This customers Gateway NV53A75U was running hot, and shutting down on the customer. It’s an AMD Triple Core processor, so it does run on the hot side.
- This Gateways idle temp 60-65 C
- Load Temp of 74-78 C
Dis-assembled laptop to check, clean the fan & heatsink, modified the cooling with 2 copper shims and applied Arctic Cooling MX2 Thermal Compound. Cooling fan was blocked by dust buildup, not bad have seen much worse.
Re-Assembled Gateway temperatures now:
- Idled Temp of 48-54 C
- Full load tempt of 58-63 C
First off, this is a guide and by no means does Lightspeeds Computer Repair take any responsibility in the dis-assembly of your laptop by this guide & photos, and you damaging the laptop. Dis-assemble at your own risk.
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– And hidden CDROM screw under small cover
Grab edge of cdrom tray and pull straight out
2 more screws, 1 in Hard drive compartment, the other near wireless mini card
Keyboard Removal, this is a bit tricky………..
– There are 4 very small tabs or clips above:
“Delete, F12, F8, and F4” Keys
Look close above these keys, push these VERY small tabs/clips up and in towards screen. These clips lock keyboard down in place. Start with the “Delete” tab and work towards the left “F4” key tab.
The next tricky part is getting the keyboard to pop up and out enough to grab and pull up from right to left.
Pull the top of keyboard up slowly, be careful there is a ribbon cable that connects keyboard to motherboard.
There are small snap clips on the left & right side of keyboard, but these do not push in, keyboard just snaps out of these on the side
2 small black tabs, carefully gently push tabs out a bit to unlock the keyboard ribbon cable.
Black lock bar tabs push towards front of laptop, slowly! You break these off then we have other issues.
Keyboard cable removal
7 screws on palmrest marked in red, remove.
Disconnect 4 cables marked with green arrows
After removing the 7 screws on palmrest, and 4 cables….
Grab the black middle section of palmrest near screen, just below Gateway logo,, in the middle and pull up.
Work towards the right top corner, pull and snap up.
Make sure you have all cables and screws out of plamrest are.
Palmrest / Touchpad now off, free from laptop.