Introduction

In this guide you will learn how to replace the thermal compound in your computer.

Lay the computer down with the bottom panel facing up.
  • Lay the computer down with the bottom panel facing up.

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Locate the ten 6mm Phillips screws along the edges and in the center of the back panel. Remove all ten 6mm Phillips screws with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.
  • Locate the ten 6mm Phillips screws along the edges and in the center of the back panel.

  • Remove all ten 6mm Phillips screws with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.

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Wedge the plastic opening tool into the small space under the back panel.
  • Wedge the plastic opening tool into the small space under the back panel.

  • Use the plastic opening tool as a lever to separate the bottom panel from the computer.

  • Slide the tool along the edges of the computer until the bottom panel is completely separated.

  • You may start prying the bottom panel on any edge.

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Lift the bottom panel off of the computer.
  • Lift the bottom panel off of the computer.

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Locate the black battery on the bottom right of the computer.
  • Locate the black battery on the bottom right of the computer.

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Locate the six 3.5mm Phillips head screws along the edges of the battery. Remove all six of the screws using a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.
  • Locate the six 3.5mm Phillips head screws along the edges of the battery.

  • Remove all six of the screws using a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.

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Locate the multicolored power cables coming directly from the top of the battery and into the motherboard. Use a spudger to slide the power cables down and away from its port on the motherboard.
  • Locate the multicolored power cables coming directly from the top of the battery and into the motherboard.

  • Use a spudger to slide the power cables down and away from its port on the motherboard.

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Lift the battery out from the computer.
  • Lift the battery out from the computer.

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Locate the hard drive in the bottom left of your computer.
  • Locate the hard drive in the bottom left of your computer.

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Locate the three 3.5mm Phillips screws on the corners of the hard drive. Remove the three screws with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.
  • Locate the three 3.5mm Phillips screws on the corners of the hard drive.

  • Remove the three screws with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.

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Follow the wire out from the right side of the hard drive to locate where the hard drive connects to the motherboard.
  • Follow the wire out from the right side of the hard drive to locate where the hard drive connects to the motherboard.

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Lift off the strip of tape  securing the wire down to the computer.
  • Lift off the strip of tape securing the wire down to the computer.

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Pull the connector out of its port on the motherboard.
  • Pull the connector out of its port on the motherboard.

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Lift the hard drive out from the computer.
  • Lift the hard drive out from the computer.

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Locate the speakers at the bottom left and right corners of the computer.
  • Locate the speakers at the bottom left and right corners of the computer.

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Locate the two 1mm Phillips head screws on both speakers. Remove both screws from each speaker.
  • Locate the two 1mm Phillips head screws on both speakers.

  • Remove both screws from each speaker.

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Locate where the two speaker wires join at the center of the computer. Follow the wires directly upward to where they connect into the motherboard.
  • Locate where the two speaker wires join at the center of the computer.

  • Follow the wires directly upward to where they connect into the motherboard.

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Using the spudger, pull the wire down and away from the motherboard to disconnect it.
  • Using the spudger, pull the wire down and away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

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Locate the network card on the top right of the computer.
  • Locate the network card on the top right of the computer.

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Locate the single 3.5mm Phillips head screw on the right edge of the network card. Remove the single screw with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.
  • Locate the single 3.5mm Phillips head screw on the right edge of the network card.

  • Remove the single screw with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.

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Slide the network card out to the right to remove it from the motherboard.
  • Slide the network card out to the right to remove it from the motherboard.

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Locate the black and white antenna wires that are connected to the right edge of the network card. Wiggle and pull upward on the two antenna cords connecting to the card to remove them.
  • Locate the black and white antenna wires that are connected to the right edge of the network card.

  • Wiggle and pull upward on the two antenna cords connecting to the card to remove them.

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Locate the power input cable  on the top right corner of the motherboard. Remove the power input cable by gently sliding each side of the cable out of its port. Alternate between the left and right sides of the cable until it disconnects.
  • Locate the power input cable on the top right corner of the motherboard.

