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Introduzione

The motherboard holds together many of the crucial components of your computer. If your motherboard is failing your computer will display an error code with a series of audible beeps. It will also display the “Blue Screen of Death” representing it has failed.

Motherboard: Definition. A motherboard is one of the most essential parts of a computer system. It holds together many of the crucial components of a computer, including the central processing unit (CPU), memory and connectors for input and output devices.

Common symptoms of motherboard issues are similar to CPU problems: The system does not display anything; an error code appears; one or more beeps occur; the system locks; the system reboots; a Windows BSOD (blue screen of death) appears; or one or more of the ports, expansion slots, or memory modules fails.

  1. Flip your laptop over so that the model sticker is facing upward towards the ceiling.
    • Flip your laptop over so that the model sticker is facing upward towards the ceiling.

    • Make sure your computer is turned off before starting to avoid getting shocked.

    Why should the user turn off the laptop? Also, be sure to proofread carefully for end punctuation.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  2. Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the thirteen 6.5mm screws that secure  the back cover. Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the thirteen 6.5mm screws that secure  the back cover.
    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the thirteen 6.5mm screws that secure the back cover.

    Check screw feedback from iFixit throughout your guides.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

    Where can I find these 6.5mm replacement screws? Seems like a lot of people report that they fall out easily.

    Thanks so much for the helpful web page! GPK

    Gordon Keeler - Replica

  3. Use a plastic opening tool to gently separate the back cover from the laptop. A snapping sound will be heard as a signal that the clips are being disengaged. Do not use any metal tools to pry open the device. It is recommended that you start from one corner and run the tool along the edges of your laptop from corner to corner for a safe removal.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to gently separate the back cover from the laptop. A snapping sound will be heard as a signal that the clips are being disengaged.

    • Do not use any metal tools to pry open the device.

    • It is recommended that you start from one corner and run the tool along the edges of your laptop from corner to corner for a safe removal.

    Proofread each step carefully. See the caution. Also, how can the user ensure they don’t bend/crack the back? I think I need more detail in the first step here. Perhaps try to integrate more specific directions in the command text, so you don’t need the information bullet. I also think a flipbook style shot could help demonstrate appropriate removal.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  4. Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove two 4 mm screws that secure the battery. Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove two 4 mm screws that secure the battery. Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove two 4 mm screws that secure the battery.
    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove two 4 mm screws that secure the battery.

  5. Use your hand to carefully pull out the wiring harness from its port that is located between the battery and the motherboard. Remove the battery from the case. Remove the battery from the case.
    • Use your hand to carefully pull out the wiring harness from its port that is located between the battery and the motherboard.

    • Remove the battery from the case.

    How? Try to avoid telling people what to do instead of how to do it. Verbs like “disconnect” and “remove” can be performed multiple ways, so you want to make sure you’re clear about how to do it.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  6. Grasp the CMOS battery with the tweezers and remove it from the motherboard. Grasp the CMOS battery with the tweezers and remove it from the motherboard. Grasp the CMOS battery with the tweezers and remove it from the motherboard.
    • Grasp the CMOS battery with the tweezers and remove it from the motherboard.

    Note that you told them to remove the battery, but the battery is in in the pictures here. This is a good example of a flipbook shot, though, so just retake with the battery out.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  7. Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the one 4mm screw that secures the Solid State Drive. Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the one 4mm screw that secures the Solid State Drive. Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the one 4mm screw that secures the Solid State Drive.
    • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the one 4mm screw that secures the Solid State Drive.

    Here, the caution seems unnecessary. See feedback about screws. I know this was challenging because you didn’t have a hard drive, but the feedback from iFixit indicates how this component is secured. Apply same feedback in the next step.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  8. Use your hand to pull out the Solid State Drive from the motherboard. You will be pulling the solid state drive out to the left, as it will be connected to the port on the motherboard on its right side. This is opposite the direction that the pictures depict it. You will be pulling the solid state drive out to the left, as it will be connected to the port on the motherboard on its right side. This is opposite the direction that the pictures depict it.
    • Use your hand to pull out the Solid State Drive from the motherboard.

    • You will be pulling the solid state drive out to the left, as it will be connected to the port on the motherboard on its right side. This is opposite the direction that the pictures depict it.

    What size ssd can be used.

    William Richardson - Replica

  9. Use Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the two 4mm screws that are securing the fan. Use Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the two 4mm screws that are securing the fan. Use Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the two 4mm screws that are securing the fan.
    • Use Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the two 4mm screws that are securing the fan.

