Introduction

If you need to replace or reinstall the USB ports on your Lenovo Ideapad Flex 15, this guide will walk you through the process.

  1. Start by removing the feet near the LCD hinge of the laptop to reveal two screws.
    • Start by removing the feet near the LCD hinge of the laptop to reveal two screws.

    • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the top five (30 mm) screws underneath the battery.

  2. Once both feet are removed, two  (40 mm) screws will reveal themselves. Unscrew these.
    • Once both feet are removed, two (40 mm) screws will reveal themselves. Unscrew these.

    • Working your way around the outer edges of the Flex 15, remove the 8 (30 mm) outer screws.

    • Remove the one (40 mm) screw in the middle of the Flex 15.

    • Using a plastic opening tool, make your way around the edge of the laptop.

    • There is a visible line between the bottom shell of the laptop and the laptop body itself.

    • Make sure to pry evenly around this edge and only remove the bottom of the laptop when it is fully loose.

    • Using excessive force may break the bottom plastic. There are plastic clips along the edge of the laptop.

    • Locate the large blue circuit board on the leftmost side of the Flex 15.

    • This board is connected in two ways, by both a screw and a ribbon cable.

    • The large black ribbon cable is attached to a header. With a blue opening tool, flip up the ZIF (zero insertion force) connector, then pry the header from a 0 degree angle to a 90 degree angle. Be sure not to snap the header while doing it, it is very delicate.

    • Once the ribbon cable is freed, gently pull it out of the header.

    • Locate the (20 mm) screws with the orange ring and the arrow on the PCB pointing to it. Remove these screws.

    • Once freed, pull the assembly upwards, away from the computer.

Conclusion

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

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