Introduction

Use this guide to replace a damaged front bezel.

Image 1/1: Use your thumbs to push both battery release tabs away so that the edge of the battery lifts up.
  • Orient the computer so that the side with the line of screws on it is away from you.

  • Use your thumbs to push both battery release tabs away so that the edge of the battery lifts up.

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

Which screw driver I have to use here?

smartvideocanada - Reply

Phillips #00 Screwdriver: All necessary tools are available to buy at the top of this page if they are needed.

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  • Remove the three identical Phillips screws from the memory door.

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  • Lift the memory door up enough so that you can get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

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Image 1/1: Pull the chip directly out from its connectors. If there is a second RAM chip installed, pop it out in the same manner.
  • 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 chip directly out from its connectors. If there is a second RAM chip installed, pop it out in the same manner.

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  • This is a diagram of the trackpad ribbon clamp connector you will disconnect in the next step.

  • 1) With your fingernails, grasp the locking bar on either side slide it a small amount (about 1/16" or 2 mm) towards the battery.

  • 2) After disengaging the locking bar, slide the cable out of the connector.

Where can I get a replacement clip for the ribbon cable?

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Image 1/1: Loosen the trackpad connector by pulling the locking bar toward the battery housing, using the tips of your fingers.
  • For this step, you only need to move the connector about 2 mm. Pulling too hard or too far will damage the connector.

  • Loosen the trackpad connector by pulling the locking bar toward the battery housing, using the tips of your fingers.

  • Slide the trackpad cable out of the loosened connector.

  • When reattaching the trackpad ribbon cable, make sure that the orange cable is slid into the connector above the locking bar.

  • Note: When reassembling the case, the trackpad cable can get stuck below the slot to the motherboard. It's possible to nudge it out slowly by gently prodding it on either side with a small screwdriver. You don't need to use much force to do this. Eventually it will just pop back out and you can reconnect as per the instructions above. Also, note that the locking bar comes loose so if you see a little piece of plastic lying around when reassembling, that's what it is. :)

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Image 1/1: Three 1.7 mm Phillips from the front edge of the battery compartment.
  • Remove the following 10 screws from the bottom case:

    • Three 1.7 mm Phillips from the front edge of the battery compartment.

    • One 3.9 mm T8 Torx to the right of the memory card.

    • One 6.9 mm T8 Torx at the left edge of the memory compartment.

    • Three 12.4 mm fully threaded Phillips from the center of the row of screws along the back edge of the case.

    • Two 15.1 mm 2.5 mm threaded Phillips, one from either end of the row of screws along the back edge of the case.

i believe that you have the torx screws reversed here. The longer one should go on the left and vise versa.

spatz - Reply

oops, my bad. You're right.

spatz - Reply

  • Turn the computer over and rotate it so that the DVI port faces you.

  • Remove the four identical Phillips screws spread along this edge of the case.

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  • Turn the computer 180 degrees so that the power receptacle faces you, and remove the four Phillips screws (identical to those in the last step).

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Image 1/1: Pull the upper case off, lifting from the back, and working around the  edges.
  • Open the computer and turn it so that the screen faces you.

  • Pull the upper case off, lifting from the back, and working around the edges.

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Image 1/1: Once the casing is entirely free, lift it off of the computer.
  • Use a spudger to loosen the casing if it sticks.

  • Once the casing is entirely free, lift it off of the computer.

BE VERY CAREFUL when replacing the keyboard to thread the keyboard ribbon cable through the slot. The steps didn't appear to make this warning and when I replaced all screws, found that it was jammed and would not come through to connect with the connector. I had to undo a lot of steps to go back and rethread it properly.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect the inverter cable, the Bluetooth/DC-In cable, and the display data cable from the logic board.
  • If you are ultimately removing the heat sink & fan assembly, your computer will differ from the images in this section.

  • Disconnect the inverter cable, the Bluetooth/DC-In cable, and the display data cable from the logic board.

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  • Disconnect the Airport antenna cable at the gold connector, making sure you pull only on the gold metal portion of the connector.

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  • Disconnect the Bluetooth antenna cable from the Bluetooth board.

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  • Remove one T6 Torx screw from the upper, left corner of the left fan, and one from the upper, right corner of the right fan (2 screws total).

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  • From each complete hinge assembly, remove two Torx T6 screws from the outside of each set, leaving two remaining in the middle of each hinge. On each side, the two screws closer to the edge of the computer are shorter than the two screws closer to the center of the computer. Then remove the two inner screws from each hinge assembly. There are 8 screws total.

when going backwards, be sure to check the previous step before performing this one, to line up the black plastic bits to their places - just inside of the metal screws. if you attach the display without lining them up, you will have to remove it again to re-align them.

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  • Lift the screen assembly away from the computer.

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  • When reassembling the display, check to see that the hinges are seated properly before reinstalling the 8 screws of the two hinges. There is a metal phalange on the inside end of each hinge assembly that must be pointed downward and fit into a slot below the inside edge of the hinge. If not, the inside end of each hinge will sit too high and the plastic retaining bracket for the wiring will not sit down properly.

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  • Remove the single Phillips screw from the lower left and right corners of the display.

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Image 1/1: When prying in the following steps, be sure not to damage the antenna cables that run around the perimeter of the front display bezel.
  • The picture at left (rear panel already removed) shows the locations of the metal clips (shown in red) that snap on to the front display bezel. In the next few steps, you will use a small flathead screwdriver to release these clips from a ridge around the perimeter of the front display bezel.

  • When prying in the following steps, be sure not to damage the antenna cables that run around the perimeter of the front display bezel.

