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Re: [vox] Help disassembling a laptop?
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Re: [vox] Help disassembling a laptop?

As previously mentioned, all the good are underneath the keyboard. However, I've really never seen much dust build up on the inside of a laptop.

I actually have a Sony Vaio connected to my TV. It lives in a media cabinet filled with other hot gear. It gets pretty hot to the touch but it hasn't crashed on my yet. I leave the lid open up to let heat escape and I've inserted a pen cap where the lid latches to make sure the LCD monitor is off. I also took the back side of my media cabinet off to let heat escape.

I'd recommend using lmsensors and hddtemp to monitor the CPU and hard drive temperature. Maybe you could run a command keep the fan on when it gets hot.


On 07/17/2005 11:34 AM, Richard Crawford wrote:
I've got an old Sony Vaio laptop which has a problem with overheating. It's out of warranty and has been replaced now by a much snazzier laptop, and I'd like to put Ubuntu on this machine and turn it into a media center; however, with the overheating, it shuts itself off after a few hours, and the fan is very loud.

So, I'd like to take this thing apart and see if I can't clean out the guck which I presume is clogging up the cooling fan (we have six cats in this house, and we live in a heavy agricultural area, so I can only imagine the amount of gunk that must pass through this thing). I've removed all of the components -- the battery, the CD/DVD player, the hard drive, etc. -- and taken out all of the visible screws, but I still can't get into it. I assume I need some sort of special tool, or there is some special secret maneuver that I need.

I've Googled until my eyes started to bleed, but I was unable to find any instructions on-line for opening this laptop (it's a Sony Vaio PCG-GRV670P). Anyone got any ideas or hints? I'm comfortable opening my desktop and messing around with its innards, but I've never worked inside a laptop computer.


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