Introduction

Before attempting this guide, please have all required materials and tools. This guide is a long process and requires your full attention in order to properly replace it. When doing each step be careful and follow each step as listed.

Image 1/2: Slide the battery lock tab away from the center of the laptop to unlock the battery. Image 2/2: Slide the battery lock tab away from the center of the laptop to unlock the battery.
  • Unplug the AC adapter and all other auxiliary components from the laptop.

  • Slide the battery lock tab away from the center of the laptop to unlock the battery.

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Image 1/2: Lifting from the small notch between the two tabs, pull the battery out of the laptop. Image 2/2: Lifting from the small notch between the two tabs, pull the battery out of the laptop.
  • Slide the battery release tab away from the center of the laptop and hold it.

  • Lifting from the small notch between the two tabs, pull the battery out of the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Remove the RAM cover Image 2/2: Remove the RAM cover
  • Remove the captive screw holding the ram cover with a PH1 screwdriver.

  • Remove the RAM cover

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Image 1/3: Remove the RAM.  Some force may be needed. Image 2/3: Be careful not to touch the gold pins on the RAM chips as there may be a build-up of static electricity.  This can fry the parts of the chip that house memory. Image 3/3: Be careful not to touch the gold pins on the RAM chips as there may be a build-up of static electricity.  This can fry the parts of the chip that house memory.
  • Push outwards on the metal tabs to release the RAM.

  • Remove the RAM. Some force may be needed.

  • Be careful not to touch the gold pins on the RAM chips as there may be a build-up of static electricity. This can fry the parts of the chip that house memory.

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Image 1/3: Using your index finger, push the metal tab inside the RAM bay which is located directly underneath the the screw-hole. Image 2/3: The Optical Drive will then slide out. Image 3/3: The Optical Drive will then slide out.
  • Use a PH0 sized screw driver to remove the screw holding the optical drive in place.

  • Using your index finger, push the metal tab inside the RAM bay which is located directly underneath the the screw-hole.

  • The Optical Drive will then slide out.

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  • Unscrew the 4 highlighted screws with a PH1 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: Slide the plastic opening tool underneath the top edge of the black plastic insert. Image 2/3: Pull it off and set aside. Image 3/3: Pull it off and set aside.
  • Orient the laptop so that the screen is open and facing you.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool underneath the top edge of the black plastic insert.

  • Pull it off and set aside.

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Image 1/2: Lift the keyboard from the top being carful not to remove it fully. There is still a ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop. Image 2/2: Lift the keyboard from the top being carful not to remove it fully. There is still a ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop.
  • Remove the 2 PH1 screws.

  • Lift the keyboard from the top being carful not to remove it fully. There is still a ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop.

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  • Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable and remove the keyboard from the laptop.

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Image 1/1: Unscrew the 11 yellow circled screws with a PH1 screwdriver.   These screws are larger in size.
  • Close the laptop and flip it over.

  • Unscrew the 11 yellow circled screws with a PH1 screwdriver. These screws are larger in size.

  • Unscrew the 2 red and yellow circled screws with a PH1 screwdriver. These screws are shorter and thicker than the previous.

  • Unscrew the 1 green and yellow circled screw with a PH1 screwdriver. This screw is longer and thinner than the previous.

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Image 1/3: Locate the hinges on either side of the screen, which secure the display to the body of the laptop. Image 2/3: Unscrew the 2 screws in each hinge with a PH1 screwdriver. Image 3/3: The display is no longer connected to the laptop and could fall. Be careful not to drop it during the next steps.
  • Flip the laptop over and open it so that the screen is facing you.

    • Locate the hinges on either side of the screen, which secure the display to the body of the laptop.

    • Unscrew the 2 screws in each hinge with a PH1 screwdriver.

  • The display is no longer connected to the laptop and could fall. Be careful not to drop it during the next steps.

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Image 1/3: Disconnect by gently pulling on the fasteners which connect the wires to the laptop. Image 2/3: Pulling directly on the wires could cause permanent damage to the connectors or the wires themselves. Image 3/3: Unscrew the screw indicated by the yellow circle.
  • Unfasten the connectors from the highlighted locations.

  • Disconnect by gently pulling on the fasteners which connect the wires to the laptop.

  • Pulling directly on the wires could cause permanent damage to the connectors or the wires themselves.

  • Unscrew the screw indicated by the yellow circle.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool underneath the edges of the upper casing, which is shown in the images.

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Image 1/1: Lift the upper plastic casing and remove it from the lower half of the laptop.
  • The LCD screen can now be removed from the laptop.

  • Lift the upper plastic casing and remove it from the lower half of the laptop.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the two screws securing the fan to the laptop. Use a PH1 for the screw that is adjacent to the speaker and a PH0 for the other screw. Image 2/3: Lift up the fan and pull the black plastic tab away from the fan housing. Remove the fan. Image 3/3: Do not remove the metal fan housing. It is taped to a metal heat-sink and should not be removed.
  • Unfasten the two connections shown.

  • Unscrew the two screws securing the fan to the laptop. Use a PH1 for the screw that is adjacent to the speaker and a PH0 for the other screw.

  • Lift up the fan and pull the black plastic tab away from the fan housing. Remove the fan.

  • Do not remove the metal fan housing. It is taped to a metal heat-sink and should not be removed.

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Image 1/1: Next, remove the black connector marked by the yellow box.
  • First, remove the one screw with a PH1 screwdriver.

  • Next, remove the black connector marked by the yellow box.

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Image 1/2: Locate and unfasten the small white clip from the motherboard near the bottom right. Image 2/2: Locate and unfasten the small white clip from the motherboard near the bottom right.
  • Gently pull the the small white ribbon cable from its housing on the motherboard.

  • Locate and unfasten the small white clip from the motherboard near the bottom right.

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  • Disconnect the two white fasteners that connect the speakers to the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Do not force the motherboard out. If the motherboard breaks, it is not repairable. You will have to buy a new one. Image 2/3: After the motherboard is free of the plastic casing, do not pull it all the way out. There is still a connector on the underside of it. Image 3/3: Remove the connector on the underside using your fingers.
  • Gently slide the plastic opening tool underneath and around the motherboard.

  • Do not force the motherboard out. If the motherboard breaks, it is not repairable. You will have to buy a new one.

  • After the motherboard is free of the plastic casing, do not pull it all the way out. There is still a connector on the underside of it.

    • Remove the connector on the underside using your fingers.

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Conclusion

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

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