Introduction

Replacing the LCD display is a more costly task, but it is certainly not too difficult.

Image 1/1: Removing the battery while the laptop is still on may corrupt your files.
  • Ensure your computer is shut down.

  • Removing the battery while the laptop is still on may corrupt your files.

  • Remove any power adapters and cords connected to the laptop body.

  • Turn the computer over so the bottom is facing up.

  • These pictures show no battery, but your battery should still be in your computer at this point.

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Image 1/1: Slide the switch to the right until the release clicks.
  • The battery release is below the bottom right corner of the battery bay.

  • Slide the switch to the right until the release clicks.

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Image 1/1: The release switch may need to be held down while removing the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

  • The release switch may need to be held down while removing the battery.

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  • Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws on the hard drive cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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  • Remove the plastic hard drive cover.

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  • Pull up on the two plastic flaps on the hard drive enclosure to remove it.

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  • Gently lift the ribbon cable away from the hard drive enclosure to free the drive.

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Image 1/2: Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure to complete the removal process. Image 2/2: Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure to complete the removal process.
  • Locate four 2mm Phillips screws on the side of the enclosure and remove them using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure to complete the removal process.

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  • Remove the one 4mm Phillips screw from the RAM cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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  • Remove the RAM cover to reveal the module's underneath.

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Image 1/3: Push the two metal tabs on the side of the RAM module outwards, towards the battery and CMOS compartments (up and down). Image 2/3: Once the module is released, gently pull the module upwards. Image 3/3: Repeat for the RAM module underneath the first one.
  • Make sure to ground yourself before touching the RAM modules; they are very sensitive to static electricity.

  • Push the two metal tabs on the side of the RAM module outwards, towards the battery and CMOS compartments (up and down).

  • Once the module is released, gently pull the module upwards.

  • Repeat for the RAM module underneath the first one.

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  • Begin by unscrewing the three 3mm Phillips head screws inside the battery bay with the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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  • Remove the five remaining 2mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: Make sure to keep track of which screw goes where. The sizes are different for each set of screws!
  • Unscrew the 4mm Phillips screw inside the hard drive bay.

  • Make sure to keep track of which screw goes where. The sizes are different for each set of screws!

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Image 1/2: The hole is marked by a small keyboard symbol in the plastic (see the second picture). Image 2/2: Unscrew the 4mm Phillips head screw from this hole.
  • Locate the hole in between the hard drive and RAM compartments.

  • The hole is marked by a small keyboard symbol in the plastic (see the second picture).

  • Unscrew the 4mm Phillips head screw from this hole.

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Image 1/2: You may need to use the opening tool on both sides of the cover. Image 2/2: Be careful not to break the ribbon cables under the cover.
  • Flip the laptop, and use the plastic opening tool on the side seam to remove the top cover.

  • You may need to use the opening tool on both sides of the cover.

  • Be careful not to break the ribbon cables under the cover.

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  • Use a 2.5mm flathead screwdriver to remove the four 3mm screws on top of the keyboard.

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Image 1/1: Do not fully remove the keyboard. It is still attached by a ribbon cable, and forceful removal could break this necessary connection.
  • Dislodge the keyboard to access the underside.

  • Do not fully remove the keyboard. It is still attached by a ribbon cable, and forceful removal could break this necessary connection.

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Image 1/2: Pull upwards on the small black bar to release the ribbon cable and remove it. Image 2/2: Do not yank on the ribbon or try to pull it out. This may break the cable or motherboard.
  • Locate the ribbon cable connection between the keyboard and motherboard.

  • Pull upwards on the small black bar to release the ribbon cable and remove it.

  • Do not yank on the ribbon or try to pull it out. This may break the cable or motherboard.

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  • The keyboard is now ready for replacement.

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  • Locate four 3mm screws in the upper corners of the keyboard tray and remove them using a #00 Phillips screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Using your fingers, carefully detach the ribbon cables from the motherboard by pulling them straight out on the connector. Image 2/2: Using your fingers, carefully detach the ribbon cables from the motherboard by pulling them straight out on the connector.
  • Locate the two ribbon cable connectors that attach the speaker assembly to the motherboard.

  • Using your fingers, carefully detach the ribbon cables from the motherboard by pulling them straight out on the connector.

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  • Remove the speaker assembly from the keyboard tray.

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  • Locate the large display ribbon connector near the upper left corner of the keyboard tray and remove the ribbon by pulling straight out on the connector.

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Image 1/1: Locate the two final ribbon connectors for the display on the motherboard and remove them similarly by pulling straight outward on the connectors.
  • The display should now be loose, but make sure to remove all ribbon connectors before attempting to take off the display.

  • Locate the two final ribbon connectors for the display on the motherboard and remove them similarly by pulling straight outward on the connectors.

  • You are now free to remove the display from the computer.

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Conclusion

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

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