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Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the motherboard on your Samsung Chromebook 3. The motherboard also contains the charging port, HDMI port, and left side USB port. All of these ports are soldered to the board, requiring a full motherboard replacement to fix.

  1. Place the Chromebook face down so that the bottom case is exposed. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove nine 4.6mm screws from the back casing.
    • Place the Chromebook face down so that the bottom case is exposed.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove nine 4.6mm screws from the back casing.

  2. Use a iFixit opening tool to gently pry the case up from the vent on the hinge side of the Chromebook. You should hear a popping sound as the connectors disengage inside the case. You should hear a popping sound as the connectors disengage inside the case.
    • Use a iFixit opening tool to gently pry the case up from the vent on the hinge side of the Chromebook.

    • You should hear a popping sound as the connectors disengage inside the case.

  3. Lift the case up and off the device
    • Lift the case up and off the device

  4. Locate the battery and remove the four 4.6mm screws at the corners which attach it to case using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Locate the battery and remove the four 4.6mm screws at the corners which attach it to case using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
    • Locate the battery and remove the four 4.6mm screws at the corners which attach it to case using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  5. Use a spudger to gently pry the power cable cord upwards from the motherboard. Use a spudger to gently pry the power cable cord upwards from the motherboard.
    • Use a spudger to gently pry the power cable cord upwards from the motherboard.

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  7. Lift the battery up and out from the case.
    • Lift the battery up and out from the case.

  8. Before you can get to the motherboard, remove the three 4.6mm screws from the port cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Before you can get to the motherboard, remove the three 4.6mm screws from the port cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Before you can get to the motherboard, remove the three 4.6mm screws from the port cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
    • Before you can get to the motherboard, remove the three 4.6mm screws from the port cover using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  9. Then, use a spudger to begin flipping up the grey covers on the ZIF connectors. Then, use a spudger to begin flipping up the grey covers on the ZIF connectors. Then, use a spudger to begin flipping up the grey covers on the ZIF connectors.
    • Then, use a spudger to begin flipping up the grey covers on the ZIF connectors.

  10. Two more ZIF connectors to go! Two more ZIF connectors to go! Two more ZIF connectors to go!
    • Two more ZIF connectors to go!

  11. Use a spudger to disconnect the cables going to the speaker by prying outward to the right. Use a spudger to disconnect the cables going to the speaker by prying outward to the right.
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the cables going to the speaker by prying outward to the right.

  12. Use a spudger to lift the hinge locking the gold colored display cable in place. Then gently coax the display cable from its connector using your fingers or a spudger. Then gently coax the display cable from its connector using your fingers or a spudger.
    • Use a spudger to lift the hinge locking the gold colored display cable in place.

    • Then gently coax the display cable from its connector using your fingers or a spudger.

  13. Use your Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove four 4.6mm screws from the motherboard. Use your Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove four 4.6mm screws from the motherboard.
    • Use your Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove four 4.6mm screws from the motherboard.

  14. Ensure all cables are clear and remove the motherboard.
    • Ensure all cables are clear and remove the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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Thanks for the great guide! I used it to remove the write protection screw on the back of the motherboard.

My Chromebook is model number XE501C13. The only difference I noticed is that there is one less screw on the outer plastic cover. Everything else is exactly the same!

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