Introduction

Upgrade or replace the CD or DVD drive.

Use a coin to turn both battery locking screws 90 degrees to the left.
  • Use a coin to turn both battery locking screws 90 degrees to the left.

  • Remove the battery cover.

  • Remove the battery from the computer by pulling up on the plastic tab.

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Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free. Note that the keyboard ribbon is still attached to the logic board, so you cannot completely remove the keyboard yet.
  • Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free. Note that the keyboard ribbon is still attached to the logic board, so you cannot completely remove the keyboard yet.

  • If the keyboard does not come free, use a small flathead screwdriver to turn the keyboard locking screw (between F4 and F5 key) 180 degrees in either direction and try again.

  • Rotate the keyboard away from the screen and rest it face-down on the trackpad area.

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If your computer does not have an airport card, you can skip the next two steps.
  • If your computer does not have an airport card, you can skip the next two steps.

  • Grasp the clear plastic tab on the airport card and pull up and toward the display.

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Hold the airport card in one hand and use your other hand to remove the antenna cable.
  • Hold the airport card in one hand and use your other hand to remove the antenna cable.

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Remove the two Phillips screws that secure the RAM shield.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws that secure the RAM shield.

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Grasp the wire metal bracket on top of the RAM shield and pull upward to remove the shield.
  • Grasp the wire metal bracket on top of the RAM shield and pull upward to remove the shield.

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Pull up the keyboard connector cable by its clear plastic loop.
  • Pull up the keyboard connector cable by its clear plastic loop.

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Use a straightened paperclip to manually eject the CD-ROM tray.
  • Use a straightened paperclip to manually eject the CD-ROM tray.

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Turn the computer over so that the bottom is facing up.
  • Turn the computer over so that the bottom is facing up.

  • Remove the following Torx screws:

    • Four short T8 Torx near the battery compartment.

    • Two long T8 Torx near the hinges.

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Pull the CD-ROM drive tray partly out.
  • Pull the CD-ROM drive tray partly out.

  • Remove the silver Phillips screw from the plastic casing.

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Turn the computer over.
  • Turn the computer over.

  • Remove the three Phillips screws.

Please note: these screws can (and may!) strip easily, so take extra care in removing them!

LambdaCalculus - Reply

This is a diagram of the trackpad ribbon clamp connector you will disconnect in the next step.
  • This is a diagram of the trackpad ribbon clamp connector you will disconnect in the next step.

  • 1) With your fingernails, grasp the locking bar on either side and pull up a small amount (about 1/16" or 2 mm).

  • 2) After disengaging the locking bar, slide the cable out of the connector.

In part 1, you can use a small flat-blade screwdriver to lift the locking bar. This will not put pressure on the cable itself. Each end of the locking bar will click when it has been lifted sufficiently.

Don Solomon - Reply

Loosen the trackpad clamp by pulling the top piece up slightly, freeing the trackpad ribbon.
  • Loosen the trackpad clamp by pulling the top piece up slightly, freeing the trackpad ribbon.

  • Slide the orange trackpad ribbon out of the clamp.

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Do not lift the upper case too far without first disconnecting the audio cable.
  • Do not lift the upper case too far without first disconnecting the audio cable.

  • Push out the rim of the lower case and pull up on the upper case, grasping it just to the left of the optical drive.

  • Repeat the above step on the upper left corner of the upper case, grasping the bottom left corner of the upper case.

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Disconnect the audio cable.
  • Disconnect the audio cable.

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Grasp the upper case on either side of the keyboard space and rotate up and away from the screen.
  • Grasp the upper case on either side of the keyboard space and rotate up and away from the screen.

  • You may be thinking you're about to break your upper case. Not to worry - the tabs holding the upper and lower cases together are very strong. Simply apply even pressure and continue to rotate the upper case up and away from the screen until it comes free.

When replacing the upper case, test the trackpad button to make sure it clicks before proceeding. If it does not operate properly, remove the upper case and reattach it.

Don Solomon - Reply

you can use a jimmy klive to open the uppercase

jimmyli564656 - Reply

If the optical drive is not open, use a straightened paperclip to open it now.
  • If the optical drive is not open, use a straightened paperclip to open it now.

  • Remove the 5 mm standoff.

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Disconnect the optical drive cable from the logic board.
  • Disconnect the optical drive cable from the logic board.

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Lift up on the optical drive while sequentially pushing the small plastic tabs one after another toward the screen to free one side of the drive.
  • Lift up on the optical drive while sequentially pushing the small plastic tabs one after another toward the screen to free one side of the drive.

  • Lift up the side of the optical drive you just freed and slide the drive out and away from the screen.

  • When reinstalling the optical drive, be sure that the drive tray is out far enough to slide under the lower casing rim.

  • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

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Conclusion

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

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