Samsung Hybrid Laptop – Notebook Spin 7 NP740U3L Screen Removal

I received a Samsung hybrid laptop with a cracked screen for repair. This laptop is actually a Samsung Notebook Spin 7 model number NP740U3L-L02US. I could only find one full replacement screen on eBay for $250.

I doubt my customer will pay that much for that screen. Also, this type of screen has fused glass similar to what Apple iPhone, Google Android, and some table computers. What this means is that the Liquid Crystal Display and glass are fused together.

If you have ever removed broken glass from a dumb device, I mean smart device you know that you have to take a heat gun and heat up the rubber glue so that you can seperate the glass from the LCD. Some notebook and laptop computers are designed so that the glass and LCD are not glued together and are seperate. This makes it much easier to fix laptop screens in my opinion.

I will still describe to you what it takes to take the screen apart from the rest of this Samsung hybrid laptop. There are ten total screws that hold the bottom cover on. Underneath the cover there are two bezels one on each side of this computer both held down by two screws.

You will need to remove all fourteen screws. There are two cables from the LCD screen connected to the motherboard. Remove these cables and then you can lift the bezel attached to the screen from the rest of this laptop.

I found out that this type of screen is hard to find. If you can find a full replacement piece, you would then just line up the bezel connections and tighten down the four screws. Now all you have to do is tighten down the remaining 10 screws for the bottom cover.

Finally, I was able to find replacement LCD screens for this Samsung Notebook 7 spin NP740U3L-L02US. However, I could not find any replacement glass. This replacement glass would have to be fused on top of the LCD, which to me is a huge pain in the ass.

Card Reader Installation – in Desktop Computer

This blog post will describe a card reader installation in an average desktop computer. You will need a screw driver, most likely a phillips type. Open up your computer case by taking off one of the side covers.

Quickest way to know which door to take off is to take the door off opposite of the input output ports ie. video, ethernet, USB, HDMI, etc. Now you will most likely need to take off a front cover. Many front covers on personal computers are NOT screwed on, but it just depends.

There will be some plastic tabs that you just pinch together with your fingers and push out. Once you loosen enough of these, then the front cover will come off. Now you want to look for a 3.5 inch slot.

Multi card readers are the same width, 3.5 inches, as desktop hard drives. Also, the older school 3.5 inch floppy drives also fit in this same slot. You may need to remove a 3.5 inch cover.

Many times these covers are NOT screwed on. From inside the case you will notice two pieces of plastic on each side that are actually releases. Press in on both plastic releases and then push the cover out.

It is usually easier to install a multi card reader from the front. Slide in the card reader from the front of the computer case. You want to make sure that you have it front side up.

You should be able to read the print on the front. Now most current contemporary card readers are connected to a Universal Serial Bus. They can be USB 3.0, USB 2.0, etc.

Look on the motherboard of your computer for a spare USB connector. They should be marked in visible lettering. For example this computer I installed a multi card reader into, had "USB 2.0" labeled right above the USB port.

USB ports on motherboards are actually just pins. You do NOT want to press too, hard because these pins can break off. Before you connect your multi card reader to a motherboard USB port, look at the end of the cable that connects to the motherboard.

Sometimes these connections have a blank on the cable that would not fit over a pin. The connection on the cable will be female and the connection on the motherboard will be male. For example the motherboard I attached this cable to had four pins on the bottom row of pins.

The top row had 5 pins. The cable attached to the multi card reader had four pins and one blank. Line up this cable and connect it to the pins on the universal serial bus cable.

Most multi card readers do NOT come with drivers. Most modern Microsoft, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems have drivers that will suffice. Now all you have to do is put the front cover and side covers back on your computer as well as boot into your operating system and then test out your card reader.

Hewlett Packard Laptops – 15AC121DX Memory Replacement

Hewlett Packard Laptops Memory

I recently received a Hewlett Packard Laptops model 15AC121DX. I am going to walk you through the memory replacement process. There are 12 total screws that you will need to remove from this bottom cover.

