Taking apart Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA

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Taking apart Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops.

In this guide I explain how to take apart Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops.

In this particular example I’m taking apart an Asus ZenBook UX330U but all other models should be identical.

STEP 1.
Start the disassembly process with removing all screws from the base cover.
One Torx 5 screw (color-coded in green) is longer than eight other Torx 5 screws (color-coded in red).



Also, don’t forget to remove two Phillips screws hidden under two upper bottom feet (color-coded in yellow).

Start the disassembly process with removing all screws from the base cover.

STEP 2.
Separate the base cover from the top case assembly.

Separate the base cover from the top case assembly.

STEP 3.
Remove the base cover.

Remove the base cover.


STEP 4.
Make sure to disconnect the battery cable before continuing any further laptop disassembly.

Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA I/O cable part number: 08201-01342000.

Location of the main battery connector.

In order to disconnect the battery cable, it’s necessary to unlock the connector first.
Slide the metal locking bracket to the shown direction (red arrow) to unlock the connector.
After that lift up the battery connector (yellow arrow) and unplug it from the motherboard.

How to unlock the main battery connector and unplug the cable.

STEP 5.
In Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops the battery is mounted under the I/O board cable. Let’s remove this cable first.

Remove two screws from each side of the I/O cable. Two of these screws (on the bottom) also securing the battery.

Remove two screws from each side of the I/O cable.

STEP 6.
Lift up each side of the I/O cable to disconnect it from the motherboard and I/O board.
Remove the I/O cable.

Disconnect and remove the I/O cable.

STEP 7.
Remove six screws attaching the battery to the top case assembly.

Remove six screws attaching the battery to the top case assembly.

STEP 8.
Lift up and remove the battery.

Lift up and remove the battery.

Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops have the following battery model installed: C31N1602.

Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops have the following battery model installed: C31N1602.

STEP 9.
Remove one screw securing the solid state drive.
Pull the SSD out.

Remove the solid state drive.

STEP 10.
Remove one screw securing the cooling fan and disconnect the fan cable from the I/O board.

Remove one screw securing the cooling fan and disconnect the fan cable from the I/O board.

STEP 11.
Remove the cooling fan.

Remove the cooling fan.

STEP 12.
Disconnect two Wi-Fi antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card.

Disconnect two Wi-Fi antenna cables from the wireless card and remove one screw.

STEP 13.
Pull the wireless card out.

Pull the wireless card out.

STEP 14.
Remove two screws securing the I/O board and unplug the speaker cable.

Remove two screws securing the I/O board and unplug the speaker cable.

STEP 15.
Remove the I/O board (USB, SD card reader, audio jack board).

Remove the I/O board (USB, SD card reader, audio jack board).

STEP 16.
Remove three screws attaching the motherboard to the top case assembly.

Disconnect the following color-coded cables:
– Display cable (orange).
– Touchpad cable (yellow).
– Keyboard cable (green).
– Keyboard backlight cable (blue).

Remove three screws attaching the motherboard to the top case assembly and disconnect all cables.

Here’s how to disconnect all flat cables on the lower side of the motherboard.
Unlock the connector by lifting up the locking tab (red arrow) and after that pull the cable out (yellow arrow).

Here's how to disconnect all flat cables on the lower side of the motherboard.

Here’s how to disconnect the display cable.
Peel off sticky tape securing the connection. Pull the cable out.

Here's how to disconnect the display cable.

STEP 17.
Remove the motherboard from the top case assembly.

Remove the motherboard from the top case assembly.

Here’s a photo of the other side of the motherboard.

Here's a photo of the other side of the motherboard.

Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA motherboard has the DC power jack soldered.
If the DC jack fails, you’ll need a soldering station to replace the jack.

Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA motherboard has the DC power jack soldered.

STEP 18.
Place the laptop upside down with the display opened up on the edge of the desk.
Remove two screws from each display hinge.

Remove two screws from each display hinge.

STEP 19.
Separate the display assembly from the top case assembly.

By the way, in Asus ZenBook UX330 UX330U UX330UA laptops the display can be removed only after you remove the motherboard. A part of the right display hinge is mounted under the motherboard.

Separate the display assembly from the top case assembly.

The keyboard is permanently attached to the top case and cannot be easily removed and replaced. If the keyboard fails, you’ll have to replace the top case assembly.

The keyboard is permanently attached to the top case.



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