Introduction

This guide will cover the steps needed to remove the speakers. The speakers may need to be removed if the user is experiencing distorted or no audio.

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.

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.

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.

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Separate the battery cable from the motherboard by wedging the edge of a plastic opening tool between the black cable connector and the silver socket on the motherboard. Pull the battery cable straight towards you, away from the silver socket.
  • Separate the battery cable from the motherboard by wedging the edge of a plastic opening tool between the black cable connector and the silver socket on the motherboard.

  • Pull the battery cable straight towards you, away from the silver socket.

Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the three 4.3 mm screws securing the battery. Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the three 4.3 mm screws securing the battery.
  • Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the three 4.3 mm screws securing the battery.

Lift up on the tabs that were held down by the screws to remove the battery. Lift up on the tabs that were held down by the screws to remove the battery.
  • Lift up on the tabs that were held down by the screws to remove the battery.

Use the edge of the opening tool to separate the speaker cable connector from the black socket on the motherboard.
  • Use the edge of the opening tool to separate the speaker cable connector from the black socket on the motherboard.

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

Use the pointed end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and  off of the two posts. Use the pointed end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and  off of the two posts.
  • Use the pointed end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and off of the two posts.

Slide the wire that connects the two separate speakers out from under the guide tabs. Slide the wire that connects the two separate speakers out from under the guide tabs.
  • Slide the wire that connects the two separate speakers out from under the guide tabs.

Use the flat end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and off of the two posts. Use the flat end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and off of the two posts.
  • Use the flat end of the spudger to pop the speaker up and off of the two posts.

Conclusion

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

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