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How to disassemble Sony Vaio PCG-K series notebooks. Step-by-step instructions.

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    The following disassembly guide will explain how to take apart a Sony Vaio PCG-K series notebooks. I created this guide while taking apart a Sony Vaio PCG-K25 notebook but I think you can use the same disassembly steps for all notebooks in PCG-K line.
    The main reason to open up the laptop was replacing broken power jack. Proceed disassembly on your own risk.
    Update: I just created a new guide for Sony Vaio PCG-K series laptops. It explains how toremove and replace LCD screen with inverter board.
    Before you start laptop disassembly, unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery.
    Are you looking for spare parts for your Sony Vaio PCG-K series notebook? Search here.
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    STEP 1
    Carefully remove the keyboard bezel using a small flathead screwdriver. Remove it slowly, there is a flat ribbon cable connecting the power button board with the motherboard.
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    STEP 2
    Trun the keyboard bezel upside down. The red arrow pointing to the connecto on the motherboard.
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    STEP 3
    Unlock the connector by lifting up the top side of the connector 1-2 millimeters. Be very very careful. If you break any connector on the motherboard you are screwed big time. After the connector is unlocked, you can pull the cable and remove the keyboard bezel.
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    STEP 4
    Remove three screws from the keyboard.
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    STEP 5
    Lift up the keyboard and place it upside down on the palm rest. Unlock the keyboard cable connector on the motherboard. Disconnect the keyboard cable and remove the keyboard.
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    STEP 6
    Remove all screws securing the metal cover.
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    STEP 7
    Remove the cover.
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    STEP 8
    After the cover has been removed, you can access and clean both cooling fans. You can clean fans with compressed air.
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    STEP 9
    Remove two screws securing display hinges to the back side of the base.
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    STEP 10
    Remove four screws securing display hinges. Unplug the video cable from the motherboard. Unplug both wireless card antenna cables from the wireless card.
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    STEP 11
    Lift up and remove notebook display panel.
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    STEP 12
    Remove hard drive cover, memory cover and modem cover from the bottom of the notebook. Each cover is secured by one screw.
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    STEP 13
    Here’s how you can remove the hard drive. Remove four screws securing the hard drive caddy to the base assembly. Slide the hard drive down to disconnect it from the motherboard. Lift up and remove the hard drive.
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    STEP 14
    Removing memory modules (if needed). Carefully spread latches on both sides of the memory slot. The memory module will pop up at 30 degree angle. Pull the memory module from the slot by the edges.
    Removing modem card (if needed). Remove two screws securing the modem card. Lift up the modem card to disconnect it from the motherboard and unplug cable from the side.
    Remove all screws from the bottom of the notebook
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    STEP 15
    Remove two screws securing the top cover assembly. Disconnect the touch pad cable connector on the motherboard and unplug the cable.
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    STEP 16
    Lift up and remove the top cover assembly.
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    STEP 17
    Push the CD/DVD drive to the right side with your thumb. Remove the CD/DVD drive.
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    STEP 18
    Remove three screws securing the plastic cover.
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    STEP 19
    Remove the cover.
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    STEP 20
    The power jack is hidden under the metal bracket. Remove one screw securing the bracket.
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    STEP 21
    Lift up the bracket. Now you can access the power jack.
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    Release the power jack. Now you can remove the old power jack (unsolder from the harness) and replace it with a new power jack.
    How to disassemble Sony Vaio PCG-K series notebooks. Step-by-step instructions. >> Inside my laptop
     
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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    How to disassemble HP Pavilion dv6500, dv6600, dv6700, dv6800 notebooks


