A customer got his vaio all wet. Keyboards are like water magnets. Sooner or later they end up wet.
In this case the water didn’t penetrate further into the motherboard, so the computer worked. It was just a matter of repairing/replacing the keyboard.
Most of the times, if you dry it and remove any residues the laptop works again. The trick is to use alcohol. It dissipates water, and cleans it at the same time.
I took this approach to begin with. So, onwards with the disassembly.
I recently saved a discarded laser printer from the trash. Its problem was that it wouldn’t print an 8cm vertical segment. No other problem whatsoever.
After 5 years of daily usage my seat gave-in. It ripped a seam on the right side.
Now I had the following options:
- Get it professionally re-upholstered for 60 € and fabric of my choice.
- Re-construct it professionally to be anatomically correct for 120 €
- Anatomical + gel foam for 160 €
- Buy the original seat from Aprilia for 150 €
- Buy an aftermarket taller one for 120 €
I didn’t like those options much because I had to cough-up 60€ at best, so I decided to fix it my self.
Instruction on how to disassemble the Asus A52J laptop in order to replace the hard-disk.
I uploaded a video on youtube to demonstrate the procedure.
It boils-down to 5 steps:
- Remove the Battery
- Unscrew and remove the back-plate
- Unscrew and remove the hard-disk caddie
- Remove the hard-disk from the caddie
- Replace with fresh hard-disk and reverse the procedure.
Sooner or later, we all end up liquid-damaging our beloved gadgets. It’s a very common type of accident and a lot of electronic equipment ends up in the bin because of it.
However don’t despair! If you follow the proper procedure you just might save your precious gadget.
The general rule of thumb for any electronic device that gets wet, is to immediately remove the battery and any power cord. This is essential so that nothing gets short-circuit as the liquid intrudes further inside the components and PCB.
In the case of a laptop, usually the first thing that gets splashed is the keyboard. Directly underneath the keyboard lies the CPU and motherboard. We certainly don’t want any liquid in there. So after you instantly remove the battery and power cord, use your ninja techniques and uncanny reflexes to flip the laptop upside-down, and let gravity do it’s thing. This will drain most of the water out and most likely will save your motherboard from taking a bath. Bonus points if you put a towel underneath it to draw-out the liquid and prevent puddles.
You should leave the laptop upside-down for a couple of days for the liquid to dissipate. You must resist the urge to blow-dry it as the blow-dryer will most likely damage the components even more.
Now, in order to make sure that there isn’t any moisture or residues left inside, you will have to disassemble it.
In my case, the damaged laptop (Dell Latitude D610) had coffee spilled on it. To make things worse it had sugar and milk in it which makes it ever more difficult to clean.
The owner of the laptop was about to throw it away but gave it to me as a last resort.
All signs of liquid have been dried-up externally, but the laptop wouldn’t power-up no matter what. This means that something still short-circuits in there.
I had to dissect it to take a look inside.
Normally in order to reveal the motherboard of a laptop you have to remove the faceplate, the monitor, the keyboard and some times even the bottom cover.
In this case, the Dell Latitude D160 is the easiest laptop I have ever disassembled.
All you have to do is remove the faceplate and then the keyboard. That’s it.
What do you do when electronics fall apart? Most of us just bin it and buy a new one. Especially with the high prices the I.T companies charge. 50 euros just to look at it? F that. There’s another way: D.I.Y.
It’s really not that difficult. Here’s how to replace a broken LCD on the EEE PC 900 & 901.
The above atrocity happened when a cell phone went flying and landed flat on the screen. The netbook didn’t sustain any other damage. It just needs an LCD change.
First step is to locate the necessary replacement part. The 8.9″ LCD screen. They sell for just 42 euros (£36) on ebay. Thank god for the Chinese!