How to Open a Toshiba Laptop

By Anthony King

Laptop computers are very convenient in that they are portable and can be moved anywhere the user desires. However, this also means that there is a higher probability that the machine will get internal or external damage from being moved around so much. If this happens, it is important to know the proper way to open a laptop. You'll want to fix minor problems without needing to pay a professional computer repairman.

Things You'll Need

  • Small philips-head screwdriver

Step 1

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet and remove the internal battery from its dock. To do this flip the laptop over and locate the release slide tab next to the battery pack. This needs to be held in so that the battery can be pulled free. It is important to remove all battery sources before opening the laptop so you do not risk being shocked.

Step 2

Unscrew all screws from the under side of the laptop. Make sure to keep them all in sorted piles, as some screws will be different sizes and you'll want to put them back exactly as they were.

Step 3

Slide the plastic housing off of the hard drives dock. This will be located underneath the laptop directly in front. Unscrew the two screws that hold the hard drive in place and slide the hard drive out carefully. Make a note of which side of the hard drive is on top and which is on bottom. When you slide the hard drive back into place, it will need to go in exactly where it was or the computer will not work properly.

Step 4

Locate and unscrew the two screws that hold the laptop screen in place. These will be located on each of the rotating bases that support the back of the laptop screen. When the screws are removed, the two support bases will have a tab that need to be popped up. Pull up on the tab until you hear a click signaling that the screen in now free.

Step 5

Pull up on the laptop screen gently so that the two silver post are lifted up and out of the holes. Set the screen aside. After the screen in safely set aside, seperate the whole halves of the plastic laptop's body to view the inside of the laptop.