Introduction

Change out the entire display assembly, including the hinges and plastic casing.

Turn the computer so that the ports are facing you.
  • Turn the computer so that the ports are facing you.

  • If the keyboard is locked, open the port cover and turn the keyboard locking screw until the keyboard is unlocked.

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Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.
  • Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.

  • Make sure you have removed the laptop battery and CD/DVD module from the expansion bays before proceeding.

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Lift the keyboard out by pulling it up and away from you. Rest the keyboard, face down, on top of the trackpad.
  • Lift the keyboard out by pulling it up and away from you. Rest the keyboard, face down, on top of the trackpad.

  • In order to replace the keyboard, you must first remove the modem.

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Remove the three silver Phillips screws that attach the heat shield to the internal metal framework.
  • Remove the three silver Phillips screws that attach the heat shield to the internal metal framework.

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Lift the heat shield up and pull it toward you.
  • Lift the heat shield up and pull it toward you.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Pull the battery cable directly up from the logic board.
  • Pull the battery cable directly up from the logic board.

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Remove the battery from its holder by pulling up and to the left.
  • Remove the battery from its holder by pulling up and to the left.

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Remove the two silver Phillips screws from the modem.
  • Remove the two silver Phillips screws from the modem.

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Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to get under the modem's edge and pry it up from its socket as shown in the picture.
  • Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to get under the modem's edge and pry it up from its socket as shown in the picture.

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Disconnect the cable from the right side of the modem.
  • Disconnect the cable from the right side of the modem.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to pry up the processor's right side.
  • Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to pry up the processor's right side.

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Disconnect the keyboard cable from the logic board by pulling directly up on the clear plastic loop.
  • Disconnect the keyboard cable from the logic board by pulling directly up on the clear plastic loop.

  • This step is out of sequence with the keyboard because in order to remove the keyboard you must first remove the modem.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip at the same time. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
  • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip at the same time. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  • Pull the RAM chip out.

  • There are RAM slots on both sides of the processor. We recommend installing higher capacity chips on the bottom so that if you want to upgrade later, you won't have to remove the processor.

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Grasp the orange cable at the left end of the hard drive and disconnect it from the logic board.
  • Grasp the orange cable at the left end of the hard drive and disconnect it from the logic board.

  • Try to grasp the cable on the plastic connector rather than on the flexible cable section.

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Grasp the plastic tab and pull the hard drive up and to the left, making sure that the metal bracket doesn't catch on the black plastic casing.
  • Grasp the plastic tab and pull the hard drive up and to the left, making sure that the metal bracket doesn't catch on the black plastic casing.

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Push the display back so that it lies flat.
  • Push the display back so that it lies flat.

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Slip a spudger or your index finger under the clutch cover near the power button and pull gently upward until you feel it come free.
  • Slip a spudger or your index finger under the clutch cover near the power button and pull gently upward until you feel it come free.

  • Repeat the previous step on the left side.

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Lift the clutch cover up and off, rotating it toward yourself.
  • Lift the clutch cover up and off, rotating it toward yourself.

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Grasp the orange display data cable and disconnect it from the logic board.
  • Grasp the orange display data cable and disconnect it from the logic board.

  • Pull the display cable straight up so that it is vertical.

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Grasp the thin display inverter board at its left end, push the left end forward to get the board beyond the tab, and then lift the entire board up.
  • Grasp the thin display inverter board at its left end, push the left end forward to get the board beyond the tab, and then lift the entire board up.

  • There are two tabs that hold the display inverter in place that you need to get past in order to pull the board free.

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Disconnect the white inverter cable connector from the right end of the board.
  • Disconnect the white inverter cable connector from the right end of the board.

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Disconnect the inverter plug, pulling directly up from the logic board.
  • Disconnect the inverter plug, pulling directly up from the logic board.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Turn the laptop around so that its back faces you.
  • Turn the laptop around so that its back faces you.

  • Open the port door located at the back of the laptop.

  • Remove the four black Torx screws.

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Hold the display on both sides and pull directly up until its hinges are free of their mounts.
  • Hold the display on both sides and pull directly up until its hinges are free of their mounts.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Conclusion

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

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