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Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C8UB Back Panel Removal

This guide is for removing the back panel of the Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C8UB, a step that is necessary in working with other replacement guides.

  • Author: Travis Vo
  • Time estimate: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This guide will take you through the steps of how to remove the plastic backing from the Chromebook. Keep in mind, there are two different types of screws that keep the backing in place; make sure to keep these two types separate when they are taken out. Note: This guide is not a replacement guide. Instead, this step is necessary for replacing other components of the Chromebook.

Step 1 Back Panel Removal  ¶ 

Position the laptop upside down with the hinges on the side furthest away from you. Remove the eight 8mm screws with a phillips #1 screwdriver,

Step 1 Back Panel Removal  ¶ 

  • Position the laptop upside down with the hinges on the side furthest away from you.

  • Remove the eight 8mm screws with a phillips #1 screwdriver,

  • Remove the four 4.5mm screws with a phillips #1 screwdriver,

Step 2  ¶ 

There is a wire connecting the two pieces of the laptop, from the inside, on the left, be careful not to damage it. Use the plastic opening tool to pry open then remove the plastic base from the rest of the laptop. Start from the right side and work towards the left. Set the plastic base beside the laptop by opening it as if you were opening a book.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • There is a wire connecting the two pieces of the laptop, from the inside, on the left, be careful not to damage it.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry open then remove the plastic base from the rest of the laptop. Start from the right side and work towards the left.

  • Set the plastic base beside the laptop by opening it as if you were opening a book.

Step 3  ¶ 

Flip up the small white  ZIF connector by using a fingernail or metal spudger. Pull the blue tab to remove the ribbon cable.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Flip up the small white ZIF connector by using a fingernail or metal spudger.

  • Pull the blue tab to remove the ribbon cable.

  • The ribbon cable is adhered to the plastic so it will take a little bit of force to remove it.