How to disassemble Sony VAIO E Series

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Sony VAIO E Series disassembly

In this guide I will take apart a Sony VAIO E Series laptop.

Product name: SVE14A35CXH

Make sure the laptop is turned off before you start taking it apart.


Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove battery


Remove one screw securing the RAM cover.

Lift up the cover and remove it.

Remove RAM cover

Under the cover you can access both RAM modules.

Sony VAIO E series uses PC3-12800 SODIIM memory and cam take up to 8GB total (4GB in each slot).

Access RAM modules


Remove the hard drive cover.

Remove two screws securing the hard drive assembly.

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

Disconnect hard drive


Lift up and remove the hard drive.

Remove hard drive


Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Slide the optical drive to the left and pull it out.

Remove optical drive


Remove all screws from the bottom cover.

Two hinge screws (green) are larger than other screws.

Two screws located in the battery compartment (yellow) are smaller.

Remove bottom screws


Start separating the bottom cover from the rest of the laptop.

You can use a guitar pick to split the case.

Lift up bottom cover


Remove the bottom cover.

Remove bottom cover

Under the cover you can easily access the following internal components:

– Power button board.
– DC power connector.
– Cooling fan assembly.
– Wi-Fi card.
– USB/Audio board.

Access internal components


The microphone, headphone and two USB ports located on a separate board.

If one of the audio jack or USB ports is damaged, simply replace the entire board.

USB Audio board

STEP 10.

In order to remove the cooling fan assembly you’ll have to remove a few screws securing the heat sink and unplug the fan cable.

Cooling fan

STEP 11.

The DC power connector is NOT soldered to the motherboard. It can be easily replaced after you unplug the cable.

The DC connector secured to the case by a metal bracket. In order to remove the bracket you’ll have to remove the fan assembly first.

DC power connector

STEP 12.

There are a few latches securing the keyboard to the case.

In order to remove the keyboard you’ll have to unlock these latches.

Keyboard latches

STEP 13.

Push on a latch until it disengages from the case.

Unlock keyboard latch

STEP 14.

When the latch is disengaged, the keyboard will lift up a little bit.

Continue separating the keyboard from the case with your fingers and at the same time unlock remaining latches on the other side.

Lift up keyboard

STEP 15.

Separate the keyboard from the case and place it upside down on the palm rest.

Turn keyboard upside down

STEP 16.

There are two cables connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

– The backlight cable (narrow).
– The data cable (wide).

Keyboard cables

STEP 17.

The backlight cable connector doesn’t have a locking mechanism.

Simply pull the cable from the connector.

Unplug backlight cable

STEP 18.

The data cable connector, on the other hand, has to be unlocked first.

Carefully slide the locking tab about 2 millimeters away from the connector.

The tab must remain attached to the connector.

Unlock data cable

STEP 19.

Now you can pull the data cable from the connector (it goes under the locking tab).

Disconnect data cable

STEP 20.

Remove the keyboard completely.

Remove keyboard completely

STEP 21.

The power button board cable can be accessed when the keyboard removed.

The board itself secured to the other side by one screw.

Power button board cable

STEP 22.

Here’s how to remove the cable.

First, lift up one side of the locking tab until it opens up at a 90 degree angle (yellow arrow).

Second, pull the cable from the connector.

Now you can easily remove the power button board if necessary.

Unplug power button cable

12 Responses

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  2. pranjal patowary

    can you please help me out? i m trying to disassemble my vaio e series laptop. which size screwdrivers will be best for opening it up?

  3. Charlie

    Do you know how to remove or get under the touchpad? I believe there’s something caught under there that’s making the left side lift up a bit.

  4. Rui

    goodnight need help. have a sony vaio sve that has no backlight. how can I solve

  5. milan

    I m using Sony Vaio I3
    model name : SVE151L11W
    my laptop could not start , the laptop is charging by charger but it will not start so it have problem inside motherboard may be short the Intel chip so tell me how would I repair all the thing ?

  6. ChrisP

    Great writeup.

    I have a 17″ E-series that appears to have a graphics card/connector issue. The HDMI output works fine, but the laptop screen seems to always have green turned on (actual screen behaviour is inconsistent… sometimes only green works, other times everything works but there seems to be extra green artifacts). How do you get to the screen connector for an E-series?


  7. newguy

    Help me out here I m trying to find CMOS battery location on VAIO vpceb44en. I removed keyboard from front but did not find anything. From behind i opened all the screws to get to motherboard not there. Where exactly is CMOS battery. Plz help me

  8. VcdeChagn

    Nice write up. I think yours is the only one on the internet for this particular model.

  9. Dr. Martin Aguilar

    I have a Sony Vaio SVE14A190X and I was upgrading to Win 10 (i have Win 7 64 bit) and suddenly and all by 9iitself the Pc tells me that the Hard drive is full or errors and need to reset and restore all the drives,when it finises I have a password screen which was not placed by anyone and now I find I am lock out and in Germany can you help pls, I do not know where is the CMOS battery could not find it, took apart the PC but no luck please help and also how to reset back the BIOS thank a million

  10. sk

    I have Sony vaio sve14a15fn model, my laptop bezel is broken on one side, when the lid is open the lcd cover comes out from the unit separately. Give me suggestions and please help me

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