Samsung Chromebook 11.6 Teardown

Teardown

Teardown

Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

Member-Contributed Guide

Member-Contributed Guide

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Edit Step 1 Samsung Chromebook 11.6 Teardown  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Samsung Chromebook 11.6 Teardown  ¶ 

  • Ports on the side:

    • Headphone Jack

    • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

  • Ports on the Back:

    • USB 3.0

    • USB 2.0

    • HDMI

    • 40W DC in charging port

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  • Time to grab the tools and open the case. Nothing fancy needed here, just a simple phillips screwdriver, a knife and a spudger.

  • Remove the 5 visible Phillips #0 screws.

  • Remove the rubber feet from the bottom of the case. This works better if you use your fingernails to go under the feet and pick it out.

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  • Disassemble this back piece, since it will ease a lot the prying of the bottom part

  • By doing this, you will avoid ending with couple of "clicks" broken, specially during the tear up

  • If you have the 3G model, be sure to remove the SIM card from this slot before going any further.

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  • Time for some spudger love

  • Start with all the clicks in the back part, the rest will come out almost without force

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  • With the under case set aside, we now have an open case and a preview of the components to come

  • Remove the 6 battery screws and pop the single battery connector to remove it

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  • Battery removed, it's now time to remove the screen and pull the main board

  • Disconnect the 2 antennae lines from the main board

  • Disconnect the screen cable

  • Remove the 5 screws holding the main board

  • Probably a good idea to disconnect the remaining 4 cables as well

    • Keyboard and trackpad ribbon cables

    • Audio cable

    • CMOS Battery Cable

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  • We now have a main board with the heatsink attached

  • Remove the 3 screws and tape

  • Done!

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  • Top of the main board

    • Samsung Exynos 5250 AEON main proc

    • SanDisk SDIN7DU2-16G NAND Flash

    • 4 x ELPIDA J2108EDBG-GN-F (4 more on the rear)

    • MAX 77686 EWE 1237

    • TPS65090 TI 291

    • "Servo" dev/debug interface.

    • Connector for 3G daughterboard.

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  • Not teardown relevant per se, but these are beautiful traces

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  • By removing this flexible metal ring sticker, you disable the Write Protect of the bootloader's flash. DO NOT REMOVE IT UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

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Phillips #0 Screwdriver

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iFixit Tech Knife

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Spudger

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@Josh Thomas

When re-assembling the chromebook, I have noticed that the factory assembly is done in a different order (and thus the disassembly should be done in a different order as well). Let me explain: there is a small plastic piece, long and low, in the back part of the laptop (where the connectors are). For me, it is 100% clear that this is the latest part in the assembly process at the factory, because of the position of the plastic clicks.

So for disassembly it should be the first part to be removed. It helps a lot removing this part first, in order to avoid any click to be broken.

But prior to modifying the teardown I would like to know if you agree in that this is the correct process (or your opinion).

(BTW I know that Google has posted some disassembly instructions on their chromiumos page, but for me those instructions are not correct as well. Note that the manufacturer is Samsung and not Google, and that's why I'm afraid the instructions are not precise).

Jacobo Pantoja, · Reply

Both of my Samsung Chromebooks are on loan to friends, so I will have a hard time verifying your question for a couple of weeks. Please update the teardown as you see fit.

I can always come back and update the photos (or take new ones) if you like, but it will be delayed.

If the part you are referring to covering the screen to body hinge? That part actually doesn't need to be removed at all if you are just digging for internals. The screen can stay connected.

Josh Thomas, · Reply

Josh, I've just added the instructions along with some photos. Feel free to delete or modify the steps inserted if you consider so, as the teardown is your property.

All the best!

Jacobo

Jacobo Pantoja, · Reply

Awesome! It' not my teardown, it's for the community so any addition is a good one :)

Thanks!

Josh Thomas,

Very nice guide. Thanks for creating! Would like to see it as a PDF since I couldn't get it to print out very well.

lshiflett, · Reply

Where to get adaptor for eathernet connection.

Harold Walters, · Reply

can you let us know what the connector that isn't connected is for in step six between the hd connector to the left and the keyboard connector to the right?

Scott Fowler, · Reply

Hi,

Is there a way to remove the touchpad from the palmrest assembly?

Thanks!

bumpkinese, · Reply

Can anyone tell me what the "L Front" is and what it does. I have a broken chromebook and have been told the L Front needs to be replace. The initial problem was the display got very dim and would not brighten. Thanks, aharmon@oceanschools.org

Alice Harmon, · Reply

The bottom can be removed by tilting it up from the bottom edge, like you ae opening the laptop. The plastic hinges wont be damaged this way. I didnt even know that top edge came off. Also, can you elaborate on the metal ring bootloader protection? I feel this might aid me in reflashing the TMP chip.

steve, · Reply

Where is the connector for the 3G daughter board? Can one be added to the WiFi only version?

Jeffrey Johnson, · Reply

the connector on the top left of the third picture, is not an audio connector but the CMOS battery connector.

toto, · Reply

great catch... updated and thanks

Josh Thomas,

u say "pop the battery connector". Des it come straight up from the board or at a angle or what do you mean by Pop it?

Jim OBrien , · Reply

Battery plugs come straight up, they are socketed, do not pull sideways. Also some mobo versions do not have cmos battery provisions nor multiple memory chips per side.

steve, · Reply

Interesting, mine has the wire and CMOS battery but nowhere to plug it in! See here: http://i.imgur.com/02kVaRG.jpg

I'm having an issue where the TPM chip is bad and I noticed the CMOS connector in this pic and was hoping that was my problem. Weird that the batter and wire would be there, but nowhere to plug them in. Makes me wonder if this board had already been replaced, but the original heatsink/CMOS battery was kept?

Josh McCullough, · Reply

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