How to clean fan in Toshiba Satellite P305D

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In this guide I explain how to clean the cooling fan in a Toshiba Satellite P305D laptop. Also this guide should work for the following Toshiba models: Satellite P300, Satellite P300D, Satellite P305.

My customer complained that his computer overheats and shuts off while running a game. Apparently, the heat sink got clogged with dust and needed a good cleaning.

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How to access internal RAM in Dell Latitude D520

posted in: 4. Dell | 23

In this guide I explain how to access the memory module installed into the internal slot on a Dell Latitude D520 laptop.

You can use this guide for removing/replacing the keyboard or replacing/upgrading both memory (RAM) modules.

Dell Latitude D520 has two RAM slots. One of them can be easily accessed through the door on the bottom. The second one is hidden under the keyboard.

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How to start factory OS restore on a Dell

posted in: 4. Dell | 55

This guide explains how to start factory OS image restore utility on a Dell laptop with Windows Vista.

Running this utility will erase everything from the hard drive and re-image it back to factory defaults.

In this particular case I’m restoring software on a Dell XPS M1530 laptop.

Let’s say your Dell came without recovery discs but you have to reinstall Windows because the operating system got corrupted or infected with viruses or spyware. What can you do?

There is a chance that your laptop has a hidden recovery partition and you can re-image the hard drive using files on the hidden partition. This guide may not work for all Dell laptops with Vista.

If the guide works for you, please mention the laptop model name and number in the comments after the post.

STEP 1.

Turn on the laptop and as soon as Dell logo appears on the screen press on the F8 key.

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Something stuck under keyboard key. How to fix.

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My customer complained that one of the keyboard keys stopped working correctly. Something got stuck under the key and it stopped moving freely. He had to push on the key very hard to make it type.

After a short diagnostic I confirmed that something got stuck under the right side of the key.

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How to replace fan in Dell XPS M1530

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In this guide I explain how to clean up or replace the cooling fan assembly in a Dell XPS M1530.

The fan can be accessed from the door on the bottom of the laptop and removing procedure takes only about 10 minutes.

In my XPS M1530 it started making noise and had to be replaced.

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Broken power button on Toshiba A70 A75 P30 P35

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The power button on your Toshiba Satellite A70/A75 or Satellite P30/P35 laptop got broken. It was pushed into the case and now you cannot turn on the laptop. What could be done to fix the problem?

The power button is a part of the top cover assembly. It’s permanently attached to the top cover with a few plastic bridges. When the power button pushed into the case, it means one or more plastic bridges are broken.

In order to fix the power button you’ll have to replace the top cover assembly.

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