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by Nirav Patel

Introduction

Welcome to the Framework Mainboard replacement guide! Regardless of if you are a pro or just starting out, this guide is really helpful since we’ll walk you through each step of the process. It is highly recommended you read each step first and look at the pictures so that you know what to expect as you are going through the process.

Before you get started, if you are running Windows, there are a few steps you'll need to take to prepare for the replacement.

First, make sure you back up your data. Next, you’ll want to make sure to suspend BitLocker by following our directions here. Lastly, you'll need to make sure you capture the necessary information to re-activate Windows after any major hardware change.

If you end up having any questions, just reach out to us at support@frame.work

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Parts

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

    • Power off the Framework Laptop by navigating to the Windows icon on the bottom right and click on "Power" followed by "Shut down."

  2. Close your laptop completely and turn it over so you can access the Expansion Cards. While keeping the release button pressed, use your other fingers to slide the Expansion Card away from the laptop.
    • Close your laptop completely and turn it over so you can access the Expansion Cards.

    • While keeping the release button pressed, use your other fingers to slide the Expansion Card away from the laptop.

    • Important: You may have to use a little bit of force to fully disconnect the Expansion Card.

    • Make sure each Expansion Card is fully removed before proceeding to the next step.

  3. Using the Framework T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew each of the 5 captive fasteners. Note: The fasteners will come loose after a few revolutions, but they will remain attached (captive) in the Bottom Cover to make them easier not to lose!
    • Using the Framework T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew each of the 5 captive fasteners.

    • Note: The fasteners will come loose after a few revolutions, but they will remain attached (captive) in the Bottom Cover to make them easier not to lose!

  4. Turn the Framework Laptop over and open it to 120 degrees. 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 and flip it over (keyboard side down) and place it about halfway on the Bottom Cover.
    • Turn the Framework Laptop over and open it to 120 degrees.

    • 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 and flip it over (keyboard side down) and place it about halfway on the Bottom Cover.

    • Important: Do not pull the Input Cover fast or with too much force as it is still attached to the Mainboard via the Touchpad Cable.

  5. Disconnect the Touchpad Cable from the Mainboard by inserting your finger into the loop and pull directly upward using a slight amount of force. Once the Touchpad Cable is disconnected, remove the Input Cover away from the Mainboard. Once the Touchpad Cable is disconnected, remove the Input Cover away from the Mainboard.
    • Disconnect the Touchpad Cable from the Mainboard by inserting your finger into the loop and pull directly upward using a slight amount of force.

    • Once the Touchpad Cable is disconnected, remove the Input Cover away from the Mainboard.

  6. Gently disconnect the Battery by gripping the connector edges with both fingers and slide the connector away from the socket. Be careful regarding how you are sliding the connector out: follow a straight motion, do not wiggle or let it twist at an angle. Be careful regarding how you are sliding the connector out: follow a straight motion, do not wiggle or let it twist at an angle.
    • Gently disconnect the Battery by gripping the connector edges with both fingers and slide the connector away from the socket.

    • Be careful regarding how you are sliding the connector out: follow a straight motion, do not wiggle or let it twist at an angle.

  7. Using both fingers and a slight amount of force, disconnect the Speaker cable from the Mainboard by pulling it straight out. Using both fingers and a slight amount of force, disconnect the Speaker cable from the Mainboard by pulling it straight out. Using both fingers and a slight amount of force, disconnect the Speaker cable from the Mainboard by pulling it straight out.
    • Using both fingers and a slight amount of force, disconnect the Speaker cable from the Mainboard by pulling it straight out.

  8. Disconnect the Audio Flex Cable from the Mainboard. Using your fingernail or the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver flip up the black latch on the connector and then gently slide the cable out of the connector. There should be no resistance when disconnecting this cable. There should be no resistance when disconnecting this cable.
    • Disconnect the Audio Flex Cable from the Mainboard. Using your fingernail or the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver flip up the black latch on the connector and then gently slide the cable out of the connector.

    • There should be no resistance when disconnecting this cable.

