This guide will inform readers on how to safely uninstall the display of the Sony VAIO VPC-EB33FM laptop.

If the laptop isn't turned off, then do so by holding down the power button.
  • If the laptop isn't turned off, then do so by holding down the power button.

  • Turn the laptop onto its backside.

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Locate the battery below the screen attachment.
  • Locate the battery below the screen attachment.

  • The battery is shaped as a long rectangle with rounded edges.

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  • Press into the release button while holding the unlock button in position.

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  • Lift the battery out at the notch while holding the release button.

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  • Remove all charge from the laptop by holding down the power button for at least 5 seconds.

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  • Turn laptop onto its backside and locate the hard drive cover panel.

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  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two 7.75-mm cover screws on the bottom corners of the panel.

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  • Use a finger/fingernail to grip the notch at the bottom of the panel to lift it off.

  • You may need to use your other hand to safely remove the panel.

  • You can also use a spudger for this step

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  • The hard drive should now be exposed.

  • Remove the two remaining 7.75-mm screws using the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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  • Grab the tab between your thumb and index finger.

  • Hold the hard drive securely in a horizontal position using your other hand.

  • Push the hard drive to the left using the plastic tab to disconnect it from the laptop.

  • To prevent damage of the connection on the hard disk drive or the laptop, perform this task slowly and with care.

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  • While still holding the plastic tab, lift the right side of the hard drive out at a 45º angle.

  • Pull the hard drive out.

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  • If you need to remove the bracket from the hard drive, follow the next few steps:

    • Remove the two 3.67-mm screws from either side of the bracket with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Lift the bracket off the hard drive.

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  • Remove the one screw with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • The screw cannot be removed from the RAM casing cover.

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  • Pull the two retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip.

  • The RAM will make a "pop" sound and the RAM stick will rise for ease of handling.

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  • Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.

  • To remove the second stick of RAM, repeat steps six and seven.

  • When installing RAM, make sure sticks are firmly in place or the computer will not register them.

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  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver remove the following screws securing the back cover :

    • Two 3.8-mm screws

    • Two 8.9-mm screws

    • Twelve 7.75-mm screws

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  • Check to make sure all screws have been removed.

  • Using both hands separate the back cover by lifting from the back and working around the perimeter to release tabs.

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  • Uninstalling the keyboard may require a second set of hands.

  • During the removal of the back cover, a screw that attaches the optical drive to the laptop is also taken out. This means the optical drive is ready to be removed.

  • Remove the optical drive by sliding it out.

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  • Once the optical drive is removed, locate the keyboard ejection button and press down on it until you hear a snap.

  • Once you hear this sound, it means that a section of the keyboard has been ejected.

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  • Turn the laptop onto its frontside and unfold the laptop so the keyboard is fully visible.

  • Locate the area where the section of the keyboard was ejected.

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  • Start to pry out the keyboard with your hands.

  • Be careful not to break any of the hooks that attach the keyboard to the laptop.

  • If it seems difficult to remove the keyboard with your hands, then use a plastic opening tool.

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  • Remain cautious to not break the hooks.

  • Continue all the way around the keyboard until you can detach it from the laptop.

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  • Do not immediately pull the keyboard away from the laptop. There is still an attachment between the keyboard and laptop.

  • Turn the keyboard on its face and locate the green tape and the ribbon attachment.

  • Using the metal tweezer, remove only the green sticker.

  • Place the sticker at any location as long as you remember to use it for installing the keyboard.

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  • Locate the black retaining arms.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, pull the retaining arms out.

  • The retaining arms will not come off completely.

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  • It is safe to touch the ribbon attachment.

  • Lift the retaining arms with the plastic opening tool at an angle so that the ribbon attachment can be pulled out.

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  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the three 8.88-mm screws attached to the metal hinge at the corner of the laptop.

  • Repeat for the three screws on the opposite corner.

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  • Lift the metal hinges on each corner to a 90º angle.

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  • Gently pull out the base and place it with the keyboard side up under the display.

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  • Use the spudger tool remove the plastic covers on the four corners of the display.

  • If this is the first time they are being removed they will be held in place by glue. Some force may be required.

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  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four 5.75-mm screws under the plastic covers.

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  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the plastic front cover by wedging the tool along the seam.

  • Flip the laptop to the other side. If the front cover is still attached continue using the plastic opening tool to separate.

  • Carefully lift up the display. Completely detach the front plastic cover.

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  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four 5.65-mm screws on each bottom corner of the display.

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  • Do not pull too hard to avoid damage to the connections.

  • Gently lift and pull the LCD screen up. The back of the screen has a connection attached by yellow tape.

  • Holding the silver flap underneath the yellow tape, pull up and disconnect the wire.

  • Place the LCD screen aside.

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  • Grab a hold of the black plastic hinge and pull out completely.

  • Repeat for the other side.

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  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four 3.15-mm screws at top of the display.

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  • Use the plastic opening tool to gently fold back all metal flaps at the beginnings and ends of wires.

  • Remove the tape holding a thin black and gray wire in place.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to loosen and remove the two connections at the top end of the wire with a thick silver covering.

  • Metal tweezers may also be used to remove the connections.

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  • Carefully pull the webcam and to remove it.

  • Fold back the metal flap under the webcam with the plastic opening tool.

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  • Pull back the silver tape attaching the gray wire.

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  • Pull back the silver tape attaching the black wire

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  • Remove the bottom cover.

  • The laptop is now fully detached from the display.

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

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