Introduction

The motherboard is the main circuit board in which components of the computer (Wi-Fi adapter, touchpad, keyboard, cooling fans) are connected.

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  • Remove the two 7 mm Phillips #1 screws that hold the battery in place.

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  • Pull the battery from laptop.

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  • Remove the ten 7 mm Phillips #1 screws that secure the back cover.

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Image 1/1: Twist the plastic opening tool, while wedged, in order to release the retaining tabs from the frame.
  • Wedge the tip of a plastic opening tool between the back cover and the metal frame.

  • Twist the plastic opening tool, while wedged, in order to release the retaining tabs from the frame.

  • Repeat these steps in a circular pattern around the laptop to release all retaining tabs.

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  • Once all retaining tabs are released from the frame, you can pull up on the back cover to remove it.

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  • Remove the two 3.5 mm Phillips #1 screws that hold the cooling fan in place.

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Image 1/1: Twist back and forth in order to pry the connector loose from its socket.
  • Wedge the flat end of the spudger between the connector and its socket.

  • Twist back and forth in order to pry the connector loose from its socket.

  • Although you can pull on the connector wires to remove it from the socket, it is not recommended until the connector is loose to prevent damage to the wires.

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Image 1/1: Repeat steps 6-8 for the other cooling fan.
  • Lift up on the cooling fan to remove it from the laptop.

  • Repeat steps 6-8 for the other cooling fan.

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  • Remove the three 4 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the motherboard in place.

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  • Remove the four 4 mm Phillips #1 screws mounting the heat sink to the motherboard.

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  • Gently lift on either side of the heat sink to separate it from the laptop.

  • When reassembling the device, be sure to apply new thermal paste to the heat sink and processor.

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Image 1/2: Use tweezers to pull on the designated pull tab to remove each ZIF connector. Image 2/2: Use tweezers to pull on the designated pull tab to remove each ZIF connector.
  • On all ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connectors, use a spudger to lift the lock.

  • Use tweezers to pull on the designated pull tab to remove each ZIF connector.

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  • On all No-Fuss Ribbon Cable Connectors use tweezers, on the designated tabs, to remove them.

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  • Lift on the motherboard from the USB port area while pulling the frame away from motherboard.

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  • Once all connectors are separated from the motherboard and the USB port area is freed, carefully lift on either side of the motherboard to remove it.

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Conclusion

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

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