Take Apart an Old Laptop and Recover Usable Parts

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About: I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate, presently doing MBA. My interests are in Electronics, Computers, Latest Technology, Gardening, Travelling and Photography.

This is an very old laptop from IBM, Model 570 with an Ultra Base. There is a major problem with the laptop and it fails to boot. The cost of repairing is very high, so we left it as it is. As it is lying unused, I thought of taking apart the laptop and recover usable parts from it.

Step 1: Tools and Accessories

I have used the following tools and accessories for opening the laptop and removing parts

  • A Screw Driver set suitable for computer repair
  • A pair of Tweezers
  • A Multi-meter

Step 2: Remove Battery

  • Make sure that the laptop power adaptor is not connected.
  • Open up the battery compartment and remove the battery
  • The battery is made up of individual cells. I have tested each of them separately and found them useless
  • These cells will be disposed off safely

Step 3: Open Top Cover and Remove Key Board

  • Remove screws holding the top cover
  • The keyboard is connected to the motherboard with a ribbon connector
  • Pullout the ribbon connector and remove keyboard

Step 4: Remove LCD Screen

  • Remove the screws holding the LCD Monitor
  • Detach the ribbon cable connecting the monitor with motherboard and remove it

Step 5: Recover LCD Panel

  • Open up the frame holding the LCD panel and gently detach it from other circuit boards below and remove the panel
  • Hold it gently and do not touch the edges and note down the model. It is LP121SP

Step 6: Remove Hard Disk

  • Remove screws holding the hard disk and pull out

Step 7: Recover DVD / CD Drive and Floppy Drive

  • There are few screws holding the DVD / CD drive with the frame. Unscrew them and pull out the drives

Step 8: Locate Other Parts

  • Now the motherboard is exposed and you can locate other recoverable parts
  • Memory module, Lithium cell, Cooling fan, Built-in modem, Network Adaptor and Sound Card can be located easily on the motherboard

Step 9: Remove Memory Module

  • There are plastic clips holding the memory module
  • Press the clips outward and the memory module will pop out from its position

Step 10: Remove Other Parts

  • Unscrew the screws holding the built-in modem, detach the ribbon cable and remove it
  • Remove screws holding Sound card and pull out the ribbon cable
  • Unscrew the Network card and remove it from the frame

Step 11: Recover Cooling Fan and Lithium Cell

  • Detach the cable powering the cooling fan and remove it
  • Unscrew the holder and Pull out the Lithium cell

Step 12: Keep Recovered Parts Safely

I have recovered all the removable parts from the laptop and packed them safely in a card board box. If I need the parts in any of my future projects, I can use it from the collection

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