  9. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Display cable on the top, left hand side by using the pull tab to pull it upward. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Display cable on the top, left hand side by using the pull tab to pull it upward. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Display cable on the top, left hand side by using the pull tab to pull it upward.
    • Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Display cable on the top, left hand side by using the pull tab to pull it upward.

  10. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Webcam cable on the top, right hand side by using the black pull tab to pull it directly upward. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Webcam cable on the top, right hand side by using the black pull tab to pull it directly upward. Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Webcam cable on the top, right hand side by using the black pull tab to pull it directly upward.
    • Using your fingers, carefully disconnect the Webcam cable on the top, right hand side by using the black pull tab to pull it directly upward.

  11. Using the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver, release the black and white WiFi Antenna cables by gently lifting them out from the rubber holders. Unscrew the fastener in the silver bracket holding down the WiFi module. Remove the silver bracket and gently pull the WiFi module out of the socket as indicated in the image.
    • Using the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver, release the black and white WiFi Antenna cables by gently lifting them out from the rubber holders.

    • Unscrew the fastener in the silver bracket holding down the WiFi module.

    • Remove the silver bracket and gently pull the WiFi module out of the socket as indicated in the image.

    • Note: You do not need to disconnect the black and white WiFi Antenna cables from the WiFi module. Keeping them connected will make it easier to insert the card back into place.

  12. Using both fingers, gently pull the top and bottom silver release clips away from the Memory as indicated in the image. Important: The top and bottom clips should be released simultaneously for a single Memory module. The Memory module will pop up at a 45 degree angle, carefully slide it out of the socket and remove it from the Mainboard.
    • Using both fingers, gently pull the top and bottom silver release clips away from the Memory as indicated in the image.

    • Important: The top and bottom clips should be released simultaneously for a single Memory module.

    • The Memory module will pop up at a 45 degree angle, carefully slide it out of the socket and remove it from the Mainboard.

    • If you have more than one Memory module in place simply repeat the steps for the other module.

  13. Unscrew the fastener holding down the Storage. The Storage module will pop up at a 45 degree angle. Slide the module out of the socket using a straight motion and remove it from the Mainboard.
    • Unscrew the fastener holding down the Storage.

    • The Storage module will pop up at a 45 degree angle.

    • Slide the module out of the socket using a straight motion and remove it from the Mainboard.

  14. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew the five fasteners holding down the Mainboard. These fasteners will completely come out unlike the five fasteners in step number two.  Be sure to keep them in a safe place during the replacement so that you do not lose them!
    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, unscrew the five fasteners holding down the Mainboard.

    • These fasteners will completely come out unlike the five fasteners in step number two. Be sure to keep them in a safe place during the replacement so that you do not lose them!

  15. In order to lift the Mainboard off the Bottom Cover, grab it from the bottom edges and lift up very gently.  There should be no resistance when lifting up the Mainboard unless a previous step was missed. The components located underneath the Mainboard are highly sensitive.  Be sure to handle the board by the edges, and avoid touching any components on the board.
    • In order to lift the Mainboard off the Bottom Cover, grab it from the bottom edges and lift up very gently. There should be no resistance when lifting up the Mainboard unless a previous step was missed.

    • The components located underneath the Mainboard are highly sensitive. Be sure to handle the board by the edges, and avoid touching any components on the board.

    • The Mainboard is now fully disconnected from the Framework Laptop.

  16. The easiest way to properly install the Mainboard is by aligning the two alignment pins on the Bottom Cover with the two holes on the Mainboard. Take a close look at the actual Mainboard and you'll notice two small holes. You will see one hole on the top right and the other on the top left-hand side of the Mainboard as indicated in the first image with the orange arrows. The alignment pins are located on the Bottom Cover as indicated with the green arrows in the second image.
    • The easiest way to properly install the Mainboard is by aligning the two alignment pins on the Bottom Cover with the two holes on the Mainboard.

    • Take a close look at the actual Mainboard and you'll notice two small holes. You will see one hole on the top right and the other on the top left-hand side of the Mainboard as indicated in the first image with the orange arrows.

