How to Open a Toshiba Tecra

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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If your Toshiba Tecra laptop is not functioning, or if you wish to access its internal components out of curiosity, you'll need to open the laptop. Opening the laptop provides access the motherboard and other internal components. It's not difficult to open the Toshiba, but you should exercise caution if you plan to remove or unhook any of the internal components.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 8mm Allen wrench
  • 6mm Allen wrench
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Power your computer off. Make sure the Toshiba laptop is not connected to an outlet with an external power cord. Gather your tools and put on your ESD wrist strap for safety. Bring it to a table or workbench. Place it on top of a towel to prevent scratches.

  2. 2

    Turn the Toshiba Tecra upside down to expose its underside. Point the hinge away from you. Push the battery to the right in the bottom-left corner and then slide out the battery. Remove the two screws securing the primary memory cover in the centre. Lift the primary memory cover.

  3. 3

    Remove the single screw from the hard-drive cover on the right side of the laptop. Slide the hard drive out and then slide out the CD-ROM drive.

  4. 4

    Remove the two memory cards from behind the primary memory cover. Remove the single screw from the Bluetooth adaptor on the bottom-centre part of the laptop. Slide the Bluetooth adaptor out.

  5. 5

    Remove the 18 screws around the perimeter of the Toshiba Tecra. These screws secure the bottom cover of the laptop. Lift the bottom cover up to remove it. Turn the laptop right-side up. Open the screen to view the keyboard.

  6. 6

    Pry up the strip above the keyboard with a flathead screwdriver. Pull the strip away to remove it. This exposes the keyboard screws.

  7. 7

    Remove the two keyboard screws and then lift the keyboard out. Carefully disconnect the ribbon to separate the keyboard from the laptop.

  8. 8

    Remove the screw from the wireless card cover located in the upper-left corner. Remove the strip of tape that covers the display screen connection.

  9. 9

    Slide the wireless card to the right to remove it. Detach the display screen connection and then detach the speaker connection (located in the centre). Remove the three screws securing the top cover and then remove the top cover.

Tips and warnings

  • Some of the screws on the laptop are flathead screws; others are Allen screws. Match up the size and head with the tool to determine which one to use.
  • Do not attempt to open or dismantle your Toshiba Tecra without wearing an ESD wrist strap. This could damage the computer.

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