Introduction

You will learn how to replace the USB 3.0 port hub with a new one. This will require you to remove the back panel. It is not necessary to remove the SD Card to get to the USB card.

The USB port is a way to recognize devices on your laptop. If it is damaged, you no longer have the option to read devices via a cord.

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

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

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Use a plastic opening tool and remove the tab from the USB board
  • Use a plastic opening tool and remove the tab from the USB board

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Lift up the black and gold wires and find the screw hidden there. Use the T3 Torx Screwdriver and remove the four mm screw.
  • Lift up the black and gold wires and find the screw hidden there.

  • Use the T3 Torx Screwdriver and remove the four mm screw.

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

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Wiggle the USB Port board away from the keyboard. This may require some force.
  • Wiggle the USB Port board away from the keyboard.

  • This may require some force.

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Conclusion

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

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But how do you remove and re-attach the ribbon cables without damaging them? Seems like an important detail that is left out.

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