If your laptop is facing problems or you just need to clean its fan and heat sink, replace processor paste, upgrade RAM, hard disk or replace other hardware, you can repair it yourself. Laptop repairs may cost more than desktop PC so many users tend to do simple maintenance tasks for their laptops by themselves. You can easily search and find the video tutorials to repair laptop of any brand or model. Its tempting to do it yourself but its better to be safe and keep few simple things in mind before you do it. Here is how not to break your laptop while repairing it.
We have compiled a simple list of precautions based on our previous experiences with laptop repairs.
- Do not just jump into doing it, watch an online video tutorial before you open up your laptop for repair, note down essential steps and sequence of disassembling. Search on YouTube for brand and model of your laptop and you will find the right video guide to disassemble your laptop.
- First, always take backup of important files. In some cases (laptop repair gone wrong) you may not be able to get the display from your laptop. You also may break any part of laptop or wire. In that case your data will be safe and secure to another location and your work will not be interrupted.
- Shutdown laptop properly and unplug laptop to avoid current shock or other circuit damage.
- Before opening up the laptop from inside, make sure you have got all the necessary tools (screwdrivers, hardware to be replaced if any, brush, blower etc.).
- Make sure you have adequate light over laptop so that you may observe even small wires properly.
- Only disassemble laptop if its is needed.
- In case you want to clean the fan and heat sink, make sure you have got proper sized brushes so that you may eliminate dust properly and thoroughly from heat sink system.
- Do not wash any part of laptop, keep it away from other liquids as well.
- Go slow and be gentle with your laptop. While using screwdrivers, use gentle grip of two fingers around screwdriver tip to avoid screwdriver to be slipped around. If screwdriver slips, it can damage thin wires, speakers, ribbon cords or other areas of laptop.
- Gently lift screws from laptop, to avoid dropping them in difficult to access areas of laptop.
- Keep removed screws in proper order. Some are smaller in size while others may be bigger. You need to pay attention about from where any particular screw was removed.
- Do not apply too much pressure while removing panels, bezels or parts of laptop otherwise these may break. In order to remove from laptop, sometimes these parts just need a little push in the right direction.
- Do not remove or lift any separated part at once. It might be connected to laptop by a thing wire or ribbon wire. If you break such wires accidentally, new wires may cost a lot. Always observe below the panel or beneath the part that you are removing.
- If the disassemble may look complicated but you still want to disassemble laptop, use any smart phone or digital camera to record a movie of process that you are doing to remove several parts of laptop. That video may serve for reference (if you forget anything or the sequence of disassemble) later on.
- Lift and place laptop and separated parts of laptop gently.
- After you are done, assemble all parts carefully and apply all screws that were removed previously.
- If it gets complicated and you can not figure out something at some point, stop it and get professional repair service.