Swapping XO Man Colors

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First, find someone to swap XO man colors with! You will need a standard #1 Phillips head screwdriver and something to hold screws in. (In a pinch, parts taken off the XO can serve as temporary containers) This replacement can be done within 15 minutes, even with little experience. You'll be removing the display; please do be careful of static, which can destroy parts of your XO. Do see the disassembly advice! [[1]]

Before we begin

Taking off the front panel

Step 1

Open the laptop and flip the screen up. Rotate it a quarter turn as shown in the sequence below. Next, remove the screws from the bottom of the screen - there are two on each side (right/left) of the XO, so make sure to get all four.

Flip screen up

Unscrew - remember, there are 4.

Step 2

Remove the two green panels from the side of the XO. Slide them upwards and lift them off as shown.

Screen 2a.jpg
Slide up

Lift off

Step 3

Finally, pull off the front panel. It is tabbed, so it can simply be pulled out. Pull the bottom out (where the screws came out), and gently slide the piece downwards and out.

Screen 3a.jpg
Screen 3b.jpg

Taking out the screen

Step 1

To get the screen out, remove the four screws highlighted.


Step 2

Next, carefully slide the screen out, pulling the bottom out. Do not tug it or let go, as it will still be connected to the motherboard by two cables.

Slide out gently
Screen 4c.jpg

Watch out for cables!
Unhook the cable

Watch out for this little cable, too.
Good to go!

Swapping the XO Man

Step 1

Take out 4 screws
Turn over. Pull up and remove the back plate

Step 2

Turn the back plate over. Note where the colored plastic fits in.
Use a screwdriver to pop these out

Turn plate over so the XO man faces you. Pull the plastic part out.
Note how the tabs fit in with the back plate.

Fit the new piece in the back plate and snap it back in place.

Step 3

Turn over. Replace the back plate.
Pick the right screw! (Try magnetizing your screwdriver.)

Turn over. Secure the back plate by putting in the four screws where indicated.

Replacing the screen

Step 1

Replace the screen by sliding the connection cables into place and clipping them back down (it is generally easier to clip the thinner one that has a longer tether first). Reseat the screen, making sure that it sits flat and that none of the spacers are gone.

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Clip little cable in
Clip big cable in

Gently slide screen back in
The screws with the large heads (4) go back in

Step 2

Slide the front panel back on, making sure that it sits flat. Note that there are hooks on the side of the panel (highlighted in blue) that need to slide into place; pushing the top of the screen flat and sliding it upwards works well.

Watch out for these hooks
The rest of the panel slides into place

Step 3

Slide the green side pieces back into place. Then, rotate the XO a quarter turn and put the remaining screws back. Don't forget that the screws go in on both sides (right/left).

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Side panels slide back in place

Almost there!

Put screws (4) back in.

And you're done! Yay! :D