Introduction

This guide will teach you how to remove the built in speakers when they begin to fail or are entirely unresponsive.

Guide Notes

  • The keyboard must be removed before the plastic top case can be removed.
  • When separating the keyboard assembly from the laptop, be mindful of the unseen ribbon cable that must be disconnected.
  • The touchpad, like the keyboard, has a ribbon cable that must be disconnected while raising the cover away from the body of the laptop.
  1. Remove the battery.
    • Remove the battery.

    • Unfortunately, the battery isn't pictured because our device did not come with a battery at the time of the creation of this guide.

  2. Loosen (do not remove) the 14.0mm screw in the DIMM slot cover with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.
    • Loosen (do not remove) the 14.0mm screw in the DIMM slot cover with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

    • Pry loose the top left key-covers with a plastic opening tool.

    • Nudge the plastic tabs around the keyboard using the plastic opening tool while lifting it with a spudger.

    • Ensure all 5 clips are loosened from the front of the keyboard before removing.

    • Slowly raise keyboard away from the laptop. A short ribbon must be removed before keyboard is free.

    • Remove the keyboard from the device.

    • Remove the six 14.0mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Remove the three 3.0mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Snap off the top cover with a plastic opening tool, ensuring that the tabs don't snap back on.

    • Lift the top panel off of the device.

    • Lift the panel slowly in order to not damage the orange ribbon cable.

    • Detach the ribbon cable as shown in the picture.

    • Remove the four 3.0mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Using the Precision Tweezers, remove the speaker cable from the connector.

    • Remove the speaker from the device.

Conclusion

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

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