How to Disassemble a Gateway Notebook


When disassembling your Gateway notebook, caution should be used to prevent any damage. There are only a few reasons to open your Gateway notebook. Installing or replacing hardware, troubleshooting hardware issues and resetting jumpers are the main reasons for disassembling your Gateway notebook. You will need a clear area to work to separate components and prevent static discharge.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer or electronics toolkit
  • Gateway user manual
  • Turn off your Gateway and remove the AC adapter. Close the lid and carefully turn over the notebook.

  • Slide the battery lock to the unlock position. Slide the battery release latch and slide the battery out of the notebook.

  • Remove the CD/DVD drive by removing the DVD drive screw, which is marked with a small disk symbol. Turn the notebook over and insert a straightened paperclip into the drive's manual eject slot (a small pin-sized hole), and pull the drive open and out.

  • Remove the hard drive by turning the notebook so the bottom is facing up. The hard drive is located opposite the battery and directly below the DVD/CD drive. Loosen the hard drive bay screw and remove the cover. Slide the hard drive kit out of the notebook.

  • Turn the notebook over so the top is facing up to remove the keyboard. Remove the four hinge screws. Gently pry each hinge up with a flathead screwdriver. Open the notebook carefully to a fully open position.

  • Place the flathead screwdriver under the right side of the keyboard cover and gently pry upward. Pull the cover off the notebook.

  • Remove the five keyboard screws. Lift the top of the keyboard slightly upward and pull towards the LCD screen. Slide the black keyboard connect clip to the back of the notebook and remove the cable.

  • Turn the notebook over so the bottom is facing up to remove the memory module. Place a cloth under the laptop to prevent damage to the screen or exposed components. Remove the seven screws holding the memory module compartment in place and lift the cover. This area will have vents.

  • Gently press outward on the clips holding the memory modules in place. As the module tilts upward, pull it out of the slot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep screws for each piece of hardware separate to prevent confusion later. Steps may vary slightly for each Gateway notebook model. Download your Gateway user manual for exact steps if necessary along with pictures.
  • Prevent static discharge while working on your Gateway notebook or you may damage components. Use an anti-static wrist strap or mat, or carefully discharge electricity before beginning any computer disassembly.

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