    • The alignment pins are located on the Bottom Cover as indicated with the green arrows in the second image.

    • Place the Mainboard on the Bottom Cover by using the alignment pins as a guide. Place the holes in the Mainboard directly over pins in the Bottom Cover. Both the left and right-hand side pins should fit into the holes perfectly.

    • The components located underneath the Mainboard are highly sensitive. Be sure to handle the board by the edges, and avoid touching any components on the board.

    • Once you have placed the Mainboard down be sure to make sure that the Speaker cable, Display cable, Camera cable, WiFi antenna cables, Audio Board cable, or the Battery cable are not stuck between the Mainboard and Bottom Cover as all the cables will need to be reconnected into their respective sockets after the Mainboard is secured in place.

  17. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, screw the five fasteners into the Mainboard once it is properly seated.
    • Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, screw the five fasteners into the Mainboard once it is properly seated.

    • Be sure to not over-tighten the fasteners.

  18. Plug the battery into the Mainboard using two fingers so that you can slide the connector into the socket with an even, straight motion. Important: Do not twist or wiggle the connector as you are plugging it back in.
    • Plug the battery into the Mainboard using two fingers so that you can slide the connector into the socket with an even, straight motion.

    • Important: Do not twist or wiggle the connector as you are plugging it back in.

  19. Using two fingers, slide the Speaker cable into the Mainboard using a straight motion and a slight amount of force. Using two fingers, slide the Speaker cable into the Mainboard using a straight motion and a slight amount of force.
    • Using two fingers, slide the Speaker cable into the Mainboard using a straight motion and a slight amount of force.

  20. Connect the Audio Board cable by gently sliding it into the Mainboard. Make sure the black latch on the connector is flipped up so that you can slide the Audio Board Cable into the connector. Slide the cable straight in until the white line is almost at the edge of the connector Using your finger or the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver, flip the black latch down towards the Mainboard to lock the cable in place. Once the black latch is secure the Audio Board cable should not come loose.
    • Connect the Audio Board cable by gently sliding it into the Mainboard. Make sure the black latch on the connector is flipped up so that you can slide the Audio Board Cable into the connector. Slide the cable straight in until the white line is almost at the edge of the connector

    • Using your finger or the spudger end of the Framework Screwdriver, flip the black latch down towards the Mainboard to lock the cable in place.

    • Once the black latch is secure the Audio Board cable should not come loose.

  21. Hold the pull tab on the Display cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard. Hold the pull tab on the Display cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard.
    • Hold the pull tab on the Display cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard.

  22. Hold the pull tab on the Webcam cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard. Hold the pull tab on the Webcam cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard.
    • Hold the pull tab on the Webcam cable and connect it into the Mainboard by aligning the pins from the cable with the socket pins on the Mainboard.

  23. Make sure that both the black and white WiFi Antenna cables are connected to the module and are rotated downwards as indicated in the second picture with the blue arrows. Insert the WiFi module into the Mainbord by aligning the notch on the module with the notch on the socket. Insert the WiFi module into the Mainbord by aligning the notch on the module with the notch on the socket.
    • Make sure that both the black and white WiFi Antenna cables are connected to the module and are rotated downwards as indicated in the second picture with the blue arrows.

    • Insert the WiFi module into the Mainbord by aligning the notch on the module with the notch on the socket.

  24. Once the module is properly inserted into the Mainboard, carefully route both the black and white WiFi Antenna cables into the black rubber routers as indicated in the first image.  Place both the cables  behind the metal structure located near the top right of the WiFi module as well. Important: The WiFi Antenna cables should not touch the Speaker located below the module as indicated in image one.
    • Once the module is properly inserted into the Mainboard, carefully route both the black and white WiFi Antenna cables into the black rubber routers as indicated in the first image. Place both the cables behind the metal structure located near the top right of the WiFi module as well.

    • Important: The WiFi Antenna cables should not touch the Speaker located below the module as indicated in image one.

