Introduction

The thermal paste is usually replaced in conjunction with the cooling fan. Therefore it is a good idea to replace the thermal paste while the laptop is being disassembled to save time.

Image 1/3: Turn off the computer and remove the charger from the charging port. Image 2/3: Turn the laptop over and slide the battery release catch to the right. The battery will pop up from its slot. Remove it using your fingers. Image 3/3: Turn the laptop over and slide the battery release catch to the right. The battery will pop up from its slot. Remove it using your fingers.
  • Ground yourself by either touching an unpainted metal surface or by using the Anti-Static wrist strap.

  • Turn off the computer and remove the charger from the charging port.

  • Turn the laptop over and slide the battery release catch to the right. The battery will pop up from its slot. Remove it using your fingers.

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Image 1/2: Gently lift and remove the cover. Image 2/2: Gently lift and remove the cover.
  • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the four screws from the indicated cover.

  • Gently lift and remove the cover.

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  • Remove the five 6mm screws with the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Pry the keyboard off with a spudger. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and damage any components.

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  • Disconnect the clip attaching the keyboard wiring to the motherboard. Lift and remove the keyboard.

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Image 1/3: Gently lift and remove the panel. Use a metal spudger if the it seems set in place. Image 2/3: Gently lift and remove the panel. Use a metal spudger if the it seems set in place. Image 3/3: Gently lift and remove the panel. Use a metal spudger if the it seems set in place.
  • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the 6mm screw from the top panel.

  • Gently lift and remove the panel. Use a metal spudger if the it seems set in place.

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Image 1/2: Remove the cover. Image 2/2: Remove the cover.
  • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the 6mm screw for the Wi-Fi module cover.

  • Remove the cover.

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  • Remove all fourteen 6mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Unclip the wires that attach the trackpad module to the motherboard. Image 2/2: Unclip the wires that attach the trackpad module to the motherboard.
  • Partially separate the two panels until connectors are visible.

  • Unclip the wires that attach the trackpad module to the motherboard.

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  • Remove the five highlighted screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Disconnect the five cables by gently pulling them from their slots.

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Image 1/2: Remove the motherboard and turn it so that the fan is facing upward. Image 2/2: Remove the motherboard and turn it so that the fan is facing upward.
  • Press a metal spudger between the VGA port and the plastic housing to pry up the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard and turn it so that the fan is facing upward.

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Image 1/3: Remove the heatsink and fan assembly by unclipping the fan from the motherboard. Image 2/3: Remove the heatsink and fan assembly by unclipping the fan from the motherboard. Image 3/3: Remove the heatsink and fan assembly by unclipping the fan from the motherboard.
  • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to loosen the three screws attaching the heatsink to the motherboard.

  • Remove the heatsink and fan assembly by unclipping the fan from the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Apply a pea sized amount of thermal paste to the processor and heatsink. Keep the paste thick to prevent forming air bubbles and reducing thermal performance. Image 2/2: Apply a pea sized amount of thermal paste to the processor and heatsink. Keep the paste thick to prevent forming air bubbles and reducing thermal performance.
  • Gently wipe the thermal paste off of the processor and heatsink using an alcohol pad or damp cloth. Let the components dry for a few minutes.

  • Apply a pea sized amount of thermal paste to the processor and heatsink. Keep the paste thick to prevent forming air bubbles and reducing thermal performance.

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Conclusion

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

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