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How to Take Apart a Toshiba A65

2012-10-01   Views:19

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If you own a laptop, it's a good idea to learn how to disassemble it completely. Knowing how to take apart your laptop will allow you to make your own repairs and keep it clean, saving you the time and money of taking it to a repair service or sendin

If you own a laptop, it's a good idea to learn how to disassemble it completely. Knowing how to take apart your laptop will allow you to make your own repairs and keep it clean, saving you the time and money of taking it to a repair service or sending it back to the manufacturer. If you own a Toshiba Satellite A65 and know your way around a screwdriver, you can have the entire thing disassembled in no time. A word of caution, disassembling your A65 will void the warranty, so do not attempt this if your computer is still under warranty.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Things you need

Phillips screwdriverFlathead screwdriverElectrostatic wrist bandPaper clipAntistatic bag

Instructions

1 Lay the laptop face down on a table with the front facing you. Disconnect the power cable and any other peripherals that may be attached. Remove the battery by sliding the locking switch to the unlocked position and sliding the two release switches to the left. Pull the battery out of the laptop.

2 Located the hard drive bay on the left side of the laptop. Remove the single screw holding the hard drive in place and slide the hard drive out of the laptop.

3 Locate the memory cover in the centre of the laptop. Remove the single screw holding it in place. Remove the memory by spreading the latches on the sides of the memory with your fingers and sliding the memory out of the socket. Remove the wireless card cover in the back right corner of the laptop by removing the screw holding it in place. Disconnect the wireless antenna cables and remove the card in the same fashion as the memory. Finally, remove the modem cover, located just below the wireless card. Remove the modem by disconnecting it from the motherboard and removing the screw holding it in place.

4 Remove the 24 screws remaining on the bottom of the laptop.

5 Remove the optical drive. Stick the end of a bent paper clip into the disk tray release hole. This will eject the tray. Grab the tray by the sides and slide the optical drive out of the laptop base. Turn the computer over and open the display panel as far as it will go.

6 Remove the keyboard and bezel. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry up the keyboard bezel and remove it. Remove the two screws holding the keyboard in place and lift it up. Disconnect the keyboard from the motherboard and remove it.

7 Remove the display panel. Disconnect the video cable from the motherboard. Remove the screws attaching the cable to the laptop base. Disconnect the LED board cable from the mother board, as well as the display panel power cable. Close the display panel slightly to disengage it from the hinges. Once disengaged, lift the panel straight up to remove it from the laptop base. This will also remove the top cover for the laptop, giving you access to the motherboard.

8 Remove the screw holding the hard drive bracket in place and remove the bracket. Unplug the speaker cables from the motherboard.

9 Remove the cooling unit and CPU. Remove the five screws holding the CPU cooling unit in place. Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard and lift the cooling unit straight up to remove it from the board. Flip the locking switch next to the CPU up and lift the CPU straight up to remove it from the socket. Place the CPU in an antistatic bag until you are ready to reinstall it.

10 Remove the two screws holding the motherboard in place. Lift the motherboard up on its left side and carefully remove it from the laptop base.

Tips and warnings

Never do any work on a laptop with the battery installed. Doing so can create a risk of electric shock.

Avoid static electricity by wearing an electrostatic wrist band at all times.

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