In this guide I’ll be taking apart a Sony Vaio VPCZ1 laptop.
I’ll show how to remove the keyboard/palmrest assembly in order to access internal laptop components.
You can use this guide for accessing the hard drive (which is mounted inside the case), memory modules, optical DVD drive and wireless card. Also, when you remove the palmrest assembly you can access the laptop cooling fan and clean it up.
In this particular case I’m taking apart Sony Vaio VPCZ1290X model.
Make sure the laptop is turned off.
Unlock and remove laptop battery.
Remove two screws securing the memory cover.
Lift up and remove the memory cover.
Both memory modules can be accessed on the bottom of the laptop.
Sony Vaio VPCZ1 laptop uses DDR3 memory.
Remove all marked screws from the bottom of the laptop.
Make sure the laptop display moved back as much as possible.
Lift up the upper side of the keyboard/palmrest assembly.
Continue removing the keyboard/palmrest assembly. Be careful, there is a cable connecting the assembly to the motherboard.
Unplug the palmrest assembly cable from the motherboard.
When the palmrest assembly removed you can get access to the following internal laptop components:
- Cooling fan.
- Wireless card.
- DVD drive.
- Hard drive.
In my Sony Vaio VPCZ1290X laptop I had two SSDs (Solid State Drives) sandwiched together and configured as RAID 0.
Some replacement parts for Sony Vaio VPCZ1 laptops available here.