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Introduction

This guide will walk you through how to replace the SD card reader on the HP Chromebook 11 G4. Once you remove the keyboard, the SD card reader is a cinch to replace.

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    • 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.

    • 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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    • Flip up the flap on the ZIP connector with your finger.

    • Gently pull out the ribbon cable.

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    • Remove the two 4 mm Phillips #1 screws.

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    • Lift the ribbon cable back and out of the way.

    • Pull out the SD card reader.

Conclusion

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

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