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 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.


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.


Laptop does not start. Is it bad power jack or motherboard?

posted in: Miscellaneous Tips | 447

Let’s say your laptop does not start at all. You plug in the power adapter and press on the power button, but the computer will not react. It’s dead and the power or battery charge LED will not light up.

What could be wrong? Is it bad power jack or the motherboard is dead?

Laptop top cover removed

By the way, the power jack (DC-IN jack) is the power socket on the side or back of your computer where you plug the AC/DC power adapter.

I’ll explain how to perform basic troubleshooting and find out what is wrong. This is only for experienced people, who know how to disassemble laptops.


Problems with power socket in Toshiba Satellite L305 L355

posted in: 8. Toshiba | 60

Lately I’ve been seeing exactly the same problem with the power socket in some newer Toshiba Satellite L305/L305D and Satellite L355/L355D laptops.

I don’t know if it’s a poor design or people just not careful enough with their computers, but the power socket in these models breaks very often.

On the picture below you can see a good working power socket. The power jack is seated correctly. It’s tight and will not move when you plug in the adapter.

Laptop power socket

On the next picture you see a broken socket. There is a gap between the power jack and bottom case and when you plug the AC adapter inside the jack it feels very loose.

In some cases, the power jack separates from the case and you cannot plug in the power adapter at all.