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Hello! Please help me! Does anybody knows where the long screws go and where the short ones? I just forgot that and I am very worried about that...confused.gif

    The difficulty level depends on how far you disassembled the laptop.  I really don't want to disassemble mine again just to find out exactly which screws go where (the ribbon cables are wearing out from my opening it so many times), but this may help:  There are two really short screws (~2 mm long) with disproportionately large heads.  Set these aside for the for the top of the keyboard. Next, there is a thin screw (~3 mm long with a tiny head) that holds the RF shield down (that screw goes into one of the CPU heatsink screws, if I remember correctly).  Also, there is a shorter-long screw that should be inserted from the top down to the back; it is also supposed to hold the RF shield, but it is easy to insert the screw too soon, before putting the EMF shield in place.  If I remember correctly, there is another tiny screw that goes on the bottom of the RF shield, right above the mousepad.
    Now that we have eliminated some the unique screws, it will be easier to find where the other screws go.  The very long screws are for going through the laptop (in shafts) from one side to the other.  So, look in the screw hole that you're working on, and see if there are any threads visible.  If not, try dropping one of the large screws in.  The screw should drop in far enough that there is only 2–4 mm more it would go when screwed down.  If the screw is sticking halfway out, it is way too long; try a shorter screw there.  Also, if the screw was going in easily, but starts to get hard before its all the way in, it's probably too long for the hole.  I would suggest preferring the smaller sized screws to the large sized screws.  You will need a magnetized screwdriver to retrieve screws that were too short for the hole you inserted them in.  You can magnetize a screwdriver by running the shank (the shiny part leading to the screw-driving tip) multiple times across a kitchen timer magnet, or the back of a bare speaker (if you have access to one).
    I hope that helps; don't be afraid to experiment, I reassembled my 7330GZ by trial-and-error too.  If you're careful, you can do it!  If you need help with a specific screw, or with screws in a particular area, let me know; I should be able to give a more definitive answer.  May I ask what you were trying to accomplish when opening the laptop?
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Here is an image of where the screws dropped out last time I opened the case... You are looking THRU the top!
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Originally Posted by Crystalr617 
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Originally Posted by Techie007 View Post

I see that this thread is almost 5 years old, but it is still being referred to, it has some good pictures of the laptop (thanks to grunion), and I don't like that it remains unresolved.

Dissembling the Gateway 7330 GZ laptop:

I read an entry that you posted a long time ago about the Gateway 7330GZ. I am trying to tighten the hinges on this PC. Have you opened the screen cover before? I am having trouble getting it opened at the bottom, in the hinge area. Do you have any advice to help with this.
Thank you!

    You're tring to tighten the hinge on yours?  I busted the hinges on mine trying to loosen them since they were so tight that the plastic around the display was breaking.  Anyway, the hinges are completely contained, and the friction mechanism is hidden inside the hinge "tube" instead of being an accessable surface.  If yours are too loose, I suggest dabbing superglue into the ends of the hinge "tube" to increase the friction within the tube.  That's what I had to do after I busted mine by spinning it with a drill for several minutes in an attempt to loosen it up (it didn't get any looser until it broke).  I don't think you'll gain anything by taking the hinges out, since the hinges are completely contained and non-adjustable.

    Yes, I have opened the screen cover and completely taken the screen apart (and put it back together again).  The two "bumps" (rubber pads) at the bottom-front of the display near the hinges will have to be removed, since there are screws underneath.  Next, open the display all the way, so that it is laying flat on the table.  I am assuming that you've already removed the hinge covers/button panel (power and media buttons).  Looking at the bottom of the display, you should see a crack running from the left side to the right side, where the front and back of the display meet.  The two sides are clipped together and need to be unclipped with a small straight screwdriver.  There is one clip on the left side, one on the right side, and five in the middle.  Once you unclip them, gently coax the bezel off.  It is glued to the display and you'll have to carefully pull it away to free it from the glue without breaking the bezel.

    That should get the display open, although I'll add that I don't think you'll gain anything since the entire hinges are outside of the display, exposed when you remove the hinge covers. thumb.gif
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