In the following guide I explain how to disassemble a Gateway NV series laptop. To be accurate, I’m working on a Gateway NV53 laptop (NV5302u). It also says model: MS2285 on the bottom.
I’m taking it apart in order to fix broken DC jack. The DC jack is soldered to the motherboard, so the whole laptop has to be disassembled and motherboard removed. With the following guide you should be able to remove and replace (if needed) all main laptop parts.
Before you start make sure the laptop is turned off and battery removed.
Remove five screws securing the hard drive and memory cover.
Remove the cover.
Remove one screw securing the hard drive. In order to remove the hard drive, slide it away from the battery compartment and lift up.
Gateway NV53 laptop uses a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive. If you are not satisfied with the hard drive capacity, you can replace it with any larger 2.5″ SATA hard drive. It should work just fine.
Both memory modules can be accessed through the bottom cover. It’s not necessary to remove memory modules for the purpose of this guide.
Gateway NV series maximum RAM capacity is 4GB. It means you can install up to 2GB memory module into each slot.
You should use DDR2 800MHz, PC2-6400 SODIMM modules.
Remove one screws securing the DVD drive.
Pull DVD drive from the laptop and remove it.
Carefully disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card. Simply grab the gold connector with your fingers and lift it up.
In order to remove the wireless card you’ll have to remove one screw and after that pull the card from the slot.
It’s not necessary to remove the wireless card for the purpose of my guide. You can leave it connected to the motherboard.
Remove three screws securing the media button board cover.
Lift up the media button board cover as it shown on the picture below. Continue separating it from the laptop base with your fingers.
Do not lift up the media button board cover too much, it’s still connected to the motherboard.
At this point we are not removing the cover, we just move it a little bit away in order to get access to the keyboard.
Lift up the keyboard and place it upside down on the palmrest.
Before removing the keyboard, it’s necessary to unlock the connector on the motherboard and release the cable.
On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the locked state.
To unlock the connector, you’ll have to lift up the left side of the locking tab (brown) so it opens up at a 90 degree angle.
Be very careful, do not break this connector or your keyboard will never work again. Do not apply too much force to the locking tab.
On the following picture the connector shown in the unlocked state.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
After the keyboard cable released, you can remove the keyboard.
If you would like to replace the keyboard, new keyboards for Gateway NV series laptops available here.
Disconnect the media button board cable.
Remove the media button board cover.
Remove two screws securing display hinges on the bottom of the laptop.
Disconnect LCD cable connectors from the motherboard.
Pull wireless card antenna cables thought the opening in the top cover.
In some Gateway NV series laptops you’ll have to disconnect one more cable. I pointed to the connector with a white arrow.
Remove two screws securing display hinges.
Now you can lift up and remove the entire display assembly.
Remove all remaining screws from the bottom of the laptop.
Remove three screws securing the top cover.
Disconnect three cables from the motherboard.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the laptop base.
I’m using a guitar pick in order to crack the case.
Remove the top cover assembly.
Remove one screw securing the motherboard.
Disconnect the USB board cable from the motherboard (top arrow).
Disconnect the modem cable (bottom arrow). You can leave the modem board connected to the motherboard.
Also, when the top cover assembly removed, you can get access to the CMOS battery.
Carefully lift up the right side of the motherboard.
Remove the motherboard.
When the motherboard removed you can access the cooling fan assembly (heatsink and fan).
In order to remove the cooling assembly you’ll have to loosen four screws and disconnect fan cable from the motherboard. After that you should be able to lift up and remove the assembly.
New cooling fans for Gateway NV series laptops available here.
Here’s why I was disassembling the laptop. The DC jack is broken and has to be replaced.
The DC jack soldered to the motherboard and if you would like to fix broken DC jack yourself, you have to have soldering skills. It’s not an easy job for a novice.