In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Sony Vaio VPCSA laptop.
In my case the full computer product name is: VPCSA4MFY. Model PCG-4121GL.
Don’t forget to turn it off before taking apart.
Remove two screws securing the service cover on the bottom
Slide the cover away from the laptop case and remove it.
Push on the blue latch to unlock the battery.
Lift up the left side of the battery and pull it out.
Spread latches on both sides of the RAM slot just enough to release the module.
Pull the memory module out by the edges.
In a Sony Vaio VPCSA laptop you will find only one RAM slot.
The second RAM module is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive mounting bracket.
Disconnect the hard drive cable from the motherboard.
Simply lift it up and unplug from the connector.
Lift up the hard drive assembly and remove it.
Remove two screws securing the optical drive.
Pull the optical drive to the left and remove it.
Remove all screws from the bottom.
Keep all screws organized. As you see I placed them on a piece of paper in the order removed.
Lift up the mylar cover located in the hard drive compartment.
Remove black tape from both flat cable connectors.
Before you disconnected the cables it’s necessary to unlock both connectors.
Carefully slide the cable retainer about 2 millimeters to the shown direction to unlock the connector.
Disconnect the cable.
Both cables have to be disconnected.
Start removing the top cover keyboard assembly as it shown on the following picture.
Remove the top cover.
Here’s the bottom side of the top cover assembly.
Now you can access and remove the keyboard (not shown in this guide).
The audio jack board located in the upper right corner of the top cover assembly.
The power button board located in the upper left corner.
The card reader board located in the lower left corner.
When the top cover removed you can access and clean up the cooling fan.
In order to replace the cooling fan it’s necessary to remove the motherboard first (not shown in this guide).
The DC jack is mounted in the upper right corner of the laptop base.
In order to remove and replace the DC jack it’s necessary to remove the motherboard.
The LCD screen bezel secured to the display cover by two screws hidden under rubber covers.
You can remove the screw cover with a sharp object.
After that you can separate the screen bezel from the cover.
Be careful while separating the LCD bezel from the display. It’s glued to the screen on the top and bottom with double sticky tape.
After you remove the bezel you can access and remove the screen.