Prepare Dell Latitude D500 for power jack repair

posted in: 4. Dell | 9

In a Dell Latitude D500 laptop the power jack is soldered to the motherboard. If the laptop loses power intermittently when you wiggle the power plug, most likely the power jack is damaged and has to be repaired. In order to repair the power jack you’ll have to remove the motherboard.

In one of the previous posts I explained how to remove the motherboard from a Dell Latitude D500 but it came out mounted to a metal bracket. You cannot access and repair the power jack while the motherboard is mounted to the metal bracket, it has to be removed first.

OK, let’s prepare the motherboard for the power jack repair.


How to disassemble Dell Latitude D500

posted in: 4. Dell | 5

In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Dell Latitude D500 laptop.

Also, you’ll see how to access and replace all other internal parts.

I had two different problems with the computer.
1. The power jack was damaged. I could have just resoldered the jack but the second problem was more serious.
2. The motherboard couldn’t charge a known good battery. Apparently it had a problem with the battery charging circuit.

So I decided to replace the motherboard.


How to replace screen on Lenovo X60s

posted in: 6. IBM & Lenovo | 36

This guide explains how to replace broken screen on a Lenovo X60s.

The display disassembly procedure will work for some other IBM ThinkPad and Lenovo models. If this guide works for you, please mention the model in the comments.

Before you start, please turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery.


How to replace screen on Acer Aspire 3620

posted in: 1. Acer | 68

Acer Aspire 3620 LCD removal

In this guide I will remove and replace the screen and inverter on an Acer Aspire 3620 laptop.

The guide will work for other Acer Aspire models. If it works for your, please mention the model number in the comments below.

Let’s start taking it apart.


How to disassemble Acer Aspire 3620

posted in: 1. Acer | 83

Acer Aspire 3620 disassembly

In this guide I’ll be taking apart an Acer Aspire 3620 laptop.

This particular computer

was shutting down by itself while running some intensive applications. I found that the cooling module (heat sink and fan) is completely clogged with dust and needs a good cleaning. Unfortunately, in this model the cooling module is buried deep inside the laptop case and it’s necessary to take the whole thing apart in order to access it.


How to remove keyboard on Gateway MT6704

posted in: 5. Gateway | 40

Gateway MT6704 Model MA7

In the following guide I will be removing  and replacing the keyboard on a Gateway MT6704 (Model MA7) laptop.

I believe this guide will work for many other Gateway models. Take a look at the sticker on the bottom. If you see Model MA7 under the Gateway logo, most likely you can use this guide.


How to replace screen on Sony Vaio PCG-K

posted in: 7. Sony | 20

Open display Sony Vaio PCG-K laptop

In the following guide I will open up the display panel to remove and replace the screen on a Sony Vaio PCG-K series laptop.

As an example I’ll be taking apart a Sony Vaio PCG-K33 model. These instructions should work for many other models in the PCG-K line.


Image flickers when display moved on Satellite M305

posted in: 8. Toshiba | 99

Satellite M305 M305D display image flickers disappears

I have seen a few Toshiba Satellite M305 and M305D laptops with exactly the same display problem. When you move the display panel, the image on the screen flickers, some random horizontal lines appear in random places or the image disappears at all. As soon as you stop moving the display, the image ether turns back to normal or the display continue to remain black.


How to open up display on HP Compaq 8510p 8510w

posted in: 3. Compaq & HP | 27

In this guide I explain how to take apart the display panel and replace the inverter board in HP Compaq 8510p and 8510w notebooks.

The inverter board located inside the display panel below the LCD panel.

The inverter works as a power supply for the backlight lamp inside the LCD.

When inverter fails, the LCD goes dark. The image is still on the screen but you can barely see it.

OK, let’s start taking it apart.

Open display HP Compaq 8510p 8510w


There are two rubber covers in the lower left and right corners of the display bezel.

You can remove these covers with a sharp object.