Introduction

Through this guide, you will be able to remove and replace the chromebook's motherboard, which includes the RAM and SSD. Problems associated with these two parts will require the replacement of the motherboard to repair.

Power down the Chromebook before starting the repair. Opening the Chromebook voids the manufacturer warranty. Flip the Chromebook so that the bottom is facing up.
  • Power down the Chromebook before starting the repair.

  • Opening the Chromebook voids the manufacturer warranty.

  • Flip the Chromebook so that the bottom is facing up.

  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the six 6.6 mm screws on the bottom.

  • Use a spudger to remove each of the 4 rubber feet.

  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the four additional screws under the rubber feet.

There is also a screw under each of the 4 rubber feet that must be removed.

Aaron Kurtz - Reply

Thank you for that little bit of important information. I almost torn apart the keyboard using too much force :)

Anthony Hillier -

@Aaron Kurtz, I just updated the guide. I’ll see if I can add any pictures later.

John Gillen - Reply

I feel like i’m doing something wrong. It’s hard to get the new keyboard pushed in. Im afraid i’m going to break it.

Jenna Bowman - Reply

I feel like I am doing something wrong. I got the keyboard off no problem. Put the replacement on and I feel like it’s going to break when I try to push it back in the frame.

Jenna Bowman - Reply

Flip the Chromebook back over and open the screen. Wedge the plastic opening tool between the keyboard and the bottom of the Chromebook. Run the plastic opening tool along the seam between the keyboard and the bottom of the Chromebook until the keyboard moves freely. Several tabs will pop out.
  • Flip the Chromebook back over and open the screen.

  • Wedge the plastic opening tool between the keyboard and the bottom of the Chromebook.

  • Run the plastic opening tool along the seam between the keyboard and the bottom of the Chromebook until the keyboard moves freely. Several tabs will pop out.

  • It is normal for the tabs to make a loud click when released. The corner tabs will be harder to release than the others and will make a louder click.

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Once the keyboard is released, grab the two top corners closest to the screen and slowly lift the keyboard up. Do not lift the keyboard quickly or you might break the two cables that connect the keyboard to the motherboard.
  • Once the keyboard is released, grab the two top corners closest to the screen and slowly lift the keyboard up.

  • Do not lift the keyboard quickly or you might break the two cables that connect the keyboard to the motherboard.

  • Disconnect the cables by lifting up the retaining flaps on the black ZIF connectors.

  • Slowly pull the cables up and out of the connectors.

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Lift the keyboard up and off the back panel, exposing the motherboard and battery.
  • Lift the keyboard up and off the back panel, exposing the motherboard and battery.

Hmmm. So I found that once I had got the keyboard section off the motherboard/battery section that there was a metal plate which was holding the keyboard in place. I found a YouTube video, White Angel I think, and showed how you could get the plate off to be able to replace the keyboard.

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Disconnect the speaker and battery cables from their sockets on the motherboard by using the edge of the plastic opening tool  to separate the cable connectors from the sockets. Pull the cables towards you and away from the sockets. Pull the cables towards you and away from the sockets.
  • Disconnect the speaker and battery cables from their sockets on the motherboard by using the edge of the plastic opening tool to separate the cable connectors from the sockets.

  • Pull the cables towards you and away from the sockets.

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Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.6 mm screw in the wireless card. Gently slide the wireless card to the right to remove it from the standard socket on the motherboard. Gently slide the wireless card to the right to remove it from the standard socket on the motherboard.
  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.6 mm screw in the wireless card.

  • Gently slide the wireless card to the right to remove it from the standard socket on the motherboard.

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Disconnect the display cable from the motherboard by  lifting up the black ZIF connector retaining flap. Gently pull the cable  up towards the screen.
  • Disconnect the display cable from the motherboard by lifting up the black ZIF connector retaining flap.

  • Gently pull the cable up towards the screen.

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Disconnect the USB circuit from the motherboard by lifting the black ZIF retaining flap up.
  • Disconnect the USB circuit from the motherboard by lifting the black ZIF retaining flap up.

  • Gently pull the blue tab to the right to remove the cable.

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Wedge the plastic opening tool between the rubber foot and the bottom of the chromebook.  Lift up the plastic opening tool to remove the foot. This exposes the back end of a screw holding down the motherboard. Wedge the plastic opening tool between the rubber foot and the bottom of the chromebook.  Lift up the plastic opening tool to remove the foot. This exposes the back end of a screw holding down the motherboard.
  • Wedge the plastic opening tool between the rubber foot and the bottom of the chromebook. Lift up the plastic opening tool to remove the foot. This exposes the back end of a screw holding down the motherboard.

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Flip the laptop on its top so that the screen is facing  up and the back panel is bent at a 90 degree angle. This will allow you to see both the gold nut and the screw. Hold the gold nut steady with a pair of needle nose pliers.
  • Flip the laptop on its top so that the screen is facing up and the back panel is bent at a 90 degree angle. This will allow you to see both the gold nut and the screw.

  • Hold the gold nut steady with a pair of needle nose pliers.

  • While holding onto the gold nut on the motherboard, remove the 6.5 mm screw on the bottom of the chromebook by rotating the Phillips #1 screwdriver to the left.

  • You may need an extra pair of hands for this step.

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Remove the Lenovo sticker on top of the screw. Use a Phillips  #1 screwdriver to remove the six 3.6 mm screws from the motherboard. Use a Phillips  #1 screwdriver to remove the six 3.6 mm screws from the motherboard.
  • Remove the Lenovo sticker on top of the screw.

  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the six 3.6 mm screws from the motherboard.

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Carefully lift the motherboard up and out of the back panel to remove it.
  • Carefully lift the motherboard up and out of the back panel to remove it.

  • When reinstalling the motherboard make sure to line up the left corner of the motherboard with the silver slit on the back panel.

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Conclusion

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

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The gold “nuts” as you describe them should not remain inside the machine. Those are the keyboard mounts and should have be removed when the keyboard was removed. They should have remained inside the keyboard itself.

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