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Repairing Motherboards from Laptops & Notebooks

Here are some links to do-it-yourself repair guides for mainboards (aka motherboards, logic boards, system boards) used in laptops and notebooks. If you have written free do-it-yourself instructions yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry.

Acer Aspire 1360 This laptop looked dead. The power supply tested fine so it seemed likely the main board was at fault. This is a one piece board and of course it requires a full dismantling of the laptop to remove and replace.
Acer TravelMate 6292 These picture gallery illustrates how to replace a fried charger chip (ISL6251) on the laptop motherboard. The manufacturer did not bother protecting against idiots who connect power adapters with the wrong polarity. Fortunately it is possible to fix this issue by replacing the chip, a diode, two FETs, one inductor and one resistor.
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB How to rebuild two broken notebooks into one and modding the motherboard into a smaller frame.
Apple iBook G4 Apparently there is a problem with some notebook models. It can appear after a year or so in some machines. After being on for a few minutes, they get a blank black screen, the fan turns on, and the computer freezes. This article describes the problem and how to fix the faulty mainboard.
COMPAQ Presario CQ50 How to get access to the motherboard and substitute it.
DELL Inspiron XPS M170 Gen2 Logic board repair to cure these symptoms: The laptop would say an incorrect AC Adapter was installed. The laptop would charge the battery but not boot from AC. The remedy: the cracked solder joints on PL2 and PC3 were refitted and the damaged Maxim MAX1987 Power Supply controller was replaced.
eMachines M5310 Detailed pictures of the laptop motherboard with all major parts labelled.
HP 530 How to replace the top cover assembly to get access to one of a broken touch pad button. In order to replace the top cover you will have to disassemble the notebook completely and remove all internal parts including hard drive, keyboard, motherboard, cooling fan and other key components.
HP/COMPAQ NX7300 Have you ever taken apart a laptop? It's not as easy as you might think. This motherboard replacement guide is based on the official service manual which explains step by step how to replace any component, and the order in which they need to be replaced.
Toshiba Portege M700 This guide will assist you in taking apart and removing all internal parts from the Tablet PC. Major tasks you can accomplish using this guide are: replace laptop keyboard, replace or upgrade the memory module in the internal slot, clean the cooling fan and heat sink, replace cooling fan, replace laptop motherboard and processor. Start taking apart the laptop by removing the keyboard and use a sharp object to lift up the right side of the plastic bezel located under the keyboard.
Toshiba Qosmio F40/F45 This guide explains how to remove all major parts from this laptop to replace sparte parts like keyboard removal, display, hard drives, memory, CD/DVD drive, motherboard, video card and cooling.
Toshiba Qosmio X305 This guide will explain the complete disassembly of the laptop. So you can use this guide for replacing the keyboard, video card, cooling fans, motherboard, hard disk drive, memory, optical drive and other internal parts.
Toshiba Satellite U200/U205 To get the motherboard replaced you have to crack the notebook open completely.

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