Introduction

This is a simple guide to replace the headphone jack if it is loose or broken. You will need an anti-static wristband, a Philips head 1 screwdriver, and a blue nylon opening tool to complete this replacement guide.

Flip the laptop over to expose the underside.
  • Flip the laptop over to expose the underside.

  • Remove the two grip pads with blue plastic opening tool by inserting the tool between the laptop and the pads and slowly lifting up.

  • The grip pads are tacky, remove slowly to avoid separating the adhesive.

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Remove the two 8 mm Phillips Head screws that were under the grip pads using a Phillip's Head 1 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips Head screws that were under the grip pads using a Phillip's Head 1 Screwdriver.

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  • Remove the six 5 mm Torx screws using a T5 Torx Screwdriver.

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  • Use the nylon spudger to pop off the bottom cover by inserting it into the heat vent and twisting to the left or right.

  • You may hear a slight clicking or popping, but that is normal.

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  • Use the Phillips Head 1 Screwdriver to remove the six 4 mm screws.

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  • Disconnect the battery port from the motherboard by gently lifting it on both sides with the plastic opening tool.

  • Lift up the port with the tool.

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  • Lift the battery out of the laptop with your hands.

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  • Make sure you are wearing an anti-static wrist strap.

  • Remove the four screws from the blue board that contains the headphone jack using the Phillips head 1 screwdriver (one 4 mm black screw, one 3 mm black screw, and two 4.5 mm silver screws).

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the connector on the black flexible flat cable with the blue plastic stripe.

  • Lift the opening tool to open the connector.

  • Use your fingers to slide the ribbon cable out of the connector.

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  • Hold the left side of the board between your fingers.

  • Lift the edge upwards enough to clear the other components in the way.

  • Be gentle when lifting to avoid breaking the board.

  • Slide and rotate to lift the board out of the designated slot for the board.

  • You may have to wiggle the board back and forth, and up and down, to remove the board.

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Conclusion

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

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