In this guide I’m taking apart an eMachines 250 netbook.
I’ll show how to remove the hard drive, memory and keyboard.
Before you start taking it apart, make sure the netbook is turned off.
Remove the battery.
Remove two screws securing the hard drive cover and remove the cover.
Remove one screw securing the memory cover and remove the cover.
Remove one screw securing the WWAN (wireless wide area network) card cover and remove the cover.
eMachinges 250 netbook has a standard 2.5″ SATA hard drive installed.
There is only one memory (RAM) slot.
In my case I didn’t have WWAN card installed.
Remove one screws securing the hard drive assembly to the netbook case.
Slide the hard drive towards the battery and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive assembly.
If you are replacing or upgrading the hard drive, you’ll have to transfer the mounting bracket (caddy) to the new drive.
Simply remove four screws securing the caddy (two from each side) and separate it from the hard drive.
Again, in my eMachines netbook I had a regular 2.5″ notebook SATA hard drive.
Any large SATA hard drive should work fine in this netbook.
Spread latches on both sides of the memory slot and the memory module will pop up at a 30 degree angle.
Pull the memory module from the slot by the edges.
REMOVING THE KEYBOARD.
In the following steps I’m explaining how to remove the keyboard. It’s not necessary to go though all previous steps in order to remove the keyboard.
There are four knobs and one spring loaded latch securing the keyboard.
The spring loaded latch located above the F8 key.
Insert a knife blade between the keyboard and nebook base and lift up the left side of the keyboard.
Push the keyboard through small knobs on the left side.
While lifting up the keyboard, push on the spring loaded latch with a sharp object and release the keyboard.
Lift up the keyboard.
Place the keyboard so you can access the cable connector underneath.
Before you can remove the cable, you’ll have to unlock the connector.
On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the locked position.
To unlock the connector, move the brown clip about 2 millimeters towards the LCD screen.
Works slowly. Do not apply too much force to the clip.
The brown clip must stay attached to the white base.
On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the unlocked position.
As you see, the brown clip still attached to the base.
Now you can remove the ribbon cable from the connector.
Finally, remove the keyboard and replace it with a new one if needed.
You can search for a new keyboard by one of the part numbers printed on the sticker.
The keyboard has been removed.
Here you get some limited access to the cooling fan. If the fan is dusty, you can blow it off using canned air.