  • Remove the power input cable by gently sliding each side of the cable out of its port. Alternate between the left and right sides of the cable until it disconnects.

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Locate the ribbon cable with a blue tab on it. The cable is connected to the right edge of the motherboard. Lift up the black latch with the spudger. Pull on the blue tab to the left to remove the cable.
  • Locate the ribbon cable with a blue tab on it. The cable is connected to the right edge of the motherboard.

  • Lift up the black latch with the spudger.

  • Pull on the blue tab to the left to remove the cable.

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Locate the black ribbon cable on the bottom right of the motherboard. Lift the white door on the end of the cable that connects to the motherboard. Slide the cable down to disconnect it from the motherboard.
  • Locate the black ribbon cable on the bottom right of the motherboard.

  • Lift the white door on the end of the cable that connects to the motherboard.

  • Slide the cable down to disconnect it from the motherboard.

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Locate the white ribbon cable with a blue tab to the left of the black ribbon cable. Lift up the black latch holding the cable in to the motherboard. Pull the cable out of its port on the motherboard.
  • Locate the white ribbon cable with a blue tab to the left of the black ribbon cable.

  • Lift up the black latch holding the cable in to the motherboard.

  • Pull the cable out of its port on the motherboard.

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Locate the white connector on the top edge of the motherboard. Simply pull the wire away from the motherboard by hand to disconnect it.
  • Locate the white connector on the top edge of the motherboard.

  • Simply pull the wire away from the motherboard by hand to disconnect it.

  • A spudger may also be used to remove the cable, but it is not necessary.

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Locate the three 4.5mm screws that are securing the bracket in the top left corner of the motherboard. Locate the four 3.5mm screws holding the motherboard in place.
  • Locate the three 4.5mm screws that are securing the bracket in the top left corner of the motherboard.

  • Locate the four 3.5mm screws holding the motherboard in place.

  • Remove all of the screws with a size 0 Phillips screwdriver.

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Locate the metal bracket attaching the motherboard to the top-left of the computer. Raise the metal bracket by prying it up and away from the motherboard.
  • Locate the metal bracket attaching the motherboard to the top-left of the computer.

  • Raise the metal bracket by prying it up and away from the motherboard.

  • Pull the motherboard away from the bracket to separate them.

  • These steps may need to be performed simultaneously in order to remove the motherboard from the bracket. The parts can easily stay stuck.

  • Do not pull the motherboard with too much force. The motherboard could be broken if handled too poorly.

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Lift the motherboard out from the computer.
  • Lift the motherboard out from the computer.

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Position the motherboard with the black side facing up.
  • Position the motherboard with the black side facing up.

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Carefully remove the black tape from the motherboard.
  • Carefully remove the black tape from the motherboard.

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Locate the three 2mm screws on the bracket holding down the heat sink. Using a size 0 Phillips screwdriver, remove the three 2mm screws.
  • Locate the three 2mm screws on the bracket holding down the heat sink.

  • Using a size 0 Phillips screwdriver, remove the three 2mm screws.

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Lift the copper colored heat sink away from the motherboard. Place the heat sink down elsewhere with the black underside facing up.
  • Lift the copper colored heat sink away from the motherboard.

  • Place the heat sink down elsewhere with the black underside facing up.

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Wipe the residual paste off of the heat sink using a clean cloth. Wipe the residual paste off of the heat sink using a clean cloth.
  • Wipe the residual paste off of the heat sink using a clean cloth.

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Wipe the residual paste off of the processor on the motherboard with a clean cloth. Wipe the residual paste off of the processor on the motherboard with a clean cloth. Wipe the residual paste off of the processor on the motherboard with a clean cloth.
  • Wipe the residual paste off of the processor on the motherboard with a clean cloth.

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Apply a small drop of thermal compound to the processor. You don't need to use much paste, as it will spread out when you re-attach the heat sink.
  • Apply a small drop of thermal compound to the processor.

  • You don't need to use much paste, as it will spread out when you re-attach the heat sink.

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Conclusion

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

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