Broken power button on Toshiba A70 A75 P30 P35

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The power button on your Toshiba Satellite A70/A75 or Satellite P30/P35 laptop got broken. It was pushed into the case and now you cannot turn on the laptop. What could be done to fix the problem?

The power button is a part of the top cover assembly. It’s permanently attached to the top cover with a few plastic bridges. When the power button pushed into the case, it means one or more plastic bridges are broken.

In order to fix the power button you’ll have to replace the top cover assembly.


Toshiba Satellite L305D not showing video

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If your Toshiba Satellite L305D stopped showing video on the screen, there could be an easy fix for this problem.

First of all, test the laptop with an external monitor. If the external image appears to be fine, the next step is checking connection between the video cable and motherboard.

In this model the screen might stop working because the video cable gets disconnected from the motherboard.

I have seen a problem like that on a few different Satellite L305D and L305 laptops.


Upgrading RAM in Toshiba Satellite M100 M105

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In this guide I explain how to remove and upgrade memory in a Toshiba Satellite M100 or Satellite M105 laptop. I will upgrade it from 512MB (default size) to 2GB. This model has two RAM slots. One of the RAM slots can be easily accessed from the bottom but another one is hidden under the keyboard.

Let’s start with the hidden internal RAM slot. In order to access this slot we’ll have to remove the keyboard.

Make sure the computer is turned off and the battery is removed.


Insert a small flat head screwdriver between the speaker cover and laptop base.

Lift up and remove the speaker cover.


Power jack repair in Toshiba Satellite L305 L355

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Today I explain how to repair damaged power connector also known as power jack in Toshiba Satellite L305 and L355 laptops. I started covering this problem in one of the previous posts.

Also this modification should work for the following models: Toshiba Satellite L300, L305D, L355D, P305, P305D, Pro L300, L350 and more.

I have a list of compatible models (reported by users) at the end of this post.

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION. The power jack gets pushed into the case and gets loose.

I will replace the original plastic jack with a generic metal jack purchased at RadioShack for about $3.
The RadioShack part number is 274-1576. This jack is designed for tip size 5.5mm O.D.x2.5mm I.D. You can order this jack online or pick it up in a local store.


Image flickers when display moved on Satellite M305

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Satellite M305 M305D display image flickers disappears

I have seen a few Toshiba Satellite M305 and M305D laptops with exactly the same display problem. When you move the display panel, the image on the screen flickers, some random horizontal lines appear in random places or the image disappears at all. As soon as you stop moving the display, the image ether turns back to normal or the display continue to remain black.


Problems with power socket in Toshiba Satellite L305 L355

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Lately I’ve been seeing exactly the same problem with the power socket in some newer Toshiba Satellite L305/L305D and Satellite L355/L355D laptops.

I don’t know if it’s a poor design or people just not careful enough with their computers, but the power socket in these models breaks very often.

On the picture below you can see a good working power socket. The power jack is seated correctly. It’s tight and will not move when you plug in the adapter.

Laptop power socket

On the next picture you see a broken socket. There is a gap between the power jack and bottom case and when you plug the AC adapter inside the jack it feels very loose.

In some cases, the power jack separates from the case and you cannot plug in the power adapter at all.


How to upgrade RAM in Toshiba Satellite A45

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In this guide I explain how to upgrade RAM (memory) in a Toshiba Satellite A45 laptop.

If you search for memory slots on the bottom of the laptop, you will not find any because both slots are hidden under the keyboard.

In order to access both RAM slots you’ll have to remove the keyboard. Don’t worry, it will take about 5 minutes even for inexperienced users.

Before you start,  turn off the computer, unplug the power adapter and remove the battery and of course, proceed at your own risk. 🙂


Insert a small flat head screwdriver under the keyboard bezel and lift it up.

Adding more RAM memory Toshiba Satellite A45



How to upgrade RAM in Toshiba Portege M400

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Here’s how you can replace or upgrade memory (RAM) in a Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC.

As you see on the picture below, there is no access to the RAM slots on the bottom.

Why? Because both RAM slots are hidden under the keyboard.

Toshiba Tecra M400 bottom

According to manufacturer specifications a Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC can handle up to 4GB memory total.

That means you can install up to 2GB module into each slot.

Toshiba Portege M400 laptop configured with PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz RAM.


How to replace fan in Toshiba Tecra S1

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Cooling fan Tecra S1

In the following guide I explain how to replace the cooling fan in a Toshiba Tecra S1 laptop.

The fan is a part of the cooling assembly, it’s permanently attached to the heatsink. If it started making noise, you’ll have to replace the entire cooling assembly.

There are two different assemblies out there. The older assembly has part number V000020030 and newer one has part number V000020970. You can use either of them because they are interchangeable.