Introduction

Do not proceed with this guide unless you are prepared to clean and re-apply thermal compound. For more information, please refer to the How to Clean and Apply Thermal Compound guide.

Close down the display  and  flip the device upside down.
  • Close down the display and flip the device upside down.

  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove 18 black 10mm Phillips Head screws in order to loosen up the protective bottom casing.

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With the screws removed, flip the device right-side up  and open up the display.
  • With the screws removed, flip the device right-side up and open up the display.

  • Run a plastic spudger tool along the seam of the face-plate in order to loosen up the protective bottom casing.

  • Popping sounds are normal, but forceful prying can damage delicate components. Be especially careful near the USB and HDMI ports.

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  • Close the display down once more, and flip the laptop upside down, with the hinge facing away from you.

  • Do not yank the bottom casing off. There is a small speaker wire that connects it to the motherboard.

  • Taking note of the small speaker wire, gently lift only the left side of the bottom casing.

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  • Using a pair of blunt tweezers, push on the tabs of the small white connector to separate it from the motherboard.

  • The entire bottom casing should lift with no resistance. If there is too much resistance, verify you removed all the screws, and run the plastic spudger tool around the face-plate again.

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  • Using the plastic tabs, lift the hard drive slightly and pull to the left.

  • Remove the rubber mounting brackets from the hard drive.

  • If you are replacing your hard drive with a new one, please note you will need to reuse the rubber mounting brackets in order to secure it in place.

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  • Locate the memory modules at the bottom right quadrant of the motherboard. The two memory modules are slightly stacked on top of each other.

  • Using both hands, pull the clasps away simultaneously in order to release the memory modules.

  • Once the clasps have been released, each memory module will spring up.

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  • To remove the top memory module, lift the module slightly up and pull away.

  • Repeat the previous step to remove the bottom memory module.

  • Take note of the pins on the bottom of each memory module and make sure they line up with the slots when re-installing the memory modules. Once aligned and inserted, simply push the memory module down to lock it in place.

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  • Locate the wireless card on the top left quadrant. It should have two antenna cables connected to it, one white and one black.

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  • With a pair of blunt tweezers, firmly grasp each antenna head and detach it by lifting straight up.

  • The antenna cables are connected through small sockets. Small popping sounds when attaching and detaching the antennas are normal.

  • Note that the white cable connects on the top socket.

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  • Using a Phillip Head size 1 screwdriver, remove the screw attaching the wireless card to the laptop frame.

  • To detach the wireless card, lift up slightly and pull away.

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  • Use a Phillips Head size #1 screwdriver to remove the two silver-colored 10mm Phillips Head screws securing the fan to the motherboard.

  • There are two screw holes, but you might only find one screw.

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  • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to gently push on the 3-pin connector. This disconnects the fan from the motherboard.

  • You can lift up the fan if you need additional space to remove the connector.

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  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove 6 black 10mm Phillips Head screws that connect the copper heat-sink to the motherboard.

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  • Once you separate the heat-sink from the motherboard, you will need to clean and re-apply thermal compound. Do not proceed unless you are prepared and you have the necessary materials.

  • Using both hands, gently lift the heat-sink and fan components from the motherboard.

  • Old thermal compound can dry up and adhere the heat-sink to the motherboard like glue. This may make removing the fan and heat-sink difficult.

  • Do not re-seat the fan and heat-sink without cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound. For more information, please refer to this guide.

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  • With all major components removed, proceed to locate the connectors marked on the photograph:

    • Power jack harness connector.

    • Ribbon cables.

    • Display cable connector.

    • Keyboard connector.

  • Please note that at this stage, the thermal compound has been cleaned off the motherboard. For more information, please refer to this guide.

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  • Disconnect the power jack harness from the motherboard by pushing on the tabs with a pair of blunt tweezers.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the locks, then pull the ribbon cables out.

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  • The ribbon cables have small locks securing them in place.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the locks up. Once unlocked, simply pull the cables out.

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  • The display cable connects the motherboard to your laptop's monitor. It has a small tab lock on it.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the tab lock up.

  • Use the plastic ears on top of the cable to head to disconnect the display cable from the motherboard.

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  • To disconnect the wide ribbon cable, use your fingers to pull back the black tab until it is loose.

  • Slide out the black plastic tab from beneath the ribbon cable.

  • Once the plastic tab is out, simply pull out the wide ribbon cable.

  • Take care not to flip the tab upside down, as it is not symmetrical. If you are having difficulties fitting it back, it might have flipped at some point.

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  • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3 black 10mm Phillips Head screws securing the motherboard to the face-plate of the device.

  • Note that each of the holes for these screws are marked with a small white triangle.

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  • Lift the motherboard gently to completely remove this component from the device.

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Conclusion

You can follow the steps in reverse to reassemble your device, but you should not re-seat the heat sink and fan without cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound.

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Is it necessary to remove everything especially heat sink if I want to replace only keyboard?

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