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A few things to know before you start taking your laptop apart

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) can kill your computer

ESD can permanently damage your laptop. Always ware ESD wrist strap when you work with internal computer
components.

How notebook screws are marked


In Toshiba notebooks most screws are marked. Here are some examples:
F4 - flat-head screw 4mm long
B6 - button-head screw 6mm long
F16 - flat-head screw 16mm long
B8 - button-head screw 8mm long

When you are taking apart a laptop you'll have to deal with lots of screws. Keep
everything organized.

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Removing Memory Modules

Carefully spread latches on both sides The memory module will pop up at 30 Carefully pull the memory module from
of the memory slot with your fingers. degrees angle. the slot by the edges.

Removing Wireless Card

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There are two antenna wires To disconnect the antenna wire from Carefully spread latches on both sides
connected to the wireless card. the wireless card grasp the connector of the wireless card slot, just enough to
White wire connects to the main with your fingers and unsnap it from release the card.
connector on the card. the card.
Black wire connects to the auxiliary
connector on the card.

The wireless card will pop up at 30 Pull the wireless card from the slot by
degrees angle. the edges.

Disconnecting Keyboard

Before you pull the keyboard cable Unlock the cable by moving the After the connector is unlocked you can
from the connector on the connector lock (brown piece on this pull the cable. Be very careful with the
motherboard, you'll have to open up picture) up. connector. If you accidentally damage
the connector. the connector, you'll have to replace

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the motherboard.

Removing Modem Card

The connector is located under the


modem and you cannot see it until the
modem is remove. After the modem is
removed, disconnect the cable (on the
left side).

Usually the modem is secured to the To disconnect the modem from the
motherboard by two screws. Remove motherboard lift it up.
them.

CPU came out attached to heatsink


In some cases, when you remove the heat sink, the CPU might get out attached to the heat sink. DO NOT install it
back into the socket like that, separate the CPU from the heat sink first.

CPU came out attached to the heat Insert a flathead screwdriver between Lift up the CPU and install it back into
sink because thermal paste dried out the CPU and the heat sink surface. the socket on the motherboard. Now
and glued the processor. Carefully rotate the screwdriver until you can safely remove old thermal
the CPU separates from the heat sink. paste and apply a new layer of paste.

Removing and Installing CPU

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The CPU is locked in the socket. Lift up the CPU by the edges. Be There is only one correct way to install
Before you can remove the CPU, you'll careful, there are a lot of fragile pins the processor into the socket. Both CPU
have to unlock the socket. Use a on the opposite side of the CPU. You and socket are keyed. When you are
flathead screwdriver and turn the should be able to install the CPU back installing the CPU, make sure to match
socket screw to "Open" position. into the socket without any force. pins on the processor with holes on the
socket.

Before applying thermal grease on the After the CPU surface is cleaned, Spread thermal grease evenly and
CPU, clean the surface with alcohol. apply a small drop of thermal grease. install the heat sink.

ATTENTION! If you forget to lock the CPU in the socket, the laptop will not boot. If you install the heat sink without
applying thermal grease, the CPU will overheat.

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