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Service Manual for Gateway MX7118 laptop

I need to change out the touchpad on a Gateway MX7118 and therefore remove the palmrest. It appears that the cable coming from the monitor goes through this part and is hardwired. I'm assuming that it is connected in the monitor, possibly inverter, and can be removed.

However, I'm hoping I don't need to take the bezel on the monitor apart. Does anyone have a service manual for this module for instructions on how to disconnect this?

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Maybe this site will help.

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