You can place this laptop face down. You need to take out the battery. There are two plastic releases that you need to use in order to remove this battery.

Once this battery is removed, you will notice two small screws under the battery. Remove these screws with a smaller phillips screwdriver. Now you can remove the other 10 larger laptop screws.

You will need a phillips screwdriver for those 10 screws as well. Once you remove those 10 screws you will want to remove the DVD optical drive. Once the optical drive is removed then you can go ahead and remove the bottom cover.

The easiest way to remove this bottom cover, is perhaps to place this laptop facing down. Now just pull up on the bottom cover. This cover should come off pretty easily, as long as you have removed all 12 screws.

There are two memory slots located in the center of this Hewlett Packard laptops model 15AC121DX right next to the microprocessor heat sink. In order to remove one or both memory modules, you just pull outwards on the two shiny metal releases. These memory modules will move up as long as the releases are pulled out.

Now you can just grab the memory module(s) by the end and pull them out of these slots. When you replace these memory modules make sure to slide them flush and tight so that you cannot really see any of the metal contacts. Then just push down with your fingers on the edges of these random access memory modules until they are in tight.

The two metal releases on each side will hold these memory modules in place. You have successfully replaced the memory on a Hewlett Packard laptops model 15AC121DX.

Hewlett Packard Laptops – 15AC121DX Hard Drive Removal

Hewlett Packard Laptops Hard Drive

A computer repair customer of mine brought to me a Hewlett Packard Laptops model 15AC121DX. I am going to describe what you need to do to remove the hard drive in this notebook computer. First you will a philips style screw driver.

First you want to remove the laptop battery. There are two releases one on each side of this battery. Once the laptop battery is removed, there are two screws underneath this battery.

Remove those two screws plus another ten screws. Two of the remaining ten screws are hidden under rubber feet on each side of this laptop towards the rear. Once you have all twelve screws removed you can take this bottom cover off by just pulling the cover up towards you while the laptop is face down.

The hard drive is located towards the left front. There are two small screws holding this hard drive in place. Remove those two screws.

Now you can pull the hard drive out. The hard drive is connected to an adapter that connects to the motherboard. You can just pull this adapter cable off.

It is attached near the SATA and power connectors on the hard drive. There is one metal bracket attached to one side of this laptop. If you are replacing this hard drive you will need to transfer this metal bracket to the new hard drive.

There are two small screws that hold this metal bracket in place. Make sure the metal bracket is attached to the hard drive on the correct side so that the SATA and power connectors face towards you when reattaching the hard drive adapter cable. Remember to screw down the hard drive with those two small screws.

Place the back cover back on. Remember to tighten the two screws under the battery. Insert the laptop battery back in its place.

Slide the optical drive in its slot. Now you just need to tighten the ten remaining screws. You have successfully replaced the hard drive on a Hewlett Packard Laptops model 15AC121DX.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Hard Drive Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Hard Drive Removal

I received an Acer laptop computer with operating system problems. This Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659 laptop had Windows 10 home edition installed. I concluded that Windows 10 operating system was corrupt to the point I needed to reinstall this operating system.

The customer had some important data they needed off their hard drive. These are intructions on how you can take out the hard drive for data recovery. There are twenty one screws that you will need to take out.

This laptop has just one bottom cover that you must remove. Also, you need to take out the battery. The Acer laptop computer battery has a release hole near it.

You place a screwdriver or possibly paper clip into this hole and then push the opposite direction to release the battery. Once this battery is removed, there are two smaller screws that you must remove underneath the battery. Now once you have all twenty one screws removed you can pry apart the bottom cover from the laptop base.

You might need a computer pick or even a guitar pick to help you seperate the two plastic pieces. I do NOT recommend you use any metal screwdrivers, as you will most likely start scratching up the plastic. Also, you want to be careful to not just rip apart the back cover.

