In the following guide I’ll be taking apart a Gateway P-series laptop.
In my case I’m taking apart a Gateway P-6825 but the guide should work for the entire P-series line.
If it fits any other Gateway model, please mention the model number in comments after this post.
First of all, turn it off, disconnect AC adapter and remove battery.
Many major internal components can be accessed if you remove two covers from the bottom.
There are five screws securing the fan/RAM cover and four screws securing the hard drive cover.
Under the fan/RAM cover you’ll find both memory (RAM) modules, wireless card, cooling fan and processor (mounted under the heat sink).
Removing this cover will not allow you to replace the cooling fan, but you’ll be able to clean it. I suggest using compressed air for cleaning the cooling fan and heat sink.
Also, removing this cover gives you access to both memory modules and makes it very easy to replace/upgrade memory.
Under the hard drive cover you’ll find two hard drive bays.
In my case I had only one hard drive installed.
In order to remove the hard drive, slide the entire hard drive assembly in the direction shown by the yellow arrow.
In my case I had to use some force because the hard drive was fitted very tightly.
When the hard drive assembly removed, you can remove four screws securing the hard drive to the caddy.
After that separate the hard drive from the caddy. Now you can replace the hard drive with a new one.
Using a sharp object remove the rubber cover located on the right side of the hard drive bay.
This cover hides a screw securing the DVD drive. Remove the screw.
Now you can slide the DVD drive to the right and remove it.
The DVD drive has been removed.
In the following 10 steps I explain how to remove the keyboard.
It’s not necessary to follow all previous steps in order to remove the keyboard.
Remove two screws securing the power button cover in the battery bay.
Carefully lift up the right side of the power button cover.
Continue removing the power button cover.
Be very careful. There are two cables connecting power/media boards to the motherboard. Do not lift up the cover too high.
On the following picture you can see two cables.
Try not to disconnect them from the motherboard or power/media board.
Ideally, these cables remain connected after you remove the cover.
Remove five screws securing the keyboard above the function keys.
Lift up the top side of the keyboard and move it towards the display.
Now you can access the cable connector.
Before you remove the cable, you have to unlock the connector.
Flip the right side of the brown clip up so it opens at a 90 degree angle.
After the connector is unlocked, you can release the cable.
Finally, remove the keyboard and replace it with a new one if needed.