The motherboard is the component that connects all the parts of the computer together either through wire connections or direct integration on the the board itself.


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  1. Make sure the computer is unplugged.
    • Make sure the computer is unplugged.

      • Be sure to touch any metal surface with your hand to discharge any static electricity that might have built up.

    • Make sure all auxiliary cords are disconnected from the desktop. If not, remove them using your hands.

    • Set the desktop down horizontally with the front side facing you.

  2. Hold the desktop with two hands by grasping both sides of the desktop.
    • Hold the desktop with two hands by grasping both sides of the desktop.

    • Press the buttons on both sides using your index fingers.

    • Slide the top cover about an inch forward using your thumb to push it towards you.

      • Make sure that the bottom is still secured by both hands.

    • Lay the desktop back on the table and pull the case forward as far as it can go.

    • Lift the cover up and off.

    • Using your hand, grip the Optical Drive and lift it up into a 45 degree angle.

    • Disconnect the power supply cord and the SATA cord using your hands to pull them out.

    • Using your left index finger, lift the upper green tab found on the left side of the green piece.

    • Using your opposite hand, use your fingers to push the back of the drive forward and slide it out away from the desktop.

    • Grasp the optical drive with your right or left hand and pull the drive out towards you.

      • It will help if you lay the device flat in order to remove the drive.

    • Using your right hand, grip the CD drive and lift it up to a 90 degree position.

    • Use your hand, whichever you prefer, to grip the two cords on the CD drive and remove the two cords by pulling up.

    • Repeat the same process to remove the two cords connected to the Hard Drive.

    • Use your right index finger to pull forward the green flap on the side of the hard drive.

      • At the same time as you are lifting the green flap, use your left hand to lift the hard drive up and out.

    • Using your right index finger, press the tab with the green sticker located underneath the power supply.

    • While pressing the tab, lift up the power supply the same way you lifted up the optical drive.

      • You lifted the optical drive by grasping it with the opposite hand while pressing the tab and pulling it outward way from the center of the device.

    • Remove the two cables on the motherboard by grasping the cables with your hand and pulling the cables up and out.

    • Repeat the same process to remove the internal card power cable.

      • This is the same process as preformed when you previously removed the power cables from the optical drive and the hard drive.

      • Some cables may have small clips securing them in place. If so, be sure to press these clips inward using your fingers before pulling them out.

    • Continue to rotate the power supply to a 90 degree angle pointing upward.

    • Gripping the power supply with your hand, lift the power supply up to remove from the desktop.

    • Pull out the tab with the green sticker using your index finger.

    • Using your index finger, pull up the green tab on the left side of the cards.

    • Use your right hand to remove the cable that is attached to the COMS card by grasping the cables and pulling it out.

    • Hold the back frame of the case with your left hand, and grab the larger section of the COMs card, or the bottom card, with your right hand.

    • Wiggle the card a little and pull the COMs card straight out towards you.

      • "Wiggling" the card first will make it easier for you to take the card out instead of just forcing it out.

    • Grab the larger section of the phone line connection card, or the bottom card, with your right hand while your left hand holds the back frame of the case.

      • This is the same process as you previously preformed to remove the COMs card.

    • Wiggle the card a little and pull the phone line connection card straight out.

    • Using your hand, firmly grab the base card by the main green section while holding down the case with your opposite hand.

    • While holding the base card, wiggle it until it is released from the motherboard and pull straight out and set it aside.

    • Ensure that the cables connecting the power supply and the drives to the desktop are completely removed.

      • If not, grasp the necessary cables with your hand and pull the cables straight out.

    • For easier access, lift the CD Drive and power supply away from each other in upwards directions so that each are at 90 degree angles.

    • Using your index fingers, press the two tabs on the sides of the RAM stick.

      • Make sure you exert the same amount of force on either side so that the RAM pops out correctly.

    • The RAM should pop right out. If not, wiggle the RAM a little first and then use your hand to pull it straight out.

    • The RAM card is a very indestructible component, so don't get worried if you scruff by accident.

    • Using a Torx-Security T-15 screw driver, loosen the screws a little at a time evenly on each screw (process described below):

      • This process is done by slightly unscrewing a screw at one corner and moving to the screw at the diagonal corner next to unscrew slightly.

      • Then move to the opposite corners and repeat the process.

      • Continue until all of the screw are completely removed.

    • Remember to loosen opposite corners first to equalize the pressure on the springs. Do not completely unscrew one screw at one time. Unscrew each screw a little at a time.

    • Once all the screws are loose, grip the heat sink using your hand and lift it up.

    • Gently place the heat sink next the desktop.

    • Using your finger, push the lever, located on the right side of the CPU, down and out.

    • Using your index finger, lift up the bracket surrounding the CPU.

    • Carefully and gently grab opposite sides of the CPU only touching on the outer green portions.

    • Lift the CPU up and off using your hands.

      • Do not touch anything other than the green sides or else you will chance breaking the CPU.

    • Make sure everything is removed and/or disconnected, including the heat sink, the CPU, and all connecting cables.

    • Remove the 7 screws surrounding the edges of the motherboard using a Torx-Security T-15 screw driver to unscrew each screw counterclockwise.

    • Lift up the motherboard using your hands and take it off of the main body.


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

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