How to disassemble Toshiba Satellite L55 L55D L50 L50D

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How to disassemble Toshiba Satellite L55 L55D L50 L50D

Today I show how to disassemble Toshiba Satellite L55 L55D L50 L50D laptops. In this particular case I’m taking apart Satellite L55-B5267 model.

This guide will work for the following Toshiba Satellite models and configurations: L55-B5201SL, L55-B5237, L55-B5254, L55-B5255, L55-B5267, L55-B5267RM, L55-B5267SM, L55-B5267WM, L55-B5269SM, L55-B5270SM.


Remove two screws (green circles) securing the battery. Pull the battery out.

Remove one screw (yellow circle) securing the optical CD DVD drive.

Remove all other screws securing the bottom case.

Replacement batteries available here:

Remove battery and screws from bottom case


Pull the optical CD DVD drive out.

Remove optical CD DVD drive


Separate the bottom case from the top case.

Separate bottom case from top case


Remove the bottom case.

Remove bottom case

Now you can access all internal laptop components. Let’s remove them one by one.

Access internal components


Lift up the back side of the hard drive and disconnect it from the motherboard. This particular laptop has an aftermarket 500GB Samsung SSD installed.

Remove hard drive


Toshiba Satellite L55 L55D L50 L50D motherboard has two removable memory modules.

Remove both RAM modules if necessary.

Remove memory RAM modules


Remove one screw securing the USB LAN board and disconnect the flat cable from the motherboard.

Disconnect USB LAN board

Here’s how to release the cable.

  1. Unlock the connector by lifting up the locking tab. It will open up at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Pull the cable out of the connector.
How to release flat cable


Remove the USB LAN board with the cable.

Replacement USB boards available here:

Remove USB LAN board with cable


Disconnect the DC power jack cable from the motherboard and un-route the cable from the top case.

Disconnect DC power jack cable


Lift up the DC power jack from the housing and remove it.

Replacement DC jacks available here:

Remove DC power jack harness

STEP 10.

Disconnect both wireless antennas from the wireless card.

Disconnect antenna cables from wireless card

STEP 11.

After you remove one screw fastening the wireless card to the case, it will pop up at a 25 degree angle.

Pull the card out of the slot.

Remove wireless card

STEP 12.

Remove one screw from the power button board and disconnect the cable.

Disconnect power button board

STEP 13.

Remove the power button board with the cable.

New power button available here:

Remove power button board with cable

STEP 14.

Disconnect the speaker cable and un-route it from the fan housing.

Disconnect and un-route speaker cable

STEP 15.

Remove two screws attaching the fan.

Loosen four screws fastening the heatsink to the motherboard.

Remove screws securing fan heatsink and disconnect cable

STEP 16.

Remove the cooling module.

Remove fan heatsink assembly

The cooling fan is attached to the heatsink.

If thermal grease on the heatsink dried up, you will have to replace it. If thermal grease looks fresh and still soft, you can reuse it.

New fan assembly available here:

Replace thermal grease

STEP 17.

Remove one screw from the SD card reader board and disconnect the cable.

Disconnect SD card reader board

STEP 18.

Lift up and remove the SD card reader board with the cable.

Replacement SD card reader available here:

Remove SD card reader board

STEP 19.

Remove one screw from the LED status light board and disconnect the cable.

Disconnect LED status light board

STEP 20.

Remove the LED status light board with the cable.

Remove LED status light board with cable

STEP 21.

Disconnect the following cables from the motherboard:

  • LCD screen video cable (red rectangular)
  • Web camera cable (yellow square)
  • Keyboard cable (green rectangular)
  • Touchpad cable (blue square)

If your keyboard has backlight (unlike mine), you will have to disconnect the backlight cable too.

Disconnect cables from motherboard

Here’s how to release the keyboard cable.

  1. Slide the locking tab about 2 millimeters to the shown direction (two red arrows)
  2. Pull the cable out of the connector.
How to disconnect keyboard cable

In order to disconnect the LCD video cable you pull up the connector using the black tab on the top.

How to disconnect LED screen video cable

STEP 22.

Remove four screws fastening the motherboard to the top case.

Remove four screws fastening motherboard

STEP 23.

Separate the motherboard from the top case assembly and remove it.

Remove motherboard from top case

Here’s the other side of the motherboard.

Replacement motherboard available here:

Toshiba Satellite L55 L55D L50 L50D motherboard removed

These Toshiba Satellite laptops have the keyboard and touchpad permanently attached to the top case.

The metal plate that holds the keyboard and touchpad in place is riveted to the case and it’s not easy replacing the keyboard without replacing the top case.

New palmrest/keyboard assembly available here:

Keyboard and touchpad permanently attached to top case

15 Responses

  1. IML Tech

    @ mothcollector,
    The keyboard is part of the top case. In order to replace the keyboard you will have to separate the metal plate which is riveted to the top case. Is it doable? Yes. Is it easy? Probably not.

  2. Robert


    Thank you for the effort that you put into this.
    My model is a Satellite L55-B5276. It keeps losing the time and date in the BIOS. I cannot locate a CMOS/RTC battery. Unless I missed it I didn’t see in your photos either. Can you advise?
    Thank you for your time,

  3. IML Tech

    @ Robert,
    I looked at my pictures very closely and couldn’t find it either. :/

    • IML Tech

      The wireless card antennas? The antenna cable snaps on the connector.
      Align the round cable connector with the round connector on the wireless card. Make sure the first is right above the second. Gently push on the antenna connector until it snaps on the wireless card.

  4. DaN

    I have this exact laptopp, I been trying to do Step 8 disconnecting the dc jack (to replace it because the one I have is flimsy). But it seems that the thing is just stuck in there.

    Is there some sort of trick to remove it? I’ve tried using finger nail and a small screw putting it in the middle (where the white “hole” is) pushing it outwards but it doesn’t budge.

    Tried pulling the wires even but I didn’t want to pull too hard in case the wires fell out of the white containerplug-thing or damage the mortherboard which would make it even more of a hassle.

    I’ve tried googling and youtubing but unsucessful so yeah I thought I’d ask you.

    • IML Tech

      There shouldn’t be any trick. I think you should apply some more force to pull the harness out.

      • DaN

        Do you have to unscrew the motherboard in order to get some pull from underneath it perhaps? Sorry if I’m a bit of a newbie

        • IML Tech

          In is not necessary to unscrew the motherboard in order to disconnect the DC jack cable. I’m not sure why you having this issue. If you have EXACTLY the same laptop you should be apple to pull the DC jack cable out and disconnect it.

  5. Javi Vente

    Hey on the picture for step 4; those 2 metal plates that are screwed on the corners of the laptop, what are those called? I need to buy a set since my screen is hanging off from one, the other side broke.

    • IML Tech

      Javi Vente, they are called “display hinges”. Take a look here:

  6. Dave C

    I would advise not to remove the wireless antennas from the wifi card. The connectors are really tiny and it is easy to bend one of the pins.

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