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Hey all . I want to start repairing laptops but i need some advice to start . I know about desktops but i don't know how to repair laptops.Can you help me learning it ? Thanks all
 
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Same fundamentals, smaller screws (and torx)
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Get a plastic flat screw driver, for prying open cases and LCD panels without scratching them.
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i would like to start repairing them so do you have any good guide to give me ?


Should i start buying laptops with dead mobos and get spair componements so i can have when i need them ?
 
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post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by beers View Post

Same fundamentals, smaller screws (and torx)


Pretty much this. But the biggest hurdle with repairing laptops is the sequence needed to take it apart. insidemylaptop.com is a good place to look for model numbers and learn what parts come out first.
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What's replaceable in a laptop is super easy to replace. Just make sure you get blueprints of the screw layout for each specific laptop before you disassemble them. Dont wanna start pulling hard to find out there was a tiny screw under the spacebar
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Thanks all for the help smile.gif + rep

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 smile.gif)
 
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lately ive been buying and fixing netbooks mainly acer to fix mobos all i use is a heat gun
screens are easy enough just get them off ebay and swap them out.
also look around carefully as recently i purchased a acer aspire one 751h for £10 all iit needed was a screen and a hdd
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Thanks all for the help smile.gif + rep
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 smile.gif)

Buy parts when you need them. Stocking up on laptop parts, you'll just have a bunch of it sitting around.


Besides you always gotta include "materials charge" in your services thumb.gif
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post #10 of 31
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
- Alcohol/qtips
- 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.
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Thanks all for the help smile.gif + rep
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 smile.gif)

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.
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