Disclaimer: I am not a professional. I’m a guy who likes computers and has little to no money to waste on repairs. Don’t blame me if you screw up your laptop doing this. It WILL void the warranty.
My laptop broke recently. Since a new laptop can be expensive and there didn’t seem to be any reasonably-priced person willing to do simple repairs for me, I opted to fix the issue myself. I’d already built computers in the past and had no problem understanding what it was that I had to do, but actually getting the laptop into pieces so that I could do it was something else entirely. It seems like every laptop model is built slightly differently, and I couldn’t find any good guides online that explained how to take mine apart without skipping steps. So, since I had to take the thing apart anyway, I figured I might as well take some photos and compile a tutorial.
I would recommend doing this on a table or something, away from things that would cause a bunch of static electricity to jump all over your laptop components. That means take off your fuzzy dressing gown, mom.
1. Take out the battery using the two clasps on the bottom. One of them locks into place after you move it, the other one you need to actively hold open while tugging on the battery. This is simple stuff.
2. Unscrew the 13 screws on the bottom. They’re all marked with a little circle that reads F6. You need a small enough screwdriver to actually do this, of course, but otherwise it’s fairly easy.
3. Remove the bezel above the keyboard.
The bezel is that strip of plastic between the top of the keyboard and the power button. It’s silver on my model, and has clean lines on either side so you can tell it’s detachable. Jam a screwdriver under there and use the leverage to pry it off with your fingers. It might be a bit hard to do the first time, but just keep giving it gentle tugs until it loosens.
4. Take out the 2 tiny screws that hold the keyboard in place. They’re located on either side of the top of the keyboard, the area that was formerly covered by the bezel. They’re extremely small, so be careful with them.
5. Remove the keyboard. First there’s a little clasp in the centre-top that you need to pull back on to release the keyboard. It’s really small and really hard to pull on. I recommend pushing on it with the head of your screwdriver if you’re having trouble with it.
The keyboard is connected to the motherboard by this:
See how there’s a bit of white plastic ‘handle’ sticking out of either side of where the wire connected? Gently pull on either side of that to loosen its grip on the keyboard connection. Tug on the wire and check if it slides out easily. If it doesn’t, try pulling out the plastic tab some more. Once you get the keyboard disconnected, it’ll look like this:
Carefully set the keyboard aside.
6. Disconnect the touchpad. Basically the same idea as the keyboard, but the wire is smaller so it’s a bit tougher. The black plastic on top is actually there for you to grab onto, so make use of it.
7. Disconnect the speakers. They’re a lot easier to do. Both of them are wired into one place. Just unplug that wire and you’re set.
8. Remove the 6 screws under the keyboard. Not the ones connecting actual components to the motherboard, obviously. Just unscrew the six that are actually holding the chassis in place (i.e., the ones that are screwed through the black part, not on any electronic part).
9. Open up the laptop!
I don’t know if there’s a certain method you’re supposed to use. I just jammed a fingernail under a corner and lifted from the bottom. Seems to work fine.
Now what do you do? I don’t know. Figure it out. What do I look like, someone who knows about computers?