Replace your screen quickly and easily!

  1. Turn off your computer! Taking out the battery while it's still on is dangerous!
    • Turn off your computer! Taking out the battery while it's still on is dangerous!

    • Flip the laptop over to the back.

    • Using two hands, push on the tabs while gently taking out the battery.

  2. Turn off computer before starting.
    • Turn off computer before starting.

    • Flip to the backside of the laptop.

    • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, unscrew the 5mm screw and take off the shown cover.

    • Using the same screwdriver, unscrew the 8mm screws.

      • The screws may not completely fall out of the laptop, just ensure they are unscrewed as far as they will go.

    • Flip over the laptop to the top side, and open the laptop.

    • Slide the locking tabs down using a blue plastic opening tool or your fingernail.

    • Using the plastic prying tool, lift the keyboard gently towards you.

      • Don't take the keyboard completely off because it is still attached with a ribbon cable to the computer.

    • Pull up on both sides of the black locking tab of the connector.

    • The keyboard should now be free of the computer.

    • Put a finger under each side of the plastic lock on the ribbon cable and pull up.

    • Using a flathead screwdriver, get under each plastic hinge cover until they pop.

    • Lift the right edge of plastic strip covering the power button and gently pull it up until the whole strip comes free.

    • Using a flathead screwdriver, work both sides of the connector next to the fan and take it out.

    • Using the T9 Torx screwdriver, remove one 7mm screw on the left hinge.

      • We recommend replacing this screw shortly after removing the cable as it helps hold the hinge to the lower half of the laptop.

    • Using the blue plastic opening tool, pull the rubber covers off the screen screws.

    • Using a T9 Torx screwdriver, remove the top four 5 mm screws.

    • Remove the bottom two 6 mm screws with the same screwdriver.

    • Using a flat head screwdriver, pry the plastic panel over the screen up starting at one of the hinges.

    • Using the flathead, continue running the it under the the plastic screen edge and gently pry it off.

      • If you press the screwdriver tip down (by lifting the handle), the screen panel pops off easier.

    • Slowly pry back the of the screen.

      • It is easiest to work both sides free at the same time.

    • Using your fingers, take out the two connections near the hinges.

    • Using the T9 Torx screwdriver, unscrew the four 4mm screws.

    • Tilt the screen up from the top to gain access to the screws on the side.

      • Go just far enough to get to the bottom screws to avoid damaging the bracket.

    • Using the PH00 screwdriver, unscrew the 2.5mm screws on the side of the screen. There should be 4 on each side.

    • You can now take out the screen.


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

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