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.

Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.
  • Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose  another screw. 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.

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

Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.
  • Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.

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

Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.
  • Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.

  • The end caps will require some force to remove.

Remove the following six screws with a Phillips 1 screwdriver:
  • Remove the following six screws with a Phillips 1 screwdriver:

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 4.8 mm screws.

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

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. 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.
  • 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.

Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.
  • Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.

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

Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.
  • Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.

Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. 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.

Conclusion

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

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