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    Forgive my lack of knowledge when it comes to hardware.

    A friend just asked me if its possible to change a motherboard on a laptop.

    Never done this before, but technically is it just a case of opening up the laptop and taking out the motherboard and placing the new one in?

    Any links of interest?

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    Same for same, certainly. Techs do it all the time. Replacing w/ a better one: not in OEM laptops, although in white box laptops (home built ones, usually bare bones kits from ASUS or whathot) it is possible depending on the design, but not as easy as a desktop, and not as universal either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfsog
    Never done this before, but technically is it just a case of opening up the laptop and taking out the motherboard and placing the new one in?
    I wish it was that simple.
    As Wired says, it's no big deal if you have a home buildt version, but with OEM's it's pretty complicated to put it mildly.

    I recently suffered what is probably a broken soldering in the DC-input socket on my Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook.
    I thought of fixing it myself, but after finding an illustrated "how to" guide on the net, I gave up.
    I basically had to rip the machine into its individual molecules to get to the socket. That would not be an unsurmountable task if it was a desk top, as those fit together like Lego. A laptop on the other hand, has all these microscopic and delicate flatband connectors, that are easily destroyed, plus the fact that they are so crammed for space that its nearly impossible to reach anything.
    Disassembling it could easily be accomplished with a crowbar, putting it back together again though, would require nimble fingers and some specialist equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosland
    Disassembling it could easily be accomplished with a crow bar, putting it back together again though, would require nimble fingers and some specialist equipment.
    A crowbar is an easy way to take anything apart.... duct tape and super glue are easy ways to put things back togther , although neither would probably work on a laptop.

    I would think that unless you have extremely steady hands, due to the microscopic nature of the guts of a laptop, then you should probably take it in to be fixed.
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