In this tutorial I explain how to disassemble an Asus K501U laptop.
In the first part of this guide I will show how to take apart the laptop base assembly in order to access all internal components. In the second part of this guide I will show how to take apart the display panel in order to remove the LCD screen.
Taking apart Asus K501U base assembly
Remove all shown screws from the bottom cover. These screws have different length. I color-coded screws with similar length in red, yellow and green. Make sure to install them correctly when you assemble the laptop back together.
Separate the bottom cover from the palmrest assembly and remove it.
Remove four screws securing the battery.
The battery connected to the motherboard via a cable.
In order to unlock the battery connector you’ll have to slide the metal bracket to the shown direction.
Carefully lift up the battery cable from the connector.
Do not use metal objects to lift up the cable. You can short metal pins inside.
You can find a new replacement battery using the part number printed on the original battery. I would recommend using a genuine Asus battery, not a third-party replacement.
New battery available here: https://ebay.to/2uRgCDs
Asus K501U motherboard has only one memory slot. Some memory is built into the motherboard. You can access the available slot if you remove the metal cover.
Remove four screws from the hard drive caddy and remove the caddy. This laptop came with a solid state drive so there is no regular 2.5″ hard drive installed.
Remove one screw securing the solid state drive and pull the drive out.
Remove three screws securing the right fan.
Disconnect fan cable from the motherboard.
Replacement fan available here: https://ebay.to/39z7gev
Remove the right fan.
Remove three screws securing the left fan.
Disconnect fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the left fan.
The USB audio board is mounted under the right hinge.
Remove three screws from the right hinge.
Remove one screw securing the board.
Disconnect the USB audio board cable (color-coded in green).
Disconnect the right speaker cable (color-coded in yellow).
Here’s how to disconnect the flat cable.
Unlock the connector first by lifting up the locking tab. After that pull the cable out.
Lift up the right hinge and remove the USB audio board.
Replacement USB board available here: https://ebay.to/2SQBm6v
Carefully disconnect wireless antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card and pull it out.
The motherboard mounted under the left hinge.
Remove three screws from the left hinge.
Remove two screws securing the motherboard.
Disconnect the following cables:
– USB audio bord cable (red)
– Keyboard backlight cable (orange)
– Keyboard cable (yellow)
– LED board cable (green)
– Trackpad cable (blue)
– Display video cable (pink)
Lift up the left hinge.
Remove the motherboard.
Here’s the hidden side of the motherboard. The DC power jack is soldered to the motherboard and here’s how to replace the failed DC jack.
Replacement motherboards available here: https://ebay.to/321OTMO
With both hinges lifted up you can separate the palmrest assembly from the display.
The trackpad is secured to the palmrest assembly with one screw. Remove the screw.
Remove the trackpad.
The LED board secured by one screw and can be easily removed too.
The keyboard is permanently attached to the palmrest assembly. It’s not easy to replace just the keyboard without replacing the entire top case.
Replacement palmrest available here: https://ebay.to/2SLs5wl
Taking apart Asus K501U display panel
Slide the hinge cover to the shown direction. This can be done only after the display panel separated from the palmrest assembly.
Remove the hinge cover.
Remove two screws securing the front bezel to the display back cover.
Start separating the bezel from the back cover.
Remove the display front bezel.
Remove four screws securing the LCD screen to the back cover.
Separate the LCD screen from the back cover to access the video cable connector on the back of the screen.
Unplug the video cable from the screen.
You can find a new replacement LCD screen using the part number printed on the back of the original screen.
Replacement LCD screen available here: https://ebay.to/2HvpD7S