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Image 1/3: '''Do not''' try to insert the spudger between the front display bezel and its plastic surround. Image 2/3: While carefully prying the rear display bezel away from the display assembly, use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the small steel clip nearest the bottom right corner of the display away from the edge of the front display bezel. Image 3/3: Repeat the above procedure until you've released all the clips along the right side of the display.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the front display bezel and the plastic rim attached to the rear bezel near the lower right corner of the display.

  • Do not try to insert the spudger between the front display bezel and its plastic surround.

  • While carefully prying the rear display bezel away from the display assembly, use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the small steel clip nearest the bottom right corner of the display away from the edge of the front display bezel.

  • Repeat the above procedure until you've released all the clips along the right side of the display.

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  • Slightly lift the recently-freed corner of the rear display bezel to separate the clips along the span of the clutch hinges.

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Image 1/1: Carefully pry the rear display bezel away from the front display bezel to release a metal clip.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the rear display bezel and the plastic surround of the front display bezel near the lower left corner of the display.

  • Carefully pry the rear display bezel away from the front display bezel to release a metal clip.

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  • Repeat the previous procedure to release the clips along the left side of the rear display bezel.

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Image 1/2: Remove the rear display bezel and set it aside. Image 2/2: Remove the rear display bezel and set it aside.
  • Slightly lift the lower edge of the rear display bezel and push it toward the top edge of the display, releasing the clips along the top edge of the rear display bezel.

  • Remove the rear display bezel and set it aside.

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  • Remove the pieces of tape along the lower edge of the display that are covering the opening of the clutch hinges.

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  • Remove the two 10.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the left side of the clutch hinges to the front bezel.

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  • Remove the two 10.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the center of the clutch hinges to the front bezel.

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Image 1/1: Pull the clutch cover away from the positioning posts holding it on the front display bezel.
  • Remove the two 10.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the right side of the clutch hinges to the front bezel.

  • Pull the clutch cover away from the positioning posts holding it on the front display bezel.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to pop the plastic end cap off the left side of the clutch cover.

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  • Remove the display inverter assembly from its recess in the clutch cover.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the plastic end cap from the right side of the clutch hinges.

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Image 1/1: Repeat this process for the inverter/AirPort cables. Once the clutch hinge assembly is completely free from the display, lift it off the front display bezel.
  • Carefully slide the display data cable out of its channel in the clutch hinges.

  • Repeat this process for the inverter/AirPort cables. Once the clutch hinge assembly is completely free from the display, lift it off the front display bezel.

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  • Carefully grasp the inverter connector with the ends of your fingertips and pull it straight down.

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Image 1/2: If you damage this during disassembly, be sure to tape over any tears or cracks to avoid unintended shorting. Image 2/2: If you damage this during disassembly, be sure to tape over any tears or cracks to avoid unintended shorting.
  • Peel the protective translucent shield off the antenna board.

  • If you damage this during disassembly, be sure to tape over any tears or cracks to avoid unintended shorting.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the the antenna cables straight up off their sockets.

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  • De-route the inverter/antenna cables from the front display bezel.

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  • If necessary, remove the piece of tape covering the display data cable connector.

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  • Pull the display data cable connector away from its socket to disconnect it from the LCD.

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  • Remove the single 2.5 mm Phillips screw securing the display data cable to the front display bezel.

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  • Remove the display data cable from the LCD assembly.

How to buy this data display cable?

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  • If necessary, remove the piece of tape covering the inverter lead.

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  • Remove the four black 3.2 mm Phillips screws from both sides of the display (eight screws total).

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  • Remove the four black 3.2 mm Phillips screws from the top side of the display.

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Image 1/1: With the heat gun set to low, start by heating the front display bezel near the upper left corner of the display panel.
  • In the following steps, you will use a heat gun to soften the adhesive securing the metal LCD frame to the front display bezel. Heat guns have the capability of producing an extremely hot jet of air, so be sure not to overheat the LCD panel.

  • With the heat gun set to low, start by heating the front display bezel near the upper left corner of the display panel.

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Image 1/2: Be sure you are prying between the metal LCD frame and the front bezel, '''not''' between the metal LCD frame and the LCD. Image 2/2: It may be necessary to reheat this area until the adhesive yields enough to insert the edge of a tool.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool between the metal LCD frame and the front bezel.

  • Be sure you are prying between the metal LCD frame and the front bezel, not between the metal LCD frame and the LCD.

  • It may be necessary to reheat this area until the adhesive yields enough to insert the edge of a tool.

  • Use the flat end of a metal spudger to gently pry up the adhesive securing the metal LCD frame to the front bezel, taking special care not to scratch the LCD panel in the process.

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Image 1/1: If the adhesive is hard to separate, use a heat gun to lightly heat the area you are working on.
  • While it is still inserted between the metal LCD frame and the front bezel, run the edge of your metal spudger along the top edge of the display to separate the adhesive securing the two pieces together, heating the area you are working on with a heat gun as necessary.

  • If the adhesive is hard to separate, use a heat gun to lightly heat the area you are working on.

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  • Continue running the edge of your metal spudger between the LCD frame and the front bezel until the right, bottom, and left sides of the LCD are free.

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Image 1/1: Lift the LCD out of the front display bezel, using your metal spudger to release any adhesive if necessary.
  • Lift the LCD by its top edge only. Lifting the LCD by its lower edge will damage the backlight cables.

  • Lift the LCD out of the front display bezel, using your metal spudger to release any adhesive if necessary.

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  • With the LCD partially removed from the front bezel, carefully push the backlight connector through its tunnel in the front bezel.

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Conclusion

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

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