Introduction

You will learn how to replace/ repair the GPU board. The GPU board is home to the Nvidia N16S-LG Custom GeForce GPU as well as 1GB worth of RAM. This is the major connections component of the keyboard; it hooks everything together and makes it all work. This guide will require the removal of the SD card slot, USB ports, and the GPU board. Make sure you have a place to store all the tiny screws you will be removing.

Flip the keyboard over so you can see the back panel.
  • Flip the keyboard over so you can see the back panel.

In this photo, there is a clear crevice around the edge of the panel and the keyboard. On my Surface Book, there is no such crevice. The panel is flush up to the keyboard with a gap that looks to be maybe 0.2mm max. There is no way to fit a tool into the crevice to lift off the panel. Any tips?

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Insert the plastic opening tool in the crevice between the panel and the keyboard.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool in the crevice between the panel and the keyboard.

  • Apply some pressure and lift up so that the back panel is pried away from the keyboard.

  • The panel is glued down on the inside so this may require some force to lift away the panel.

  • Continue to lift until the panel is completely separated from the keyboard.

  • The panel is still attached to the keyboard by a ribbon cable so only lift the panel a few inches.

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  • Lift the panel away with the ribbon cable still attached and set aside the panel so that you can work on other components.

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  • Orient your keyboard with the internals facing up and the USB ports on the right.

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  • Use the T3 screwdriver to remove the two 4 mm screws on the right side of the SD Card Reader.

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  • Remove the black ribbon cable tab on the SD card reader from the chip with a plastic opening tool. Place the tool underneath the tab and pry it off.

  • Removing this tab can be a little difficult. Be sure that you have a good angle and do not get discouraged if removing the tab takes you multiple tries.

  • Lift the SD card reader away from the keyboard to replace it.

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  • Remove the larger, black ribbon cable located on the USB card with a plastic opening tool by lifting the tab away from its connector. Again, place the tool underneath the tab and pry it off.

  • This may require some force. Do not get discouraged if it does not detach on the first try.

What is this black ribbon cable called as for some reason mine has been taken out and it has been impossible to find a replacement

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  • Use the T3 screwdriver to remove three 4 mm screws located on the black bar towards the bottom of the board.

  • Use the T3 Torx Screwdriver to remove the remaining six 4 mm screws.

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  • Lift both clamps with the blue plastic opening tool. Place the tool underneath the clamps and pry them open.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to slide ribbon cable toward the wall of the keyboard until the ribbon cables come loose.

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  • Wiggle the the GPU board out away from the keyboard.

  • This may require some force to remove.

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Conclusion

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

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Where can I buy a replacement gpu board?

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