Tools I'd recommend:
- Static mat or decent non conductive working area
- Static wrist band (never too safe with a customer's hardware)
- Small torx screwdriver set with a magnetic tip
- Plastic card or pry tool for prying
- Something to hold screws with, you'll have a ton to keep track of
- External boot drive in an enclosure
- External enclosure/cradle to place hard disks in for diagnostics
- CD boot utility like Hiren's
- Spare monitor & keyboard
With PC laptops, the body is generally designed many different ways, you will probably need to look online for a step by step if you don't trust yourself to remember how to put it all back together. Use an egg crate or some other way of organizing and holding screws as you work, you can end up with more than a dozen screws of varying sizes that all need to go back into the laptop before you finish, having them organized helps. The screws are small, have a magnetic tip driver available in case they get lost in small spaces.
Having an enclosure for the laptop HDD and an external boot drive help a lot if you are troubleshooting a machine that can't boot properly. Just boot to the external and run your hardware/software diagnostics, scan for viruses, etc. A networked storage drive for dumping data or storing common programs is useful also.
Originally Posted by LoNeLyKiLLeR
Thanks all for the help
What about buying laptops with dead mobos ? Is this a good deal or not ? Should i buy parts only when i need them ? I ask because there is going to be a delay on the costumer i think
Don't stock parts unless you are positive you will use them soon. Maybe stock a couple hard disks so you have them on hand. I'm not too sure about your run of the mill laptop, but replacing the main board in the machines I've worked on has always been cost prohibitive. That is one problem with laptops, since so much is integrated into the mainboard.Edited by _02 - 12/13/11 at 7:06am