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Mobile Device Issues

Chapter 1 contains information on removing laptop keyboards, and Chapter 2 includes information on removing laptop adapters, motherboards, and CPUs. Other laptop issues relating to disassembling a laptop include memory, plastics, the DC power jack, and the speaker. Whenever taking anything out of a laptop, one of the major issues is tiny screws. Many manufacturers label the type of screen or location for ease of explaining disassembly. Always keep like screws together (in containers or an egg carton) and take notes. All the parts are manufacturer dependent, but the following explanation and graphics/photos should help with these portable devices.

Laptop memory and expansion cards are commonly located in a bottom compartment accessed by removing a screw. Figure 4.13 shows this on a netbook computer.

Figure 4.13

Figure 4.13. Netbook memory compartment

Some laptop and mobile device compartments require levering the compartment cover away from the case or removing plastic parts such as the cover that fits over a mobile computer keyboard. A plastic scribe is the best tool to use for this levering. Figure 4.14 shows a plastic scribe being used to lift the plastic part that is between the keyboard and the laptop screen.

Figure 4.14

Figure 4.14. Scribe used to remove a laptop plastic piece

Laptop/netbook speakers commonly mount above or to the side of the keyboard. The keyboard usually has to be removed to reach the speakers. Sometimes, speaker cables run alongside the keyboard and must be pried out of the case. The DC power plug commonly has a similar cable, as shown in Figure 4.15.

Figure 4.15

Figure 4.15. Laptop DC power plug cable

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