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Replace motherboard I feel comfortable working with new hardware for my computers, but I don't know all the cautions. I possibly need to replace the motherboard in my Gateway 450rog. Can you give me specific instructions how to do this? thank you. Claudia

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You need to look for a disassebly manual or instuctions for that model, these type of manuals are hard to come by so i'm affraid it could be trial and error, make a note of what your doing, assemble the screws in order of how you removed them, draw a simple diagram of the laptop layout as you take it appart so you know where the screws came from, there are also delicate ribbon cables underneath the keyboard, so take care to be gentle and be patient, you will get there if your competent enough as you describe

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