Introduction

The front panel is removed to access the inner components and is a precursor to RAM, hard drive, keyboard, and screen repair. It is difficult to do because the front panel is very firmly secured and will require a lot of time, strength, and patience to remove.

Image 1/1: Rotate the laptop so the back panel is facing up.
  • Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.

  • Rotate the laptop so the back panel is facing up.

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  • Slide the black battery latches inward to remove the battery.

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  • Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.

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  • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips 1 screwdriver.

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  • Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.

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  • Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Philips 1 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips 0 screwdriver. Image 2/2: Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips 0 screwdriver.
  • Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose another screw.

    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips 0 screwdriver.

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber "feet" to expose two screws.

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Image 1/1: Use the Phillips 1 screwdriver to remove a 4.8 mm screw on each side.
  • Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.

    • Use the Phillips 1 screwdriver to remove a 4.8 mm screw on each side.

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Image 1/1: The end caps will require some force to remove.
  • Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.

  • The end caps will require some force to remove.

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Image 1/1: Two 7 mm screws.
  • Remove the following six screws with a Phillips 1 screwdriver:

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 4.8 mm screws.

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  • Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips 0 screwdriver,

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  • Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.

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  • Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.

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  • Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.

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  • Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop. Image 2/2: You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.
  • Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

  • You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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