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Getting the backcover off my gateway laptop

I have removeed all the screws on the back cover but still can't get the cover off. I even took the screws on the hinge off. What else can I look for? the model is a MA2 Gateway told me that it was the same as an MX360

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Re: getting the backcover off my gateway laptop

There may be screws on each side of the LCD, look closely with a flashlight.

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One of keys isnt working i wanted to remove the backcover to check but after removing the screws im not sure how to remove the back cover..! how do i remove it?

Hello what is the make and model of this laptop? You might look on to see if there is a video on replacing the keyboard on your laptop.

Sep 29, 2015 | PC Laptops

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Find me a Gateway zx4300 all in one repair manual


Could you?

Would appreciate?

Thank you in advance?

Let\'s try to maintain a professional approach here, even if it is only an illusion...............

Moving on..............

I see from search hits on the internet;

That the problem may be no graphics, due to graphics chipset mounting; due to inadequate cooling for the graphics chipset.

\'Repair\', (Ha I like how they toss that word around), is to replace the motherboard.
Then upon a certain amount of time later, the same issue happens again.

\'Repair\'? ............Oh, yeah...............replace the motherboard again.

This = NO solution

Are there no REAL techs out there anymore?

To PROPERLY repair the problem, you must STOP the cause from happening again.

Otherwise it\'s like bumping your head against a hard object, only to repeat it again.............., again, and again..........No learning ability.

No learning as to what caused the problem in the first place, and try to develop a long lasting solution to the problem.

I believe that is somewhere along the lines of snail mentality.

Not homo sapiens.

[Do snails have a measurable mentality? I - don\'t - know.
Hey it\'s MY solution, lol! Tell this story anyway I want]

No, keep the h-ate mail. I realize this isn\'t a Service Manual, nor pictorial disassembly guide.
You gets what I gets.

1) Have your ESD wrist strap on? Connected the aligator clip to a good ground source? Average cost is around $3 to $5.

This is a laptop disguised as a desktop computer.
Once you remove the Back Cover, and the large metal Static Shield, the highly static sensitive hardware parts are now exposed.

You can static shock them out, and not even know it.
POOF! No computer.

[The most susceptible hardware component to Static shock, is the Processor. (CPU ]

2) Views of the casing parts, and Stand; shown removed.
Posted because it becomes more apparent, how removal should proceed.

You can see the screw holes, and determine where the screws are.
Labels, small cover, etc; may be in the way, not allowing this.

You can get a \'feel\' of where each cover component, fits together with each other. Helps to simplify removal.

How removal of a small cover, etc; may lead to get to the Stand\'s hinge screws.

At least that is the premise.........

Stand -

Rear Cover - views, shown removed,

Outside view, Inside view, and Side views; of the Back Cover, removed.

Large metal Static Shield. Also known as Fan Cover.

This because it also directs the flow of air from the fan, over the various hardware components that need cooling.

Looks highly inadequate for the job; to me,

Front Bezel,

Suggest use a multi-compartment container, for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.
SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
Advise DO NOT mix them up.

In the video;

A) Where the young gentleman states using a credit card, (1:16), and popping all the little clips off..........

Umm, not quite like that.............
They don\'t come off.
You are just removing the Back Cover FROM the mounted clips, on the metal frame.

The credit card depresses those metal clips. Releases the Tabs on the Back Cover.

Case parts from front to rear;
Front Bezel / Back Cover / Rear Cover
Duck and Cover ( gonna\' believe that last one?)

Rear Cover:
Looks to be 2 small Philips head screws to remove.
1 at each Top corner.

Bottom of Rear Cover has 2 U-shaped Latches. These SIT on Tabs.
When screws are removed from Top, ease the top out towards you a little; then lift up, and out.

Hinged Stand:
Looks to be 2 screws each, to remove from the Hinge\'s brackets.
Could be wrong, may be 1 each, but of course YOU will know.
You\'re looking at it, lol!

Back Cover:
Remove 1 screw each from all four outside corners. (Philips)
Using the credit card, slide around the area, in-between the Back Cover, and metal frame.
Remove Back Cover.

Cooling System:
Cooling Tube, Heatsink, Fan Assembly

In the video look at 2:47 (Or in-between shakes. Not bad mouthing)
Here is a better view, just upside down,

(You can click to enlarge)

Here you see the curved copper Cooling Tube.
Come from the black Fan Assembly, up the Cooling Tube; and stop at the first small aluminum metal plate.

Six rivets, three on each side; two long small metal \'arms\' sticking out.
That small aluminum plate sits on the GPU.
(Graphics chipset, or more properly known; GPU.
Graphics Processing Unit)

Come up to the large cast Aluminum plate. Four long small \'arms\' stick out, make an X-pattern.
That plate sits on the CPU. (Processor)

Fan Assembly:
That weird D-shaped black shroud, with the small black multi-bladed fan in it.

That rectangular shaped area at the bottom, of the Fan Assembly.

Fan Assembly removes, and first. Unplug fan cable from motherboard.

Heatsink is part of Cooling Tube.
4 screws to remove from processor plate, 2 screws to remove from graphics chipset metal plate.

Lift Cooling Tube/Heatsink off.

