Here’s how I upgraded the hard drive in a Sony Vaio PCG-V505DXP laptop.
It had an older 60GB 4200RPM IDE HDD (Toshiba MK6021GAS) installed. The original one failed and I decided to upgrade it with a faster one.
I installed an inexpensive 120GB 5400RMP WD Scorpio IDE drive (WD12000BEVE) and it works like a charm.
The drive replacement procedure is pretty simple and here it is.
Here’s how I was able to open the battery from my Dell. I had to take it apart because the locking mechanism was broken. I decided to fix it by using the locking mechanism from another similar dead Dell battery.
I wasn’t sure if I can open the battery because it looked sealed.
To my surprise, it wasn’t difficult but you have to be very careful. If something goes wrong you can (and most likely will) destroy the battery or will not be able to assemble it back together. Proceed on your own risk.
In the following guide I explain how to replace the cooling fan in a Toshiba Tecra S1 laptop.
The fan is a part of the cooling assembly, it’s permanently attached to the heatsink. If it started making noise, you’ll have to replace the entire cooling assembly.
There are two different assemblies out there. The older assembly has part number V000020030 and newer one has part number V000020970. You can use either of them because they are interchangeable.
Dell Latitude D610 laptop has two memory slots available for upgrades.
This model can take up to 2GB RAM total, so you can install up to 1GB module in each slot.
You should use PC2-4200 DDR2-533 SODIMM RAM.
Your computer will work in dual channel mode (recommended) if you install two identical memory modules. In my case, I’m going to install two 1GB PC2-4200 modules.
In the following guide I explain how to remove the inverter board and LCD cable from a Gateway Solo 1400/1450 laptop. This guide should work for many other Gateway models.
First of all, remove the battery.
The display bezel has six rubber plugs covering screws. Remove all rubber plugs with a sharp object.
In the following guide I’ll explain how to remove and replace the keyboard on a Sony Vaio PCG-FXA63 laptop.
I assume this guide will work for some other Sony Vaio PCG-FXA models.
This guide will help you to remove the LCD screen and inverter board from a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ645 laptop display.
I think these instructions will work for many other Sony Vaio models.
Do not forget to remove the battery before you start.
In this guide I will take apart the display panel on HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop.
You can use my instructions for removing and replacing the LCD panel with inverter board.
In this guide I will disassemble a HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop.
These instructions will help you remove the hard drive, memory, wireless card and keyboard.
All these components, except the keyboard, can be accessed through on the bottom of the computer.
This guide will help you take apart a Fujitsu LifeBook V series notebook. It will show how you can remove the hard drive, memory modules, DVD drive and keyboard.
Also, I’ll show how you can clean up the heat sink. I have created this guide while taking apart a Fujitsu LifeBook V1010.
The badge on the front said “LIFEBOOK V Series” so I assume this guide should work for other modes in the LifeBook V line.