This may sound like a complicated process, but in all actuality, it is very simple.
This guide will help you build your very own laptop computer.
DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any damage done to hardware during installation.
I also do not want to be contacted about computer problems. Go to your local repair shop (NOT GEEK SQUAD) and get it fixed. If the computer that is having problems was the one that you built (or tried to) then I will help. I just don't want a bunch of people who are asking how to fix unrelated issues.
I hope you enjoy building your computer. I did. In fact I'm using the computer pictured right now.
If you want to build a desktop computer, check out my Instructable on that
Step 1: Buy parts
I used an Alienware base for my computer.
As for the other parts, you should be able to find them separate. Here are the parts you will need besides the CD drive:
-Processor (check the barebones notebook for socket type, new ones should have socket M or P for Intel and socket S1 or FS1 for AMD)
-RAM or Memory (check the barebones notebook for memory type, new ones should have DDR2 style)
-Graphics card (some may have it already built into the motherboard, check to make sure it's not before buying one)
-Hard Drive (check the notebook for hard drive type, new ones should be SATA)
-Wireless card (check the notebook for wireless card type, new ones should be Mini PCI-E)
You should be able to find most of these parts at Newegg.com, or eBay.
Step 2: Things you will need
You will also need some silver thermal paste (also called thermal grease or thermal compound). Get it at a local computer shop for about $3 or go on NewEgg and get it for $2.
It is also recommended you get some type of anti static wrist strap and you have an area that is not prone to static (as little fabric as possible). I'm doing this on my bed which is a big no no, but I don't really care too much. I have plenty of computers.
Step 3: Remove the bottom panel(s)
To remove the bottom panels, there will be several small screws in each one, remove all of the screws. After you have removed all the screws, you should be able to pop it open. Most of them have some little plastic tabs to hold it in better. Just pull a little on the panel and these should pop out with the panel.
Step 4: Remove cooling system
Remove/loosen all the screws in it and pick it up to remove it.
Step 5: Install the processor
Once the processor is in place, lock the socket by twisting the plastic screw in the top with a screw driver. It should only turn about 180°
Coat the processor core (the square black chip on top) with a paper thin layer of silver thermal paste.
Step 6: Install the graphics card
Install it by pushing it up into the graphics card socket. Make sure it goes all the way in. After that, screw the graphics card into its spot. There should be holes on the graphics card that match with the motherboard so you can screw it down.
After you have installed it, apply the silver thermal paste like you did with the processor.
Step 7: Reinstall the cooling system
Step 8: Install the memory (RAM)
Step 9: Install wireless card
Insert the wireless card in a similar manner to the memory. The wireless card will not snap into place like the memory but instead you will need to screw it down with two screws near the top of the card.
After you have it installed, connect the gray and black wires that run by the wireless slot to the card. There should be two metal connectors near the screws that you can snap these on to. To snap them on, make sure they are directly above the connector and push straight down. They will not go on at any angle. You will hear a snap when they click into place. These are your antennas.
Step 10: Install Hard Drive
Once you have the cradle out, put the hard drive in the cradle and screw it into the cradle.
Replace the cradle with the hard drive into the computer.
Step 11: Install CD Drive
To install a CD drive, just slide it in the side of the computer. It should click into place, but may need a screw to secure it. If it needs a screw, look for the screw with a picture of a CD next to it.
Step 12: Connect the battery
Once you have done that, connect the battery. This step is self explanatory.