Introduction

If your monitor is malfunctioning and/or needs to be replaced, follow the steps in this guide.

Image 1/2: Slide the tab below the battery to the left. Image 2/2: Slide the tab below the battery to the left.
  • Flip the laptop over so the bottom is facing upward and the battery is on top.

  • Slide the tab below the battery to the left.

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Image 1/2: While holding the right tab, slide the battery upward and out its socket. Image 2/2: While holding the right tab, slide the battery upward and out its socket.
  • Slide and hold the tab on the right side of the battery to the right.

  • While holding the right tab, slide the battery upward and out its socket.

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Image 1/2: Next, pull the strip up using a plastic opening tool with a light force, until it pops off. Image 2/2: Next, pull the strip up using a plastic opening tool with a light force, until it pops off.
  • Place the head of a plastic opening tool underneath the plastic strip lining the top of the keyboard, right above the "PGUP" button.

  • Next, pull the strip up using a plastic opening tool with a light force, until it pops off.

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  • Lightly lift from the side that was popped up earlier in order to pop the rest of the strip off of the laptop.

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  • Use a #1 Phillips screwdriver to take out the four 4mm Phillips #1 screws that were underneath the plastic strip.

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Image 1/3: Lightly lift up on the keyboard from one of its top corners and pull it towards the screen so you can safely remove the ribbon cable. Image 2/3: At the base of the ribbon cable, there is a tiny tab that runs across the width of the connector. Flip it up. You can now pull the ribbon cable free with no resistance towards the monitor. Image 3/3: With the cable unplugged, the keyboard can be lifted away from the laptop.
  • Be careful to not lift up on the keyboard too quickly or harshly; there is a ribbon cable connecting the keyboard and the base which may be breakable.

  • Lightly lift up on the keyboard from one of its top corners and pull it towards the screen so you can safely remove the ribbon cable.

  • At the base of the ribbon cable, there is a tiny tab that runs across the width of the connector. Flip it up. You can now pull the ribbon cable free with no resistance towards the monitor.

  • With the cable unplugged, the keyboard can be lifted away from the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Place one finger underneath the tab of the hard drive cover and lift it up with medium force to take it off. Image 2/2: Place one finger underneath the tab of the hard drive cover and lift it up with medium force to take it off.
  • Unscrew the 4mm Phillips #1 screw holding the hard drive cover on.

  • Place one finger underneath the tab of the hard drive cover and lift it up with medium force to take it off.

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  • Grab the black tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the left with a medium force until it pops out of its socket.

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  • Remove the two 8mm Phillips #1 screws from the back side of the laptop.

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  • Remove the four 8mm Phillips #1 screws located on the corners below the monitor.

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  • Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located between the screws removed in the last step.

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Image 1/2: Unplug the black/red wire that also connects the monitor to the motherboard by pulling lightly away from you. Image 2/2: Unplug the black/red wire that also connects the monitor to the motherboard by pulling lightly away from you.
  • Unplug the black wire connecting the monitor to the motherboard by pulling it lightly towards you.

  • Unplug the black/red wire that also connects the monitor to the motherboard by pulling lightly away from you.

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  • Remove the three colored wires (white, grey, and black) that are all connected beside each other by pulling them up lightly.

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  • Gently pull out the wide, white wire coming from the monitor.

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Image 1/2: Place your fingers on the side of the panel closest to the monitor. Lift up on that side of the panel with a large amount of force in order to pry it off. Image 2/2: Place your fingers on the side of the panel closest to the monitor. Lift up on that side of the panel with a large amount of force in order to pry it off.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to loosen the top panel by placing the tool underneath the panel at several points and then lifting upwards with a medium force. You will know it is loose if it makes a loud clicking noise.

  • Place your fingers on the side of the panel closest to the monitor. Lift up on that side of the panel with a large amount of force in order to pry it off.

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Image 1/3: Remove the 8mm Phillips #1 screw located to the right of the left-hand speaker. Image 2/3: Remove the 4mm Phillips #1 screw located above the fan and next to the large gray wire. Image 3/3: Remove the 4mm Phillips #1 screw located above the fan and next to the large gray wire.
  • Remove the 8mm Phillips #1 screw located just below the large gray wire.

  • Remove the 8mm Phillips #1 screw located to the right of the left-hand speaker.

  • Remove the 4mm Phillips #1 screw located above the fan and next to the large gray wire.

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Image 1/2: Remove the small white/grey wire that is connected at the top of the fan. Image 2/2: Remove the small white/grey wire that is connected at the top of the fan.
  • Remove the large gray wire that is connected to the motherboard to the right of the fan.

  • Remove the small white/grey wire that is connected at the top of the fan.

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  • Grabbing both sides of the monitor, gently lift the it out of place and set it aside.

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Conclusion

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

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