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Gently grasp the motherboard by the heat sink (the black finned piece). Lift the motherboard at an angle such that the ports along the back side come up first.

Continue lifting the motherboard, then slowly tilt the piece off to the right to break the Mylar tape over the front USB ports.

Be careful when handling the motherboard to prevent electro-static discharge (ESD) damage. If the motherboard is being removed as part of a prerequisite, place the motherboard into a bag designed to prevent a build up of a static charge (usually referred to as a static bag).

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