    I don’t think the caution is required here. You just told them to remove the battery.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  10. Using Phillips #1 screwdriver remove three 5 mm screws to remove the heatsink. When removing the cooling fan, the heatsink component will stay connected.
    • Using Phillips #1 screwdriver remove three 5 mm screws to remove the heatsink.

    • When removing the cooling fan, the heatsink component will stay connected.

    The step seems awkward—it’s missing articles. For the information bullet, it’s not clear how this information is important, so add some more context to be clear about why this information is important.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  11. Using your hand, pull out wiring harness to disconnect the fan from the motherboard. Lift the fan out of the case to remove it. Lift the fan out of the case to remove it.
    • Using your hand, pull out wiring harness to disconnect the fan from the motherboard.

    • Lift the fan out of the case to remove it.

    Be sure to use commas after introductory phrases. I think you need one more step indicating that the user should remove the fan, and how.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  12. Use the tweezers to disconnect the wiring harness in the bottom right corner of your laptop. Use the tweezers to disconnect the wiring harness in the bottom right corner of your laptop. Use the tweezers to disconnect the wiring harness in the bottom right corner of your laptop.
    • Use the tweezers to disconnect the wiring harness in the bottom right corner of your laptop.

    Be sure to remove extraneous bullets.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  13. Using the tweezers, flip the white lock tab of the ZIF connector upward. Pull the blue "MB High-Tek" ribbon cable out. Pull the blue "MB High-Tek" ribbon cable out.
    • Using the tweezers, flip the white lock tab of the ZIF connector upward.

    • Pull the blue "MB High-Tek" ribbon cable out.

    I think these images would be more helpful if your hand and the component was more the focus of the image. The action is kind of buried in the bottom right hand corner. Also, how should the user pull the wire out.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  14. Using the tweezers, pull the black CQWP connection wire from its port. Using the tweezers, pull the black CQWP connection wire from its port.
    • Using the tweezers, pull the black CQWP connection wire from its port.

    Can you add a third shot to make this more like a flipbook?

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  15. Using the tweezers, flip up the black lock tab of the ZIF connector upward. Pull out the MB purple ribbon cable out.
    • Using the tweezers, flip up the black lock tab of the ZIF connector upward.

    • Pull out the MB purple ribbon cable out.

    The first step is convoluted. Can you clarify? Proofread both bullets. Also, be sure to use orange on the second step with coinciding markup, instead of two red bullets.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  16. Using the tweezers, remove the black drift cable from its port. Using the tweezers, remove the black drift cable from its port. Using the tweezers, remove the black drift cable from its port.
    • Using the tweezers, remove the black drift cable from its port.

    Do you have a picture of what it looks like when the cable is removed? Both images look the same.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  17. Using the tweezers, pull out the orange GND VCC connection wire. Using the tweezers, pull out the orange GND VCC connection wire.
    • Using the tweezers, pull out the orange GND VCC connection wire.

    Do you have a before shot with the tweezers to make this more of the flipbook style?

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  18. Using the tweezers, flip up the black lock from the connector holding the display cable. Remove the display connection wire from its port. Remove the display connection wire from its port.
    • Using the tweezers, flip up the black lock from the connector holding the display cable.

    • Remove the display connection wire from its port.

    How should they remove the wire? Also, be sure to use markup appropriately.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  19. Using Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 4mm screw that secure the WiFi card. Remove WiFi card from its port. Remove WiFi card from its port.
    • Using Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 4mm screw that secure the WiFi card.

    • Remove WiFi card from its port.

    If there are multiple ways to remove something, be sure to add modifiers to indicate how (e.g., tug, rip, gently lift, slide, etc.).

    Alex Watkins - Replica

  20. Using Philips #1 screwdriver remove the seven 4mm screws that secure the motherboard to the laptop. Remove the motherboard by lifting it out from the back case. Remove the motherboard by lifting it out from the back case.
    • Using Philips #1 screwdriver remove the seven 4mm screws that secure the motherboard to the laptop.

    • Remove the motherboard by lifting it out from the back case.

    Add one more step that shows how to remove the motherboard.

    Alex Watkins - Replica

Conclusione

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

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I was wondering if the CPU is soldered to the motherboard? Is it possible to remove the CPU and replace it with an upgraded CPU?

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