Remove eight M2.5 x 8mm Phillips head screws, using a Phillips #0 screwdriver, at the specified locations.
  • Remove eight M2.5 x 8mm Phillips head screws, using a Phillips #0 screwdriver, at the specified locations.

  • Lift the bottom cover off and set it aside.

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Remove the two M2.5x4mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Remove the two M2.5x4mm screws using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  • Slide the hard drive out of the casing.

  • Be careful when handling the hard drive; rough impacts may cause data loss.

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  • With the laptop's bottom facing up, pull the optical drive release lever back and pull the optical drive out.

  • Unscrew the three M2x3mm Phillips head screws shown.

  • At the front edge of the laptop, empty the SD card holder by pressing on the card. This will allow for further disassembly in later steps.

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  • Remove the two M2.5 x 6mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the WiFi cables and the sound connector. (3 wires)

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  • Open the laptop hinge, tip the laptop onto its side, and use the back end of the screwdriver to push the keyboard out from the optical drive area.

  • Turn the laptop right side up and pry the keyboard up slowly until it is clear of the case.

  • Be careful of the ribbon cable when removing the keyboard. The ribbon is still attached.

  • Detach the ribbon cables by opening the specified latches.

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  • Detach the ribbon cables by opening the specified latches.

  • Turn the laptop upside down and remove the M2.5x8mm screw with Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  • Turn the laptop on its side and pry the bottom from the top.

  • Only partially remove the palm rest; there is still a ribbon cable attached underneath it.

  • Remove the ribbon cable by opening its respective latch.

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  • Remove the specified cable on top of the motherboard.

  • Flip the laptop over, and remove the specified cables.

  • Remove the two M2.5x4mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver

  • Remove the motherboard with hands.

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  • Unscrew (adequately loosen) the six heatsink screws in the order written on the heatsink. Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • These six screws are built into the heatsink and will not detach from it.

  • Unplug the fan cable from the motherboard.

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  • Gently remove the heatsink with your hand

  • There may be some resistance due to dried up thermal paste, simply pry the heatsink from the board.

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  • Find a paper towel or tissue and gently wipe the old thermal paste from the CPU and GPU

  • Now wipe the old thermal paste from the underside of the heatsink

    • Be careful not to mess up any of the pink thermal pads, these are important for other chips

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  • Apply new thermal paste to the CPU and GPU

    • Only apply a small bead approximately the size of a pea

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Conclusion

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

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