Taking apart Dell Inspiron 11 3147 3148 (model P20T)

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Taking apart Dell Inspiron 11 3147 2-in-1 (model P20T) laptop.

Today I will be taking apart a Dell Inspiron 11 3147 2-in-1 laptop (model P20T). This guide also works for Dell Inspiron 11 3148 and likely some other models in the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series computer line.

During the disassembly process I found the following Dell Inspiron 11 3147 3148 design highlight worth mentioning upfront:
– The laptop has only one memory slots available for RAM upgrade.
– There is no memory soldered to the motherboard.
– The cooling fan is a part of the heatsink assembly.
– The DC power jack is replaceable but the harness is routed under the motherboard.
– The keyboard is permanently attached to the top case.

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How to disassemble Dell XPS 13 9370 9380 (model P82G)

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How to disassemble Dell XPS 13 9370 model P82G laptop.

In today’s guide I show how to disassemble a Dell XPS 13 9370 9380 (model P82G) laptop.

Dell XPS 13 9370 9380 design highlights:
– All memory soldered to the motherboard. There are no slots available for RAM upgrade.
– The cooling fan assembly can be easily accessed and replaced.
– The wireless card is integrated into the motherboard.
– The headphones jack is a replaceable part.
– The keyboard can be separated from the top case.

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Acer TravelMate P645 series disassembly

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Acer TravelMate P645 series laptop disassembly.

In this guide I show how to disassemble an Acer TravelMate P645 series laptop. In this particular case I’m taking apart model TMP 645-M-6839.

Acer TravelMate P645 series design highlights:
– Memory slot easily accessible from the bottom.
– Main battery mounted inside the laptop.
– CMOS battery soldered to the motherboard.
– DC power jack is not soldered.
– Keyboard can be separated from the top case.
– Power button board mounted under the motherboard.

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How to repair damaged USB port on MacBook Air

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MacBook Air with damaged USB port.

The left USB port on this MacBook Air stopped working properly. Any USB device plugged in into the left port doesn’t fit all the way in. It feels like something inside the USB port is staying on the way. Also, any USB device plugged in into the left port is not being recognized by the operating system. The right USB port, on the other hand, has no issues at all and still works as it should.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E490 E495 disassembly

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Lenovo ThinkPad E490 E495 disassembly (machine types 20N8, 20N9, 20NE and 20NG).

In this guide I show how to disassemble a Lenovo ThinkPad E490 or E495 laptop. All disassembly steps should work for machine types 20N8, 20N9, 20NE and 20NG.

I’ll start this disassembly process with the keyboard removal because it can be done without removing any other part. After that I’ll show how to remove the base cover and access all internal components.

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SSD and RAM upgrade in Dell Inspiron 15 3558

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SSD and RAM upgrade in Dell Inspiron 15 3558 laptop.

In this guide I’m taking apart a Dell Inspiron 15 3558 laptop (model P47F) for adding more RAM and upgrading from a regular hard drive to SSD. In order to access the original hard drive and memory slots it’s necessary to remove the laptop base cover and keyboard. There is no service hatch on the bottom in this model.

Dell Inspiron 3558 has one SATA connector for 2.5″ hard drives and two memory slots. You can install up to 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 memory modules.

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Steps to remove and replace DC jack soldered to motherboard

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Steps to remove and replace DC jack soldered to motherboard.

Soldered DC jacks are very common these days. A wide variety of laptop motherboards have the DC jacks built-in and it is not very convenient for repair.

In this post I explain the steps I go through during the process of removing and replacing a regular DC jack soldered to a regular laptop motherboard. A full description of the equipment and supplies shown in this guide available here.

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