This guide will help you replace a broken motherboard in your laptop. It is a detailed process but this guide will allow you to easily remove and replace your motherboard.

  1. Make sure you turn the laptop off first.
    • Make sure you turn the laptop off first.

    • Close the laptop lid and flip it over so that Toshiba logo is facing down.

  2. Remove the two 6.5 mm Phillips head screws indicated using a Phillips #00 screw driver.
    • Remove the two 6.5 mm Phillips head screws indicated using a Phillips #00 screw driver.

    • Once the screws are removed, slide the battery pack out of the computer.

    • Remove all 6.5 mm Philips head screws on the back cover of the laptop with a Philips #00 screwdriver.

    • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the back cover from the laptop.

    • Be aware that static discharge can cause damage to sensitive electrical components within the computer. To avoid this you can wear an anti-static wrist strap.

    • This laptop does not have a RAM present. Follow instructions to replace your own.

    • Evenly press down on the clips on either side of the RAM stick.

    • To pull out the RAM stick, be sure to align the notches on the RAM stick with the notches in the RAM holder.

    • Remove the ribbon by flipping up the tabs and using the black tweezers to gently pull the ribbon out from both ends.

    • Remove the tape from the card.

    • Disconnect the wires using the #4 black spudger tool.

    • Remove the 3mm Phillips head screw with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Pull up on the wireless card and remove it from the device.

    • Remove the 3 mm Philips head screw that connects the CD drive to motherboard with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Gently pull the CD drive out, disconnecting it from the motherboard connector marked in blue.

    • The ribbon and wire must be moved out of the way of the fan.

    • Using a black tweezer tool, lift the tab holding the ribbon in place and then gently pull it out.

    • Using the same tweezer tool, again lift the tab holding the wires in place and gently pull them out.

    • Unscrew the two 3mm Phillips head screws on each fan using the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Unscrew the four, 3mm Phillips head screws holding the last piece to the laptop using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Gently pull the cooling fan with heat sink off the laptop and set aside.

    • Disconnect all of the ribbons by lifting the tabs and gently pulling them out.

    • Remove the wires from the motherboard using the tweezers.

    • Remove all seven of the 3mm Phillips head screws with the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Gently lift the motherboard from the back of the laptop.


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

Noelle Dulude

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