Saturday 03 November 2007 at 10:02 pmRecently my laptop broke internally. The little circle PSU port inside went, the pin inside somehow snapped of the motherboard. Course my laptop is out of its warranty at this point by a few months (Typical ain't it) so i decided fuck it. it was broke anyway with no way to charge the battery ever again so i couldn't break it any more than i already had. So i decided to dismantle it and make the repair myself.
I managed to repair it successfully, and if you want to see how the repair went then please click to read this entire entry. as i don't want just any idiot stumbling along and finding how to dismantle there laptops.
But before all that, let me include this little disclaimer, you try it. and you fuck it up. Its all your fault. Don't even attempt to come crying to me.
if your unsure then dont do it, please remember i am qualified as an electronic and mechatronic engineer. and i have worked as a PC technical before. So delving into PC's and Laptops doesnt bother me. If it bothers you i cant put this any simplier. DONT DO IT.
First thing I did, which might just seem like common sense but I’ve seen people skip this part a lot (And skipped it myself at times) is to find a nice clear work area.
Ok, I flipped the Laptop onto its back and removed the 3 panels over the CPU, Ram and HDD respectively. Nice and straight forward to-do. I then took note of the wire positions going into the Wi-Fi card, and removed those connections and the card itself.
Flipped the laptop back over and carefully removed the cover along the top (Where the power buttons is) by removing the three screws along the back of the laptop. You need to be careful removing this as it has small plastic clips that are very easily snapped. Once that’s off you can remove the two screws that hold the Keyboard in place. Lift the keyboard and release the catch on the Keyboard cable on the motherboard. Allows you to lift the keyboard away.
With the keyboard removed, remove the screw that’s holding the CD/DVD drive in place (picture below) and slide the drive out (the release for the battery on the underside sometimes catches the drive too, so if its sticking just slide the battery release over)
Then remove the cable for the LCD display and pull the wireless connection cable through the hole, Remove the screws holding the Display in place and remove completely, Store it somewhere safe as these displays are very easy to break.
Remove the 2 screws holding in the Power button board and lift it off. Again store it somewhere safe and on or in something antistatic.
Carefully remove the 2 cables for the Touchpad, Being careful with the ribbon cable it’s again it’s easy to destroy these types of cable.
Flip the laptop over and remove all the screws from the underside, this will make it seem like its ready to come apart, but it’s not. Flip it back over and remove the top. Next to the connector where the battery plugs in you’ll find one final screw to remove. Now on the back of the laptop you’ll find your VGA port, remove the two nuts on this (long nosed pliers do this job easily or a small socket if you have one that small) once these are removed lift the motherboard from the front side of the laptop and slide it out, you now have your motherboard out.
The part that broke for me was the Power port
I didn’t have time to wait on a replace so I just knocked up my own till I can locate a real replacement. I did this work. I’m not going to show it as it’s quite unsafe and I wouldn’t want to give anyone idea’s. But needless to say my hacked together replacement worked and I now have a functional laptop again. Oo yea, repeat the above backwards to put it back together (Like anyone really wouldn’t have got that for themselves)
As you can see its upsidedown, but the charging light is on! :D