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I need to open the case of my Gateway ML3109 to repalce the GPU fan. How do I do that? I've removed all the screws and still cannot get it open... I know where it is supposed to go ...Can you help?

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SOURCE: power jack needs replacing aspire 5050 model zr3 laptop

Hi I will help you. Under the screen and above the keyboard is the power button panel. take a small flat tip screwdriver and carefully use it to pry up one side of the power button panel. you may even need to pry up on the part of the panel that covers the hinges. Once it start to release, grab the panel and kind of wigggle it back and forth, while lifting it. it should start to release all the way. Once removed, the top of the keyboard is exposed, remove the keyboard being careful of the short ribbon cable connector underneath the keyboard.
once keyboard and panel are removed, you'll need to remove the screen via the screws on the hinges. make sure to disconnect ANY of the cables to the screen (usually video cable and wireless cables. And disconnect one small ribbon cable that looks like it comes from the touchpad mouse.
Now check where you removed the keyboard, you should see several sscrews that you need to remove.
At this point, if all the screws are removed, you should be able to disassemble thelower chassis of the laptop. Be very careful not to break anything. You will need to also remove several screws in order to get the motherboard out of the laptop.

I will give you the web link of where I buy ALL my power jacks for my repair shop. A guy named Gary Shaftsall runs DC PowerJacks, and is a great guy to do business with, not to mention he sells the jacks @ wholesale price.
His website address is:

I urge you to be soooo careful in putting it all back to gether, I would hate to see you put a long screw into a shallow hole. this could result in a MAJOR short of the motherboard. Just keep track where all screws go and how the parts go together.
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Posted on May 12, 2009


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yes you need to pull ALL parts HDD, dvd drive,....
then turn it over and pry loos the cover above the keyboard you should then be able to remove the keyboard

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Hey There

Yip i managed. It is a mission but not to bad.there are a ton of hidden screws all over the place. I will post you something to help you. firstly go buy a small multi use screw driver set e.g. for watches!

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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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before thinking about replacing the video card

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA

the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they might be faulty

if its a 40 pin flat ribbon type it will be the first to fail

make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty

even something as small as a faulty electrical fan and its lead can cause you problems

computers need all power and data to continue through every working device and to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

make sure your graphics card is securely seated with no dust built up or in the socket

if you remove your graphics check the socket to make sure its dust free

restart your computer then reinstall it this should activate found new hardware wizard

if you need to replace the video card it will be attached to the rear of the vga lead inside your computer usually in a pga slot

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Turn your computer around so the back faces you.

Remove the two screws on the computer holding the right side of your computer to the case.

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Unscrew the metal plate of your old graphics card holding it to your computer's case. Remove the card by sliding it out of the motherboard.

Slide your new graphics card into the slot from where you removed the old one. Screw the metal plate to your computer's case.
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i dont know if you can do tha by yourself but it might only be a cable that pass through where the fan blows through that affect it and cause that noise and in other case the processor fan might be having some damage in which cause that noise ok.
Have a screwdriver that can screw out the screws then turn the laptop upside down at the buttom screw out the holes carrying a keyboard symbol and from there you will screw out the four screw corner holding the case from there you will lift up the casing as if to pull up then turn over the system and remove the keyboard softly then there is a plain cable holding the keyboard then remove the keyboard clip gently and open the casing after that you will find the processor fan from there trace whatever may cause it to make the noise if you cant then you willl replace the processor fan ok.that is it then follow the procedure you use in opening to couple back the system ok.
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