How to replace screen on Acer Aspire 5100

posted in: 1. Acer | 288

In this tutorial I’ll explain how to remove the LCD screen and replace the inverter board on an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop.

This tutorial will work for many other Acer models with a similar body style.

In my previous article I was taking an Acer Aspire 5100 apart.

First of all, turn off the computer, unplug AC adapter and remove the battery.

Acer Aspire 5100 display disassembly

The display bezel has four screws hidden under for seals.

Two rubber seals on the top of the bezel and two plastic seals on the bottom.


Removing keyboard and memory on HP Compaq nc6400

posted in: 3. Compaq & HP | 68

In this guide I’ll explain how to remove the keyboard and replace the internal memory module on a HP Compaq nc6400 series laptop.

HP Compaq nc6400 has two memory slots. One of them can be easily accessed from the bottom but the second one is hidden under the keyboard. In order to replace the internal module you’ll have to remove the keyboard.

First of all, turn off the notebook, unplug it from the power adapter and remove the battery.

There are three screws securing the keyboard on the bottom.

You can remove these screws with a #8 torx or flathead screwdriver. Remove all three screws.

HP Compaq nc6400


How to apply thermal grease on processor

posted in: Miscellaneous Tips | 66

This guide explains how to apply new thermal grease on a laptop processor (CPU).

Thermal grease (thermal compound or paste) has to be applied on the top of the processor before you install the heat sink. Thermal grease helps to conduct heat more efficiently.

In some laptops you can remove the heat sink without removing the CPU fan. In my case, I had to remove the fan first.

Remove cooling fan


Upgrading hard drive in Sony Vaio PCG-V505DXP

posted in: 7. Sony | 25

Upgrade hard drive in Sony Vaio

Here’s how I upgraded the hard drive in a Sony Vaio PCG-V505DXP laptop.

It had an older 60GB 4200RPM IDE HDD (Toshiba MK6021GAS) installed. The original one failed and I decided to upgrade it with a faster one.

I installed an inexpensive 120GB 5400RMP WD Scorpio IDE drive (WD12000BEVE) and it works like a charm.

The drive replacement procedure is pretty simple and here it is.


How to open Dell battery

posted in: 4. Dell | 16

Take apart Dell laptop battery

Here’s how I was able to open the battery from my Dell. I had to take it apart because the locking mechanism was broken. I decided to fix it by using the locking mechanism from another similar dead Dell battery.
I wasn’t sure if I can open the battery because it looked sealed.

To my surprise, it wasn’t difficult but you have to be very careful. If something goes wrong you can (and most likely will) destroy the battery or will not be able to assemble it back together. Proceed on your own risk.


How to replace fan in Toshiba Tecra S1

posted in: 8. Toshiba | 22

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.


How to upgrade memory in Dell Latitude D610

posted in: 4. Dell | 191

Upgrade memory Dell Latitude D610

Dell Latitude D610 laptop has two memory slots available for upgrades.

This model can take up to 2GB RAM total, so you can install up to 1GB module in each slot.

You should use PC2-4200 DDR2-533 SODIMM RAM.

Your computer will work in dual channel mode (recommended) if you install two identical memory modules. In my case, I’m going to install two 1GB PC2-4200 modules.


Removing inverter and screen from Gateway Solo 1450

posted in: 5. Gateway | 12

In the following guide I explain how to remove the inverter board and LCD cable from a Gateway Solo 1400/1450 laptop. This guide should work for many other Gateway models.

First of all, remove the battery.

The display bezel has six rubber plugs covering screws. Remove all rubber plugs with a sharp object.

Remove rubber covers from bezel