Introduction

If the laptop is hotter than usual or is making noises, use this guide to replace the fan.

Image 1/1: Disconnect the power and all external devices connected to the computer.
  • Shut down the computer.

  • Disconnect the power and all external devices connected to the computer.

    • Working on your device while it is turned on may result in electric shock.

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  • Use a Metal Spudger and remove the rubber foot closet from the bottom of the laptop.

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Image 1/1: 5 Phillips 2.4 x 5.7 mm screws
  • Remove all of the screws located on the bottom of the laptop:

    • 5 Phillips 2.4 x 5.7 mm screws

    • 5 Phillips 2.0 x 5.0 mm screws

      • Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.

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  • Turn the computer over onto its base, with the computer open and the keyboard facing upward.

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Image 1/2: Use the Plastic Opening Tool to separate the keyboard from the base of the laptop. Image 2/2: Use the Plastic Opening Tool to separate the keyboard from the base of the laptop.
  • The keyboard is attached internally by clips. Use a small amount of force when removing the keyboard.

  • Use the Plastic Opening Tool to separate the keyboard from the base of the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Raising the keyboard too far or with excessive force may  cause damage to the keyboard, touch pad cables, or their connectors.
  • Raise the keyboard slightly to access the touch pad and keyboard cables.

    • Raising the keyboard too far or with excessive force may cause damage to the keyboard, touch pad cables, or their connectors.

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Image 1/1: Using the Heavy-Duty Spudger lift up the plastic locks connecting the ribbon cable to the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cables attaching the touch pad and keyboard to the system board (motherboard).

    • Using the Heavy-Duty Spudger lift up the plastic locks connecting the ribbon cable to the motherboard.

    • Use the blue plastic tab on the ribbon cable to pull it out from the lock on the motherboard.

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  • Lift the keyboard away from the base of the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.
  • Using the Phillips 00 Screwdriver, remove 6 Phillips 2.0 x 4.6 mm screws from the perimeter of the battery.

    • Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.

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  • Carefully lift the battery up from lower right corner and disconnect it from the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Lift the shield away from the base of the laptop. Image 2/3: Lift the shield away from the base of the laptop. Image 3/3: Lift the shield away from the base of the laptop.
  • Remove the adhesive strip.

  • Lift the shield away from the base of the laptop.

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Image 1/3: Using the Heavy-Duty Spudger lift up the plastic locks connecting the ribbon cable to the motherboard. Image 2/3: Use the plastic tab on the ribbon cable to pull it out from the lock on the motherboard. Image 3/3: Use the plastic tab on the ribbon cable to pull it out from the lock on the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cables attached to the system board (motherboard).

    • Using the Heavy-Duty Spudger lift up the plastic locks connecting the ribbon cable to the motherboard.

    • Use the plastic tab on the ribbon cable to pull it out from the lock on the motherboard.

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  • Disconnect the fastened cables from the system board (motherboard) by carefully pushing the cable's plastic edges using the Heavy Duty Spudger.

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  • Pull the clipped cables from system board (motherboard).

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Image 1/3: Using the Phillips 00 Screw Driver, remove 11 Phillips 2.0 x 4.7 mm screws. Image 2/3: Using the Phillips 00 Screw Driver, remove the silver screw. Image 3/3: Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.
  • Remove the system board (motherboard).

    • Using the Phillips 00 Screw Driver, remove 11 Phillips 2.0 x 4.7 mm screws.

    • Using the Phillips 00 Screw Driver, remove the silver screw.

    • Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.

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  • Carefully lift the front side of the system board (motherboard).

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  • Using a Heavy Duty Spudger, disconnect the black and red RTC battery cable on the left side of the system board (motherboard).

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Image 1/1: Place the motherboard somewhere safe since it is the most delicate and expensive part of the laptop.
  • Release the system board (motherboard) from the base enclosure.

    • Place the motherboard somewhere safe since it is the most delicate and expensive part of the laptop.

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  • Disconnect the fastened cables from the system board (motherboard) by carefully pushing the cable's plastic edges using the Heavy Duty Spudger.

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Image 1/1: Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.
  • Using the Phillips 00 Screw Driver. remove 4 screws from the heat sink.

    • Make special note of each screw and screw lock size and location during removal and replacement.

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Image 1/1: The grey paste under the fan/heat sink is thermopaste, it keeps the processor cool.
  • Remove any adhesive tape attaching the fan/heat sink to the system board (motherboard).

    • The grey paste under the fan/heat sink is thermopaste, it keeps the processor cool.

  • Detach the fan/heat sink.

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Conclusion

Follow these instructions in reverse order to reassemble your device.

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