    • Place the silver bracket over the WiFi module and place the fastener in the hole. Using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver, screw the fastener into place.

    • Be sure to not over-tighten the fastener.

  25. Insert the Memory module into the Mainboard by aligning the notch on the Memory module with the notch on the socket. Once the module is fully inserted, it will rise up at a 20-degree angle.  Gently press it down towards the Mainboard until the clips located at the top and bottom of the receptacle snap into place (see the red arrows in the third image). Note: If you  are using one Memory module, place it in the right socket that is labelled “Channel 0."
    • Insert the Memory module into the Mainboard by aligning the notch on the Memory module with the notch on the socket.

    • Once the module is fully inserted, it will rise up at a 20-degree angle. Gently press it down towards the Mainboard until the clips located at the top and bottom of the receptacle snap into place (see the red arrows in the third image).

    • Note: If you are using one Memory module, place it in the right socket that is labelled “Channel 0."

    • Note: The first boot after installing a new Memory module will take longer than normal, as the system prepares itself for the new module.

  26. Align the notch on the Storage module with the notch on the socket and slide the module into the Mainboard. Once properly inserted the module will rise up at a 20-degree angle. Using one finger gently hold the Storage module down to the Mainboard and use your other hand to screw in the fastener using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver.
    • Align the notch on the Storage module with the notch on the socket and slide the module into the Mainboard.

    • Once properly inserted the module will rise up at a 20-degree angle.

    • Using one finger gently hold the Storage module down to the Mainboard and use your other hand to screw in the fastener using the T5 bit in the Framework Screwdriver.

    • Be sure to not over-tighten the fastener.

  27. Gently place the Input Cover keyboard side down on the Bottom Cover as indicated on the image.  The cover should be about an inch and a half away from the bottom of the Mainboard so that you can comfortably install the Touchpad Cable. Note: The orientation of the Input Cover matters.  Study the first image in this step to ensure you are properly attaching the cover. Locate the loop on the end of the Touchpad Cable and insert your finger into it.
    • Gently place the Input Cover keyboard side down on the Bottom Cover as indicated on the image. The cover should be about an inch and a half away from the bottom of the Mainboard so that you can comfortably install the Touchpad Cable.

    • Note: The orientation of the Input Cover matters. Study the first image in this step to ensure you are properly attaching the cover.

    • Locate the loop on the end of the Touchpad Cable and insert your finger into it.

  28. Using slight force, connect the Touchpad Cable by aligning it to the socket on Mainboard.  You should hear it click into place once properly connected. Using slight force, connect the Touchpad Cable by aligning it to the socket on Mainboard.  You should hear it click into place once properly connected. Using slight force, connect the Touchpad Cable by aligning it to the socket on Mainboard.  You should hear it click into place once properly connected.
    • Using slight force, connect the Touchpad Cable by aligning it to the socket on Mainboard. You should hear it click into place once properly connected.

  29. 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.

  30. Once the Touchpad cable is secured to the Mainboard, 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.
    • Once the Touchpad cable is secured to the Mainboard, 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.

  31. Close the Framework Laptop and turn it upside down to reveal the empty Expansion Card bays and 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.
    • Close the Framework Laptop and turn it upside down to reveal the empty Expansion Card bays and 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.

  32. Insert the Expansion Cards of your choice into any of the empty bays. The text, logo, and QR code on the Expansion Card must be facing down. Slide the Expansion Card into the bay.  Using two or more fingers push the card until into the bay until it clicks. Note: You will have to use a slight amount of force to ensure proper installation of the Expansion Cards.
    • Insert the Expansion Cards of your choice into any of the empty bays.

    • The text, logo, and QR code on the Expansion Card must be facing down. Slide the Expansion Card into the bay. Using two or more fingers push the card until into the bay until it clicks.

    • Note: You will have to use a slight amount of force to ensure proper installation of the Expansion Cards.

    • Plug in the charger into the USB-C Expansion Card.

    • Turn the Framework Laptop over, open it, and press the power button. Remember you'll need to re-activate Windows anytime you replace the Mainboard.

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