You see the keyboard and mouse pad are connected to the motherboard via two ribbon cables. If you pull apart the bottom cover too much, you might damage one or both of these ribbon cables. I was able to extract the hard drive without removing the keyboard and or mouse pad.

The SATA hard drive was attached via a SATA hard drive adapter cable. Pull the hard drive out of its location and then pull of this adapter. You have just successfully removed the hard drive out of an Acer laptop computer Aspire E1-470P-6659.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Keyboard Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Keyboard

One of my computer repair customers brought me an Acer laptop computer, model Aspire E1-470P-6659 that might have a failing keyboard. Some of the keys stick when pressed. It could be the operating system, since Windows 10 has other symptoms like missing drivers, will not mount a universal serial bus flash drive, and over all system slugishness.

I still think it could be a faulty keyboard hardware wise. I will describe how to take this Acer laptop computer apart so that you can either disconnect and reconnect the keyboard to the motherboard or replace the keyboard. There are a total of 21 total screws you need to remove.

This Acer laptop computer does not have normal release latches. Instead there is a release hole closest to the battery. You can use a screw driver or perhaps paper clip. Once you insert the screw driver or paper clip then pull the opposite direction.

Once you pulle this release the opposite direction, then you can pull out this battery. I have never come across a release like this for a laptop battery. Also, you want to remove either the optical drive or dummy blank.

My customer's Acer laptop computer model Aspire E1-470P-6659 did NOT have an optical drive but did have a dummy insert. Now you can disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard. If you are just going to disconnect and reconnect you don't need to disconnect the accompanying mouse pad ribbon cable.

Reconnect the ribbon cable for the keyboard and then reverse your work. Also, you can now replace the keyboard with a new one or used one now. Reverse your work, making sure to put back the optical drive or dummy insert.

Also, make sure to tighten down all 21 screws. You don't want to forget the battery. Now you can boot the operating system to see if your Acer laptop computer keyboard works correctly.

HP Elitebook Notebook – 8440P Hard Drive Replacement

HP Elitebook Notebook

One of my computer repair customers brought in an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P to me. This customer was trying to restore Windows 10 but now gets a "Windows Error Recovery" message when this operating system tries to boot. Instead of trying to troubleshoot this issue right away, I am going to try to recovery his important data.

Just in case I have to wipe and reload Windows 10, on this notebook. In order to replace or remove the hard drive on this HP Elitebook notebook, you need to remove the hard drive cover. There are two screws that you need to just loosen.

These screws do NOT fall out. Once you loosen these two screws enough, the hard driver cover lifts right off. The hard drive is screwed down by one screw.

Also, this screw loosens up but does NOT fall out. Loosen this screw and then pull the hard drive away, to the side from where it is connected to. Then you can lift the hard drive up and out of this laptop.

This hard drive has a metal shield that has four screws. Remove two screws on each side to remove this shield. Then just place the shield on your replacement hard drive.

Tighten the shield with the hard drive sticker facing up or the circuit board facing down. You will need to replace this hard drive with one with SATA connectors. Tighten the four screws, two on each side, and then place the hard drive into the bay.

Push the hard drive in so that the SATA connectors slide into the adapter. Tighten the one screw that holds the hard drive in place. Finally, tighten the two screws that hold the hard driver cover in place.

You have just succesfully replaced the hard drive in an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P.

Remove Hard Drive From Laptop – and Install it in Desktop PC

Remove Hard Drive From Laptop

I recently received a Dell Inspiron One 2305 all in one computer with a failing hard drive. This customer had a spare Serial Advanced Technology Attachment hard drive from a laptop with a potentially bad motherboard. I am going to describe how I remove hard drive from laptop and install it into this all in one computer.

First of all make sure you are dealing with a laptop hard drive with SATA connectors. The old desktop hard drive was a SATA type. I removed the cover from the old hard drive.

