Today I reveal to you a full disassembly guide for MSI GE62 GP62 PE60 gaming laptops and it will be very similar for MSI GE72 series.
All teardown instructions should be the same for many different models and configurations: MS-16J1, MS-16J2, MS-16J3… through MS-16J9.
In the first part of the disassembly guide I explain how to access and remove all internal components from the laptop case and I will show how display hinges fail on these models.
In the second part we’ll move to the display disassembly and screen removal.
Part 1. Taking apart the laptop case.
Remove one screw fastening the optical CD/DVD drive to the case. Pull the drive out.
Remove all screws from the bottom case. Don’t forget about three screws (green circles) located in the optical drive bay.
Carefully separate the bottom case from the top case starting from the optical drive area. You can use a plastic opener tool to pry open the case.
Remove the bottom case.
Remove one screw fastening the battery and slide it to the shown direction to disconnect it from the motherboard. Replacement batteries available here.
Remove two screws from the hard drive mounting bracket.
Lift up the hard drive and disconnect it from the SATA port on the motherboard.
MSI GE62 GP62 PE60 motherboards have two or three slots available for the m.2 solid state drive upgrade. In my case I didn’t have any m.2 SSDs installed but more expensive models come with SSDs installed at factory.
Upgrading regular 2.5″ hard drive to a 2.5″ SATA solid state drive to improve laptop performance.
There are two memory slots. You can remove and replace RAM modules if necessary.
This laptop can take up to 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2400/2666/3200 SOSIMM RAM modules.
Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Disconnect the display video cable from the motherboard.
First, unlock the connector by lifting up the locking tab. It will open up at a 90 degree angle.
Second, pull the cable out of the connector.
The video cable and Wi-Fi antennas are routed on the side of the left fan. Remove them from the guided path.
Remove two screws securing the left fan and disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove two more screws from the right fan and disconnect the fan cable.
Remove eight screws fixing the heatsink module to the motherboard.
Remove the heatsink module.
There are three screws fixing each cooling fan to the heatsink.
After you remove the screws, you can separate the cooling fan and replace it if necessary.
The DC power jack is mounted under the hinge.
Remove two screws from the hinge.
Lift up the hinge so it opens up at a 60 degree angle.
Do you notice that in my case both screws are still attached to the hinge? That’s because both hinges in my laptop got completely detached from the top case but we’ll talk about hinge problems later in the post.
Disconnect the DC jack cable from the motherboard and remove it.
Replacement DC power jack available here: https://ebay.to/3bo7KG3
Disconnect the speaker cable, lift up and remove the speaker.
There are two screw fixing the USB SD card reader board to the top case. Remove both screws.
Disconnect the cable from the board.
Remove the USB SD card reader board.
Remove five screws from the motherboard.
Disconnect the touchpad and the speaker cable.
Separate the motherboard from the top case. Be careful, there are two keyboard cables connected to the board on the other side.
Turn the motherboard upside down and disconnect both keyboard cables.
The narrow cable is for the backlight and the wide one is for the data.
With the motherboard removed, we can take a closer look at the top case.
In MSI GE62 GP62 PE60 laptops the keyboard is permanently riveted to the top case and cannot be easily removed.
The touchpad is glued to the case.
If the keyboard failed, probably you are looking at the full top case replacement or try this keyboard repair hack.
MSI GE62 GP62 PE60 hinge failure
Now let’s take a look at different hinge failures.
When I opened up the laptop for the first time, I noticed it makes a loud clicking noise and the top case separates from the bottom in the hinge area. After I disassembled the laptop, I found the problem right away.
Both hinges were completely detached from the top case. All screw nuts that suppose to be anchored in the plastic housings got pulled out. The plastic sockets that suppose to secure the nuts got completely destroyed.
This is very similar to Dell Inspiron 15 7000 hinge problem.
Here’s the right hinge.
Here’s the left hinge.
If you have a problem with the hinges like that, you will have to remove the top case assembly and replace it with a new one.
As I mentioned earlier, the keyboard is permanently attached to the frame so you’ll have to replace the entire top case or find a way to reattach the keyboard to the new frame.
In some cases the hinge problem might occur inside the display panel like shown on the following picture. The hinge gets detached from the display cover. You can try fixing it with standard machine screws but it will not look perfect.
To fix it the proper way, it’s necessary to take apart the display assembly and replace the back cover.
Part 2. Display disassembly and screen removal.
It is not necessary to remove the display in order to disassemble it. It can be done while the display is still attached to the laptop case.
In my example it’s removed only because I was doing the full laptop teardown.
Start removing the screen bezel from the back cover on the top of the display assembly. Use a plastic case opener to separate two parts. Wiggle the bezel to unfasten it from the cover.
Continue separating the bezel on the sides.
On the bottom the bezel is glued to the LCD screen with adhesive tape. Carefully separate the bezel from the screen.
Remove the bezel.
Remove four screws attaching the LCD screen to the back cover.
Turns the screen upside down in order to access the video cable connector on the back.
Peel off clear tape securing the connection and unplug the video cable from the LCD screen.
You can find a replacement screen using the part number printed on the original screen. In my case the part number is: LP156WF6 (SP)(B1).
After the LCD screen is removed, you can get full access to the video cable.