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Prepare for battle Before I could start tearing apart this beast, I first needed to clear off some space and gather my tools. Turn it right side up and open the screen. Unplug the display cable by pulling up on it. We’ve seen about enough of the top of the motherboard, so here’s the seldom-seen back of it: Remove the “P” screws.

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Put the keyboard aside. A replacement was needed, so I decided to take the laptop apart piece by piece to see what sort of fan I had to deal with.

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The laptop has been completely dismantled piece by piece. It can be a little tricky. Pull down on the hard drive cover to create a “handle”, then pull out the hard drive. At this point you might want to remove the RAM, to eliminate any possibility of it being damaged.

Shut down the laptop and unplug it. Too short and you don’t get enough leverage, too big and it won’t fit.

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Remove the “P” screws. Scratched, bent and nearly broke the screen assembly Ditto with the palmrest Reamed out the head of one of the RF shield screws, broke off the shield, only later managed to get the screw out Removed the fan by cutting the cable.


Unplug the display cable by pulling up on it. Turn the laptop around so that you’re looking at the back. Now the display has been removed, and the laptop feels MUCH lighter, and also a lot more flimsy. Unplug the keyboard cable 2 by pulling straight up on it, then remove the trackpoint cable by pushing out the black clip of the ZIF socket 1 and then pulling out the cable. Turn it right de,l up and open the screen.

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It worked without issue for awhile, until the bearing in the cooling fan wore out near the end of December. Keep these in mind, I will refer to them later. This should be enough for most internal maintainence, but in this case I need to go even further.

Remove the “D” screws. And as a bonus for reading so far, here’s a “blooper reel” of everything I did wrong the first time around: As a bit of an epilogue, I was unable to find a suitable replacment fan, so I bought a whole new heatsink assembly on eBay. Prepare for battle Before I could start tearing apart this beast, I first needed to clear off some space and gather my tools. If present in your laptop it is in mineremove the black screw to the lower left of the shield.


Remove the heatsink assembly.

Good luck putting it back together. I guess maglev bearing technology isn’t very good, considering the thing only lasted 3 years. A small but xpx philips screwdriver: Unplug the palmrest cable by pulling up on it.

Remove the palmrest It is now time to clear the final obstacle that stands between you and the motherboard: Remove the hard drive screw. Stick your prying implement under the “blank key” on the right side of the keyboard and lift it up.

Unplug the fan cable. Linking to this article is permitted. Remove the heatsink jj650gt The final step of the process is to remove the heatsink assembly. Lay the keyboard over the left side of the laptop, upside down.

Remove the RF shield.