Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the wireless card from your chromebook. You can replace the wireless card once you have removed it.

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.

martin rodley - Reply

Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.6 mm  screw from the  back panel. Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.6 mm  screw from the  back panel.
  • Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.6 mm screw from the back panel.

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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.

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Grab the black and white wires as close to the antenna cable connectors as possible. Gently pull the black and white wires  away from the antenna cable connectors on the wireless card.
  • Grab the black and white wires as close to the antenna cable connectors as possible.

  • Gently pull the black and white wires away from the antenna cable connectors on the wireless card.

  • When reinstalling, place the wires on the antenna cable connectors and gently press straight down. The wires should snap back into the connector.

  • When reinstalling, make sure that the white wire and the black wire are put back in their original connectors.

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Conclusion

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

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