There were four screws I had to remove. Out came that failing SATA hard drive. The mounting holes on this SATA laptop hard drive did not line up on this cover.

This cover was not solid and had, what I assume where airflow holes. I decided to use some of these airholes to mount this laptop SATA hard drive. The screws that came with this desktop SATA hard drive were too wide for the mounting holes on the laptop hard drive.

I found some thinner screws that fit the mounting holes on the laptop SATA hard drive. However, these screws kind of had wider tops but these screws actually fell threw these airholes if I positioned them correctly. I found some other screws that were wide enough on the top that they would not fall threw.

My point in all this is you want to find screws that are wide enough at that top to cover the hole, so that they don't slip through. I wanted to make sure that this laptop was secure and would not move around. You can check out my featured image to see what I am talking about with regards to these screws.

I was able to mount this SATA laptop hard drive in this cover close to the opening hole to connect the SATA power and data cables. There are mounting kits available that are designed to get installed into 3.5 inch hard drive slots in desktop computers. However, I was able to mount this SATA laptop hard drive without a mounting kit.

Upgrade Your Memory – in Your Dell Inspiron One 2305 All in One

Upgrade Your Memory

A recent computer repair customer of mine, brought in a Dell Inspiron one model 2305 all in one computer. I am going to show you how to remove and or upgrade your memory in this computer. You need to remove a back cover.

You can lay this all in one flat on its screen, facing down. There are two screws that you need to remove on the bottom. There is one screw on each side of the kick stand.

Once you remove these screws you will be able to easily remove this back cover. Pull away or towards the top of this all in one to remove it. Once this cover is removed you will notice a large cover on the upper left hand side.

This is where the Random Access Memory resides. You will notice a smaller cover on top of a larger cover. This smaller cover has just one screw that you need to loosen.

This screw loosens but stays attached to this cover. Once you loosen this screw enough you will be able to pull out this cover. Pull towards you or towards the bottom of this case.

Now you can upgrade your memory in this Dell Inspiron one 2305 all in one computer. This particular computer had two memory modules. To remove these modules just press out on the retaining clips.

There are two retaining clips that hold the memory module in place. Pull the memory module out. If your Dell all in one computer has an open memory slot, then you can add in a memory module.

You might want to order the exact memory that is already in place. If you choose to upgrade this memory by removing one or both Random Access Memory modules, then you will need to look up the specifications for this Dell Inspiron one 2305. You need to make sure to obtain Random Access Memory that this motherboard will support.

Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Removal – For All in One Model 2305

Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Removal

One of my repeat customers brought in a Dell Inspiron One model 2305 all in one computer. The most recent fall creators update failed and now this computer will not boot into Windows. I am going to show you how to perform a Dell Inspiron hard drive removal.

I decided to reinstall Windows 7 for her and recover her data. You want to lay this all in one computer facing down against the screen. There are two screws on the bottom.

There is one screw on each side of the kick stand. You just need to loosen both screws and remove them. Now the back cover will come off quite easily.

Just push or pull away from the kick stand towards the top of this computer. You have just removed the back cover. On the lower right hand side you will see the hard drive encased in a cover.

You will need to loosen two screws that hold this cover onto the case. These screws do NOT fall out, so you just need to loosen them enough to remove this cover with the hard drive under neath. Once you remove this cover with the hard drive attached, you just have four screws to remove.

These four screws fall out and keep the hard drive secure. Make sure to disconnect both a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment cable and power cable from the hard drive. All you have to do to either replace the hard drive or install it again is to reverse the order.

Repeat customers are always nice when running a computer repair business. This Dell Inspiron one 2305 all in one computer keeps failing with Windows 10. Even though this computer might be compatible with Windows 10, it was manufactured and designed to run Windows 7.

I think my customer will be happy when I reload Windows 7. This might even save her some money. Can you imagine paying to have Windows 10 fixed, each time a major update makes it not usable?