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by Nirav Patel

    • Power off the Framework Laptop by navigating to the Windows icon on the bottom left and clicking on "Power" followed by "Shut down," or if on Linux, the equivalent action there.

    IMPORTANT: If you plan to install your existing mainboard in a CoolerMaster case, make sure to boot into the BIOS and enable standalone mode before continuing.

    Richard Tango-Lowy - Reply

    Pretty sure you might want to include a reminder to backup the bitlocker recovery key if it is enabled. The system will definitely boot to the bitlocker recovery screen since it will be a different TPM.

    James Wu - Reply

    It could be helpful to give the bash terminal command to shutdown such as

    sudo shutdown -h now

    Patrick Corey - Reply

    Bottom left*

    Vijfhoek - Reply

  1. Unplug your power cable from the USB-C Expansion Card in your Framework Laptop.
    • Unplug your power cable from the USB-C Expansion Card in your Framework Laptop.

    (I had formerly left a long comment here about how you guys 'forgot' to have a bit about removing the expansion cards...and while some official guide on this is probably a good idea to have, it's...not actually necessary to remove them! Even though in the build guide, they go in last, they don't actually need to come out in order to replace the screen! Heh.)

    Eli B - Reply

    • Close the lid on your Framework Laptop and place it upside down on a soft, non-marring surface, such as the bag that it shipped in.

    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew the 5 fasteners on the Bottom Cover. These fasteners will remain attached in the Bottom Cover so that you do not lose them.

    • The fastener on the bottom left (circled in red) will not unscrew as far as the others, as it is acting as a lifter for the Input Cover.

    • You'll hear this fastener start clicking as you rotate when it is unscrewed far enough.

    • Do not use a powered tool for these steps, as this will likely result in damage to the fasteners.

    Thank you for writing the specific detail on the lower left corner screw.

    I thought something was not working correct until re-read this guide.

    Patrick Corey - Reply

    • Flip the Framework Laptop back over and open the lid to around 120 degrees.

    • Important: Pull the Input Cover off carefully as it is still attached to the Mainboard via the Touchpad Cable. You don't need to disconnect this cable to do most repairs. You can just flip the Input Cover over. If you do want to disconnect it though, make sure to disconnect the Mainboard side using the finger loop over the orange label.

    • The bottom right corner of the Input Cover lifts up when the five fasteners are properly unscrewed from the previous step. You should not have to use any excessive force to remove the Input Cover.

    • Carefully lift the cover up from the bottom right corner. If you need to, you can use the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver to lift it as well. Lift the Input Cover off the Mainboard, flip it over (keyboard side down), and place it about halfway on the Bottom Cover.

    • Be sure not to put too much force on the Touchpad Cable when doing this.

    • If the LEDs on the left and right sides of the system are flashing red when you lift off the cover, it means the system is still powered on. Make sure your power cable isn't plugged in and that you have shut down correctly.

    • Note that it may take up to 30 seconds after shutting down for the system to fully power off. Wait until the LEDs stop flashing before proceeding.

    • You should keep the Battery connector plugged in unless you need to replace the Battery, Mainboard, or Speakers. This connector is easy to accidentally damage, so it's better to not handle it.

    You should flip the keyboard around the x-axis (so that the back edge comes towards you as you flip) and not the z-axis (resulting in the left edge rotating to the right). I started to do the z-axis and the touchpad cable was getting twisted. I am capable of messing up all instructions. This is my anti-super-power... or joker power in the Wild Cards universe.

    Brian - Reply

  2. Open the Framework Laptop 180 degrees to remove the Bezel. Be careful to check that the back left and right fasteners that you unscrewed earlier don't get caught on the lid as you open it to 180 degrees. The Framework Bezel is attached by magnets so you will not require any tools to remove it. Just use your fingernail and pry the Bezel away from the display from one of the top corners of the Framework Laptop.
    • Open the Framework Laptop 180 degrees to remove the Bezel.

    • Be careful to check that the back left and right fasteners that you unscrewed earlier don't get caught on the lid as you open it to 180 degrees.

    • The Framework Bezel is attached by magnets so you will not require any tools to remove it. Just use your fingernail and pry the Bezel away from the display from one of the top corners of the Framework Laptop.

    • Once the Bezel starts peeling off towards the bottom of the Display, lift it up using caution. You might feel a little resistance due to the adhesive at the bottom of the display.

  3. Find the black Display Cable that connects the display to the mainboard. Unplug the cable by pulling it directly upwards using the black pull tab. Carefully lift up the silver grounding tape that is holding the Display Cable to the hinge.
    • Find the black Display Cable that connects the display to the mainboard. Unplug the cable by pulling it directly upwards using the black pull tab.

    • Carefully lift up the silver grounding tape that is holding the Display Cable to the hinge.

    • Free the Display Cable from the Bottom Cover and carefully remove it from any routing pegs. It will remain connected to the display.

  4. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew the 4 fasteners connecting the Display to the Top Cover. The Display is now fully unattached to the Top Cover, you can gently lift it up from the corner using your fingernail. Be sure to only handle the Display by the side edges and avoid touching the bottom area.
    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew the 4 fasteners connecting the Display to the Top Cover.

    • The Display is now fully unattached to the Top Cover, you can gently lift it up from the corner using your fingernail.

    • Be sure to only handle the Display by the side edges and avoid touching the bottom area.

