How to disassemble Asus U56E

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Asus U56E disassembly

In this guide I will explain how to disassemble an Asus U56E laptop.

In my case the model number is: Asus U56E-BAL7.

Make sure it’s turned off.


Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove battery


Remove three screws securing the service cover on the bottom.

Lift up and remove the cover.

Remove bottom cover


Under the service cover you will find the hard drive and both RAM modules.

Remove two screws securing the hard drive.



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

Remove the hard drive.

Disconnect hard drive


Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Pull the drive to the left and remove it.

Remove optical drive


Remove all marked screws from the bottom.

Remove bottom screws


I am using a guitar pick to separate the top cover assembly from the bottom case.

Start removing it in the palm rest area.

Separate top cover


Lift up the top cover as it shown on the following picture.

Be careful, there are two cables connecting it to the motherboard.

Lift up top cover


The top cover is mounted under the hinge cover.

Slide top cover

STEP 10.

Push on the hinge cover with your thumb and pull the top cover away.

When you install the top cover back in place you’ll have to push it under the hinge cover first and after that the rest.

Release hinge cover

STEP 11.

Before you remove the top cover/keyboard assembly completely, you’ll have to disconnect two cables.

Access top cover cables

STEP 12.

First, unlock each connector by lifting up the cable retainer (green arrows).

Second, pull both cables out (yellow arrows).

Unlock connectors

On the following picture you can see both connectors in the unlocked state from a different angle of view.

Remove cables

Now you can remove the top cover assembly completely.

Here’s a view on the bottom side of the top cover.

Top cover removed

STEP 13.

When the top cover removed, you can access the CMOS battery.

CMOS battery

STEP 14.

In order to remove the motherboard, it’s necessary to remove the wireless card first.

Unplug both antenna cables from the wireless card.

Disconnect Wi-Fi cables

STEP 15.

Remove two screws securing the wireless card and pull it out of the slot.

Remove wireless card

STEP 16.

Remove three screws securing the motherboard.

Disconnect four cables.

Disconnect motherboard

Here’s how to disconnect small connectors.

Simply unplug the male part connected to the cable from the female part on the motherboard.

Do not pull by the wires. Unplug it by the edges on the male part.

Unplug cable

Here’s how to disconnect the display cable.

Pull up by the black belt attached to the top of the connector.

Disconnect display cable

STEP 17.

If you have a SD card or cover installed in the card reader, you’ll have to remove it.

Remove SD card cover

STEP 18.

Start removing the motherboard from the laptop case as it shown on the following picture.

Lift up motherboard

Lift up the right side and carefully remove it.

Remove motherboard

On the other side of the motherboard you can access the cooling module (heatsink and fan).

Cooling module

STEP 19.

In order to remove the fan you’ll have to:

1. Remove three screws securing it to the motherboard.
2. Disconnect the cable.
3. Peel off the black mylar tape.

After that you should be able to separate the fan from the heat sink and remove it.

Disconnect cooling fan

In Asus U65E laptop the DC power jack soldered directly to the motherboard.

DC power jack

In one of the previous posts I explained how to remove Asus U56E screen.

9 Responses

  1. Jeff

    This did a great job of showing how to disassemble a U56e computer EXCEPT the part that I really needed, which was to show how to replace the keyboard. If anyone can help with this, I would be very grateful. Thanks!

  2. Andy

    The keyboard is part of the whole top cover assembly. While it is possible to separate the keyboard (huge pain, will easily damage track pad or keyboard, not worth it), it would be best to purchase a new cover assembly that is complete with keyboard. All that is involved in the actual replacement is removing the old, up to Step 12, then insert and connect the new assembly’s two ribbon cables. From there, work backwards and reassemble the laptop.

  3. GCOCommander

    I replaced just the keyboard. Major pain in the A… This is one of the only laptops i have ever seen with a keyboard that is riveted in place. In order to do it you need to pop out the rivets one by one. I used a small but long metal screwdriver to pry each rivet off. Then I used a hot glue gun to re secure the rivets. Make sure to only put glue in areas that will be covered by the static cover (the large black sticker) just in case it gets really hot and the glue runs. works and looks good, no problems, not worth the $25 i saved, not at all.

    • IML Tech

      @ GCOCommander,

      I replaced just the keyboard. Major pain in the A… This is one of the only laptops i have ever seen with a keyboard that is riveted in place.

      How about MacBook Air? 🙂

      Then I used a hot glue gun to re secure the rivets.

      Wasn’t it possible to use small screws like I did in this guide?
      When you remove the keyboard on a MacBook Air you have to break multiple rivets but it’s possible to use micro screws instead of rivets.
      Not sure about if you can do that on an Asus laptop though.

  4. vguz

    I was trying to get info about how to replace the mouse touchpad. Is it glued to the palmrest ?

  5. Terri

    Bless your soul for posting this. It was perfect and made a complete novice learn how to replace her fan and heatsink. I’m very grateful are you taking the time to post this

  6. Courtney

    For some reason in step 2 I can’t get the cover to lift off after I’ve removed the three screws. Any ideas of what I can do?

  7. Jonathan

    I know this is an older article, but I’m hoping you still read these.. How do you peel off the black mylar tape without completely shredding it?? I peeled it as carefully as I could and it looks like crap now. Is it absolutely necessary? If so, where can you get it?

  8. Chris

    Thank you so much for this guide, I was able to change my old Centrino+WiMAX MiniPCI to a newer AC 7260.

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