How to Disassemble a Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU Laptop
How to disassemble (at least partially) a Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU laptop in order to replace the RAM, the optical drive and the hard disk drives.
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_86.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 86 thumb.jpg] The backside of the laptop not yet opened. All the screw holes are marked with an arrow.
Optical Drive - Blu Ray Disc (tm)
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_90.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 90 thumb.jpg] The three screws which fix the optical drive (Blu-Ray-Disc(tm)) are marked with an arrow and a dot.
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_97.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 97 thumb.jpg] Optical drive, partly pulled out.
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_99.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 99 thumb.jpg] Optical drive taken out completely.
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_91.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 91 thumb.jpg] Memory comparment, with opened lid, showing the two RAM slots.
Hard Disk Drives
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_94.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 94 thumb.jpg] Hard disk drive compartment opened. The two SATA HDDs are easily accessible.
[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_96.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 96 thumb.jpg] The backside of one HDD in detail.
It is possible to upgrade both hard disk drives with HDDs of a higher capacity and 12.00mm height.
I have also tried to get access to the keyboard, but this doesn't seem easy, at least not at first glance. I guess you have to disassembly the notebook completely to replace the keyboard.
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