Laptop computers are very complicated pieces of technology. Inside the case, everything is crowded to achieve the mobility factor. Nowadays laptops are millimeters thin and can also deliver great bang for the buck. Prices started to drop since mid-2000s and today you can buy laptops cheap as $350. Mobility sometimes means compromise and everybody likes laptops until they get broken. When shit hits the fan, fixing some dead graphics will be expensive and time consuming.
Laptop components are not so easy to manage as desktop ones, accessing laptop CPU or graphics card can be a real pain in the butt if you need to do so. The worst part is that you can destroy a lot of things in your try to reach some component. You should never try to fix your laptop by yourself, this kind of job is intended for service professionals.
What you could fix at laptops by yourself
If you own a laptop you can try to fix dead hard drives/SSDs, optical drives, upgrading RAM memory and that’s all. These components are usually accessible without tearing the whole laptop apart. Most laptops have separated back covers for each RAM, HDD or DVD-R bay and all you have to do is to remove a screw or two.
What you should never try to fix at a laptop by yourself
You should never try to change motherboards, dedicated graphics cards, reball GPUs, change keyboards which stopped typing, display invertors, so long and so forth. These are the kind of operations which will mean disassembling the whole machine. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t you ever try to fix this kind of problems by yourself. You’re going to make it worse.
3 reasons why you should never try to fix laptops by yourself
- You don’t have the knowledge. Watching some video tutorials on YouTube won’t make you a service professional. Fixing laptops is more than being able to take them apart and reassembling without leaving any extra parts on your table. This is not a Lego game. You should have some good electronics skills and also dexterity. You can brake small chassis nozzles or short circuit internal boards.
- You don’t have the tools. If you’ve ever been to a computer service, you probably saw the amount of different tools and machines they use for fixing electronics. There is more than a screwdriver needed to fix a dying laptop. You can do some reballing at home if you own a $5000 machine to solder chips back on the board.
- You can kill it forever. Just one small mistake can kill your dying laptop forever. Lack of grounding, lack of professional tools won’t help you. If you slip the screwdriver in the wrong place on the motherboard or pull too hard on something, ther are high chances you get into some dead and gone situation.
So, with that being said, why risk it? If you don’t know what you’re doing, get your laptop fixed in some specialized service environment. Remember, watching some YouTube tutorials won’t turn you into a laptop technician.
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