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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a Personal Computer (PC)

Here is a (still beta) collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for Personal Computers - PCs. If you have written a report yourself (or if you know of a tutorial not linked here), please submit a new entry.

AOpen HX08 Full Tower Case [external link]How to mod a full tower case: Dremel mayhem, drilling fan holes and building a homemade HDD cooler.
Apple eMac [external link]An illustrated Hard Disk Drive - HDD replacement and upgrade guide.
Apple iMac (Original Flat Panel Model) [external link]A completely and carefully illustrated and explained disassembly tour.
Apple iMac (2000/2001 models) [external link]This page covers disassembly of the later CRT iMacs. The model used here was a Summer 2001 iMac DV. Access to the motherboard & drives (easy) and further disassembly into the guts of the thing (the PSU, CRT and Analogue Board).
Apple iMac (revision A) [external link]Need to get to the motherboard of one of these things? If you want to change the P-RAM Battery or memory then you do. It's not too difficult. If you're not sure what type of iMac you have then here's a few pointers.
Apple Mac mini [external link]How to take apart the computer, disassembly video.
Apple Mac mini [external link]How to disassemble the mini PC and upgrade the eSATA hard disk drive.
Apple Mac mini [external link]A step-by-step dissection video [video].
Apple Mac mini A1170 [external link]A complete step-by-step take apart guide with pictures.
Apple Mac mini A1238 [external link]Carefully insert a putty knife into the crevice in between the top cover and bottom housing first to get access to the hard disk drive for replacement.
Apple Macintosh Performa 6200 [external link]Why going through the challenge of taking one of these apart? You either need to access the motherboard, storage drives or power supply.
Apple Quadra 800/840AV [external link]How to take apart the PC to get access to the motherboard.
Apple MacBook 13.3'' [external link]How to convert a almost dead Apple MacBook to a Mac Pro Ultra Mini by putting the motherboard into a Macally G-S350SUA Aluminum External Enclosure. The enclosure lookes like a Mac Pro, front mounted power button, & all aluminum case.
DELL Vostro 200 Slim Tower [external link]A peek inside the slim tower PC.
GateWay N.N. [external link]How to remove a CPU which sticks to a heatsink.
Winbook Jiv MiniHow to open the computer case: a short guide with some pictures.
N.N. [external link]An aircraft carrier PC modding.
N.N. [external link]How to add RAM to a computer. This short video explains all the tips and tricks you need to get the memory upgrade done.
Project: Hard Drive PC [external link]How to build a custom Personal Computer case made of some dead hard drives.
Selfmade Watercooling System [external link]This selfmade watercooling system consists of three copper cooling blocks for the CPU, Northbridge and Graphics Card. The warm water is cooled down with a big passive selfmade copper radiator. The water is circled with a silent Eheim water pump.
Selfmade Cheap BT8xx PCI GPIO-Card [external link]A generic digital 24-port PCI GPIO card can be built out of an ordinary Brooktree bt848, bt849, bt878 or bt879 based analog TV tuner card. The Brooktree chip is used in old analog Hauppauge WinTV PCI cards. You can easily find them used for low prices on the net.
RTC CMOS Clock Chip [external link]Ever had a computer that 'forgot' its date and time settings? Normally this information is retained by a battery or a capacitor on the motherboard but some boards used a Real Time Clock chip (RTC). If you have a motherboard with amnesia and there's no obvious battery to change on it, look for a large rectangular chip such, which may well be marked 'REAL TIME'. This guide explains how to substitute the battery inside this electronic component.
MyCPU [external link]The MyCPU is a "Central Processing Unit" that is completely built with discrete logic gates.
Lenovo Thinkcentre e93z [external link]Opening of the AIOC and memory as well as HDD installation (video).
Linksys NSLU2 [external link]Instructions on how to add a serial port (a DB9 Female DCE port) to a Linksys NSLU2 (Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives).
Toshiba PX30t [external link]A teardown of an All In One (AIO) computer. This video shows you how to teardown it so that you can upgrade the HDD and memory (video).

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