Make sure battery-lock is in the unlock position.
  • Make sure battery-lock is in the unlock position.

  • Slide button to the left.

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Lift battery out of the computer.
  • Lift battery out of the computer.

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Remove the two 5.62 mm screws from the optical drive cover. Remove the two 5.62 mm screws from the optical drive cover.
  • Remove the two 5.62 mm screws from the optical drive cover.

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Remove the optical drive cover. A plastic opening tool or a fingernail may be helpful in lifting it from its groove.
  • Remove the optical drive cover.

    • A plastic opening tool or a fingernail may be helpful in lifting it from its groove.

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Using the inset divot, push the optical drive out of the laptop to remove.
  • Using the inset divot, push the optical drive out of the laptop to remove.

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Remove the 8.6 mm screw. Remove the 8.6 mm screw. Remove the 8.6 mm screw.
  • Remove the 8.6 mm screw.

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Push the bottom left corner of the CD Drive until the drive protrudes from the case. When a good amount of the CD Drive is showing on the right side, gently pull it out completely. When a good amount of the CD Drive is showing on the right side, gently pull it out completely.
  • Push the bottom left corner of the CD Drive until the drive protrudes from the case.

  • When a good amount of the CD Drive is showing on the right side, gently pull it out completely.

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Remove the 5.75 mm screw from the cover panel. Turn the laptop over with the screen facing down.
  • Remove the 5.75 mm screw from the cover panel.

  • Turn the laptop over with the screen facing down.

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Lift up the cover panel using a plastic opening tool.
  • Lift up the cover panel using a plastic opening tool.

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Remove the 5.64 mm screw from the bottom of the crossing bar. Remove the crossing bar.
  • Remove the 5.64 mm screw from the bottom of the crossing bar.

  • Remove the crossing bar.

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Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the black and white antenna cable's connectors from the Wi-Fi card. Note that the black wire is connected to the port that is labeled main.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the black and white antenna cable's connectors from the Wi-Fi card.

    • Note that the black wire is connected to the port that is labeled main.

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Use fingers to push the clips away from memory card. Use fingers to push the clips away from memory card.
  • Use fingers to push the clips away from memory card.

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Use Fingers to remove the Wi-Fi card.
  • Use Fingers to remove the Wi-Fi card.

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Use the plastic opening tool to lift up the top panel all the way along the keyboard until it loosens. It may be helpful to first pry at the rear of the hinge covers (not shown) to release them. Then Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the top panel's sides and then front edge. It may be helpful to first pry at the rear of the hinge covers (not shown) to release them. Then Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the top panel's sides and then front edge.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to lift up the top panel all the way along the keyboard until it loosens.

  • It may be helpful to first pry at the rear of the hinge covers (not shown) to release them. Then Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the top panel's sides and then front edge.

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Remove the top panel by popping the panel out the top left socket, then do the same with the right side. Remove the top panel by popping the panel out the top left socket, then do the same with the right side.
  • Remove the top panel by popping the panel out the top left socket, then do the same with the right side.

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Remove the two 3.67 mm screws from the top corners of the keyboard. Remove the two 3.67 mm screws from the top corners of the keyboard. Remove the two 3.67 mm screws from the top corners of the keyboard.
  • Remove the two 3.67 mm screws from the top corners of the keyboard.

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Use fingers to lift up the keyboard from the top.
  • Use fingers to lift up the keyboard from the top.

  • Do not try to remove the keyboard completely because it is still attached to the motherboard.

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Remove the cable connecting the keyboard with the motherboard. Be aware of the locking tabs on each side of the ribbon-cable connector—they slide back about 2mm to free the cable. Lift up and remove the keyboard.
  • Remove the cable connecting the keyboard with the motherboard.

  • Be aware of the locking tabs on each side of the ribbon-cable connector—they slide back about 2mm to free the cable.

  • Lift up and remove the keyboard.

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Remove the 3.76mm screw from the ground wire. Remove the 3.76mm screw from the ground wire.
  • Remove the 3.76mm screw from the ground wire.

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Use the plastic opening tool to remove the wire. Use the plastic opening tool to remove the wire.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the wire.

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Gently pull the black and white wires out of the upper case. Do not pull the wire too much, or you can damage the wire.
  • Gently pull the black and white wires out of the upper case.

  • Do not pull the wire too much, or you can damage the wire.

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Remove the 8.6 mm screw on left side of upper case.
  • Remove the 8.6 mm screw on left side of upper case.

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Remove two 8.6 mm screws on the back corners of the laptop. Remove two 8.6 mm screws on the back corners of the laptop.
  • Remove two 8.6 mm screws on the back corners of the laptop.

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Lift up the display assembly to remove it.
  • Lift up the display assembly to remove it.

one of the 14 screws identified in the diagram of step 25 was previously removed with the CD drive

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Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws from the battery compartment. Then remove the fourteen 8.6 mm screws from the bottom of the case.
  • Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws from the battery compartment.

  • Then remove the fourteen 8.6 mm screws from the bottom of the case.

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Use the screwdriver to remove  six 8.6 mm screws from the top of the case.
  • Use the screwdriver to remove six 8.6 mm screws from the top of the case.

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Use the plastic opening tool to remove the two speaker wire connectors and the trackpad connector from the motherboard. Use the plastic opening tool to remove the two speaker wire connectors and the trackpad connector from the motherboard.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the two speaker wire connectors and the trackpad connector from the motherboard.

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With the plastic opening tool, pry around the entire laptop to separate the upper case.
  • With the plastic opening tool, pry around the entire laptop to separate the upper case.

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Lift up the upper case to remove.
  • Lift up the upper case to remove.

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Using the Phillips Screwdriver, remove the two 8.6 mm screws from the front edge of the motherboard.
  • Using the Phillips Screwdriver, remove the two 8.6 mm screws from the front edge of the motherboard.

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Remove the four screws holding the ports to the rear panel using the 3/16" Wrench.
  • Remove the four screws holding the ports to the rear panel using the 3/16" Wrench.

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Lift up on the front edge of the motherboard while gently prying the case away from the ports on the right side of the computer. Repeat with the left side.
  • Lift up on the front edge of the motherboard while gently prying the case away from the ports on the right side of the computer.

  • Repeat with the left side.

    • There is a button for the card slot on the left side of the computer that may pop out if pressed. This button must be held in place while removing the motherboard.

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Lift the motherboard's front edge up and then slide it forward.
  • Lift the motherboard's front edge up and then slide it forward.

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Remove cables connecting the fans with the motherboard. Remove cables connecting the fans with the motherboard. Remove cables connecting the fans with the motherboard.
  • Remove cables connecting the fans with the motherboard.

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Turn over the motherboard. Remove the four silver screws with a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Turn over the motherboard.

  • Remove the four silver screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

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Turn over the motherboard.
  • Turn over the motherboard.

  • Lift the fans up to remove them from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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Garrett Gudgel

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Thanks Garrett...

Your time and effort in putting this guide together is much appreciated (and helpful!)

Rick

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I found this guide to be very helpful, well written and easy to follow.

Close up pics of any connectors, wires and cables that are disconnected help me a lot in that many of my projects have been previously attempted by others who have damaged or wrongly re-assembled the items.

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