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    In the following guide I explain how to disassemble HP Pavilion dv6500, dv6600, dv6700, dv6800 notebooks. In this particular case I’m taking apart an HP Pavilion dv6700 notebook.
    I believe this guide will work for some other models in the Pavilion dv6000 line.
    You can use these instructions for removing and replacing all main notebook components.
    If you need spare parts for HP Pavilion dv6500/dv6600/dv6700/dv6800 notebooks, you cansearch here.
    Turn off the notebook and unplug the AC adapter.
    STEP 1.
    Remove the battery.
    Remove four screws securing the hard drive and memory (RAM) covers. Remove both covers.
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    STEP 2.
    Lift up the right side of the hard drive assembly to disconnect it from the motherboard.
    Remove the hard drive assembly.
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    STEP 3.
    Remove both memory (RAM) modules.
    Disconnect two antenna cables (black and gray) from the wireless card. Remove two screws securing the wireless card to the motherboard. Remove the wireless card.
    By the way, in this step you can access the CMOS (RTC) battery.
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    STEP 4.
    Remove one screw securing the CD/DVD drive to the laptop base.
    Pull the CD/DVD drive from the notebook and remove it.
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    STEP 5.
    Remove all screws from the bottom of the notebook.
    Do not forget:
    - three screws in the CD/DVD drive bay (yellow).
    - one screw in the hard drive bay (green).
    - two hex studs under memory slots (orange). Use 3/16 nutdriver.
    Mark all removed screws somehow so you don’t forget their location when assemble the notebook back together.
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    STEP 6.
    Carefully lift up the right side of the power button board cover.
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    There are two cables connected to the motherboard. We’ll disconnect these cables after removing the keyboard in the STEP 8.
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    STEP 7.
    Now, when the power button board cover separated from the laptop case, you can remove the keyboard as it shown on the picture below.
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    STEP 8.
    Carefully disconnect the keyboard cable from the motherboard.
    For more detailed keyboard removal instructions please follow this guide for HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop.
    These instructions should be identical for HP Pavilion dv6500, dv6600, dv6700, dv6800 notebooks.
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    STEP 9.
    Disconnect two cables running from the power button boar cover.
    There are no locks on these connectors. Simply pull both cables from connectors.
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    STEP 10.
    Turn the cover upside down and disconnect one cable from the power button board.
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    STEP 11.
    Remove the cover.
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    STEP 12.
    Disconnect the video cable connector from the motherboard.
    This connector is located close to the left display hinge.
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    STEP 13.
    Pull both wireless card antenna cables through the opening in the top cover. Unroute both antenna cables.
    Remove two screws securing the display assembly hinges.
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    STEP 14.
    Lift up and separate the display assembly from the notebook base.
    In one of the previous posts I explain how to disassemble the display assemble and remove the LCD screen from an HP Pavilion dv6000.
    These instructions should be identical for HP Pavilion dv6500, dv6600, dv6700, dv6800 notebooks.
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    STEP 15.
    Remove five screws securing the top cover assembly.
    Disconnect the touch pad cable from the motherboard.
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    STEP 16.
    Start separating the plastic cover from the notebook base. You can use a piece of soft plastic (I’m using a guitar pick) to separate the cover from the base.
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    The cover has been removed.
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    STEP 17.
    Separate the top cover assembly from the notebook base.
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    Again, as a case cracker I’m using the same guitar pick.
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    STEP 18.
    Remove the top cover assembly.
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    The top cover assembly has been removed.
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    STEP 19.
    Disconnect the Bluetooth module cable from the motherboard.
    Remove two screws securing the Bluetooth module.
    Remove the module.
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    STEP 20.
    Remove four screws securing the express card slot.
    Slide the slot board to the right and disconnect it from the motherboard.
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    STEP 21.
    There is only one screws securing the motherboard to the notebook base.
    Remove these screw.
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    STEP 22.
    Start removing the motherboard as it shown on the picture below.
    When the motherboard is lifted up, disconnect one cable from the audio board.
    There are two more cables connected to the motherboard and we’ll remove them in the next step.
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    STEP 23.
    Turn the motherboard upside down and disconnect two more cables.
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    STEP 24.
    The motherboard has been removed.
    The audio board and power connector board are still connected to the notebook base.
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    STEP 25.
    Loosen four screws securing the cooling assembly (heat sink and fan) to the motherboard.
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    STEP 26.
    Lift up and remove the cooling assembly.
    Now you can access the processor (CPU).
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    In this model the power connector (DC power jack) is not soldered directly to the motherboard.
    The power connector is mounted on a separate board.
    If the power connector fails, you can desolder it from the board and replace with a new one or replace the entire power connector board.
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    Taking apart Dell Inspiron N5010 (Inspiron 15R) laptop


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    In this guide I explain how to take apart a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop.
    I believe this model also called Inspiron 15R. Also similar to Inspiron M5010 model.
    I’m doing this disassembly in order to access and remove the hard drive which is mounted deep inside the laptop.
    Dell Inspiron N5010 doesn’t give you easy access to the hard drive. I’ll be removing the keyboard and top cover assembly.
    Before you stat laptop disassembly make sure it’s turned off and battery removed.
    STEP 1.
    Remove one screw securing the memory cover.
    Lift up and remove the cover.
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    STEP 2.
    Both memory slots/modules can be easily accessed on the bottom of the laptop.
    Dell Inspiron N5010 (Inspiron 15R) laptop can support up to 8GB RAM. You can install up to 4GB RAM module into each slot.
    Memory type used: PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 204pin SDRAM SODIMM.
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    STEP 3.
    Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
    Pull DVD drive from the laptop and remove it.
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    STEP 4.
    There is one screw securing laptop keyboard on the bottom.
    This screw located in the memory compartment.
    Remove the screw.
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    STEP 5.
    There are four spring loaded latches securing the keyboard on the top.
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    STEP 6.
    Push on the latch with a small screwdriver and at the same time lift up the keyboard a little bit.
    Do the same with all remaining latches.
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    STEP 7.
    Turn the keyboard upside down and place it on the palmrest.
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    STEP 8.
    Now you can access the keyboard connector.
    Before you remove the keyboard you’ll have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
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    STEP 9.
    On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the locked position.
    Lift up the left side of the locking tab. It will open up at a 90 degree angle.
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    STEP 10.
    On the following picture same connector shown in the unlocked position.
    Now you can pull the cable.
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    STEP 11.
    Remove the keyboard.
    Replace it with a new keyboard if needed. New keyboards for Dell Inspiron N5010 (Inspiron 15R and Inspiron M5010) laptops available here.
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    STEP 12.
    Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop.
    Six screws (green circles) are hidden under rubber covers.
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    STEP 13.
    You can remove rubber covers with a sharp object. After that remove screws.
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    STEP 14.
    Remove five screws securing the top cover assembly.
    Disconnect the power button cable, status light cable and touch pad cable from the motherboard.
    Use same technique as for disconnecting the keyboard cable.
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    STEP 15.
    Start separating the top cover assembly from the laptop base.
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    STEP 16.
    Remove the top cover assembly.
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    STEP 17.
    Under the top cover assembly you’ll get access to the hard drive, CPU cooling fan, wireless card and SC card reader.
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    STEP 18.
    There are four screws securing the hard drive on the bottom of the laptop.
    Remove all four screws.
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    STEP 19.
    Now slide the hard drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard.
    Lift up and remove the hard drive.
    My Dell Inspiron N5010 had a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive installed.
    It’s possible to upgrade this drive with any other large capacity 2.5″ SATA hard drive or expensive (but fast and noiseless) 2.5″ SATA solid state drive (SSD).
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