In this guide I explain how to disassemble an Asus Eee PC 1215B laptop.
It’s likely my guide will work for other models in Eee PC 1215 line. If it works for you, please mention the laptop model number in comments below.
I’m taking it apart in order to access and upgrade the hard drive which is mounted deep inside the laptop.
Before you start, make sure the laptop is turned off and battery removed.
Remove one screw securing the memory cover.
Lift up and remove the cover.
Both memory slots are located under the cover.
In order to remove the memory module you’ll have to spread latches on both sides of the memory slot. The memory module will pop up at a 30 degree angle. After that you can pull the memory module from the slot.
Asus Eee 1215B PC laptop uses DDR3 type memory.
NOTE: My customer has two 4GB RAM modules installed in the laptop. The laptop running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OS. In system properties it says 8GB RAM installed but only 7.6GB usable.
Remove six screws securing the keyboard and palm rest assembly.
Carefully separate the palm rest assembly from the laptop base with a piece of soft plastic (I’m using a guitar pick).
Continue separating it with your fingers.
There are a few hidden hooks securing the palm rest assembly. You’ll have to wiggle the assembly a little bit in order to disengage the hooks.
Lift up the palm rest assembly a little bit and slide it towards the display to disengage the hidden hooks. You’ll find detailed explanation in the comment 9.
Do not lift up the palm rest assembly too far from the laptop base because the touch pad cable still attached to the motherboard.
You have to unlock the connector and release the touch pad cable before removing the palm rest assembly.
Move the palm rest assembly away from the keyboard so you can access the connector.
In order to unlock the connector you’ll have to move the brown tab about 2 millimeters to the shown direction.
DO NOT move the tab too far from the connector base. The brown tab must stay attached to the connector base.
On the following picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position. As you see, the brown tab still attached to the base.
Now the touch pad cable is released and you can pull it from the connector.
Remove the palm rest assembly.
Remove four screws securing the keyboard.
Start separating the keyboard from the laptop base. I’m using same guitar pick for that.
Carefully lift up the keyboard and move it towards the LCD screen so you can access the keyboard cable connector underneath.
The connector has to be unlocked and cable released before you remove the keyboard.
For unlocking the keyboard connector use same technique we used in the step 6.
On the following picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Now the cable is released and you can pull it from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove seven screws securing the metal shield.
Lift up and remove the shield.
Now you can access the hard drive.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive assembly and slide it to the right to disconnect from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the hard drive.
Asus Eee PC1215B uses a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive. You can upgrade it to any other larger 2.5″ SATA hard drive.
I’m going to replace it with a SSD hard drive (my customer requested that).
I’m not going to disassemble the laptop any further but it’s not difficult to remove the motherboard.
Remove five screws securing the motherboard. Disconnect four cables.
After that you should be able to lift up and remove the motherboard.
It’s necessary to remove the motherboard in order to access and replace the cooling fan.