherboard.

  • Remove the cable by pulling away from the motherboard.

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Remove the 4 mm Phillips #1 screw on the Wi-Fi card.
  • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #1 screw on the Wi-Fi card.

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Slide the Wi-Fi card away from the motherboard. Slide the Wi-Fi card away from the motherboard.
  • Slide the Wi-Fi card away from the motherboard.

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Remove the five  4 mm Phillips #1 screws from the motherboard. One of these screws is black, the rest are silver.
  • Remove the five 4 mm Phillips #1 screws from the motherboard.

  • One of these screws is black, the rest are silver.

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Lift the left edge up and away from the base of the laptop. Remove the motherboard. Remove the motherboard.
  • Lift the left edge up and away from the base of the laptop.

  • Remove the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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