In this guide I’ll be taking apart a Asus Eee PC 1201n netbook. I will show how to remove both memory modules, keyboard, top cover, hard drive, cooling fan and CMOS battery.
Most likely this guide will work for other Asus Eee 12XX models. If it works for you, please mention the model number in comments after this post.
Make sure the laptop is turned off.
Remove the battery.
Remove two screws securing the memory (RAM) cover and remove the cover.
Both memory modules can be easily accessed through the door on the bottom.
Spread plastic latches on both sides of the memory slot until the memory module pops up at a 30 degree angle. After that carefully pull memory module from the slot by the edges.
In the following 7 steps I’ll be removing the keyboard.
The keyboard secured by four latches on the top.
Press on the latch with a sharp object and at the same time pull the keyboard a little bit up.
Do the same with remaining three latches.
After all four latches are released, you can lift up the keyboard.
Be careful, the keyboard attached to the motherboard with a flat ribbon cable.
Before you can remove the keyboard, you have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
In order to unlock the keyboard connector, move the brown clip about 2-3 millimeters towards the display.
The brown clip must stat attached to the white base.
On the following picture the connector shown in the unlocked position.
After the connector unlocked, you can release the cable and remove the keyboard.
You’ll find a few keyboard part numbers on the sticker. I’m not sure which one is the official Asus part number, but you can search on google for all of them.
I think one of these part numbers will lead you to the replacement keyboard.
In the following 5 steps I will show how to remove the top cover.
Remove all screws from the bottom of the netbook.
Remove all screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect the touch pad cable.
You unlock the touch pad connector same way you unlocked the keyboard connector.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the netbook base. You can use a piece of soft plastic to separate the top cover. I’m using the guitar pick.
Remove the top cover assembly.
After you remove the top cover assembly, you can access the hard drive, cooling fan and CMOS battery.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive assembly.
Slide the hard drive assembly to right to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the hard drive.
As you see, it’s a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive for notebooks.
In order to remove the cooling fan, you’ll have to remove two screws and disconnect one cable from the motherboard.
After that the cooling fan is ready for the removal and replacement.
In the following guide I explain how to remove and replaced LED-backligt screen in Asus Eee PC 1201n netbook.