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Dismantle a laptop - need generic help please!

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It's an Airis Pragma N840 here's a close-up view.

I've been searching for a tech manual or at least even just an exploded view but I can't find anything on the net not even on Airis' site.

I don't have much experience with lappies (basically nothing except my own!).

I need to dismantle this lappie just to get cpu and fan visible for a good cleaning-up, nothing more.

I removed battery and the part which covers the ram, then unscrewed ~15 screws from its backside and put it bottom up and tried to lift up its bottom part (exactly the way it's done with my own laptop in system specs)

Only in this case there seems to be something which is holding it together. I'm sure I haven't missed any screws.... I was afraid to use force (it's dad's laptop...)

Perhaps someone can give me some ideas? This laptop is crying for cleaning... :ohwell:
 
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Have you looked for screws under the keyboard mat? I know my old HP requires the keyboard to be removed to access anything aside from RAM.
 

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Have you looked for screws under the keyboard mat? I know my old HP requires the keyboard to be removed to access anything aside from RAM.
I unscrewed all screws at the bottom of laptop. One of them has a keyboard symbol (but the keyboard didn't come loose).

Basically I removed the battery, hdd cover, ram cover and wifi cover and 2 screws beneath it.

Then in the middle of the laptop there are 2 screws one with a keyboard symbol and another with a spinning cd symbol (guess it's to remove the odd) and I removed them both.

Then there are 2 small screws at the back (not at the bottom) which I removed.

And 12 other screws which appear to hold the bottom of the laptop in place - I removed them but things appeared stuck?
I'm nearly sure I didn't miss any screws... but either I did miss one, or I'm doing it wrong, or there's so much grime that it's stuck even without screws... :laugh:
 
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Normally laptops have the area between the keyboard and the screen, where the speakers usually are, attached with clips. You'd normally have to carefully pry that open, then that would reveal screws holding down the keyboard, whilst at the 'bottom end' of the keyboard (by the spacebar), there are normally some notches that the keyboard slips into.
Thus, you'd typically unscrew the keyboard at the speaker end, then slip it out at the bottom end to reveal the last few screws under the keyboard holding the case together.
Hope that helps.;)
 
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Sometimes you have to remove the memory and HD lids on the bottom to access the other keyboard screws. Hopefully this lappy isn't like a Toshiba. With them you basically are dismantling the entire system just to clean the friggin fans/heatsinks. I wish everybody built theirs like Alienware...VERY EASY TO CLEAN.
 
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after watching a couple of videos it looks like a pain in the a*s to take apart more difficult than desktop
 
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after watching a couple of videos it looks like a pain in the a*s to take apart more difficult than desktop
The pain is the clips.:shadedshu
Screws are not so bad.