Introduction

This guide will demonstrate how to replace the speakers in your device. You may need to replace the device if you have a damaged or blown speaker. Signs of a damaged speaker are distortion at low volumes, and crackling sound.

In this guide the repair is done with the laptop flipped so the left speaker is on the viewers right and vice versa. For the purpose of simplicity we will refer to the speakers based on their current position with respect to the viewer.

  1. Remove the eight 6 mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove the eight 6 mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Remove the two 11 mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  2. Pry the back cover off by inserting the plastic opening tool at the hinges and wedging it between the Back cover and the body.
    • Pry the back cover off by inserting the plastic opening tool at the hinges and wedging it between the Back cover and the body.

    • Follow along the back edge with the plastic opening tool, lifting the cover off. It is normal to hear snapping/clicking sounds as the back cover is held on by clips.

    • Remove the three 4 mm Phillips #0 screws holding the battery in place (circled in red).

    • Lift the battery out of place.

    • At this point the battery is still wired to the motherboard so don't try to move it too far or you might damage the wiring.

    • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the battery wire connector from the laptop's motherboard.

    • The speakers are not screwed or bolted in like any other components. They have two rubber grommets at each end which hold it in with friction.

    • Starting with the speaker on the right, use your fingers to lift both ends of the speaker off.

    • The grommets may fall off when removing the speaker. When reassembling make sure you place the grommets back into the notches on the speaker before trying to mount the speaker. The specific orientation and position doesn't matter

    • In addition to the grommets, the speaker wire running to the motherboard is clipped down.

    • Remove speaker wire from the clips.

    • Repeat the previous steps for the other speaker.

    • Remove the wire shown using the plastic opening tool.

    • Use the Plastic Opening tool to flip open the ribbon cable clip shown.

    • Pull gently on the ribbon cable to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Now that both speaker wires are free, disconnect the speakers from motherboard using two plastic opening tools.

    • Keep in mind that the red and black wires lead to the left speaker and the blue and white wires lead to the right speakers.

Conclusion

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

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