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Tiddle
01-26-2009, 03:21 AM
Ive never opened a laptop before so i started looking for guides online and i want to be able to upgrade and repair hardware on them...so i went on a search and

I found this and i thought i would share it with those who arent so experienced w the disassembling laptops.

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/

Feel free to post any other helpful links you know of.

NYJimbo
01-26-2009, 04:29 AM
You will find alot of that sort of thing out there including lots of stuff on youtube.com, which is priceless when dealing with a tricky case.

HP and other companies have step-by-step manuals for ripping apart most of their laptops, you have to go to their site and work your way through the support and manuals sections.

Sometimes I get a laptop that I am afraid to force something when taking it apart and so much of this is out there and saved me several times from possibly damaging components.

georgenoise
01-26-2009, 05:09 AM
Here are a few of the laptop websites I reference outside of manufacturer websites:

http://www.asklaptopfreak.com/
http://www.irisvista.com
http://www.insidemylaptop.com/
http://www.laptoprepair101.com/
http://www.simplyadapters.com
http://manuals4you.co.uk

They are all a little hit and miss but usually useful. Hope this helps out anyone who needs them

Romaniac
01-26-2009, 07:07 AM
Here are a few of the laptop websites I reference outside of manufacturer websites:

http://www.asklaptopfreak.com/
http://www.irisvista.com
http://www.insidemylaptop.com/
http://www.laptoprepair101.com/
http://www.simplyadapters.com
http://manuals4you.co.uk

They are all a little hit and miss but usually useful. Hope this helps out anyone who needs them

Bookmarked most of them, thank you!!!

usacvlr
01-26-2009, 11:02 PM
After you do your first couple hundred they're all a piece of cake...
After you've done about 500 you'll wonder what all the fuss was ever about and wonder why it takes someone else 4 hours to do something you do in 30 minutes or less.

Tiddle
01-27-2009, 12:14 AM
After you do your first couple hundred they're all a piece of cake...
After you've done about 500 you'll wonder what all the fuss was ever about and wonder why it takes someone else 4 hours to do something you do in 30 minutes or less.

yeave ive figured laptops have been getting cheaper nowadays so im assuming that work on them is going to start picking up pretty soon...so i might as well get acquainted with them before i fall behind

usacvlr
01-27-2009, 07:11 PM
The trend is moving towards laptops only and has been for the last couple of years. All of our advertising etc is geared towards them. They take up less space in the shop too and are lighter to carry :)
Central Valley Laptop Repair is our walk in shop which we started after USALaptopRepair.Com took off.

yeave ive figured laptops have been getting cheaper nowadays so im assuming that work on them is going to start picking up pretty soon...so i might as well get acquainted with them before i fall behind

nonchalant
01-27-2009, 07:13 PM
Good thread. Im looking in to laptop repair myself. Their definitley becoming more popular. I intend to pick up a couple of cheap/dead laptops off of ebay or my local second hand PC shop and pull them to bits and reassemble over the next few weeks.

Tiddle
01-27-2009, 08:11 PM
Good thread. Im looking in to laptop repair myself. Their definitley becoming more popular. I intend to pick up a couple of cheap/dead laptops off of ebay or my local second hand PC shop and pull them to bits and reassemble over the next few weeks.

sounds like a good plan

l337
01-28-2009, 05:30 AM
i find the best trick is the one that was shown to me googling the "laptop model service manual" hasnt failed me yet most the time gives clear instructs/pictures as to where clips and stuff are etc but i think im getting more and more used to it the more i look at them

NYJimbo
01-28-2009, 07:24 AM
The trend is moving towards laptops only and has been for the last couple of years. All of our advertising etc is geared towards them. They take up less space in the shop too and are lighter to carry :)


Very true. We used to get alot of desktops/towers but now its mostly laptops. Personally I prefer a desktop/tower for home use with a big screen and easy access to cdrom/dvd/etc and I can leave it on 24 hours a day. But it's incredible how many people hate that and just use their laptops.

Customers are more likely to drop off when it's a laptop and not a bulky tower with all kinds of cables to disconnect.

The only thing I hate is that replacing components in a laptop takes so much longer. I can replace a CPU fan in a tower in 2-3 minutes. I just did a HP dv2600 laptop and it took 30 minutes just to strip it down. :mad:

Tiddle
01-28-2009, 11:44 AM
Very true. We used to get alot of desktops/towers but now its mostly laptops. Personally I prefer a desktop/tower for home use with a big screen and easy access to cdrom/dvd/etc and I can leave it on 24 hours a day. But it's incredible how many people hate that and just use their laptops.

Customers are more likely to drop off when it's a laptop and not a bulky tower with all kinds of cables to disconnect.

The only thing I hate is that replacing components in a laptop takes so much longer. I can replace a CPU fan in a tower in 2-3 minutes. I just did a HP dv2600 laptop and it took 30 minutes just to strip it down. :mad:

Do you charge different on laptops.

When i start getting more acquainted with them. I know ill have a different rate for laptop just because of the diffilculty of stripping one down.

arrow_runner
01-28-2009, 01:52 PM
Just a heads up, imho...

Toshiba and Sony are probably the worst to take apart, followed by some HPs. Macbooks/Powerbooks are nightmarish...

usacvlr
01-28-2009, 06:23 PM
Only the large multimedia toshibas are proprietary in case design. Generally yes Sonys are difficult at first until you've done enough of them. Likewise with Thinkpads and Fujitsus. A standard toshiba is actually one of the easiest.

arrow_runner
01-28-2009, 06:28 PM
I was also referring to some of the older Toshibas where, unless I missed something, the LCD(casing) and top half of the base came off in one piece. And it seems like they always have more cables and daughterboards that others, might just be me though.

Tiddle
03-14-2009, 12:28 PM
another useful link

http://www.laptop-repair.info/index.html

nonchalant
03-14-2009, 12:55 PM
another useful link

http://www.laptop-repair.info/index.html

Excellent resource - cheers :)