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Dossy2
11-15-2000, 07:32 PM
Well I Woulld like to ask if someone has an idea of how I can handle a laptop. That is I would like to know like if I have to open it to check what is inside, what should I do and what aree the precautions I should take. Does it work in the same way as a pc or is there a difference. someone help please because I'm interested in knowing more about laptops as well as pc's, though I already have some rough ideas on how to handle my pc. Just a brief introduction and probably references or sllght details would do for the moment

Paleo Pete
11-15-2000, 10:08 PM
Laptops are usually harder to get into, often it's difficult to figure out how to get it open. Inside it's basically the same as a PC, but the parts are smaller, to fit in the smaller case. The hard drives are 2 1/2" instead of 3 1/2", and other differences are there too. If you can get it open, the precautions are about the same as with a PC.


Be sure and stay grounded to avoid static electricity. It takes 2000 volts for you to feel it, less than 100volts to fry computer components.
Don't force anything in, or force anything apart. The plastic cases with laptops aren't very forgiving...
With PC or laptop, never unplug a mouse or keyboard while the machine is powered up. Never clean a PS/2 mouse while powered up. Printer and monitor cables can be plugged or unplugged, usually won't do any damage.
Keep your coffee cup and dinner away from it...
Keep the cat out of the room.
Always add one component at a time when building or troubleshooting.
Always add one software application at a time when installing, then check it for a day or so before adding more. Easier to sort out problems that way.
Make sure you have all cables oriented correctly, and route them so you have maximum space to work, and out of the way of airflow.
When in BIOS write down all changes, and change one thing at a time.

Maybe some of the other folks can think up more to watch out for...



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Charles Kozierok
11-16-2000, 10:16 PM
Laptops are the "Humpty Dumpty" of the computer world. Unless you really know what you're doing, you are unlikely to get it back together and working the way it did before you started. Strongly not recommended. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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