Questions about performing repairs on your mobile computer

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Can a part of a hard drive break?

Is it possible for only a specific part of a hard drive to become unusable? I had Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my Sony Vaio laptop (more than five years old). Since 14.04, I never had any problems with ...
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Asus Laptop only booting into BIOS (help!)

Recently I closed my laptop, set it on a table then the next time I went to pick it up it went from boot up straight to the BIOS. I immediately pressed ESC and tried to exit. The computer would go ...
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Is it possible to replace a laptop GPU with a different brand GPU?

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro with a dying GPU. According to Wikipedia, all of the 2011 Macbook Pro models come with an AMD brand GPU. But according to this Ebay listing from a seller offering to repair ...
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Keyboard error typing 2 charters on one touch on samsung

i have problem on my Samsung lap keyboard may be it falling or heavy weight locate on lap, really i don't know all keyboard keys working well, but when i press on esc-key it do esc + f1 that's all ...
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Can laptop screws be removed without scratching off their color (tampering)?

The laptop hard drive I'm trying to fix is dying soon. I happen to have a same model, size, type and brand hard drive in an external enclosure which has even less start/stop cycles, is younger and ...
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Greasy water in laptop's DIMM slot

My wife was having dinner in front of (on top of) the laptop and she spilled some soup onto it, right above the touchpad. Almost all of the soup ended up in the upper DIMM slot which sits underneath ...
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Green color water coming from laptop's charging point

Recently I encountered that bluish/green color water comes from laptop's charging point. What is reason and solution for that without going to service center?? Image is not clear but you can see the ...
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Laptop display flicks like a liquid inside when moving the lid

My newly bought dell 3537 laptop accidentally hit on the wall and Now in that corner the display flicks like water inside when I move the laptop lid upwards. Is this happens because of damage happened ...
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How to take a screw out of my laptop casing that has no head?

I was trying to take apart my laptop to replace the DC jack for it, and the screw inside of the casing was very hard to remove, so after messing with it for about 15 minutes, the plus sign (or the ...
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Can spilled coffee cause long term issues to motherboard?

A few days ago I got a laptop that had spilled coffee on it. I did dry it, cleaned it as much as possible (with with dry paper towels) and let it dry in a warm place. The laptop works fine, even ...
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HP laptop not turning on?

My HP laptop G42 is 3 years old. And it was working fine this morning. Switched it off normally, and later when I tried to turn on, it didn't. I read on HP support forum to remove the Battery and hold ...
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Laptop showing up black screen

I have a Dell Studio 17 laptop. Once I forgot its charger and charged it with the charger from Dell Inspiron 1525. After using this charger for several times, my laptop is not turning on despite using ...
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Laptop shuts after 5/10 seconds (sometimes) <del>(May be due to bad sectors in HDD)</del>

I've Sony VAIO laptop (model VPCEA23EL). Mostly I use it for internet usage and as an entertainment system, sometime for minor programming (No DB or No VM are installed). I do keep it on for 24 X 7 ...
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Some keys not working properly in Lenovo G500

I use Lenovo G500 laptop which runs on Windows 8. It has a problem. Some keys that should be used along with Shift key is working not properly, its output is not correct. I will explain it. When I ...
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Bottom third of laptop display showing up (sometimes) - How to diagnose?

I took this laptop in on partial-trade for one I had for sale: http://imgur.com/r7ADFwY,RPzYhh0#1 (Use previous and next buttons to see both pictures) It's an HP 2000-2A09CA. EDIT: The few ...
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Can i replace notebook GPU with something newer? [duplicate]

i saw some videos on youtube, that you're able to replace soldered GPU (very risky though) i have a macbookpro5,5 and thinking to replace gpu with something new (probably another OEM mobile GPU that ...
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Battery recharge functionality broken due to short in AC adapter?

I have a problem recharging the battery of my netbook, an ASUS Eee PC 1025C. Since last week the LED of the AC adapter doesn't light up when it is connected to the wall. The netbook won't turn on ...
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Packard Bell EasyNote TE change of Hotkeys

I recently had to replace the keyboard on a Packard Bell EasyNote TE Windows 8 laptop. However, due to cost restrictions and avilability, I was unable to source an exact replacement. The keyboard I ...
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How to diagnose ram/motherboard issue on an XPS M1530?

I have a dell XPS M1530. Long story short it kept on crashing at seemingly random points, and diagnostics returned error 2000-0123. This turns out to be a Ram or a motherboard error according to ...
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Is it possible to put different wifi adapter in a laptop?

About two months ago my wifi adapter had broken down and I went and got it changed. Now I reinstalled my windows and drivers that came with my laptop no longer work for wifi. Is it possible that ...
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Is my shift hitting the fan?

On my laptop, an odd problem has developed. Whenever I press my left shift key, I hear a funny high-pitched sound like something is spinning against it. No other key causes the effect. Is this ...
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Any guarantee that replacing the ATI graphic chip works

Im having a Dell studio 1558 laptop that was purchased 4 yrs ago and now im having a problem in booting the laptop.I gave it to a service center and they said some problem with ATI graphic chip and ...
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Toshiba Laptop A215-s7413 New Hard Drive cannot ruin recovery cds or windows installs

So I just ordered a new drive for my Toshiba laptop. I cannot for the life of me get windows or the restore disks to load they always just crash or stop halfway through. I have tired taking out a ...
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How do I replace the HDD in a ASUS Q550L?

