Take apart laptop yourself

Toshiba Satellite M45 laptop

Toshiba Satellite M45, M40, Tecra A4 disassembly.

   
Remove battery from laptop

STEP 1

Turn the laptop over, unlock the battery and remove if from the battery bay.

   
 
 
   
Remove all covers

STEP 2

Remove two screws from the hard drive cover, one screw from the modem cover, one screw from the wireless card cover and one screw from the laptop heatsink cover.
Lift all covers from the laptop.

   
Lift off HDD, memory, Wi-Fi card

STEP 3

Remove the hard drive from the HDD bay.
Remove both memory modules.
Carefully disconnect wireless card antenna cables and remove the Wi-Fi card.

   
Remove screws from heatsink

STEP 4

Unscrew three screws securing the laptop heatsink to the system board.

   
Lift off heatsink from laptop

STEP 5

Remove the heatsink from the laptop.


   
Removing DVD drive

STEP 6

DVD drive is secured in the laptop by one screw.
Remove the screw.

 

   
Remove DVD drive from laptop

STEP 7

Using a sharp object slide the DVD drive from the laptop and remove it.

   
Open Toshiba Satellite M45 laptop case

STEP 8

Remove fifteen screws securing the base assembly to the top cover assembly.

   
Take apart laptop

STEP 9

It's kind of hard to remove the keyboard securing strip from this laptop.
Use a guitar pick to release latches on the strip side first.
Release the rest of the latches with your fingers.


   
Removing laptop keyboard

STEP 10

Remove the keyboard securing strip.

   
Remove screws from keyboard

STEP 11

To remove the keyboard from the laptop, remove two screws on the top of the keyboard.

   
Disconnect and remove laptop keyboard

STEP 12

Move the keyboard away from the touchpad to get access to the keyboard cable.
Disconnect the cable on the system board.
Remove the keyboard.

   
Open laptop case

STEP 13

Close the laptop lid and turn it over.
Remove four screws securing the LCD display on the back of the notebook.

   
Remove tape

STEP 14

Turn tha laptop the right side up and open the lid.
Remove the black tape securing the wireless antenna cables and the USB board cable.

   
Disconnect cables

STEP 15

Remove two screws securing the LCD display assembly to the laptop base.
Disconnect the video data cable on the system board.
Pull the wireless antenna cables through the opening in the top cover.

   
Remove laptop display

STEP 16

Carefully lift the laptop display assembly up and remove it from the laptop.

Visit another guide for screen removal instrucitons.

   
Disconnect cables under keyboard

STEP 17

Unplug the touchpad cable and the switch board cable on the system board.
Unplug the I/O board (USB board) cable on the system board.

   
Lift off cable

STEP 18

The USB board cable is glued to the top cover assembly.
You have to lift it up before you remove the top cover assembly.

   
Get inside Toshiba laptop

STEP 19

Close the laptop display lid and turn the unit over.
Start to separate the laptop base and the top cover assembly from the back of the laptop.

   
Separate top cover and base

STEP 20

To release the latches, use a guitar pick.
Move it alone the edge to separate the top cover and the notebook base.

   
Remove top cover assembly

STEP 21

Remove the top cover assembly.
Be careful with the USB board cable; pull it through the opening in the top cover.

   
Remove USB board

STEP 22

Lift the right speaker and the modem/LAN ports off the notebook base.
Remove one screw securing the I/O board (USB board) to the base and remove it.


   
Removing laptop system board

STEP 23

Disconnect the right and left speakers on the system board.
Remove two screws securing the system board to the laptop base.

   
Lift off system board

STEP 24

Start removing the system board from the right side.
Be careful some cables are still connected on the other side of the system board.

   
Disconnect cables on motherboard

STEP 25

Turn the system board over and place it on the desk.
Remove the black tape securing the DC-IN jack cables to the system board. Disconnect the power cables from the system board.
Disconnect the modem/LAN cables on the system board.

   
Disconnect CPU fan

STEP 26

Release two black plastic latches securing the North Bridge to the system board.

   
Remove cooling module

STEP 27

Turn the system board over and loosen two screws securing the cooling module.
Disconnect the fan cable on the system board.

   
Lift off fan

STEP 28

Lift off and remove the laptop North Bridge cooling module.

   
Remove laptop modem card

STEP 29

Remove two screws securing the modem card to the system board.
Disconnect the modem cable on the system board.
Remove the notebook modem card with the cable.

   
Unlock and remove laptop CPU

STEP 30

Unlock the CPU and carefully lift it off.

   
Take apart Toshiba Satellite M45

STEP 31

Done! Toshiba Satellite M45 is disassembled.

   

 

 

 

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