Introduction

To remove the laptop's speakers, many components within the laptop need to be removed. This is a guide to do so.

Image 1/1: Turn off the computer and disconnect the charger.
  • Flip the computer so the bottom is facing up with the battery away from you.

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect the charger.

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  • Slide the battery switch to the left until the battery unlatches from the base of the laptop.

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  • Lift the battery from its compartment away from the laptop.

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Image 1/1: The screws do not come out of the panel due to small washers. Do not try to remove the screws completely.
  • Loosen the two 5.7 mm screws on the bottom panel using a PH00 screwdriver.

  • The screws do not come out of the panel due to small washers. Do not try to remove the screws completely.

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Image 1/1: When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.
  • Use the metal spudger all around the panel to pop it up from the base.

  • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • Using your finger is acceptable but not entirely recommended. Be gentle if you choose to use your hands.

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  • With your hands, lift the panel completely off the base of the laptop.

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  • Slide the two latches away from the RAM to unhook it.

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  • Gently slide the RAM out from the laptop.

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  • Use the PH 00 screwdriver to unscrew the 2.5 mm screw to the right of the hard drive.

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  • Pull the triangular blue tab to diconnect and remove the hard drive. You can see the word 'Pull' on the cover.

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  • Unlatch the two antenna cable connectors from the wireless card.

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Image 1/1: You may have to gently bend the cables away from the wireless card to remove the screws
  • Remove the two 2.5 mm screws in the wireless card with a PH00 screwdriver.

  • You may have to gently bend the cables away from the wireless card to remove the screws

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  • Gently disconnect the wireless card from the laptop.

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  • Using the PH 00 screwdriver, remove the screw left of the CD drive.

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  • Slide the CD drive out from the exterior of the laptop.

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Image 1/1: You can remove the wireless card for this process but it is not necessary.
  • Using a PH 00 screwdriver, remove the screw located next to the wireless card.

  • You can remove the wireless card for this process but it is not necessary.

  • This screw has a small keyboard icon next to it.

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Image 1/1: The components beneath your computer may be loose and fall out when you flip the laptop. Be careful when turning it over.
  • Flip the laptop over and open it.

  • The components beneath your computer may be loose and fall out when you flip the laptop. Be careful when turning it over.

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Image 1/3: When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible. Image 2/3: Starting at the opening you just created, run your fingers around the outside of the keyboard separating it from the rest of the computer. Image 3/3: Only lift the keyboard up a few inches because it is attached to the laptop by a ribbon cable.
  • Insert a plastic spudger or similar pry tool, beneath the keyboard, near the "insert" key, and pop the keyboard up from the laptop.

    • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • Starting at the opening you just created, run your fingers around the outside of the keyboard separating it from the rest of the computer.

  • Only lift the keyboard up a few inches because it is attached to the laptop by a ribbon cable.

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Image 1/3: Remove the ribbon cable by using your fingers to pull up and away from the connector. Image 2/3: Remove the ribbon cable by using your fingers to pull up and away from the connector. Image 3/3: Remove the ribbon cable by using your fingers to pull up and away from the connector.
  • Slightly angle the keyboard back so the ribbon connector underneath it is visible.

  • Remove the ribbon cable by using your fingers to pull up and away from the connector.

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  • With the ribbon cable detached, you can now completely remove the keyboard.

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Image 1/3: Use a metal splunger to remove the plug. Image 2/3: Use a metal splunger to remove the plug. Image 3/3: Use a metal splunger to remove the plug.
  • With the laptop bottom facing up, locate the rubber plug on the right side of the computer.

  • Use a metal splunger to remove the plug.

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Image 1/1: Remove the five 3.4 mm screws using a PH00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the ten 6.7 mm screws using a PH00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the five 3.4 mm screws using a PH00 screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: Detach the two purple ribbons from the ribbon connectors.
  • Flip the computer over and open it.

  • Detach the two purple ribbons from the ribbon connectors.

  • Unscrew the six 4.6 mm screws using the PH00 screwdriver.

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  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry out the front panel around the entire computer.

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  • Gently lift the front panel away from the computer.

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  • Locate the red and black speaker cables connecting the speakers and detach them from the two holders.

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  • Pull the speaker cables out of their connectors.

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  • Slide the left speaker out from under the blue motherboard.

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  • Lift the right speaker directly up and remove it from the computer.

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Conclusion

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

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