Introduction

Once you've extracted the motherboard, replacing the cooling fan only entails removing a few screws.

  1. Unlock the tab located in the top left corner of the netbook.
    • Unlock the tab located in the top left corner of the netbook.

    • The red tab indicated that the battery has been properly unlocked.

    • Remove the battery.

    • When working with electronics, it is always wise to remove the power source before taking the device apart.

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  2. Make sure the RAM, hard drive, and WiFi card have been removed from the computer before trying to take off the cover so they are not damaged in the process.
    • Make sure the RAM, hard drive, and WiFi card have been removed from the computer before trying to take off the cover so they are not damaged in the process.

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    • Remove six (6) 5mm screws, two (2) 17.5mm screws, and three (3) 2.5mm screws from the back, using the Phillips #0 screwdriver, as marked here.

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    • Pry up the keyboard using a spudger or plastic opening tool in the exact location shown in the photograph.

      • Don't use a screwdriver as a pry tool as shown in this example.

    • Carefully disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard, and remove the keyboard.

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    • Remove the five (5) 5mm screws shown here using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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    • Separate the upper cover from the back cover. It is possible to do this without a tool, but you may also use a plastic opening tool for added leverage.

    • Be careful to keep even pressure all the way around the cover so that it is not bent beyond repair.

    • Carefully disconnect two ribbon cables to complete the separation of the upper cover.

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    • The WiFi card is shown here.

    • Remove the one (1) 5mm screw holding the card to the motherboard using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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    • Disconnect the wires on the WiFi card. This can be done easily by applying pressure to the connections until they pop off of the card.

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    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four (4) 5mm screws holding the motherboard in place.

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    • Remove the motherboard by lifting it gently from the bottom cover.

    • This image is the rear view of the motherboard.

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    • Begin with the motherboard of the computer, as shown here.

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    • Using the #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove all four (4) screws marked here.

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    • Gently disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard by pulling on the connection until it slips out.

    • The fan should then be fully disconnected from the motherboard and ready for replacement.

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Conclusion

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

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