This is probably the 30th laptop I've taken apart, and this is the first that has had some sort of hidden screw or middle area attachment. At this point, if you look at the last photo, the only thing I can think of is that the silver colored mounting bracket is a screwed in somehow, but after trying for a bit, the only thing I am succeeding at doing is stripping it, so I'm letting it be for now. At this point, there are two very thin ribbons that have pulled from their connectors, negating my keyboard and touchpad.
Anyone know a trick to getting that standoff removed?
And just for background, my temps went from topping out last summer at the high 60's C to hitting the low 80's the last week or so, and after shooting it every month with air, I figured there was some thick dust/animal hair caught up in the fan. Well, I got it blown out from the inside, and a gob of junk came out. Now I just need to get my keyboard and touchpad back.