Open a Lenovo Laptop for the Flex Series
Edited by Train Wreck, VisiHow, Inukshuk
In the following tutorial we will discuss how to take apart a Lenovo Flex 15 computer. We will be disassembling the Lenovo computer so that its internal components can be changed, including the CD drive, the hard drive or SSD drive, and even the RAM computer memory. Taking apart the system is very simple if you know what you're doing and have the right tools to perform the job. The Lenovo computer appears in the image below. Additionally, you will see a piece of cloth resting on top of the computer as well as two screwdrivers. These two screwdrivers, this cloth, and the Lenovo laptop computer will be used in the process of disassembling the laptop for upgrades, adjustments, or repairs.
Opening Your Lenovo Laptop
- 2Next, place the computer face down on top of the cloth in order to remove the screws.The screws hold the computer case to the components, so they do not move around while the computer is put together. It is very important that you carefully remove the screws and pay attention to where they are.Advertisement
- 3Note that we have now removed two screws from the Lenovo computer.Each of these screws is a cross, or Phillips head screwdriver. The screw at the top of the photo is longer than the screw at the bottom of the photo. This is because the screws that hold the bottom part of the laptop together are shorter and the screws holding the top part of the laptop together are longer. If you mix up the screws, your laptop will not be securely closed and could be damaged. Damaging your laptop in this process could void your warranty.
- 8Flip your computer back over so that you are looking at the top of it.In this case, the logo will be upside down. In other words, when you read Lenovo, it will not appear to be facing right side up. Additionally, your CD tray should still be slightly protruding from the edge of the laptop. If you are at this stage, then we can proceed.
- 9In this image, you can see that our laptop currently has a keyboard protector, which keeps the keyboard from touching the screen.The keyboard protector is a white piece of cloth that has several holes in it. You want to remove this cloth, at which point you will be able to see your laptop keyboard.
- 15Use the flat screwdriver to lift up the Lenovo sticker on the exposed metal frame of the laptop case.There will be a screw under this sticker that you will remove in order to pull the CD tray out of the system. Remember to try not to close the CD tray after pulling it out of the system, as you'll have to unlock it again as we did earlier to take out the screws.
- 19Place your fingers under the bottom left or bottom right edge of your laptop case and apply slight pressure to lift the case up.Note that you will have to be careful when completing this step, as the laptop will be more interested in opening up than in releasing the case catches. You may have to use two fingers, and having fingernails is obviously an asset when completing this process.
- 21Inside of the Lenovo, there are three things you will want to pay attention to.The first is a connection port for your CD tray that is located on the bottom right side of the big empty-looking space. This space is in fact not empty, because it is where your CD drive normally rests (we removed it earlier in order to open the case).
You've now opened your Lenovo Laptop, and have seen all components. Good work. Now let's put it all back together!
Putting Your Lenovo Laptop Back Together
- 1Now that you have seen the components, and upgraded any you wanted to change, you're ready to put the laptop back together.Start by placing the back cover on once more, however, do not snap it into place. Also, do not put any screws into the back of your laptop yet. You want to put the keyboard and CD drives back in first.Advertisement
- 2Next, slide the CD drive back into the system.Note that if you have elected to replace the CD drive with a drive port for your old hard drive, in case you have replaced the hard drive, you will follow the same procedure of simply sliding the CD drive or the drive case for your new hard drive back in. You will know you have done it correctly when the screw hole lines up and the drive is still open.
- 4Take the screws that you previously removed from beneath the keyboard, and return them to their positions.You should have a total of four small black screws and one long black screw. They are all essentially the same diameter, however the shorter screws are the ones that will go in the little holes indicated by triangles as pointed out earlier in this tutorial. Then the larger screw will go under the Lenovo sticker, which we also removed earlier in this tutorial.
- 8Take the cables in your hand carefully and gently so as to not damage them.Using two hands, lower the keyboard so that it is resting in the same flat position it was resting in earlier when you removed the two cables. Now you should see both ribbon cables sticking out, which makes them much easier to replace, as shown in this image.
- 9All you have to do is line the cables up in their appropriate slots and hold them in place with one finger while using your thumb to close the black clip that holds the cables in place.You should hear a slight snap indicating that the cable is closed properly (if you don't hear it, that's OK -- it's very quiet -- just make sure your cables are secure and you'll be fine). You will need to repeat this process for both cables, being careful not to apply too much pressure. Otherwise, you may damage or break the cables.
- 10When you're finished with the keyboard and everything is lined up, put the keyboard back, and press firmly around the keyboard to lock it in place.Now, place the white cloth back over top of the keyboard and monitor, and then close the laptop. Make sure that your CD drive is still not closed. If it closed by accident, remember that you can simply use a pin to press in and unlock it again.
- 11Flip the laptop over once more so it's resting with the back up so you can put the screws back.Just remember to keep one finger on the edge of your CD tray as you flip the laptop over, so that it doesn't slide out and come open or potentially break. In the worst-case scenario, it could fall out if you didn't replace the screws under the keyboard as instructed.
- 12Return all of the screws to their proper places on your laptop.We prefer to put the CD screws in first, because some of us are always forgetting to do it otherwise, but others prefer to put the system screws in first. Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong way to put the screws back in. The only thing that you should pay close attention to is that the screws are in the correct place on the system.
- 13Once each screw is in the correct place, go back and forth from side to side and tighten the screws.For example, tighten the screw in the top right corner, and then in the top left corner. Move around the system going to opposite screws and tighten each one as you get to it. Don't forget that there are five long screws and four short screws. The five long screws go in the top five screw holes in your system and the four short screws go in the bottom. This is because the bottom of the system is the thinnest area and the screw holes are very small. This should let you easily identify where the screws go. If you are not sure, reference our images, or go back to the earlier diagram.Advertisement
Congratulations! You have now successfully opened and closed your Lenovo laptop computer. You've also probably saved yourself between $100 and $300 in service fees if you changed any components.
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