jnelsoninjax, on 04 January 2013 - 22:16, said:
Never opened a laptop, is it as easy as a desktop?
Nope, quite a bit more tricky.
Youtube can be a help, finding out which bits of plastic need to be popped off, in order to get to some hidden screws. That seems to be the hardest part, as it's not always obvious.
I always get a few sheets of paper, then make a rough, full size sketch of the screw locations, and any cables for things like wifi, speakers, webcam etc. 1 sheet per layer of laptop (usually about 3 or 4).
I then poke holes through the paper, and insert the screws one at a time, as I remove them from the laptop. Takes a bit longer to start with, but makes it soooo much easier when it comes putting it all back together, and you're not sitting their scratching your head, wondering why you still have 3 screws left over.
The amount of dust you can remove might surprise you, it can really build up in there. Because it's such a small space, it causes serious airflow blockage, and their is no way of getting to it from the outside.
Another thing to mention is that some chips use a thick thermal pad, rather than paste. Just make sure you keep that clean while you are working on the rest of the laptop, so that you can still use it without issue. Put a bit of cling-film over it or something.