Modifying, Repairing, or Upgrading your laptop can seem daunting.
Laptop hardware is slightly different from an ATX – sized setup. It’s quite unique. As a beginner, navigating through laptop internals can be very risky. Circuitry and connectors are smaller and much more fragile.
Internal maintenance / upgrades are just as important software maintenance. We update our browsers, applications, and operating systems when needed, but leave out the most crucial aspect – the internal hardware.
There’s quite a bit you can do to upgrade your laptop’s overall performance. Even if you’ve never touched hardware before, you’ll be able to effectively handle everything presented in this course.
-- Running out of space?
Upgrade to a higher capacity storage device!
-- Experiencing lag when you have multiple applications open?
Upgrade your RAM chip(s)!
-- Laptop getting too hot?
Clean & Refresh your CPU cooling unit!
-- Reeeally slow start-up time?
Swap in an SSD!
Upgrade, modify, or repair your laptop hardware. Improve performance while also getting to know the ins and outs of how your machine functions.
Ready to take your laptop to the next level?
Those of you who have never taken apart a laptop before will definitely learn a thing or two.
There's plenty of benefits of cleaning and upgrading hardware, but I'll go over a few.
For the laptop I'm taking apart, the back panel holds easily accessible components. In this video, I review them.
(There's way more hardware deeper inside, but we'll get to them in a later section).
There's two types of laptops - ones that need to be accessed through the keyboard, and ones that can be accessed from the back.
In this video, we take a look at a laptop that exposes more hardware behind the back panel.
Fairly simple concept - removing dust.
I go over a simple demonstration of removing dust particles.
We remove the storage device. In this case, a 1TB HDD
I swap out the 1 TB HDD with a 256 MB SSD.
All motherboards are going to be different. Some may offer expansion while others don't.
Some allow an extra RAM chip.
Some hold only 1 slot but allow you to simply upgrade the chip speed.
Some are already running the max RAM possible.
I re-install the RAM chip I removed in the previous video.
The first step to getting to the motherboard (in my laptop) is removing the keyboard.
Now that the keyboard is off, I can start removing more parts of the case.
Here, we remove the motherboard from the chassis of the case.
REMINDER - Always have a static prevention plan!
Anti-static gloves are perfect, but there are alternatives;
- Stay in constant contact with metal (like with your feet)
- Wear an anti-static wristband (or around your ankles)
Here I take apart the heatsink so we can clean the old thermal paste that covers both the CPU and the heatsink.
In this video I re-apply the surfaces of the heatsink and CPU with fresh thermal paste.
Thermal paste is available on amazon.
Now that we're finished with the CPU / heatsink, the motherboard goes back into the chassis.
The keyboard and the rest of the case are put back together.
Matt's a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.
Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.
Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!