I just bought a ASUS Q550L for my son for Christmas and before I open it up I want to be sure I can replace the HDD with an SSD. Is this model compatible with standard laptop SSDs? If so how do I ...
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Laptop taking time to get power

I have a 5 year-old Acer laptop: it was working fine until about a week ago. The problem is that once it's connected to power it takes 2-3 minutes for the battery light to power and for a weird reason ...
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Acer laptop no power signs

I have a 3-4 year old acer aspire 5742g laptop. The past month it has been misbehaving a bit.When I plugged in the power it would take about 5 mins to show any power signs (battery charging light) ...
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How do I test the motherboard on a laptop with a broken screen?

I've got an Easynote LJ71 which I've been tasked with repairing. The screen appears to be dead. The machine powers on, but the screen does not. I can't even see a tonal change like the screen going ...
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Extremely laggy touchpad after drop EDIT : After plugging to power source

LOOK at EDIT 4 at first! I dropped my laptop - Acer Aspire 5742z and everything works fine but the touchpad. It looks like touchpad send the information about position of finger every 500 ms or ...
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are all laptop harddisks the same?

I need to replace the hard disk on a laptop Is it necessary to get exactly the same hard disk that the laptop had before, or can I buy just any laptop hard disk and it will work? The laptop is compaq ...
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Asus V1S screen dimming randomly

I have an Asus V1V, which is the same as the Asus V1S except for the video card. I have a problem where the screen will randomly lose brightness or flicker between being lit and not lit. The picture ...
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My Dell studio 14" doesn't load boot bios, OS and even firmware

Dell studio 14" doesn't load boot bios, OS and even firmware it only displays gray light and after some time laptop shutdowns. It doesn't even read any external drive. Could any one help me with this. ...
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Part of the power connector broken and stuck inside laptop power jack - how to fix?

I have a Samsung ultrabook (the Apple-clone type that is not easily customizable and looks like it was made out of one part) and the insulating (wider part, not the actual center pin wire that carries ...
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What laptop keyboards are easy to disassemble and clean? [closed]

I often use my laptop on construction jobsites or in very dirt-filled situations. Over time, the keyboard gets dusty, greasy, etc. Pieces of detritus fall down underneath the keys, and come to ...
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Would this graphic card be repairable?

Dell XPS M1710 laptop Windows 7 Ultimate From a certain moment I got a BSoD when booting, after which the PC rebooted. It was persistent, though I never have the time to read the error message ...
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Little colored lines on my laptop screen

My LCD screen has three noticeable problems. Note that when I plug an external LCD tv into my laptop, the picture that the LCD TV displays the screen is fine. As seen in: ...
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Opening up and diagnosing a faulty 2.5'' hard drive

The laptop of a friend of mine ceased to function after being clumsily dropped to the floor. It had boot problems for a while (never getting to the O.S.) and then it stopped working altogether. ...
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Hard drive swap

I broke my company laptop (I'm clumsy) and I have had the hard drive checked and it still works. My boss is kindly buying a similar laptop for me. My question is what would happen if I took out the ...
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Edge keys stop working on eeepc

I have an issue on my eeepc where certain keys: the grave accent/tilde, tab, and caps-lock on the left, and the right-side fn key and sometimes arrows on the right, stop working seemingly at random. ...
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Lenovo u410 Resolution Upgrade Problems and Questions

I'm an IT Pro, so I'm not a complete noob, but I will say that dealing with specific differences in notebook video cables is something new to me. I got a u410 for an absolute steal - seriously - and ...
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Can a virus mess with a system's critical temperatures or voltages?

This is somewhat related to this question but at a less serious level - one that causes frustration rather than permanent damage. From programs like CoreTemp and Speedfan, it is clear that there are ...
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Can I easily put an SSD in an ASUS G75, and which ones?

I've been out of the hardware game for a while. I'm looking to buy a new laptop, but even the gaming laptops mostly come with a 5400 RPM HDD. I've got my eye on some variant of the ASUS G75 but I'm ...
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CPU hitting 100% when flash or game is running after dropping laptop

I have a quad core Lenovo with 8GB memory running windows 7 x64 with NVidia quadro 880 Everything was working great until one day I would be playing a game and the CPU would max out for a few ...
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How to replace a asus K53E key?

It is the Q key that fell out. I have 2 pieces 3 including the key its self.
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How to remove the cover on a HP Pavilion 15-b055ca laptop?

I found the official HP instructions for this laptop on how to change the RAM but they're incorrect. There are no "easy access" panels on the back of a 15-b055ca laptop. A 15-b055ca laptop has 10 ...
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A new motherboard or a new ATI graphics chip? [closed]

I have a Dell Studio 1558 laptop which was purchased in July 2010 and I am now facing a problem with it. The laptop switches off automatically after working for around 15 minutes. When I gave it to ...
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Can not see anything on my Laptop display

I have a Compaq CQ40 Laptop. I cannot see anything on the display except some black/white lines or a black screen. After searching, I found that there is a tiny gap in the screen. I had changed the ...
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How to get a stuck Chiclet key unstuck?

I have a Samsung NP9003XC-A01US and it has low-profile, island-type Chiclet keys. However, my control key is stuck on the bottom half (from the top view). It still presses down on the top half and if ...
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Why does my Gateway Laptop squeal when turned on?

My gateway NV78 laptop starts squealing as soon as it is turned on, not thru the speakers, and continues until Windows is booted up where upon it quits. It runs quiet until it is shutoff and rebooted ...
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Gateway MX6440 CPU Upgrade

I have received an a Gateway MX6440 laptop as a freebie, but I'm interested in upgrading its AMD Turion 64 ML-32 (socket 754) to something faster (and more cache). I know the range of processors that ...
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After replacing LCD screen, laptop shuts down after 3 seconds (Acer Aspire One 722)

A week ago the LCD on my Acer got cracked. I could still power on the netbook and operate it as usual but 1/4 the screen was dead. I got a replacement LCD, took apart the top part of the laptop, and ...