a site to disassemble a solo 5350 or 5300?
Solo 5300I just took apart my 5300...it was easy....just remove all of the black screws from the bottom/base, remove hinge covers(unsnap), also small upper cover snaps off, then remove keyboard...I used a small screwdriver to get bottom part of keyboard to snap out, then there is 1 screw coming from the top(under keyboard by the modem jack that separates the upper and lower halves. I also think you will have to unplug a couple of connectors. That took me maybe 15 min to figure out. Good luck!!
Originally Posted by gateway5350
I am wondering does anyone know of a site that shows how to disassemble a Gateway Solo 5350 or 5300? I found the hinges with help from this site. I just need to know how to tear her down now. I just need to replace the hinges.
To Solo 5300: Why was it necessary to remove the keyboard? Is the 5300 configured differently from the 5350? I've got a 5350, and I was able to remove the bezel (plastic cover) around the screen and the hinge covers and get to the hinges. (Instructions below.) I'm a newbie to this DIY, and I've got the same problem as someone else who posted a problem about their hinges losing tension. So I found a YouTube film that shows a kid troubleshooting the hinges on a Dell Inspiron. From that, I was able to remove the bezel around the screen of my 5350 and determine that the hingepins must've broken inside the barrel of the hinges, because they remain static when I move the screen. (If they were still all one piece, I'd be able to see the end of the hingepin move with the screen--that's my reasoning, anyway. Being mechanically inclined under general circumstances, that's what makes sense to me.)
The right way is to replace the hinges. To gateway 5350: What's that site where you found the hinges, and how much are they? Then, to anyone: How do you remove the old and install the new?
I was considering jerry-rigging it by squeezing a few drops of LocTite into the hingepin barrels to get them to tighten up. I have some Permanent Red 771--but that would freeze it shut permanently, and I wouldn't be able to open the lid ever. Not a good solution. So I was thinking about getting some of the Removable Blue 372, listed on the package. Anyone know if that will allow enough play in the hinges so the lid will actually open?
Here's a link to that video where the kid removes the bezel to examine the hinges and tighten the screws. (I tried that; my screws were tight--although based on my LocTite idea, you may think I've got a couple of screws loose elsewhere.....):