How to disassemble Asus V550CA-DB71T

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Asus V550CA disassembly



This guide will help you to disassemble an Asus V550C Series laptop.

In my case, I am taking apart an Asus V550CA-DB71T model.

Make sure it’s turned off.

STEP 1.

Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove battery

STEP 2.

Remove two screws securing the service cover.

Slide the cover to the shown direction.

Remove the cover.

Remove service cover

STEP 3.

Under the cover you will find the hard drive (regular SATA HDD) and two RAM (memory) modules.

HDD and RAM

Even though you can see both RAM modules, only one of the can be easily removed.

The upper module partially hidden by the laptop bottom cover.

In order to remove this module  it is necessary to remove the cover first.

It’s beyond my understanding why they designed it this way.

Locked RAM module

STEP 4.

Remove three screws securing the hard drive caddy.

Slide the hard drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Disconnect hard drive

STEP 5.

Remove the hard drive assembly from the case.

Remove hard drive

STEP 6.

Using a sharp object remove the screw cover hiding the screw for the optical drive.

ODD screw cover

STEP 7.

Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Pull the drive to the left and remove it from the case.

Remove ODD

STEP 8.

Remove all marked screws from the bottom.

You would suggest making notes or even draw a diagram for the removed screws locations.

There are different type of screws used to secure the bottom cover.

Remove bottom screws

STEP 9.

Disconnect the speaker cable.

Do not pull by the wires. Unplug the white male connector by the edges.

Disconnect speaker cable

STEP 10.

The bottom cover seated very tightly.

I had to use a guitar pick to separate the bottom cover from the palm rest/keyboard assembly.

Separate bottom cover

STEP 11.

Remove the cover.

Remove bottom cover

STEP 12.

Both speakers mounted to the bottom cover.

Remove speakers

The USB board with audio jack is a separate board connected to the main board via flat cable.

The wireless card also can be easily accessed here.

When the bottom cover removed, you can remove the upper RAM module.

USB board and wireless card

The cooling fan is part of the heat sink assembly.

In order to separate the heat sink assembly from the motherboard you’ll have to remove six screws and disconnect one cable.

Cooling fan

The DC power jack attached to a cable.

If the jack failed you simply unplug it from the motherboard and replace with a new one.

DC power jack

Asus V550CA-DB71T motherboard has a mSATA slot available for SSD upgrade.

Even though there is enough space for the full size mSATA SSD, the mounting stud locations suggest that you have to use mSATA Mini (half-size) SSD.

mSATA slot





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