Saturday, March 3, 2007

Why most IT companies won't touch notebooks

Some of you may have realized by now that most IT companies will not touch notebooks. If the job involves opening the case to either remove and replace components or to fix loose or damaged connections, the risks are far too great.

There are dozens of things that could go wrong from the moment you remove the first screw. Since all notebook cases are constructed from plastic, that will very easily crack and break, extreme caution is required. Then, of course, there is always the potential damage to the motherboard and other sensitive components due to poor handling and/or static discharge.

For this reason, companies want nothing to do with notebooks. But if notebook repair is approached by a trained and competent person, the issues mentioned above should not be a problem. Below are the proper steps to ensure that the task is accomplished properly:

1 - Prepare the job area. Clear an area that is sufficient in size to place the removed components. Have bins or cups ready to hold parts.

2 - Make sure the power cord is unplugged and the battery is removed.

3 - Remove the screws, being careful to place them in cups or bins according to where they belong. Notebooks have different sized screws that were made for a specific location. This will make your life a lot easier when it comes time to reassemble the notebook.

4 - Be extra careful not to crack the screen due to pressure from the screwdriver when you have the notebook flipped over to remove the back screws.

5 - *Most Important* DO NOT PRY if a component does not come free from very light pressure. Instead recheck the area for any screws you might have missed.

6 - Take extreme care when undoing the plastic clips to remove the electrical connectors. When reassembling, make sure the connector is fully seated before locking clips in place.

7 - Pay close attention to how the screen wires are routed to their connectors as well as the attaching hardware if you are required to remove the screen.

8 - Use a very fine tip iron if any kind of soldering is involved. Components are very close to each other and you don't want to create any heat damage to any adjacent components. Make sure you remove any old solder before continuing with the repair.

9 - Make sure you didn't forget any loose hardware or tools in the notebook before reassembling.

10 - Reinstall the components, making sure all the connectors are reattached and screws are put back in their proper place

11 - Turn on the notebook and do the necessary checks.

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1 comment:

mahesh said...

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