Introduction

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

  1. 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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  2. Slide the flat end of the spudger under the rubber pads at the upper right-hand and the upper left-hand corners.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    • 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.

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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.

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    • 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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