In order to replace the motherboard the hard drive, RAM, keyboard and motherboard cover need to be removed.

  1. Locate the two sliding battery locks on the underside of the laptop.
    • Locate the two sliding battery locks on the underside of the laptop.

  2. Locate the right battery lock and slide it to the right.
    • Locate the right battery lock and slide it to the right.

    • While holding the left battery lock to the left, lift up the battery using the tab located on the top center of the battery.

    • Remove the battery from the laptop.

    • Unscrew the screws enough to remove the top cover.

    • Remove the cover by lifting the right side up at an angle before removing the entire cover.

    • Remove the hard drive from the SATA slot by tugging lightly on the ribbon cable to the right.

    • To separate the hard drive from the caddy, unscrew the two screws.

    • Unscrew the RAM cover and rotate the cover up to remove it. The screw should not be fully removed from the cover itself.

    • Push the small levers at the sides of the RAM module away from each other. The RAM module should automatically rotate upwards.

    • Remove the RAM module by pulling it out at the angle it was rotated to.

    • If you want to replace the second RAM module, apply steps 2 and 3 to do so.

    • Locate the plastic strip at the top of the keyboard.

    • Use a pry tool to remove the plastic strip.

    • Using your hands pull out the rest of the plastic strip.

    • Use a phillips head #0 screwdriver to remove the two 3.75mm screws holding the keyboard in place.

    • Lift up the top of the keyboard to remove it.

    • Under the keyboard there is a ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop. Do not just quickly pull out the keyboard.

    • Unlock the ribbon cable by pushing on the locks that are located on both sides of ribbon cable.

    • Unplug the ribbon cable from the laptop.

    • Remove the keyboard completely from the laptop.

    • Remove all 6.75mm screws from the bottom of the laptop. The 3 screws under the battery are 3.75mm.

    • Remove all 5.25mm screws from the top of the laptop.

    • Unplug the wires highlighted with red squares.

    • Using a pry tool and yours hands to remove the motherboard cover.

    • Unscrew all the screws indicated by the red circles (The bottom two screws are 10.75mm and the top screw is 5mm).

    • Unplug all the wires indicated by the orange squares.

    • Some wires may have a lock on them that needs to be pulled out before the wire is removed.

    • At this point the motherboard can be fully removed from the laptop.


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

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