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How do I upgrade my ram on my Gateway All in one zx4250?

I too purchased a Gateway ZX4250 and a 4 GB RAM upgrade kit. It took me awhile to figure out how to open the case. Here is what I found.

1) Remove the two rubber pads at the bottom of the case (don't worry they pop right back on).
2) Open the small back cover.
3) Remove the one screw.
4) This part is a little difficult but just be careful not to use too much force. Take two small flat head screwdrivers and slowly separate the plastic silver front panel from the plastic black back panel. Start at the bottom where the two rubber pads were removed. Work your way around the case, you can see how the clips are connecting the two panels as you work your way around the all-in-one. It shouldn't be too hard just be careful on how much force you use.
5) Once the panels are separated you can now access the hard drive, optical drive and some other components.
6) Disconnect the Hard drive sata cable from the motherboard.
7) Disconnect the other cable right next to the sata cable on the motherboard (I'm not sure as to the purpose of this cable.
8) Remove the screws from the metal plate covering the motherboard. Take careful note that a grounding cable is connected to one screw.
9) Install your RAM.
10) Reverse the procedure to put everything back together.

This whole procedure to upgrade my RAM took about 15 minutes. I hope this helps some of you that are trying to upgrade your RAM. If you have any questions PM me.

Jan 03, 2012 | Gateway ZX493131e Notebook

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How do you take apart a gateway zx4800-06 all in one computer to put a new hard drive in. I took the case screws off but the cover won't budge and I don't want to take a chance of damaging...

You don't need to take apart all the back cover. Only the small rectangule part where the back support is located. The hard drive is located under the small cover.

Aug 12, 2011 | Gateway ZX493131e Notebook

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I want to replace c-moss battery of my gateway laptop model 7326..

Please remove the back side of the backcover .Once reached at motherborad you can replace the c-moss battery.

Aug 16, 2010 | Gateway 7326GZ PC Notebook

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Heating up and not starting, where do I get to the fan assembly and can I blow the dust out?


Turn the unit on its back, so that when it is closed the LCD backcover is facing on the table. You'll see a smaller coverer that can be removed from the actual bottom cover. Make sure you remove the battery first then all necessary screws. Lift up the cover gently, then blow out using compressed air can. Reinstall cover and tighten with screws.

Also make sure you apply new heat sink paste to the CPU. Also make sure that the CPU Heat sink fan actually turns and is not clogged up or has bearings broken.

The older laptops like this one are easier to clean than the 6952 for example.

May 28, 2010 | Acer TravelMate 2702WLMi Notebook

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Laptop graphics messed up - blue vertical lines


But first you can press gently at the back of the laptop on various spots and see if the lines go away or if they get worse. Hold the LCD with both hands on both sides, then gently move it back/forth in opposite motions and see if the lines get worse or if they go away.

If the unit is not under warranty anymore you could open the LCD and reseat the LCD cable. To do this remove the rubber buttons that are located on the front LCD cover - there should be 4 or 6 or 8. Then you should see the screws. Unscrew them all. Now you can remove the front cover by taking it off gently.

Depending on the model, you need to remove the screw that hold the LCD to the backcover so you can seperate the LCD from the backcover to reseat the LCD cable on the LCD.

After reseating the cable (removing it from the LCD cable slot and connecting it again) you can close the unit.Reseat the LCD cable on the mainboard as well and see if that helps.

Furthermore if all this reseating pulling and pressing didn't help, test the unit by connecting a external monitor or LCD. If it gives a clear good picture on your external, then you know your LCD might be faulty.

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How do i replace the disk drive in a gateway ml6732 laptop?

Ok. First thing, remove the battery and the power cord. Make sure you have backed up all your important information. Then, get a set of phillips screw drivers and a small flat head screw driver.
Flip your laptop so the bottom of it is what you see. With the keyboard/touchpad area facing towards you, look at the cover on your left hand side with a rectangular shape (next to it, above it, is another one square-shape. Just for reference). Loose up the two screws that secures the hard drive/bay cover against the laptop and slide the cover out towards the outside of the laptop itself. If it is sitting tight, use a pen tip or the flat head screw driver (just be careful while using this one not to scratch the plastic of your pc) to push it gently. The Hard Drive comes attached to the hard drive cover, so be careful to pay attention not to damage the cover component. Remove the hard drive and secure the new one in place. Now do this steps the opposite way. Good luck, hope it helps.

P.S.: If this explanation helped you out, please leave a review.

Jan 10, 2010 | Gateway ML6732 Notebook

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Have a gateway md2614u laptop. need to change the power coupling on the moterboard. can't seam to detach the cover.all screws and hd, cd, mem, cpufan, are out and screws on vga adpt.

I searched gateway's website but they're pretty tight lipped about their service guides. I did find this link to some pdf files, even though it's not your exact model, you might find some useful info there. Hope this helps and good luck. If I 'fixed ya' please rate me.Thanks.-jmattes ( just copy and paste the link into your browser)

Oct 26, 2009 | Gateway MD2614u Notebook

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I can get the bottom off of my Gateway 7330GZ laptop

have u checked under the rubber cushions also

Jun 28, 2009 | Gateway 7330GZ Notebook

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