How to replace broken left hinge in HP Pavilion dv9000

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In the following guide I explain how to replace the left hinge in a HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop.
Broken left hinge is a known issue with HP Pavilion dv9000/dv9100/dv9200/dv9400 series laptops. A while ago HP was fixing this issue at no charge under the service enhancement program. This program has expired on May 31, 2009 and now you are on your own.

I believe this guide will work with some other HP Pavilion laptops even though replacement part numbers can be different. If it works for you, please mention the laptop model number in the comments below.

I will explain how to find correct parts for this repair at the end of the guide.


Upgrading RAM in Toshiba Satellite M100 M105

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In this guide I explain how to remove and upgrade memory in a Toshiba Satellite M100 or Satellite M105 laptop. I will upgrade it from 512MB (default size) to 2GB. This model has two RAM slots. One of the RAM slots can be easily accessed from the bottom but another one is hidden under the keyboard.

Let’s start with the hidden internal RAM slot. In order to access this slot we’ll have to remove the keyboard.

Make sure the computer is turned off and the battery is removed.


Insert a small flat head screwdriver between the speaker cover and laptop base.

Lift up and remove the speaker cover.


How to disassemble HP 530

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In this guide I will disassemble a HP 530 Notebook PC and remove the top cover assembly. I’m replacing the top cover because one of the touch pad buttons is broken. When you press on the button it feels loose and sometimes will not click. The button is a part of the top cover.

In order to replace it I will have to disassemble the whole computer. I’ll be removing all internal parts including hard drive, keyboard, motherboard, cooling fan and other key components.


How to replace screen Compaq Presario m2000

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In this post I explain how to remove inverter and replace screen on a Compaq Presario m2000 laptop.

It’s way easier to take apart the display panel when the it is separated from the base. You’ll find instructions for removing the display panel in my previous guide, just follow steps 1,2,3,9,10.

It is possible to take apart the display while it’s still attached to the base but it will be harder to remove the bezel.


How to disassemble HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

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In this guide I disassemble a HP 2133 Mini-Note PC.

I will explain how to remove the keyboard, replace memory module and access hard drive. Fortunately all these three components can be removed without taking the whole thing apart.

Also, you should be able this guide for taking apart a HP 2140 Mini-Note PC which has the same body.


How to upgrade RAM in Dell Inspiron 9300

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In this guide I explain how to upgrade memory (RAM) in a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop.

This model has two memory slots available for upgrades and both slots are accessible through the service door on the bottom.

Even inexperienced users can upgrade memory in a Dell Inspiron 9300.

Let’s do it step-by-step.