    The hinge kit got in the way for me. I needed to unscrew the two fasteners on the display side of the hinge joint and one fastener next to the hing rod (the small one right next to the hinge joint cylinder). Once I did that on each side, the display came up easily.

    I'm not sure if I over-tightened the hinge joint when I replaced it for a stiffer hinge assembly, but the metal tabs of the display that were on the bottom behind the hinge joint needed to be pried loose after unscrewing the mentioned screws. After doing so, it was easy to finish the next step.

    Not sure if this is unique to me, but I hope it helps the team or others with this scenario.

    Ian Clearyu - Reply

  5. There are four alignment pins located on the Top Cover.  They are located right next to the four fastener slots.  Place the silver brackets connected to Display directly over the pins. Be sure to only handle the Display by the side edges and avoid touching the bottom area.
    • There are four alignment pins located on the Top Cover. They are located right next to the four fastener slots. Place the silver brackets connected to Display directly over the pins.

    • Be sure to only handle the Display by the side edges and avoid touching the bottom area.

  6. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver screw the four fasteners into place. Be sure to not over tighten the fasteners.
    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver screw the four fasteners into place.

    • Be sure to not over tighten the fasteners.

  7. Route the black Display Cable through the routing channel as indicated in the picture. Secure the silver grounding tape as indicated in the first image.
    • Route the black Display Cable through the routing channel as indicated in the picture.

    • Secure the silver grounding tape as indicated in the first image.

    • Using the black pull tab, align the Display Cable connector with the connection on the Mainboard and firmly press down.

    • The Display installation is now complete.

    Be very careful pushing the cable under the routing peg! I broke off the routing peg while trying to get the cable under it. :-(

    Jay Sekora - Reply

  8. Open the Framework Laptop 180 degrees to attach the Bezel. Align the corners of the Bezel to the display and place it down. The Bezel is attached by magnets and should easily click into place.
    • Open the Framework Laptop 180 degrees to attach the Bezel.

    • Align the corners of the Bezel to the display and place it down. The Bezel is attached by magnets and should easily click into place.

    • Make sure that all of the corners and edges of the Bezel are fully connected to the Top Cover. If the corners are not aligned. carefully lift up the part of the bezel and guide it into place.

  9. Before closing up the laptop, make sure that the Touchpad end of the Touchpad Cable is fully seated in the receptacle. The cable should be inserted far enough that the white line almost touches the receptacle.
    • Before closing up the laptop, make sure that the Touchpad end of the Touchpad Cable is fully seated in the receptacle.

    • The cable should be inserted far enough that the white line almost touches the receptacle.

    • If it is not inserted far enough, you'll need to flip up the black latch on the other side of the connector, slide the cable in further, and then close the black latch again.

  10. Flip the Input Cover over the Bottom Cover so that the keyboard is facing up and attach it to the Bottom Cover by aligning the top and bottom edges of both covers. Tip: The covers are magnetic and should fit into one another easily. If you feel any resistance simply lift the Input Cover up and try again. Tip: The covers are magnetic and should fit into one another easily. If you feel any resistance simply lift the Input Cover up and try again.
    • Flip the Input Cover over the Bottom Cover so that the keyboard is facing up and attach it to the Bottom Cover by aligning the top and bottom edges of both covers.

    • Tip: The covers are magnetic and should fit into one another easily. If you feel any resistance simply lift the Input Cover up and try again.

  11. Close the Framework Laptop and turn it upside down to reveal the five fasteners on the Bottom Cover. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, screw all 5 fasteners back into the Bottom Cover.
    • Close the Framework Laptop and turn it upside down to reveal the five fasteners on the Bottom Cover.

    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, screw all 5 fasteners back into the Bottom Cover.

    • Be sure to not over-tighten the fasteners.

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7 Comments

After installing the matte display, the screen is now set on a very low brightness and I can barely see anything. I can tell the screen is on, but it is not bright enough to navigate the OS so I can troubleshoot. Before I started the display swap I made sure the screen brightness was set to maximum in windows. Using the on keyboard display brightness buttons does not increase display brightness. What are my options besides having to wait until nighttime?

jeff - Reply

The screen might not be connected properly. It looks like you have no (or only very low) backlight power. Please ensure that the connector is connected properly and there are no pins bent or damaged.

Jonathan Haas -

There were 3 important steps missing from this guide when replacing my original glossy 13" display for the new matte one. As mentioned, one was peeling the backing off the silver grounding tape. This is presumably a fairly serious omission, assuming that without peeling the backing off, the display can never be properly grounded?

The other two omissions were:

1. peeling off the white tape which was securing the display cable to the back of the display (presumably for protection during shipping) - best done between steps 7 and 8

2. peeling off the protective cover from the front of the display, using the black tab near the top-right corner - best done between steps 10 and 11.

Finally, in step 4 the video shows the input cover being lifted first from the top corners; however the text says "Carefully lift the cover up from the bottom right corner." I found this confusing, so it would have been good if the guidance in the text matched the video.

Other than those , I found the whole process very straightforward!

Adam Spiers - Reply

Secure the silver grounding tape as indicated in the first image.

I was a little confused about the silver tape, it didn’t seem sticky, was there a backing I was supposed to remove?

Alexander Schokking - Reply

There is a fibre backing on the new grounding tape that you have to peel off.

Adam Reynolds -

Any timeline on when we’ll be able to purchase replacement displays?

Dale Harper - Reply

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